Lakes Culture aims to bring together the area’s tourism and cultural sectors to better promote the wealth of cultural activities on offer reaffirming the area as the UK’s leading rural cultural destination.
In a this interview with Lakes Culture I talk about my love for the Lake District, share tips on places to eat and stay, winning the Culture & History Blogger and my favourite view on the Lake District.
Read 5 minutes with Zoë Dawes – Lakes Culture.
As we shift from one decade to another I’d like to share with you what I’m really grateful for. Please do share your thoughts, resolutions, gratitudes, intentions …
I am really grateful for:
- My son Alex, who’s grown from a toddling 2 year old to the threshold of teenagerdom and brought us such joy, fun, enrichment and learning…
- My Mum, who died 7 years ago and whose wisdom, beauty and grace is with me every day. I thought I had lost her when she died but have learnt that she is all here all the time …
- The rest of my family for ‘being there’, keeping me sane and sharing the good and bad times, even when we drive each other crazy 🙂
- Dear friends who share the journey, allow me to fail, be ‘out of order’ and forgive me every time … and for those friends who I have lost touch with but who are still in my heart ….
- All the very special clients, colleagues and people I have worked with – thank you for sharing your lives, loves, aspirations, hopes, problems and dreams – such a privilege …
- Living and working in such a beautiful part of the world
- Good health and that of those around me
- The luxury of being able to look forward to the coming decade from the warmth and safety (hopefully!) of my own home
- For learning the difference between desiring what I don’t have, and being content with all that I am blessed with …
My INTENTION for the coming decade is to live as much as possible in the PRESENT, to appreciate all that is good around me, to share what I can with others and be open and positive to whatever DESTINY may have in mind in 2010 and beyond …
I wish you all that you wish for yourself in the coming year, with an extra dash of magical quirkiness 🙂
This week I spent a lovely couple of days relaxing in the Lake District, taking time out from a very hectic schedule to reflect and consider what next. I stayed overnight at the luxurious Waterhead Hotel on the shores of Windermere, near Ambleside, Cumbria. I will be writing about that another time but I just wanted to share with you a brief snippet of conversation I overheard in the queue for the Lakes Ferry last Wednesday.
Elderly gent to his elderly lady companion: “Where’s my camera?” “I don’t know. Is it in your pocket?” “No, I’ve looked there. Where is it?” “Maybe we left it in the hotel room.” “No it’s not there. Where is it?” “I don’t know. Perhaps it’s … maybe it’s back home.” “Where’s the camera. I never go out without my camera?” “Oh, I don’t know – why can’t we remember things these days? We used to be able to remember things … We used to have a memory; now we don’t have one between us.”
Five minutes later the elderly gent asked his lady companion, “What day is it today?” “I don’t know. Just a minute – let me see …” She go out her mobile phone, peered at it and said, “It’s the 11th of November. Oh, it’s Remembrance Day. It’s 11.30 on the 11th of November.” “I said, ‘What day is it?'” “I told you dear, it’s the 11thof November. Remembrance Day.” “NO – what DAY is it. I mean, what DAY is it?” “I’ve TOLD you, it’s the 11th of November …” “NO… what DAY…? “Oh, what DAY? Oh …” She looked at her mobile again. “Oh, I don’t know … What day IS it? …”
I whispered “Wednesday” to her and she told her husband. “Thank you dear. So silly, but I am 88 and he’s 91 and we can’t remember much these days. But we’ve been coming here since 1946 and we do know we love it here… So many happy memories.”
And I pondered on the companionship these two have shared as their collective memories gradually fade away … What happy memory might you share today?
“Are you going on holiday?” asked the friendly chap in the car as I trundled my suitcase down to Carnforth Station (its claim to fame being the setting for ‘Brief Encounter’s tearful farewells from Celia to Trevor). “Yes,” I replied. “I’m going to London for the weekend.” And that set me thinking .. Was I going on holiday – and if not, what was I doing?
Attending a TravelWriting Workshop is not really the stuff of holidays – is it? But I didn’t see it as work; rather a great and hopefully enjoyable way to learn some new skills, meet like-minded people and enjoy myself. I was also meeting up with a new-found friend from Twitter, Sharon Eden, whose inspirational website Women Of Courage was part of the reason I decided to take the plunge to write. I would be sight-seeing and was really looking forward to it all… in my mind it was a holiday.
The question is then “What is a holiday?” Do let me know – because I am really not sure, thanks to that cheery chap in Carnforth!