A Digital Detox
Last week I took a couple of days out and headed for the hills, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of the city, the incessant buzz of notifications, and the distraction of addictive box sets. For four days we would be without phone signal, wifi or TV in a beautiful little cottage nestled in a valley in Snowdonia National Park.
After a quick trip to Betws-y-Coed to stock up on food and buy some much-needed waterproof trousers, we took a dander around the valley to take in the soggy, but beautiful view and plan our walks for the next day.
Rough nights sleep due to the stormy weather and the unearthly sound of the dog snoring loud enough to shake the cottage walls, but with a few cups of coffee and a bacon butty we were awake enough to make out way out into the rain.
We hiked up through the disused quarry to the eerie abandoned village that sits on top of the hills surrounding Cwm Penmachno. Such a quiet place, we didn't see another soul, plenty of sheep though!
Bored of the rain, we headed for the coast in search of sunshine. As we approached Borth-y-Gest the clouds finally parted and we walked along the beach and scrambled up the rocks.
Back to the cottage and the sun was still out so we took a stroll around the woods. Trying to make the most of the good weather, and with a few poor decisions made based on woeful map reading skills, we stayed a little longer than planned and ended up walking through a forest with only torch light to guide us. A shortcut through a small waterfall and a hop over a fence saw us right and we headed back down the hill, through the sheep field and back to the safety of the cottage and the cosy glow of the log burner.
Of course, there was beautiful sunshine the day we leave! One last walk around the valley to soak up some vitamin D and we headed back home.
Detox over, and back to work with a new appreciation for downtime. I think being so cut off taught me the importance of separating your work, and home life, and to remember to take some time for yourself without the distractions of modern life. Its important, especially as a creative, to rest our minds and let them wander undirected and uninterrupted.