5 ways to beat the Back to Work Blues


Today, 6th January, is the first Monday back at work for many people. If you believe the media it is also the most depressing day in the calendar.  It doesn’t help that the wind is howling outside and rain battering the windows at Sally’s Cottages. Rather than be miserable, I have thought up the 5 things I have roughly resolved to do and am most looking forward to doing.

1: Appreciate my local area more
I am very lucky to live in Keswick and when I first moved here I used to catch the last boat on Derwentwater and nip up Catbells to watch the sunset. This particular fell gets so busy during the summer, it is really popular especially with guests in our self catering Lake District cottages. I must get back in the habit of going out for an evening stroll.

Catbells over Derwentwater in winter


2: Explore more
Did you know there was a great little pub in Dacre close to our self catering cottages in Ullswater, that serves a great pint, has a warm welcome and is dog friendly? Neither did I till recently. The Horse and Farrier is off the A66 on a narrow through road to Ullswater. I had driven past the little brown sign countless time and decided to go and investigate what this 18th Century pub was all about. There was a friendly barmaid and a cute little dog who sat next to us on his own barstool.

3: Don’t just seek the summits
This is a bit like my resolve to explore more. I have been on countless walks where another path, crag or outcrop has caught my eye but I have quested on regardless for the summit. Dock Tarn near Watendlath is a classic example. I must have walked along the side of the tarn countless times but never once explored the heathery outcrops on the far side, where I am sure there would be a completely different view. 

4: Read my books
I received some great books for Christmas: Absolute Beginners, Yeah Yeah Yeah (the history of modern pop), Complete guide to Cumbria mountain weather (!), Oglivy on Advertising (perfect for work), Secret North Western Fells, Map Addict and Countryside Dog Walks. Now I just need to crack on and read them instead of just letting them look pretty on my bookshelf.

Chair of Books in the Lake District

5: Be more organised
In the grand scheme of things I know this is not going to happen, but if I only achieve one thing this year, it will be this: on returning from an outing I resolve to download my photos straight away and put my camera on charge!