Today is a new moon. It's a great time to set new intentions for the year if you’ve not done so already or to start again if you’ve stumbled. Apparently yesterday (12th January) is the day most people fail at their New Year's resolutions and chuck in the towel. I'm not sure it occurs to many of them that maybe their resolutions were unrealistic in the first place so they had set themselves up for disappointment and that feeling of failure and self loathing.
No longer do I plan to start punishing exercise regimes or try ultra-healthy but ultra-boring diets in January. Instead I set positive intentions and aim to be kind to myself in Winter, to nourish both body and mind to get through what even in an ordinary year can be a bit of a dark and depressing time. Winter is the natural time for us to hibernate so embrace the opportunity to be at home more than usual and rest and restore ready for Spring.
We are fortunate that our award-winning glamping site here at Blackdown Yurts is located in the middle of it all. Despite being tucked away in a hidden rural valley, when you holiday here it is easy to get out and visit places within Mid-Devon or venture slightly further afield into East, North or South Devon and even into Somerset, Dorset or Cornwall too! We provide a file with leaflets to numerous holiday attractions in the communal barn, but in this digital age there are number of online offerings visitors will find useful in deciding where to go and what to see and do.
The newest of these is a brand new resource for visitors to Mid Devon in the form of the Visit Mid Devon website. I went to the launch a couple of nights ago in Tiverton, Mid-Devon's district town. The website is super easy to use and has listings of What's On in the region, places to visit and stay (here obviously!), food and drink, cycling and walking routes and more. I've listed a few more online resources and apps at the end of the blog.
We've picked out a few events that are coming up during the Easter holidays and places to visit year round too. One thing we can't control for is the weather so we've included plenty of indoor options too. Hopefully it will cheer up in March though. Fingers crossed!
One of our aims since arriving here nearly four years ago has been to plant some trees on the land, and we're thrilled to say that this plan is finally coming to fruition this Spring with the launch of our Adopt-A-Tree programme.
Katie is one of the owners of Blackdown Yurts and likes to write about things going on at and around her beautiful glamping site