When we observe and preserve an alert watchfulness over life, we can see the unfolding and enfolding evolution of everything – constant change. It may seem banal, but this also includes holiday cottages.
I moved to Graig Ddu in 1991 – you can read the story here: https://beingatthecottage.com/2019/01/14/synchronicity-at-its-magical-best/
For 9 years I lived and worked at the cottage as a ceramic artist. In 2005 I made some improvements and it became a holiday cottage. Since then, this industry has completely transformed.
For the next stage in Graig Ddu’s evolution, and mine, I was drawn into following an unusual direction. One in which afterwards, I felt that I’d been transported into a parallel universe wearing a straight-jacket liberally lined with grit. I developed an empathy for Rudyard Kipling’s story of How The Rhinoceros Got His Skin – (it was filled with stale cake crumbs by the Parsee when the rhino took off his skin to go for a swim).
The small but very successful agency that the cottage had been marketed by was bought out. Over lunch in September 2016, my friend, who’d sold this company, said there was a vacancy. Was I interested? Weirdly out of character, applying for the job felt like the right thing to do. A week later I was employed as the property manager for the Black Mountains area.
Marie had gently hinted that the company was ‘quite corporate’, and would I be ok with that? As I hadn’t worked in a corporate environment in over 30 years, the answer was – Who knew? Time would tell.
I lasted 15 months. During that time, I did my job, all the while craving creativity, initiative, inspiration and freedom. However, throughout that time, as I went from property to property and visited the office in Devon, (in an evolutionary sense preserved in aspic, suspended in a 1970’s time warp), I got invaluable understanding and insights into the holiday cottage market.
Every cloud has its role in synchronicity. I couldn’t have got these insights in any other way. They were the catalyst and the catapult for the evolution of Graig Ddu into its next role. Being At The Cottage was born and so began the transformation from holiday cottage to boutique business retreat.
Over the months, as I have developed the details of the experience, I get the strongest impression that Graig Ddu has been waiting patiently for years for me to catch up in my own evolution so that together, we can fulfil a higher purpose, while at the same time, offering the opportunity and space for others to fulfil theirs.
The only constant thing in life is change.