How The Brain Makes Creative Solutions

‘The evidence that the brain responds to events that do not appear in consciousness is overwhelming’.  The Wayward Mind - Guy Claxton I know that when I want to find solutions to puzzles or get into a creative flow, I need to access a different state of mind – make my brain work in a different … Continue reading How The Brain Makes Creative Solutions

Get Unplugged Go Offline – Disconnect To Reconnect

Last Friday, 1st March, was a national day of unplugging.  Well at least it was in the US.  In the 1990’s getting unplugged meant rock stars like Eric Clapton moved away from the embellishment of their electrical set-up and returned to acoustic guitars with a stripped back, purer sound, and made some stunning music.  While some of today’s … Continue reading Get Unplugged Go Offline – Disconnect To Reconnect

Part 3 – 6 Shortcuts To Insights And Inspiration

What Makes A Boutique Business Retreat? Packing your vision and leaving the rest behind to spend time alone.  Here are elements 5 and 6 of what makes a boutique business retreat and this blog wraps up the last of the fundamental elements that define Being At The Cottage. In all, there are 6 fundamental elements that make … Continue reading Part 3 – 6 Shortcuts To Insights And Inspiration

6 Shortcuts To Insights And Inspiration – Part 1

What Makes A Boutique Business Retreat? I believe that houses choose their owners. In 1991 Graig Ddu chose me.  You can find that story here:   https://tinyurl.com/ydyz5wp3 But back to the present. After leaving an out of character foray into the corporate world as a property manager in 2018 where I had over 100 holiday cottages to oversee … Continue reading 6 Shortcuts To Insights And Inspiration – Part 1

The Moon And Creative Solutions… Really?

So what do you do when your creative solutions desert you?  Suck it up? Force it out? Tear out your hair? For the last few weeks I’ve been bursting with ideas and creative solutions, on a high and full of energy, but during last weekend I noticed there was nothing there.  Flat, empty, imagine-less.  Those hidden … Continue reading The Moon And Creative Solutions… Really?

The Only Constant Thing In Life Is Change

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 … Continue reading The Only Constant Thing In Life Is Change

A Holographic Garden

It’ll be three years ago this summer that I began restructuring the garden at Graig Ddu.  Many of the small shrubs were over 30 years old and reaching the end of their lives, and some were diseased. It was in the ensuing chain-sawing, uprooting and burning that the holographic nature of the garden wove its … Continue reading A Holographic Garden

The Magic Of The Mountains

4.00pm on 30thDecember and dusk is settling.  I ran to the mountain gate and up to the cairn at the top of Twyn Y Gaer, an iron age hill fort.  On the way I nodded hello to the last straggling walkers heading back home before dark.  Perfect – no more people.  That’s how I like … Continue reading The Magic Of The Mountains

4 Good Reasons To Talk To An Intelligent Stranger

Being At The Cottage is about using the power of spending time alone to develop something extraordinary. However, in order to add perspective and depth to that experience, the time spent alone is enhanced by conversations.   But calling them conversations doesn’t really do justice to what can happen when two people sit down and … Continue reading 4 Good Reasons To Talk To An Intelligent Stranger

The Essence Of The Boutique Business Retreat

‘What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare. No time to stand beneath the boughs And stare as long as sheep or cows.’                 W H Davies 1911 It’s over100 years since W H Davies wrote those words, and most of us are now hurtling through life so … Continue reading The Essence Of The Boutique Business Retreat