Making time for the things we enjoy is something we’ve always advocated – it boosts our mental wellbeing, keeps us grounded and evokes a sense of escapism.
If there’s one thing that this isolation period has taught us, it’s the importance of nurturing the rituals and routines that bring us solace – seeking the positives and making them a non-negotiable part of our days at home.
With this in mind, we wanted to share the pastimes that our team are enjoying at the moment – from crafts to crispbread, we hope our “Time at Home” series inspires you to share your isolation moments of pleasure with us. Simply tag us in your photos using #PetersYardAtHome.
Naomi | Sampling & Events Manager | Harrogate
Tell us, what does your newly adapted at-home routine looks like?
Just before lockdown my 11 year-old daughter, Mollie, my dog Gus and I travelled to Harrogate to stay with my sister and her children.
During the week, my sister and I have tried to adopt a home schooling schedule to keep our children in some form of routine – and to ensure that I can continue to work knowing Mollie is happily doing her online lessons in the company of her cousins. So far it’s working well!
What simple pleasures have you been appreciating lately?
I’ve always loved exercise, particularly walking – so I’ve been enjoying investigating new places here in Harrogate with my three year-old Cavapoo, Gus.
I’ve also been making the most of running with no headphones in my ears, taking the time to stop occasionally and look around me – appreciating simple things like the smell of freshly mowed grass, a field of wild buttercups and the silence of the roads.
Is there a new hobby or activity that you’ve discovered during this time?
I’ve come to really enjoy cycling after completing a 10 mile trek through the North Yorkshire countryside with my brother in-law – I absolutely loved it! Cycling now plays an important part of my lockdown exercise regime.
What is the last thing you cooked or baked that you’re proud of?
During lockdown, I’ve really enjoyed baking with my 12 year old niece, Naomi and my daughter, Mollie. We’ve made a Victoria Sponge, Rocky Road and even baked some bread – I find the whole activity so much more fun when we get the kids involved.
Have you been listening to any podcasts or music that you’d like to share?
Whilst being at my sister’s, we’ve been listening to some of our favourite pop tunes from the 80’s, including Michael Jackson’s “Off the Wall”. This album brings back so many fond memories of my childhood.
What’s the last book that you couldn’t put down?
Last year I couldn’t put down “The Red Dahlia” written by Linda LaPlante. It’s a gripping thriller that definitely kept my attention.
I’ve also been listening to my daughter read to me before her bedtime, one of those things I’d gotten out of the habit of at home, and something I’ve really missed.