Saturday, 8 September 2018

Taking Back Control: Social Media

One of my favourite bloggers, Shannon Ables, recently discussed on her podcast, ways to simplify your life. The idea being that you can free up more time to do things which are actually important to you like spending quality time with family and friends or blazing through your knitting pile, or books to read pile.

Whilst all of the suggestions weren't necessarily ones that I wanted to adopt, I was keen on imposing some sort of restriction on my Social Media time. I'm sure I'm not the worst person out there, but, I do have a weakness for Instagram. I can quite easily lose track of time as I scroll through, which would be fine if I were actively choosing to do that. I don't though, it's a passive decision that then leaves me resentful at the time I've lost when I could have been doing something more productive, like writing this blog post. 

That's just the thing though, this shouldn't be a passive decision, time is too valuable a commodity to let it passively flitter by. 

This past week I set a notification on my phone. At 8pm there's no more social media for me! The surprising thing is that, while I sit there playing and laughing with my daughter, or knitting away happily, I'm not missing my time on social media at all. What's more, I'm spending less time on it even before 8pm, just dipping in and out. I find myself more present and more cognisant of when I am on it. 

The restriction was supposed to start as a 1 month trial, but 1 week in and I am already reaping the benefits of more time to do the things that bring me joy. I can't see myself going back. 

Social media is a fun place to visit, bit we must be the ones in control of how and when we spend our time on it. 

What are your thoughts on social media? Do you love it or loathe it? Do you control it or does it control you? Let me know in the comments. 

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The Old Station Tea Rooms at Cloughton

Cloughton is a pretty little village that sits just outside of Scarborough, on the road to Whitby. For years we've been passing a sign on the road out there, pointing us in the direction of the Old Station Tea Rooms, and, recently we finally took the turn off and paid it a visit.

The Old Station Tea Rooms is, you guessed it, the old railway station from many years ago when there was a line that went from Scarborough to Whitby. Long since abandoned, that line now provides a cycle/ hiking path and so the tea rooms are well frequented by walkers and cyclists seeking refreshment. 

It was a pleasant day when we visited, meaning we could take advantage of the beautiful garden seating area. I'm glad of that because, having taken a peek inside, I don't think that the cosy tea room itself would be particularly practical for a pram. 

The garden, however, is vast and flowering with beautiful cottage garden blooms. It's a delightful spot to sit and listen to the birds.

The menu is traditional tea room fayre, and the prices fairly standard. I enjoyed toasted crumpets with a very generous helping of jam, and a pot of wonderfully strong coffee. The Mr. Had tea and cake and the whole lot came to £9.

The tea room is definitely a place I would visit again, but only on a warm day. It's a nice spot to stop off at, and would make a lovely pit stop if you're travelling in the area. It's both child and dog friendly, which is always good to know.

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