When I’m not a work, and I try to take up to 2 months between jobs, my time is spent catching up with friends and family. I’m a bit of a social butterfly fitting in lunch dates, dinners and bike rides.
There are some friends that I see quite regularly because of their proximity to where I am. It all becomes a bit tight towards me leaving again, though. I’m aware of the ones I haven’t managed to catch up with and hope to meet up with them the next time I’m home.
A few days ago, I managed to catch up with, and say goodbye to, my talented friend Cat. She lives on Dartmoor so we decided the best place to meet should be The Devon Guild of Craftsmen in Bovey Tracey.
This is a beautiful building which houses exhibition galleries and a craft shop. It’s a great place to while away the time and stock up on birthday cards. They also have a great terrace cafe upstairs, which sells the most delicious foods. I had to go and ask a fellow diner what they were eating because it looked so delicious and I couldn’t work out what it was on the menu.
My friends are extremely importantant to me whilst I’m working. I get letters from one particular friend (along with letters from her daughters) and social media helps a lot too. Thank goodness for various maternity pages on Fbk where there is someone always awake and happy to chat in the middle of the night. My hours are 24 hours and you can feel quite lonely in the night, when you have a small, uncomfortable baby in your arms.
Skype is a wonderful thing too. When I first started this work, I travelled with a family for 5 months, visiting Canada, LA, Australia and Hawaii and then doing it all in reverse. It was great to be able to keep in contact with everyone and catch a bit of “real” life. For the longer bookings, and when I’m abroad, I do feel a bit out of sight, out of mind, so it’s really quite nice when I do get messages, be they the good old fashioned letters or messages via social media. Keep them up, please, and I’ll write back… I promise!