What's your Slow?

Perhaps it’s a daily run, volunteering for a local charity, visiting a particular place, painting or cooking. Whatever it is that really absorbs your attention and engages your interest so as to create a Slow  space in your life, we’d love to hear from you. You can write your thoughts at the end of the page, or drop us an email to slowlane@inntravel.co.uk

Siesta

Lauren, Inntravel Read more...

Screen 3, row D

Steve, Inntravel Read more...

Painting gives me my own space

Jan Fraser, Inntravel contributor Read more...

The climbing wall

Beth, Inntravel Read more...

Cooking

Elizabeth, Inntravel Read more...

Stamp collections

Clare Bense, Inntravel contributor Read more...

Muddy fields and muddy boots

Lynn Bradshaw, Inntravel contributor Read more...

Swimming in harmonies

Charlotte, Inntravel Read more...

Hot coffee and croissants

Julia Spence Read more...

Alnmouth beach

Sally White, Inntravel Read more...

Betsy the beagle

Sue Thackray Read more...

Country walk

Ollie Braithwaite, Inntravel Read more...

Cross-stitch

Susan, Inntravel Read more...

Kings of Convenience

James, Inntravel Read more...

The birds and the buzzards

Sara Knight, Inntravel contributor Read more...

Giving my bike some TLC

Peter Hunt, Inntravel Read more...

Slow is...A Summer Meadow and a Tent

Andy Montgommery Read more...

Spring sunshine from our summerhouse

James Hamill, Inntravel contributor Read more...

A day out in Saltaire

SJ, Inntravel Read more...

Slow front crawl

Kylie, Inntravel Read more...

Chairlift

JV, Inntravel Read more...




Taking a siesta with my Spanish* pug, 20 minutes’ ‘time out’ – sometimes longer if my body insists. *I have two; the English pug doesn’t really ‘get it’. Lauren, Inntravel Tuesday evening, City Screen in York. A two-thirds-empty cinema, screen 3, row D, the last seat on the left. Something obscure, subtitled or bleak. Or possibly all three. A pint of real ale from the bar in a plastic glass. Just me and the screen: no preconceptions, no-one else’s opinions to worry about. Just a couple of hours to focus, absorb and enjoy. Steve, Inntravel Painting is absorbing and the hours slip by as you concentrate on shapes, lines, choice of colours, mood etc. A visit to some of Edinburgh's galleries- especially accompanied by an expert giving information- gives me inspiration to try new techniques. Although retired, my family life is busy with grandchildren and an aged father. Painting gives me my own space. Jan Fraser, Inntravel contributor I’ve recently taken up indoor climbing. When I’m on the wall, my sole focus is getting to the top, choosing my next move. It’s like a puzzle – if I’m aiming for hand-hold X which is just out of reach, where do I need to move my feet and my other hand to so that I can get to it? Beth, Inntravel I love to spend the entire day cooking whether it be batch meals for the freezer, for a dinner party or just a little sweet treat for the office, cooking soothes me and the feeling of other people enjoying my food (I hope!)is hugely satisfying! Elizabeth, Inntravel Reorganising my stamp collection to consolidate it with the one I inherited from my mothers. Clare Bense, Inntravel contributor Trudging through field paths, thick with mud; boots heavy, pace slow and careful, eyes down. Just the rhythmic sound of gloopy steps, the swish of waterproofs, a fresh breeze and the cries of crows circling above. Miles away and, miles away. Lynn Bradshaw, Inntravel contributor I am fortunate to have a second life as a choral singer, every Tuesday and Thursday evening finds me rehearsing for whatever performance is approaching. I am a Contralto by nature, and by preference. I love swimming in the middle of the harmonies – with the high-voiced Sopranos paddling above, the Tenors and Basses providing a solid foundation below. Altos have a reputation for singing ‘the boring part’, but nothing beats the feeling of being suspended in the heart of a heavenly cluster of beautiful notes. It’s the closest feeling to flying that I can think of. Charlotte, Inntravel The Thames Valley is not necessarily known for its far-reaching views, for me there is nothing lovelier than getting up early on a Sunday morning in the spring, packing a breakfast picnic and heading for the nearby Wittenham Clumps. Later in the day walkers frequent these hills, but first thing you have the place to yourself, and the panoramic views are spectacular – and all the better for a touch of early morning mist. With the world at one’s feet, setting out a rug and tucking into a thermos of coffee and croissants never fails to set me up for the day. Julia Spence Walking along Alnmouth beach in Northumberland at 8am on one of the last days of year to watch the sun gradually appear over the sea, then heading back to our holiday cottage for a warming cup of tea and a bacon sandwich - that was a perfect SLOW experience I'll remember for a long time. Sally White, Inntravel An early morning walk with my Beagle Betsy. Watching the sunrise over Ryedale is the perfect way to take time out to tune into the busy day ahead! Sue Thackray I imagine this is a familiar feeling amongst many people reading this, but my “slow”, is the beginning of a walk. I love the tangible feeling of time slowing down, ever so gently, as the first couple of 100m’s begin to tumble away. Almost shedding the stresses of day to day life as I walk on. On a pleasant country walk this feel of tranquillity often continues but for some reason the contrast in that first half a mile or so is somehow the most noticeable.” Ollie Braithwaite, Inntravel Stitch by stitch, colour by colour I follow the detailed pattern to create a cross-stitch piece; usually to be given as a gift to a friend. This is a slow, methodical process and my mind is only focused on making sure the next stitch is in the correct place...until my concentration is broken by my cat stealing the threads! Susan, Inntravel Whatever might be on my mind, if I am feeling stressed or frustrated, all I have to do is switch my Bluetooth speaker on and select a song by one of my favourite bands, The Kings of Convenience. This Swedish/German pop folk duo’s particular brand of gentle lilting rhythms and mellifluous melodies never fail to brighten my mood and help me find my Slow... James, Inntravel It is the birds I meet. As I reach the high fields on my daily walk and I hear the lark I have to stop, and even if I can't spot him I have to let the bubbling sound thrill, move and lift my spirits. Then there are the buzzards, mewing and wheeling. I stand and float with them. Even in my garden I am entranced by the busy blue tits and have to stop and chat with the robin. The intersection of our lives is always a slow moment to savour. Sara Knight, Inntravel contributor Stripping….my bike. I ask a lot of my bike, it gets me to work and back almost every day, so once in a while it deserves some tlc. First, it gets a gentle hose-down with, essentially, soap and water. Then the strip: Everything comes off and comes apart, internal workings get cleaned, sometimes right down to individual ball bearings. And finally, after a good re-grease, it all comes back together, carefully. It can take several hours, but it’s an occasion when I’m not aware of the passing of time at all. Peter Hunt, Inntravel Hammering the final peg into the ground, pinning back the open flaps, unfolding the camping chairs and opening a bottle of wine, knowing I can't do the housework or go to the shops or finish off that feature. All I can do is sit, let my gaze drift across the landscape, and breathe. Oh how I yearn for a summer meadow, a long weekend, and a tent Andy Montgommery Lingering over a cup of coffee in our little summerhouse, feeing the warmth of early Spring sunshine, watching the buds on the apple tree begin to swell and looking forward to longer days of new growth, colour and fragrance. Our summerhouse is a refuge, a sanctuary of peace and relaxation, where there is time to pause from the fast forward of the outside world. James Hamill, Inntravel contributor It’s just a 50-minute train journey from my home in York to Saltaire on the far side of Bradford. Here there are time-warped, back-to-back terraces; a magnificent old mill – transformed into a gallery, diner and superb bookshop; and vibrant David Hockney paintings to enjoy. Besides Salts Mill itself, there are friendly, independent shops to visit, canalside towpaths to wander, and a great micropub for a pint. It’s my perfect solo day out. SJ, Inntravel Slow front crawl, following the black line along the bottom of the pool from one end to the other, noticing the shimmering patterns of light dancing around it, while my arms pass in front of me, coated in tiny bubbles... Concentrating on each stroke, gliding and reaching to catch a big handful of still water, pulling it backwards to propel me forwards, then starting the cycle again, using a lazy long-distance swimmer's leg kick to maintain a fluid rhythm, at one with the water... Kylie, Inntravel It is on a ski chairlift that I experience my Slow. I love the overwhelming silence and stillness in the mountains, broken only by the whooshing of skis on freshly groomed slopes or by the gentle whirring of the chairlift as I am hoisted above the clouds. I embrace the icy breath of wind on my face and marvel at the odd perfect snowflake landing on my knee. I also like the feeling of anonymity, disguised in my padded snow gear and goggles, and love trying to guess the different nationalities of my fellow passengers.” JV, Inntravel

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