These are difficult days: we are all in the midst of a humbling and trying atmosphere. We face a long period of imposed and unexpected isolation. We don’t want to be here, we did not book it, and given the option we would definitely check out early.
Our Irish Landmarker guest community has an innate propensity for solitude and peace. In times of choice, our guests would select remote and isolated destinations for adventure and rest. Irish Landmarkers have a resilient and creative nature that supports them in times of seclusion and retreat. And our guests are equipped with special tools to manage isolation. They know how to positively occupy themselves in a meaningful and productive manner, while resting in secluded environments. This knowledge and subtle training will stand to us as advice tells us to stay safe and remove ourselves from the world for a little while.
Learning from our Irish Landmark Guests:
In every Irish Landmark Property there is a guestbook, where the guest records something of their experience of staying in their chosen property. We treasure these handwritten contributions. Below we offer some of the simple, easy to attain joys that guests have referenced as comfort gems while “away”, “isolated”, or “removed from the world.
ART & AIR
Make art in a childlike way, read about it, surround yourself with it.
As you breathe it in, take regular breaks for fresh air.
BOOKS & BROTH
This is the time we have all been waiting for to dedicate ourselves to reading. Books are our treasure. “You’re never lonely with a good book”.
Read away while you roast a chicken and look forward to the sumptuous broth these boiled bones will make. These truly is the elixir of life.
CHESS BY CANDLELIGHT
Watch the flicker and shadow of candles burning.
Play chess for hours, or learn chess for the first time. You can do this online if you are by yourself.
DOGS & DAFFODILS
Dogs need us right now, but maybe we need them more. Enjoy their company and let their routines guide you.
Daffodils are everywhere. They offer us a guard of honour. They are steady, strong, reliable and beautiful. If you have a few summer bulbs lying around or access to ordering them online, plant a pot with summer bulbs.
EXERCISE & EPSOM SALT BATHS
Your body and bones will be grateful after a little bit of daily exercise.
An epsom bath is a nourishing treat at the end of the day. Old fashioned remedies still work best.
FEASTS & FLUFFY TOWELS
Make a feast. Make it as simple as you like – maybe eat it by candlelight in party attire or pyjamas. This is the time we can make our own choices. Nobody is looking. A midnight feast will carry you back to days of Enid Blyton.
Take out your best towels to use over this time. That fluffy, extra large one that you keep for special occasions.
GAMES & GHOST STORIES
Board games with the family and ghost stories around the fire are consistently referenced in our guestbooks. Now is the time for them.
HOME-MAKE VEGETABLE SOUP & HOT WATER BOTTLES
Nourish your soul.
INCENSE & IRISH COFFEES
Nourish your senses.
JIGSAWS & JAMMING
Nourish your mind
KINDLING & KINDNESS
Collect kindling. Wood is grounding. Light the fire and stare at the flickers in the warm glow of home.
Do something kind for someone else. Help others. Practise gratitude.
LIGHT & LAUGHTER
Access light. Light-filled rooms are therapeutic. Pull the curtains back and sit at the window. Wave at people who pass by. They are feeling this time too.
Try and laugh where you can: laughter is a tonic.
MUSIC & MINDFULNESS
Make space to meditate. Tara Brach’s free meditations online are magical.
Or listen to your favourite music. Music is meditation. Turn off the constant news updates. Take breaks and rest in the moment.
NATURE & NAPS
Being in nature shifts everything: even the worst mood.
Nap if you feel like it. Guilt free napping is treasured time.
ORNITHOLOGY & OPERA
If you are lucky and have a garden, observe the birds.
Play opera loudly with one eye on the bird feeder. Watch and listen as the daily drama unfolds.
POETRY & PHOTOGRAPHY
Read at least one poem a day.
Take photographs without posting them on social media. Take them for you.
QUIZZES & QUILTS
Try crosswords tucked underneath favourite blankets or duvets.
ROCKS & RADIO
Find a smooth rock you like. Hold it in your hands. Rub it gently if you feel anxious. Let it suck up your worries with its natural grounding force.
Tune into the radio for company but keep the content calm. Listening to news three times a day is more than enough.
STARGAZING & SCRABBLE
In the evening, pull a chair outside and stare at the universe. It is further proof that humanity is small.
Find a trusty scrabble opponent. Online scrabble is a proactive way to stay in touch.
TREES & TREASURES
In his book, ‘The Hidden Life of Trees‘, Peter Wohlleben describes how trees are like human families. A lovely read if you can acquire a copy. Socially distanced space in the company of trees is still a viable option.
Take out old letters, favourite jewellery or any item you treasure. Work them into your daily routines. Keep nothing for good wear. Take out everything you own and wear it now.
There are no rules. Make your home your Utopia and enjoy the upbeat moments that present and survive everything else.
VIBES & VASES
Cultivate the vibe you want.
Pluck something from outside and put it in a vase of water.
WHOLENESS & WELLBEING
Wholeness means we don’t need to feel positive all the time. Allow yourself the space to feel how you feel.
Mind your wellbeing. Our guests consistently report how good they feel after a little wi-fi free sojourn. Create a window in the day where you completely disconnect from the internet.
XENAGOGY & XENIZATION
No guest has left us with ‘X’ words in the guestbooks, but with this little guidebook list in mind, we like ‘Xenagogy’
The act of travelling as a stranger in foreign lands is Xenization, which feels like life as we all know it at the moment, without going anywhere at all.
YAP & YARNS
Maintain ways of sharing your voice with someone else in a day. Yap with your neighbour across the road, or factor in a few phone calls.
If you are a knitter, this is your time. If not, opt for story-telling as your variation of ‘yarn’.
ZEN & ZEST
Try a little of both in equal measure.