Aim high: the best new year resolutions

Aim high: the best new year resolutions

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So how many did you keep THIS year? Resolutions, that is. Did you aim too high or did you just lose enthusiasm …by mid January?

Well the new year is THE time to do it, and so we want to inspire you, challenge you, and maybe even meet you along the way in 2018. Here’s our ten (yes, ten. Somebody will be ticking them off).

1: Go greener still. We were very moved by our neighbour Ashley Cooper’s book, Images from a Warming Planet, and though we’re very proud of our sustainable credentials, we can all do better. Take a look at his website Global Warming Images; we aim to recycle even more.

2: Shop locally. Again, this is something we do regularly, but there’s no excuses here now that we have amazing Christmas markets in Windermere, the monthly Farmers’ Market in Grasmere, and so much terrific local produce available. Our favourite? Cowmire Hall Damson Gin.

3: Run off all the calories after eating and drinking Cumbria’s finest. Jonathan would love to beat his personal best (2:09) at the Coniston half marathon, and after saying “never again” Caroline’s thinking about another full marathon.

4: Slow down occasionally and walk with our eyes open. You can miss so much of the local landscape if you rush… and if you do the same, favourite routes. We aim to seek out some different places, inspired by David Banning’s fascinating book An A-Z of Cumbria and the Lake District on Film. From Swallows and Amazons to Star Wars, you can seek out some 60 different locations. (Are you still counting, Caroline?)

5: On the subject of film, we must make sure we watch the most controversial movie of the new year…Peter Rabbit! We love James Corden but what will Beatrix Potter fans think? We’ll see it at Zeffirellis and maybe call in at one of their free live jazz sessions. 

6: We will definitely get to the theatre more in 2018. Our amazing Theatre by the Lake in Keswick had a stunning year, and we can’t wait for the new season, especiall Olivier-nominated actress Elizabeth Mansfield in the one-woman Hymn to Love, a homage to Edith Piaf. And they’ve already announced next year’s Christmas show: Beauty and the Beast

7: And we will definitely support our local Old Laundry Theatre. This one looks a winner: award-winning comedy theatre company New Old Friends have a touring production of Crimes Under the Sun (Friday 9 & Saturday 10 March). It’s a riotous comedy thriller, directed by James Farrell (39 Steps, West End Associate Director), inspired by Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun.  If you’re staying with us, ask about an early dinner before the theatre. 

8: Did someone say dinner? We have an amazing chef here and the new year promises some exciting new recipes. Only we’re keeping them under wraps for now; you’ll have to book a table to find out just how good they are.

9: A short escape from the Lakes? Jonathan is desperate to return to the higher mountain ranges and maybe, if Caroline gives him time off he will get to Morocco for a weeks trekking in the Atlas Mountains summiting Toubkal, the highest mountain in North Africa.

10: And inspired by the Lakes…Caroline wants to get to her art classes again more regularly. There’s some lovely work by local artists here at Cedar Manor. Call in and have a look.

And above all, have a very happy new year!

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