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One and one is one

There is often more than one way to view anything.

I could say that last weekend was wasted on work as I had to bring my business accounts up to date so I could file my value added tax (VAT) return.

Or I could say that we spent a relaxing weekend by the sea: on Friday night we walked our dog for four miles on a sandy beach before enjoying chips and local ice cream on the seafront at Woolacombe, on Saturday we paddled in the sea opposite Ilfracombe harbour, while on Sunday we strolled down a shaded valley on Exmoor, spotting butterflies and wild birds as we walked down to the secluded beach at Heddon’s Mouth.

Different aspects of life are always colliding. Especially when you run your own business, a statutory obligation can overrun your desire to have a weekend doing only what you want, but it doesn’t have to stop you enjoying life.

I chose to live by the sea.

It can be difficult because we are some 200 miles from London and being remote makes me work harder to gain business.

It is wonderful because instead of commuting on the Tube, I can paddle in the sea, walk our dog, work or just enjoy the two to three dead hours that decades ago I would have wasted on commuting.

They are all my life.

One aspect balances another: the pain from illness and loss in my family, which is natural and unavoidable, is relieved by the joy and wonder of people to whom I am close, dogs we have been so lucky to have with us and the breath-taking beauty of our environment.

I probably won’t remember doing my VAT return, which took up the bulk of my weekend, but I will remember walking along the sandy beach, paddling in the sea and the secluded valley.

Thank goodness for all the aspects of life.

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Stop and see new life

I’ve got so much to do over the next few days that I don’t have much time, but before rushing to my office this morning I remembered the seeds I had planted.

I had to take a look.

Sure enough, the runner bean and tomato seedlings are sprouting.

What a wonderful feeling.

What makes it even more special for me is that I have family members and friends who are ageing or not in good health at the moment.

It is a sad knowing that there will be farewells soon. Sometimes it can feel that life is grim, but these tiny seedlings put it in perspective.

We are all young once, full of vitality, stretching up in search of light and energy. We live our lives and, hopefully, are able to enjoy our time as much as possible.

The seedlings stopped me and reminded me of this.

I’ll get my work done today, but I won’t feel so frantic.

• By Robert Zarywacz

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Thank you, Ilfracombe, for the best decade

10 years ago this morning, we set off in our two cars from Windsor on our big move to Ilfracombe.

Were we doing the right thing? Would we settle in? How would we feel in North Devon?

The answer is that the 10 years have sped past and we’ve never looked back.

We know so many more people and dogs, spend so much more time out in the open, walk more, eat far better and feel life is far better here.

Thank you, Ilfracombe and everyone we know here.

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Time management, fitness, organisation, life

Some people who know me wouldn’t necessarily describe me as the tidiest person in the world. Being tidy is not my first aim in life, but I do appreciate that a certain amount of organisation is necessary when trying to achieve a number of ambitious aims.

Apart from my commitment to publishing daily instalments of Candyfloss & Pickles here, I am also appearing in stage shows as well as writing sketches and material for performance. Then there’s family life, dogs, oh, and business.

The year ahead is going to be a challenge for everyone, so as the gales wail outside our house I have been tidying up, organising myself mentally, physically and electronically, and keeping an eye on my fitness.

Now I’m not a sports or fitness fanatic and consider going to the gym a waste of time that could be spent far more productively. As well as walking our dogs, I’ve just started the 5BX programme originally created for the Royal Canadian Air Force. This appeals to me because it needs no equipment and just requires 11 minutes of exercise each day at your own pace.

So with Clare EvansTime Management for Dummies book organising my business and creative life, the 5BX programme keeping me fit and our dogs keeping me sane, I believe I’m prepared as I can be for what the near future can throw at me.

Scary, eh? I mean, being so prepared.

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