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Resolutions for a new year

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The end of a calendar year and the start of another is a great time for reflection and growth. We asked people what they hope to do (or not do) in 2012.

Jill and Jeff Sutheran

Jeff Sutheran, owner, St Cuthbert’s House B&B, North Sunderland, Seahouses: “I’m determined to move more slowly, take time to appreciate the insignificant little details which surround me in every moment, and to not regard ‘doing’ as anywhere near as important as ‘being’.

Lesley Silvera

Lesley Silvera

Lesley Silvera, Coast & Country Programme Co-Ordinator: “I hope to finish St Oswald’s Way. I am walking it with my friend and we got to Rothbury after three days of walking through the Northumbrian countryside. We’re really looking forward to the River Coquet and the coastal sections that lie ahead. Obviously hoping for a falling tide to cross to Holy Island!”

Rob Hersey, owner, Wild Northumbrian Yurts and Tipis: “Eat cake, love life, walk the fells and take time to chill out by a roaring fire with a glass of champagne in hand outside one of our wonderful Tipis!”

Deborah Tate, Marketing Officer, Woodhorn, Ashington: “I’m going to endeavour to take control of life and situations rather than let them rule me. Before then, I’m going to have a good clear out at work – bin and sort between Christmas and New Year. What joy!”

Andy Craig

Andy Craig

Andy Craig, owner, Andy Craig Photography: “My resolution will be to organise a proper day off once a week and head inland to exploreThe Cheviots much more.”

Geoff Holland, writer, author, photographer and explorer: “To get out into Northumberland’s beautiful countryside as often as possible, especially the Cheviot Hills, and to continue to explore every possible nook and cranny that I can. The possibilities are endless.”

Kate-Louise Middleston, Sand and Castle Holiday Cottages: “My New Year’s resolution is to do my dishes straight after dinner rather than leaving them to the next day.”

Graeme Campbell, owner, Graeme Campbell Photography, Training and Design: “My resolution is to take more photography as I’ve had a tame year by my standards!”

Jon Monks, owner, Shepherds Walks: “To walk every day, whatever the weather and to enjoy the views through every season.”

Bernard Bloodworth, general manager, Matfen Hall Hotel: “Be fit enough to do a 100k night cycle ride around London in June for this Rainbow Trust Charity event.”

Neil Bradbury

Neil Bradbury

Neil Bradbury, Executive Member for Customer Services and Culture, Northumberland County Council: “Finding the time to go to thetheatre rather than being in council meetings discussing the funding of them!”

Clive Hallam-Baker, volunteer, Remembering Flodden Project : “My New Year’s resolution is to make the most of the sunny days.   I suffer from seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and the short winter days and mushroom-soup skies get me down.  I long for the bright summer light and to be out and about with my two Labradors.  As Morecambe and Wise used to sing: ‘Bring me sunshine all the while!’.”

Tom Cadwallender

Tom Cadwallender

Tom Cadwallender, wildlife and nature consultant: “In 2012 I intend to spend more time in Northumberland, especially my local birdwatching patch – the Aln Estuary; discover how to make low-calorie bread; re-discover my favourite places in Northumberland; continue to spread the word about how wonderful Northumberland is for natural history; and increase my knowledge of Northumberland’s military past, especially 20th century.”

Ian Kille, owner, Northumbrian House B&B, Berwick-upon-Tweed: “To create a buzz on the social networks about the Northumbrian brands – Northumbrian Earth, Northumbrian Fire and the now five-star Northumbrian House; to put my energy and passion behind initiating work on a sustainable Northumberland and Borders; and to organise myself so that I have time to create both pots and music.”

Elspeth Gilliland, Ford and Etal Estate: “To make time for myself to enjoy all that Northumberland has to offer.”

Mary Ann Rogers, artist: “My New Years resolution is to be a bit more careful, after a year of many breakages- leg, toe, vehicles (trashed) promises (suppliers) I feel I need to be more ciircumspect in 2012!”

Duncan Wise, Visitor Development Officer, Northumberland National Park:  “My only resolution is to get fit enough to complete the 106-mile-day Challenge Ride of the Northern Rock Cyclone event at the end of June. The NNPA is sponsoring the Elite Women’s Cycle Race with our Curlew Trophy, so I thought it might be good idea to participate in the endurance ride . . .why?”

Claudia Melville, Marketing Officer, Northumberland National Park: “Read more about Northumberland’s history, cook more, especially local food; and make the most of each day! Life is an adventure to be had!”


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