Connection – “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and received without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship” Brene Brown

It has been, and continues to be, a challenging couple of years for staying connected to
those we love. Sometimes, even with those we live with. But it’s not impossible.


Tips from the Country for Staying Connected (or Reconnecting)


Here at Collector Cottage we live a slower paced life. A life of planting flowers with the seasons, step by step renovations to achieve our long term goal, and enjoying the fresh country air. We hope we offer our guests a small taste of this decompression when they visit.

Moving away from the fast paced life of the city, and slowing down, literally smelling the roses on our beautiful oasis in Collector, has taught us some of the things that really matter the most. Connection with others is definitely one of those things.

Whilst we all look forward to physically holding our loved ones close again, when we consider Brene Brown’s definition of connection, it remains possible, even from afar. The trick, if you want to call it that, is simply to slow down and be available to your loved ones in simple presence, online or offline.

We can still experience human connection through technology, and talking to other friends about it, we have a few suggestions:

  • When connecting via zoom or other video chat app, switch off all other screens and give each other 100% of your attention
  • If your zoom is a group event, make sure you have a master of ceremonies or an activity leader, to keep you from suffering the extremes of complete silence or absolute mayhem
  • If you normally walk and talk in nature, keep at it, just go separately with headphones – that way you get you outside exercise endorphins and your human connection endorphins
  • Don’t cancel anything if you can avoid it, just send it online


And of course, when it comes to those you live with – never forget the power of touch in times of fear and uncertainty. Hold hands, snuggle, stay connected and get outside every chance you have for some nature and sunshine.


We Hope To Connect With You Soon

When all of this is over, and we can once again visit and escape for a weekend away, Collector Cottage will be here. Continuing to offer the perfect balance of every necessary precaution to keep you safe in these unusual times, and a home style welcome to our cottage and our little village of Collector. We hope to connect with you soon.