Cut off from Mobile – Kintyre Holiday 2011

As I think I may have mentioned in this blog. I love my Iphone and the kids and my husband often tease me about my attachment to it. They even have a little song that they sing to me regarding my love of updating Facebook. My excuse that a lot of my work is done on social media sites doesn’t wash with them. Though is it true!

So I don’t really like it when I can’t get mobile reception. My husband greets this with glee and relief that no one can reach him. While I immediately feel cut off from the world that I know so well.

My husband of course is the one with the right attitude. I am in the wrong and I know that. There is no need to be in touch with the world 24/7.

The first time we went away and had no mobile reception was a couple of years ago when we took a December break away from the kids for a couple of days who went to be spoiled rotten to my parents. We were staying in Keilder in Northumbria and there was no mobile reception what so ever. My husband was delighted as we were both working hard at the time and it meant that we could indeed switch off from work projects. For me I was bereft as it meant I could not speak to the kids and find out that they were safely ensconsed in the Lake District with my parents. I confess I got my husband to drive me to a spot miles away where we could speak to the kids and made him do so each night so I could say goodnight to them. I did learn though a lesson for me it was needing to be in connection with the kids in case they needed me that was important.

I also confess I spent much of the journey to Kintyre tweeting and Facebooking to pass the time updating myself with the Women’s final at Wimbledon as well as on other topics. But as we left Campbeltown and headed towards our cottage the reception went. No Service came up on our phones and was to remain on our phones while we were at our cottage at the edge of the world. As the weather was so great and we had our own beach there was no need much of the time to venture elsewehere. So I spent days on end at the edge of the world and loving it.

And do you know something? For the first time ever I wasn’t bothered that I had no mobile reception. That first night my husband was going back into town to get groceries and could let our parents know we had arrived. And as I had my family all with me what it gave me over the next two weeks was a feeling of freedom. It made it a holiday as I wasn’t doing what I do on a daily basis which is sometimes Tweet and Facebook for Britain . Don’t get me wrong I enjoy it but like any work you need sometimes to take a step back and take some time out.

And although I enjoyed updating Facebook on the few occasions that we were out and about and did get a mobile signal. I did enjoy going for days without updating. And no the world didn’t come to an end. In fact I doubt that any of my Facebook friends even noticed that I was on far less.

It gave me and the rest of the family a well-earned break from the 21st Century mania of being on your mobile phone 24/7. And it sorted out my priorities again which is never a bad thing. I realised that as long as I have my family around me I am perfectly content without high-tech gadgets. There was just one thing I missed. After a week of not speaking I missed my mum and dad. And have to confess repeated the Keilder incident by taking a walk at Machrahanish beach just so I could have a chat with them.

So no mobile reception has taught me one thing. Family is what is important in life and time out to enjoy spending time with them! Despite the fact they sing to me

“Facebooking it’s only Fiona Drane typing on her iphone all day long”

Well I didn’t I took time out and it did me the world of good. I can recommend it and that’s official from one of the greatest social media addicts you can find!

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About fionadranesblog

40 plus mum of two married with a mad cocker spaniel. Along with two colleagues run Bright Light Marketing a rural marketing agency who specialise in getting rural businesss noticed. www.brightlightmarketing.co.uk. Live in St Boswells in the wonderful Scottish Borders. Love books, walking and living life to the full here in the Scottish Borders though its sometimes a juggle!
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