Whilst the world is in waiting, we thought it might be a good idea to share some coping strategies that are helping us here at Rohan during this, the strangest of times.

Keeping it local

Ian Palmer
Rohan Managing Director

Andria and I share our little house with two Border Terriers. We’re lucky as we have a long garden that backs onto countryside. We dusted off an old OS map to find things we can do from our door – having lived here for ten years, we’ve found new routes on ancient paths and are discovering places we never knew existed. On top of this, I’ve found that a day’s work in the warehouse means around seven miles of walking – more exercise than my average day. In a strange way I’ve actually become more social with distancing – I’m speaking to my parents more, and now staying in contact with my family through a chat group. My priority is keeping Rohan moving, knowing that being here with a thriving business is crucial to helping those people who have been more dramatically affected when this is over.

Get lost in a book

Becky Serieys
Brand Development Manager

Time, money and family commitments have always been my excuses for not pursuing a life as a global adventurer. The truth is, whilst I love visiting places, I’m more Bridget than Indiana. And the lockdown is providing me with my biggest alibi ever. It’s also fuelling my desire to connect and explore. Fortunately, there are so many books that are perfect for the armchair traveller. My three most recent reads are ‘A Short Walk in the Hindu Kush’ by Eric Newby – about an inexperienced fashion industry worker deciding on a life of adventure; ‘In a Sunburned Country’ by Bill Bryson, which is laugh-out-loud and much needed; and ‘The New Silk Roads’ by Peter Frankopan, a fascinating look at the new world order along the old trading route.

Little and often

Phil Rothwell
Brand Communications Manager

One of the most surprising results of the current restrictions around outdoor exercise is, paradoxically, the amount of outdoor exercise I’m managing to do. I’m no fi tness fanatic, but I’ve enjoyed climbing, hillwalking and, to a lesser extent, bike riding all my life. I tend to log my routes and exercise on my GPS watch, which is fun but often a bit depressing – because “the watch never lies” . In April though, I’ve logged more hours walking and biking (no climbing obviously) than I did in January, February and March combined. I don’t go too far – but I go out every single day. Little and often: it all adds up. And, best of all, I’ve discovered the most amazing bike-friendly bridleways, quiet lanes, hidden footpaths, surprising viewpoints, airy ridgeways and beautiful bluebell woods – all right on my doorstep.

Things I now know

Helen Swidenbank
Catalogues Manager

It would be fair to say I found the first week of lockdown challenging… and then the sun came out. I now know for sure – I am definitely a fair weather person. I also know how lucky I am to have a garden, but with that comes the knowledge that my green fingers need a little work. My friends have received regular photos of ‘things’ in my garden and me asking ‘do I pull it out, or is it a flower waiting to come into its own?’ . I know I don’t like cooking anymore! It feels like I’m making 300 meals a week, but if we’re looking for ‘reasons to be cheerful’, the aforementioned nice weather has meant we’ve eaten quite a few of those meals in the garden. I may have gone off cooking, but I still love baking. I was one of the lucky few to get hold of yeast, so was able to make hot cross buns at Easter. I know that I may need to start limiting the baking to once a week though – my waistline is starting to complain! Usually when I bake, I take the fruits of my labour in to work to share (the calories!). Here’s hoping I can do that again soon.