It was a calm February dawn and before breakfast they were all out snapping the view. A perfect memory of Brathay to reflect on when they got back home. Or back at work.  

Time at Brathay should give you plenty to reflect on and, if the wonderful views in this setting help to reinforce it all, then so much the better.

But you came not to look at the view but, I guess,  to look at yourself, at your mates, at your work team and to reflect on what they mean to you and what you mean to them.

But don’t just reflect; USE what you have found out about each other and (to use an old-fashioned phrase) live a better life. That sunrise you saw at Brathay will never be the same again, and neither will those around you. They change too and your skill, having been to Brathay, is to look at them in a new light and relate to them as never before.

As your ancient archivist I see not just the past but also (when they allow me) a little of the present. And I note their latest Mantra: INSPIRING, SUPPORTING, SHARING AND ACHIEVING which tells you how to move on from here.  

So remember to take that sunrise with you.

Today’s visitors are not the first to enjoy these reflections. Let me quote from 200 years ago: ‘There is no doubt that the impression (of Windermere) made on Harden was to influence his decision to bring his family to settle at Brathay Hall.’  

It was an impression that lasted not a few days, but 29 years!   

You can read about John and Jessy Harden's original reflections in 'Jessy's Journal', £20, written by Maurice Dybeck and sold at Reception at Brathay Hall in support of our work - or call us on 015394 33041 to order your copy.