|By Anabelle Craig - contributing writer | April 26, 2018|
Do you ever feel like you’re so busy that in a blink of an eye the month is almost over? Or that you have so much time on your hands a day feels more like a decade?
This month has been full of exciting adventures for me and I’ve hardly had time to breathe. In music terms, we would call this accelerato. It is when the timing in the music picks up tempo at a sudden increase. The time signature stays the same but the speed at which the musicians play is faster. If we compared that to hours in a
day, there are only 24 but when accelerato happens those 24 hours can speed up and feel like 24 minutes if you are having to rush around and get things done.
There is actually some science behind the saying, “time flies.’’ Psychologists and scientists alike have conducted experiments to find out why time moves in mysterious ways. The cause of this mindboggling
event? It turns out, when you are sitting alone with your thoughts or doing an activity that you aren’t fond of, your mind will wander and time will seem to slow down. Experiments have shown that time can appear to speed up when we are having fun or deep in a task because we only have a limited amount of attention to
give such things as the passing of time. This week, I focused on two people in the county that accelerato has a particular impact on.
Colby Marcellus, co-owner of Baked and Battered in Haliburton, is also the head baker. Time plays a vital role in his daily and yearly routine. His bake shift starts as early as 4 a.m. in the off-season and as early as 2 a.m. in the middle of summer. Time is critical for a baker as so many of the fresh baked treats rely heavily on prep, proofing and baking times.
When I asked Colby if time seems to speed up for him, he said that between 5-8 a.m. it moves quickly. “There is a rhythm, a dance, and if one thing gets messed up then everything gets messed up. A domino effect. I have a system, I am in the zone and time flies by. Once the store opens and the baked
goods are out, time slows right down.” On his off time, which is usually saved for winter months, he slows right down. He takes the days as they come, exploring nature, hanging with his hubby and watching birds fly by his window.
Diane Dawson is another local friendly face and culinary entrepreneur. She’s been co-owner of Wintergreen Pancake Barn for 31 years in Gelert. Time is of the essence in her profession as maple syrup season is six weeks long depending on the weather. And, as you can see by this weird spring, we may be getting a do-over!
During syrup season, time moves very quickly for the Dawsons. Between making and bottling syrup, maintaining their sugar bush and keeping up with their preserves, they also have a restaurant and retail store
to run. “Time moves quickly with not too much sleep this time of year. But we look forward to spring in the sugarbush.” I asked Diane when she feels she can get back on tempo. January was her answer. I think when your job is controlled by the weather, Mother Nature plans your vacation.
Accelerato doesn’t last forever. Eventually the music slows and we get onto a pace that we can savour. A steady
rhythm where the beat feels a bit more manageable.