I continued to work whilst I was staying South, but allowed myself time out to explore and adventure. I visited a lot of castles and cliff faces, and indulged in just watching the mood of the sky and sea change and shift. Cornwall's fantastic for that connection to heritage and wild nature, and that's been really inspiring a graphic novel I've started work on, as well as a new picture book story.
Often it seems like taking time out is wasted time when you're freelance. I know I personally find it hard to switch off from work-mode a lot (in fact, it's 22:30 now and I really shouldn't be working!), but to generate great ideas your mind needs some space. Going for a walk or a little adventure is perfect for riling up that inspiration - it's not slacking off, it's feeding your creativity. Allow yourself some time off, freelancers!