The downside of pet hygge is sometimes there has to come a farewell…

This is Sherlock. She’s my son’s guinea pig, bought as a present for him when he achieved the unprecedented event of scoring 100% on the teacher-assessed creative writing section of his A levels, almost 4 years ago. She was a little ball of fluff sitting alone in the pet shop, a quizzical look on her face and sniffing at the window, most un-guinea pig-like, because … Continue reading The downside of pet hygge is sometimes there has to come a farewell…

Elastic Band or Diamond? Both have their breaking point.

My daughter is in Year 13. In the UK that means she is working hard (I hope) for her A levels, which she will take next May. She has homework, mock mock tests in the next couple of weeks, mocks after Christmas, a dislike of working at revision, a desire to get decent grades so she can go to the University of her choice and … Continue reading Elastic Band or Diamond? Both have their breaking point.

Feel the burn? Then you’ve gone too far. Get fit for hygge in a sensible way.

I was born in 1968, which means when Jane Fonda hit the news with her revolutionary aerobics exercise I was about 14. At that age I was into sci fi (still am, but not in quite as big a way) and the idea of moving to music was anathema. I hadn’t even had a proper dance with a boy, so I hadn’t got fond memories … Continue reading Feel the burn? Then you’ve gone too far. Get fit for hygge in a sensible way.

Virginia Wolf had it right…. food is a fundamental for a good life.

Virginia Wolf wrote in the early years of the 20th Century that “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well if one has not dined well.” She was talking about the people who couldn’t afford any food, but the principles apply even to those with plenty of food. Sometimes the issue isn’t the quantity of food, but the quality. A diet rich in added sugar … Continue reading Virginia Wolf had it right…. food is a fundamental for a good life.

November: Mist, grey cloud and dark nights moving in. Sleep beckons.

I have been quiet, haven’t I? I think my work has been quite demanding recently: I’ve had a sort of promotion, plus we have more work coming in to the office which leads to more typing which leads to more work…. I’m complaining again. It’s a nasty habit that I seem to have got into recently. I know life isn’t all sweetness and light, I … Continue reading November: Mist, grey cloud and dark nights moving in. Sleep beckons.

Research comes first…. Always x

Hyggering that won’t cost the Earth: that’s a great ambition. I’m busy today, but I grabbed a few minutes at lunchtime to trawl the internet looking for resources (books, videos, websites) that will give me a great start on my year of bringing less in to get more out of life. Some of the books I have already: greening my life has always been an … Continue reading Research comes first…. Always x

What’s the Future for my Blog?

It’s three years almost since I started this little blog: I only aimed to write for one year, to live hyggely and to see what effect it had on me, a weary and worn soul who had escaped from school into an office and was looking at enjoying the little things in life. It’s been a fantastic three years. I opened a Facebook page, and … Continue reading What’s the Future for my Blog?

Why We Need to be More Celtic

It’s August!! Yay, Summer holidays and days full of hot sun, gardens full of flowers and another two months (almost) of Summer!!! Except… it doesn’t really feel like Summer, does it? Aren’t you looking at the trees and wondering where that fantastic bright green has gone? Haven’t you spotted some… dare I say it… brown, yellow or gold creeping in amongst the green? And the … Continue reading Why We Need to be More Celtic