When I set out to hibernate by myself in January as a way to get through the post-Christmas blues, I knew that the tools I needed were right at hand. Giving nothing away, but if you get the basic areas of life balanced, you stand a greater chance of being resilient when it comes to others. When I set out to keep my life boosted … Continue reading Hibernation’s End: February is keeping me happy.
Emma Mitchell (Silver Pebble) appeared on BBC’s Countryfile last night (4.2.18) talking about dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder through getting outside and creating, especially by creating an Instagram community of creators all together. If it’s available in your area, you can see her interview on the programme at about 45 minutes in. I am still inspired by her Making Winter book, and desperate to play … Continue reading Hibernation Week 5: Emma Mitchell on Countryfile? Don’t mind if I do.
The best thing about setting out to hibernate (as in simplify life, take a step back, reassess life and set my priorities for the year) is how often that results in seeing things clearly for once. Recognising that some of the things I spend my life energy on aren’t worth it, and that occasionally I should change my priorities. The last couple of weeks have … Continue reading Hibernation Week 2: Or week 3. I think it’s actually week 3. No matter, here are the magazines keeping me happy this month.
It’s a funny thing, but I often remind myself that illness is my body’s way of making me slow down. And it often seems to me that, although our body keeps going through times of stress (both good and bad) at some point the elastic snaps, the body stops and we are forced either to push through the kind of illness where every step is … Continue reading Hibernation Week 1: How’s Your Week Been?
There are very few pleasures equal to sitting down at a table with all the family and eating a proper roast chicken dinner. I love it. I cheated last week, and we had just chicken breasts but with stuffing and gravy. It was almost… but not absolutely…. as good. My family of three men and two women would happily sit down to a meat-based meal … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Cook
To Curate Something: (especially on the Internet) to collect, select and present information or items such as pictures, video, music, etc. for people to use or enjoy, using your professional or expert knowledge to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content: Isn’t curate a crazy word? With its roots in the Latin word for care, curating content has become … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Curate my reading
Winter is made for cakes and cosiness by the fire… of course, but by itself that would be a recipe for unhealthy living. Hygge, and its close cousin Lagom, has taught me that the pleasure of a hot cuppa and a slice of warm cake can be even sharper and greater if they follow a brisk walk in the rain or a snowball fight on … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Caring For Yourself
The long winter evenings make an ideal backdrop to some of the best times in company. Gentle candlelight, warm firelight and that post-Christmas languor mean that very often a small gathering yields a greater reward for very little effort. Over the next few weeks of hibernation, I intend to have company over and to get out into company. In groups of 2, 3 or 4, … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Company