Hygge Book: Making Winter by Emma Mitchell

If you’ve spent any time in the world of craft blogs, nature blogs, Oh-I-wish-I-were-there blogs or mostly just blogs, the chances are you’ve come across Emma’s website, Silver Pebble. Emma is a craftsperson, designer, naturalist and deep thinker who lives on the edge of the Cambridgeshire fens.  I can’t even remember when I saw her blog first, via a friend’s recommendation, and her jewellery is … Continue reading Hygge Book: Making Winter by Emma Mitchell

Hibernation Week 1: How’s Your Week Been?

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?

A Self Care Christmas Day 5: Fill the House with Seasonal Scents

We’re back to scent as a powerful stimulant to memory here. I bet you can get just one sniff of a familiar scent and be transported back to a time or place. For me, it’s a sweet-floral perfume called Normal Hartnell’s In Love. My mother loved it, and used it every time she was going out. This was back in the 1970’s, early 80’s. It … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 5: Fill the House with Seasonal Scents

Black Friday? Cyber Monday? That’s so not hygge…. and here’s why.

This weekend has been a crazy one for retailers. The news channels and papers have been full of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Every website has had banners across the top proclaiming Bargains Bargains Bargains… and Facebook has been packed with even more ads and offers. I hate Black Friday. I dislike Cyber Monday. I think they are both cynical and exploitative inventions designed … Continue reading Black Friday? Cyber Monday? That’s so not hygge…. and here’s why.

Recipe Tuesday: Grab a Welsh cake and cwtch!

When I was working, one of my colleagues was one of the hyggeliest people I knew. She had the skill of letting you into her home and making you feel secure, cosy and safe. This, despite the fact that she was married to a Grinch and struggled with feeling inadequate herself. I don’t think she knew how good she was to be with, but I … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Grab a Welsh cake and cwtch!

Preparing for…. A Self Care Advent

Yes, yes, I know, there are still 41 days left until Christmas, but there are actually only 17 left until Advent starts. And although in the Medieval Church world Advent was a serious time of preparation, fasting and sorrow, since Tudor times it’s really been a chance to get the party started. Even more so in the modern world, when any idea of Christmas lasting … Continue reading Preparing for…. A Self Care Advent

The Hygge Nook: Social Media at its Best

Social Media sometimes gets a very bad press. It’s full of trolls, people lose their politeness and inhibitions and feel able to say anything they like. Don’t post about yourself, you never know who’s reading your posts, it increases isolation because you’re online not meeting up in person etc. etc. etc. Okay, I’d be a fool not to agree that parts of the Interweb got … Continue reading The Hygge Nook: Social Media at its Best