Waes Hael! Good health in an apple drink!

Wassailing used to happen in Britain around Christmas time: it was a custom for groups of people to gather together and share a large bowl of warmed drink, usually a warmed or ‘mulled’ apple cider, with the call ‘Waes Hael!’ meaning good health being shouted before everybody drank it down. The original wassail cup had mulled ale, curdled cream, eggs, roasted apples and spices. Using … Continue reading Waes Hael! Good health in an apple drink!

Oh, Autumn, how I love thee!

I’ve been browsing quotes about Autumn, and September, October and November as I get the next edition of Cosy Happy Hygge ready to go. There are so many to choose from… and not all of them nice. There is nothing in this world that unites everybody: that’s human nature. Say you like chocolate and most people will nod and agree, but there’s always somebody stood … Continue reading Oh, Autumn, how I love thee!

A Weekend With…. Sarah Raad

It’s the first weekend in September!!! Yay! Just imagine, it’s almost time for everything nice and spicy and happy… although, in my quest to live a life full of hygge I have discovered that every time of year is the right time for nice and spicy and happy. Hygge would be no use as a feeling if it were confined just to one (or two) … Continue reading A Weekend With…. Sarah Raad

Scotland…. Home of the Brave (and Me as well for a week) and location for Outlander!!!!

The annual holiday seems like ages away now. I set a reminder on my phone, a countdown using the Days Left widget on my phone. It’s now standing at 17 days past the date. That means I’ve been back at my desk for a week, and the glow of relaxation has begun to fade. I’m not a fan of heat, so our family holidays tend … Continue reading Scotland…. Home of the Brave (and Me as well for a week) and location for Outlander!!!!

Cosy Happy Hygge: A monthly dose of happiness direct to your inbox

From September I am launching a monthly newsletter full of hygge. The aim is that once a month you will get a little hit of loveliness in your mail box, with book reviews, ideas for seasonal hygge, links to articles and people I have enjoyed that make life feel happier, recipes to use and basically just a place to share all the little pleasures of … Continue reading Cosy Happy Hygge: A monthly dose of happiness direct to your inbox

Hygge Books: Reads for Guaranteed Summer Hygge

Isn’t the weather glorious? I remember very few summers when the promise of a fine summer, so often present in May, lasted much beyond the start of June. It’s 23rd July now, my grass is a strange shade of ochre, and water is beginning to assume a revered position in my life. The downside of office work is a distinct lack of weeks off over … Continue reading Hygge Books: Reads for Guaranteed Summer Hygge

When in London, you take your hygge where you can get it.

Family weekends are (usually) for relaxing, enjoying the time together, for getting closer and getting to know each other more, building closer bonds of friendship and sharing. That can be easy at home, where the house is set out to suit and time together or apart relaxing is easy to get. It’s much harder with a weekend in a Travelodge in London on a strict … Continue reading When in London, you take your hygge where you can get it.