A Word for the Weekend: Lagom.

Is Lagom vastly different from hygge? Well, no. They’re not in competition. They are, in actuality, exceedingly compatible. Fredagsmys is hygge, fika is hygge, spending time outside is hygge. Whether you choose the Swedish or the Danish name is more the question. In their love for jumping on bandwagons and breaking down self-created idols, papers this year have been quick to jump over hygge as … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Lagom.

June 20th: I was going to write this yesterday; but events, dear boy, events.

Victoria Coren Mitchell is, I think, an eminently sensible broadcaster. I am predisposed to like her, since she hosts one of my favourite Quiz Shows, the fiendishly wonderful Only Connect on BBC2.  She just seems like a grounded, very realistic person. The sort you could meet over coffee at 11 o’ clock and still be sat with at 5 realising that the choice is either … Continue reading June 20th: I was going to write this yesterday; but events, dear boy, events.

Thursday 8th June: No, there isn’t #electionhygge but there MUST be post-election hygge, or the country’s done for.

I love elections. My history O level had a whole course on the history of parliament and democracy in the UK, complete with a trip to the Houses of Parliament, and I love the whole shemozzle. But I also know that politics is one of the most divisive things in the world, with extreme views on either side leading to anger, arguments and a situation … Continue reading Thursday 8th June: No, there isn’t #electionhygge but there MUST be post-election hygge, or the country’s done for.

Monday 5th June: 3 is a Hygge Number

Yesterday I met with Jenny Carr. She’s a member of the Hygge Nook over on Facebook, and comes from Worsley in Manchester. There were three of us for the first Hygge Nook Hook up; Sarah (that’s the daughter & taking the photo), Jenny and me. Three is a hyggely number, though, and it’s much easier to get to know someone in a small group. We … Continue reading Monday 5th June: 3 is a Hygge Number

Sunday 4th June: Holy Hygge!

Now, I don’t care if you have a religion or not, I’m not a preacher and I won’t convert you. Religion is a good thing for me, but I’m quite prepared to believe it’s not as happy an experience for many. I struggle with Organised Religion, perhaps because I instinctively distrust the Status Quo and people who seem to be completely sorted in anything. But … Continue reading Sunday 4th June: Holy Hygge!

Saturday 3rd June: The Benefits of a Lie In

Oh, how I miss my mornings before children, when a lie-in could mean a proper lie-in, until midday, with tea or coffee cups grudgingly fetched from the kitchen, and curtains flapped softly in the summer breeze. I don’t think I’ve had a proper lie in since 1998, when I was free to stay in bed for as long as I wanted in those last precious … Continue reading Saturday 3rd June: The Benefits of a Lie In

Friday June 2nd: Enjoying the read.

As part of my June Hygge month, I picked up a few novels on Kindle (they can be very cheap, especially for classics that are out of copyright) and last night I settled down at bedtime to start one. I chose The Blue Castle, mainly because I (and here I blush) haven’t read any L M Montgomery ever ever ever and I know there’s a … Continue reading Friday June 2nd: Enjoying the read.