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

My Could Do List for November (inspired by The Simple Things)

I love reading The Simple Things magazine. It’s always filled with articles of interest, things to learn and do, ideas to slow down and enjoy life. I learned to hoot like an owl because of a tutorial in the magazine. I love being a subscriber as well, because I know that once a month I can sit down, sip my tea and enjoy a well-earned … Continue reading My Could Do List for November (inspired by The Simple Things)

Winterize your home for peak hygge season!

The UK and the USA are two nations divided by a common language. You say potato, I say spud, and let’s not get into boots vs trunks, pavements as against sidewalks and nappies or diapers. Getting into any of those would be dangerous, silly and probably impossible. One of the American language’s most endearing traits is the ability to verb anything, by which I mean … Continue reading Winterize your home for peak hygge season!

Sometimes you just need the silence.

I never posted one single thing last week. It was like I fell off the radar. From a pretty regular pattern to… wallop…. nothing. Did you miss me? No, don’t answer that. Life is too short to miss people online. Far better to miss your friend, or your family or your neighbour that you see and smile at every day. I wasn’t even doing anything … Continue reading Sometimes you just need the silence.

This weekend, I had a moment of pure hygge, and I never even took one photograph.

It was Saturday afternoon. I was in my car, a small, blue Clio that is ten year’s old this year. I was with my only daughter, Sarah, who at 15 is fast maturing into a beautiful young lady. We’d been to Yarndale and come away having not dipped into the budget for Sunday, but with a bag of goodies for us to share and create … Continue reading This weekend, I had a moment of pure hygge, and I never even took one photograph.

Want to be Happier in Your Life? Try these Five Steps

We’re all seeking happiness, right? The very first lines of the American Declaration of Independence say “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” And we pursue happiness like a prize to be won, a great destination, a … Continue reading Want to be Happier in Your Life? Try these Five Steps