Advent Calendars: So Much More than Chocolate.

Way, way back when I was a child, advent calendars didn’t have any chocolate pieces in. They were card, with thinly translucent paper behind doors that sometimes proved difficult to open. You could have winter scenes, with rosy-faced children on sledges or Santa working in his shirtsleeves to create rocking horses, pull-along wooden trains and dolls with improbably wavy hair or, as we used to … Continue reading Advent Calendars: So Much More than Chocolate.

Feeling Low? Free Ways to Find Some Hygge

It’s Monday 17th October in the UK. We don’t do politics in hygge, but it doesn’t take a genius to know that, whoever you support, the country is in a deep pit of stressors and they are only getting worse: cost of living, international financial markets, worldwide worries and political machinations from every side. It’s enough to drive you to drink, except we all do … Continue reading Feeling Low? Free Ways to Find Some Hygge

Book Friday: My Hygge Home by Meik Wiking

Yes, it has taken me two weeks to write the review. Being honest, it took me until last weekend to stop running long enough to read it. I’m happy being busy… but at the moment I feel too busy and with stuff that doesn’t feed my soul. Never mind. I took the weekend to stop and breathe and read, and this week has been slower, … Continue reading Book Friday: My Hygge Home by Meik Wiking

Book Friday: The Green Sketching Handbook by Dr Ali Foxon

I don’t know how time works: I just know that some weeks the time is everlasting and sometimes it flies. We’ve been watching The Lazarus Project on Sky recently, and the idea that there’s a reset point (on July 1st every year) that only some people remember if the machine resets is intriguing. Messing with time is dangerous, especially when we try to fit too … Continue reading Book Friday: The Green Sketching Handbook by Dr Ali Foxon

Book Friday: Happy Starts at Home by Rebecca West.

Change your space, transform your life. I like bold assertions and claims by books. This Book Will Change Your Life Forever has a nice ring about it… and then you read it, and realise that possibly it could… if you had the money to do everything it’s telling you to, or an army of servants to take over mundane tasks or even just space and … Continue reading Book Friday: Happy Starts at Home by Rebecca West.

Summer Hygge: 10 Ways to Really Appreciate Life When It’s Summer

When the sun shines, the thermometer rises and the weather has you gasping for breath, it can be hard to appreciate how good summertime is for hygge. It’s too easy to have hygge down as a cold weather thing when, at its heart, hygge is probably just as enjoyable during summer if you think of it as finding a cosy, welcoming place, spending time with … Continue reading Summer Hygge: 10 Ways to Really Appreciate Life When It’s Summer

Creating Sanctuary: Summer Rescue Remedies

What a strange few weeks it has been! I’m finally getting past my crazy cough that stopped me from fully participating in my Canterbury holiday. It’s not until now, when my energy is making a full return, that I realise how tired I really was, and how much I *may* have let slip by because of it. And now we’re in the last week of … Continue reading Creating Sanctuary: Summer Rescue Remedies