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!
It’s properly Autumn now, with chilly mornings that brighten into golden showered days when the Sun smiles with a last gasp of heat. Days when the sky flashes between the blue of a robin’s eggs into a silver streaked grey that lowers and threatens to rain. In the countryside, nature’s harvest falls thick and fast, with conkers, acorns, beech nuts and seeds aplenty scattered along … Continue reading Ten Easy Ways to Pamper Yourself in Autumn for Around £10
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!
Wait… it’s September on Saturday? How did that happen? Only a couple of weeks ago I was complaining there was ages until September and open season on pumpkin spiced whatevers. I was anticipating having plenty of time to get the gold and red decorations out, the slow cooker out of hibernation and the jumpers onto the back of the door ready to slip into as … Continue reading A September of #smallthings
Hot topic on one of my Twitter timelines this week was whether it is cultural appropriation for other people (ie not from Lancashire) to eat Lancashire Hotpot or whether it’s a step too far to let anybody from Yorkshire eat it. There was thoughts of some retaliation with the banning of Yorkshire puddings in any town west of Saddleworth. Be aware, there may at some … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Rove
Is anybody else desperately waiting for Autumn like I am? Fortunately, the weather has gone cooler here in Liverpool: from endless sunshine to a drizzle of rain now and again, grey skies with the occasional hint of blue peeping through cautiously and a temperature that veers between pleasantly cool to definite chill. It gives me hope that my arms won’t need to be over-exposed for … Continue reading Oh, Autumn: Autumn and Fall hygge
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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