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)

A Hygge Halloween? Yes, why not?

Halloween. Golly, if there was ever a lesson in how a thing can be taken, twisted, rejiggled and brought back to life as something completely different, Halloween is it. What was once a spiritual time of year (if you were a pagan or a Christian) went over to America, became secularised and made into a fancy dress parade with collecting sweets as the prize and … Continue reading A Hygge Halloween? Yes, why not?

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!

When the nights draw in, have a hygge spa evening.

Let’s face it, it’s getting dark out there. And dusk comes earlier every day. The long, golden days of summer seem so far behind, the winds have picked up and the frosts of winter will soon be nipping at your nose. And you have an issue: you’d like to go out with your friends, but a great big chunk of you just wants to stay … Continue reading When the nights draw in, have a hygge spa evening.

La Rentrée: Let’s all celebrate a new year.

Last night I slept well. I fell alseep, as usual, listening to a book on Audible (This little tome is a guaranteed sleep aid: not because it’s boring, because it’s not, but because I’ve heard it so many times and I just fall asleep anyway) and woke today refreshed, happy and keen to get to my desk.   Why am I telling you this? Because … Continue reading La Rentrée: Let’s all celebrate a new year.

A Word for the Weekend: Lykke. It’s Danish for Happiness

This week’s word will be all over the cuddly shelves of the bookshops on September 7th. It’s the word Meik Wiking has chosen for his new book, The Little Book of Lykke. Unlike hygge, this word does have a direct English translation: it means happiness. Okay, so I’ve chosen it as the word for the weekend because the new book (which I reviewed here) is … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Lykke. It’s Danish for Happiness