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
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)
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?
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!
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.
One of the chapters in my new book is all about the celebrations of Winter, like Diwali, Hanukkah and the Winter Solstice. I love any celebrations, and the fact that we can pack so many in within a small space of 3 or 4 months is remarkable. I think it reflects the fact that the weather can be so dreary, that we don’t spend hours … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Lancashire Parkin