Hygge Book: Making Winter by Emma Mitchell

If you’ve spent any time in the world of craft blogs, nature blogs, Oh-I-wish-I-were-there blogs or mostly just blogs, the chances are you’ve come across Emma’s website, Silver Pebble. Emma is a craftsperson, designer, naturalist and deep thinker who lives on the edge of the Cambridgeshire fens.  I can’t even remember when I saw her blog first, via a friend’s recommendation, and her jewellery is … Continue reading Hygge Book: Making Winter by Emma Mitchell

Hibernation 2018: Curate my reading

To Curate Something: (especially on the Internet) to collect, select and present information or items such as pictures, video, music, etc. for people to use or enjoy, using your professional or expert knowledge to pull together, sift through, and select for presentation, as music or website content: Isn’t curate a crazy word? With its roots in the Latin word for care, curating content has become … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Curate my reading

Hibernation 2018: Company

The long winter evenings make an ideal backdrop to some of the best times in company. Gentle candlelight, warm firelight and that post-Christmas languor mean that very often a small gathering yields a greater reward for very little effort. Over the next few weeks of hibernation, I intend to have company over and to get out into company. In groups of 2, 3 or 4, … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Company

A Self Care Christmas Day 20: What’s the Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer?

Do I need to tell you how good it feels to sing? Like, really sing as if nobody is looking at you? Stick on a track, pump up the volume and go for it? Singing is good for your health, mentally and physically. It boost those pesky feel-good hormones, pumps up your heart, makes you smile, makes you more mentally alert, boosts your immune system… … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 20: What’s the Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer?

A Self Care Christmas Day 17: Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care.

I hope there are no superstitious actors amongst my readers… otherwise the title will need to be changed. I was reminded this last weekend of the power of a decent night’s sleep in keeping a person happy, well and fully functional. My two youngest children both developed a bad cold and cough while I was away in Durham, and the only advice I could give … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 17: Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleeve of care.

Self Care Christmas Day 11: Create a Seasonal Hygge Nook Just For You

When I look back at Christmas past, it strikes me that I do a lot of my Christmassing through the medium of films and books. I may never experience deep snow, but I know what it’s like because I read the Little House Books. I have never spent Christmas being held hostage by a mad German terrorist, but Die Hard has shown me that it’s … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 11: Create a Seasonal Hygge Nook Just For You

Self Care Christmas Day 8: Make a Ritual out of your To Do list

Christmas is basically one great list, isn’t it? In my planner I have shopping lists, present lists, house decorating lists, even a list of lists in case I get lost! I think my to do list is the longest one. It’s got such top choices as ‘clean the downstairs loo’, ‘mop the kitchen floor’ and ‘change the sheets’ on it alongside more familiar Christmas items … Continue reading Self Care Christmas Day 8: Make a Ritual out of your To Do list

A Self Care Christmas Day 6: Tea As Meditation

Find your favourite hot drink and sip it slowly to relax. Self care for me, as I get older, has become less about looking like a million dollars (the eyebrows, the legs, the right clothes) and more about feeling relaxed, in control, planned. Christmas time for most people is about as out-of-control as it can get, so anything that lets you grab back a feeling … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 6: Tea As Meditation