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

Hibernation: What is it, and why am I doing it?

Hibernation is a survival strategy designed to conserve energy when conditions are harsh. How Stuff Works* How are you after Christmas? Have you taken the decorations down yet? Have all the goodies that you bought for Christmas been eaten up yet? Are you back at work? (today, for me) or still off with children for whom the excitement of Christmas and the presents you bought them … Continue reading Hibernation: What is it, and why am I doing it?

A Self Care Christmas Day 22: Plan a Pamper Session with your Best Friend

pamper ˈpampə/ verb indulge with every attention, comfort, and kindness; spoil. Today a pamper party is taken as a meeting of (usually) women in the home or at a spa and with the avowed intent of having a range of beauty treatments or therapies to leave them feeling perfectly spoiled. I’ve written before of the hyggely benefits of a pamper evening, and I’m all in … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 22: Plan a Pamper Session with your Best Friend

A Self Care Christmas Day 21: Recording Memories Can be as Easy as 1, 2, 3

Do you keep a journal? I mean a diary where you write down thoughts and emotions? A record of events and more? Research shows that journalling can boost mood, health and more. It frees up expression, lets you vent emotions without fear of comeback, unless the source of you annoyances gets a look, and it lets you unburden your mind freely. I don’t know about … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 21: Recording Memories Can be as Easy as 1, 2, 3

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 19: Indulge in some Seasonal Bibliotherapy

Bibliotherapy is the use of selected texts and excerpts to lift the mood. I never realised until recently that you can actually get training in it, like, be a qualified bibliotherapist. I thought that just came automatically with being a worker in a bookshop. I think we all have our go-to texts that lift our moods and keep us from falling too low. I know … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 19: Indulge in some Seasonal Bibliotherapy