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
Last week I was away on my holidays. It was lovely: I had a fantastic time, it was relaxing, total break from life, a time spent doing very little apart from walking along seafronts, eating ice creams, reading and crafting. After such a lovely time, coming back to work should be a let down, shouldn’t it? The British and American cultures are very fond of … Continue reading A Word for the Weekend: Arbejdsglaede
Linnea Dunne is a Swede living in Dublin. I am predisposed to like her already. Anybody who tries to preach balance and abstinence to the Irish is a brave, brave woman. And that is what she does in her book, Lagom: The Swedish Art of Balanced Living. Lagom, as any scandi fan or nordic nerd will know, is the Swedish word for a life lived … Continue reading Hygge Book: Lagom by Linnea Dunne
Victoria Coren Mitchell is, I think, an eminently sensible broadcaster. I am predisposed to like her, since she hosts one of my favourite Quiz Shows, the fiendishly wonderful Only Connect on BBC2. She just seems like a grounded, very realistic person. The sort you could meet over coffee at 11 o’ clock and still be sat with at 5 realising that the choice is either … Continue reading June 20th: I was going to write this yesterday; but events, dear boy, events.
I think I need more practise on the computer on how to upload PDF files to share. I think I do. I have been busy this last week with two things: I am still getting on with writing the next book in my hygge series (What! You hoped I’d stop at one! Fie, what foolishness!) on Summer Hygge. Yesterday was the chapter on what to … Continue reading A gift from me to you on a sunny Wednesday… No strings attached.
Happy St Patrick’s Day to you! And a break from A Weekend with… posts especially for St Paddy’s Day. And a question: In a country where the most famous export is Guinness, the best know exported Irish words are Slainte and craic, which is famous for its welcome and the warmth of its hospitality… do they really need hygge? Well, yes. Because hygge is there … Continue reading Do the Irish need Hygge?
Did you ever see the comedy show Goodness Gracious Me? There is a sketch in there where the Dad explains why Christianity is Indian. He can look at it all and recognise the parts of the religion that are Indian, the making food stretch, the working for his dad, the idea that Moses was Indian. It’s funny, because when he says it you know he’s … Continue reading When is hygge not hygge? And do we have to name it to know it?
A VERY quick post today, just to say that I should be mentioned in the Waitrose Weekend newspaper available in all good Waitrose stores from tomorrow, the 12th. A very nice man called Paul Kirkley got in touch and wanted some questions answering: I have no idea whether he was a happy Hygger or it’s a sharp, sarcastic and biting take on hygge…. but I’ll find … Continue reading Waitrose Weekend: Winter is Coming and now my time of Hygge awaits.