It’s Wednesday 14th March and so far this week we have lost two great, clever, funny and totally human people. They seem so different from each other, and yet there is a common theme of humanity, love and happiness that runs through their work. Ken Dodd was born, lived and died no more than 3 miles from either my office or my home address. He … Continue reading Happiness, Wisdom and Sadness. Farewell to two heroes.
Have you ever read Flow magazine? It’s a pricey little thing, at £46 for three editions via subscription, but they are beautiful magazines, with articles designed to inspire crafting, mindfulness and hyggely feelings. I have had a subscription (as a gift) but now I make do with buying an edition now and again when I can afford it, or something tickles my fancy. What started … Continue reading Hygge Book: A Book That Takes Its Time by Irene Smith and Astrid van der Hulst
Emma Mitchell (Silver Pebble) appeared on BBC’s Countryfile last night (4.2.18) talking about dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder through getting outside and creating, especially by creating an Instagram community of creators all together. If it’s available in your area, you can see her interview on the programme at about 45 minutes in. I am still inspired by her Making Winter book, and desperate to play … Continue reading Hibernation Week 5: Emma Mitchell on Countryfile? Don’t mind if I do.
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
There are very few pleasures equal to sitting down at a table with all the family and eating a proper roast chicken dinner. I love it. I cheated last week, and we had just chicken breasts but with stuffing and gravy. It was almost… but not absolutely…. as good. My family of three men and two women would happily sit down to a meat-based meal … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Cook
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
Winter is made for cakes and cosiness by the fire… of course, but by itself that would be a recipe for unhealthy living. Hygge, and its close cousin Lagom, has taught me that the pleasure of a hot cuppa and a slice of warm cake can be even sharper and greater if they follow a brisk walk in the rain or a snowball fight on … Continue reading Hibernation 2018: Caring For Yourself
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?