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?
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
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
We’re back to scent as a powerful stimulant to memory here. I bet you can get just one sniff of a familiar scent and be transported back to a time or place. For me, it’s a sweet-floral perfume called Normal Hartnell’s In Love. My mother loved it, and used it every time she was going out. This was back in the 1970’s, early 80’s. It … Continue reading A Self Care Christmas Day 5: Fill the House with Seasonal Scents