I love reading magazines, especially lifestyle and interior magazines. I like the ones that are down-to-earth or more practical most of the time, but I love the occasional completely over-the-top article on glamping, picnics that involve table, baskets and complete cutlery set or other such event using so much equipment that hiring a sherpa is a real possibility. I like to imagine these articles are … Continue reading Summer Hygge on the Beach
It seems to me that words and ideas go in cycles and groups. We went through hygge, lagom and kalsarikannit within the last two years. I’ve got the hang of the first two, and I’m working on the last one as we speak…. Britain (whatever the results of the Brexit vote in 2016 have been presented as) has always been an outward-facing country. We’re an … Continue reading The Next Big Thing: Which country will we look at next? Why not a City?
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
Use a Gratitude Jar or a Journal to record the Good Things in Life. Do I need to say how good gratitude is as an act of self-care? No? Good. Because really if you do nothing else this year, being grateful for what you do have will be the biggest gift you can give yourself. Do you have a roof over your head? Food to … Continue reading A Self-Care Christmas Day 1: Gratitude
Social Media sometimes gets a very bad press. It’s full of trolls, people lose their politeness and inhibitions and feel able to say anything they like. Don’t post about yourself, you never know who’s reading your posts, it increases isolation because you’re online not meeting up in person etc. etc. etc. Okay, I’d be a fool not to agree that parts of the Interweb got … Continue reading The Hygge Nook: Social Media at its Best
It’s the last days of August: September is nearly here,and thoughts are turning naturally to the last third of the year. I know that we in Britain live in a country with four seasons, but sometimes I feel we only actually have three: The Months Before Christmas, The Months After Christmas and The Months When You Can’t Really Mention Christmas Without People Looking At You … Continue reading Autumn Hygge: Look for the Gold at the edges of Life
**Disclosure!!! I was sent an advanced copy of The Little Book of Lykke by the publishers. It won’t actually be available until 7th September, but you can pre-order from any decent bookshop or online outlet now.** Last year’s publishing sensation was The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking. CEO of the Happiness Research Institute, and boy was it big. So many people I know … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking
“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. I did not wish to live what was not life, living is so dear; nor did I wish to practise resignation, … Continue reading I went to the Woods….