Yes, yes, I know, there are still 41 days left until Christmas, but there are actually only 17 left until Advent starts. And although in the Medieval Church world Advent was a serious time of preparation, fasting and sorrow, since Tudor times it’s really been a chance to get the party started. Even more so in the modern world, when any idea of Christmas lasting … Continue reading Preparing for…. A Self Care Advent
You know when you get a book so good that you just want to stop life and read it? When you find yourself taking it everywhere with you and reading it every chance you get? A big giveaway that a book is that good for me is when I have it in physical form, Kindle and as an audio book. Well, Nigel Slater’s book this … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Christmas Chronicles By Nigel Slater
I love reading The Simple Things magazine. It’s always filled with articles of interest, things to learn and do, ideas to slow down and enjoy life. I learned to hoot like an owl because of a tutorial in the magazine. I love being a subscriber as well, because I know that once a month I can sit down, sip my tea and enjoy a well-earned … Continue reading My Could Do List for November (inspired by The Simple Things)
You know your sons are growing up when you ask them what they’d like in their stockings for Christmas and they say things like… Oh, for the days of youthful innocence when a packet of Top Trumps and a tube of smarties was enough. But I never give up, if I can help it, so I sat last week and trawled my way through the … Continue reading Stocking Fillers for Teenage Boys.
Let’s face it, it’s getting dark out there. And dusk comes earlier every day. The long, golden days of summer seem so far behind, the winds have picked up and the frosts of winter will soon be nipping at your nose. And you have an issue: you’d like to go out with your friends, but a great big chunk of you just wants to stay … Continue reading When the nights draw in, have a hygge spa evening.
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
Still celebrating an early Christmas over here this week… and today is a set of three ready-to-print Christmas Cards. You get two PDFs to print out back to back…. you could, of course, only print the first page and leave inside blank for your own greeting…. and the inside reads a simple “With Best Wishes for a Happy Christmas”. I haven’t copyrighted them or watermarked … Continue reading Free Christmas Card Printables: For You Today!
Today’s giveaway is wrapping paper. Just click on the pdf links, print and use. They will print out best at A4 size, but you could print as A5 or A3 if you have the capability. They’re designed to be quite simple: just the greeting and the most hyggely symbols of Christmas. And the red, white and green just screams Christmas to me. It will, sadly, … Continue reading Christmas wrapping paper, just for you.