Bonfire Night: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 2)

Bonfire Night, often called Guy Fawkes Night in Britain, is celebrated on or near 5th November. It’s a festival of remembrance, a time to look back on a past that, fascinating as it is to study and imagine, would have been a mad, bad time to be alive. The whole religious conflict of the 16th and 17th Century takes far more explanation and back story … Continue reading Bonfire Night: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 2)

Samhain, Halloween: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 1).

Hallowe’en is coming.. and this year, like so much else, will be changed by a global pandemic that has meant many things we just took for granted just can’t happen, or can’t happen in the usual way. If Hallowe’en for you has been about dressing up and traipsing around local houses collecting sweets, or going to local Haunted Houses and walking through cobwebs in hopes … Continue reading Samhain, Halloween: Hygge the Festivals of Winter (Part 1).

A Trio of Christmas Magazines

Magazine Monday: A Trio of Christmas Inspiration.

I swapped my weekend days this weekend, so I sat having my Magazine Moment, usually every Sunday morning, on Saturday. It’s mid-October, which as anyone will tell you is the start of getting ready for Christmas. Yes, it is really. From now on I buy a small thing every week to put away for meals over Christmas, really start buying gifts and storing them (different … Continue reading Magazine Monday: A Trio of Christmas Inspiration.

Magazine Monday: Country Giants go Head to Head.

I have subscribed to both these magazines for decades now, since early motherhood at least. So this week when I tried to decide which one I wanted to feature, mindful of the fact that it’s nearly time for the Christmas editions to hit the shops and I really want to share my favourite hygge pages from all of them, it struck me that I didn’t … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Country Giants go Head to Head.

Autumnal De-stressors: My Kick the Bucket full of Leaves List

It poured with rain in my neck of the woods on Saturday. That meant I had very little to do, so I grabbed my notebook and pen, and set to collecting a list of actions and activities that I want to do during October and November: things I can do to enjoy Autumn in all her beauty and majesty. When you discount travelling too far … Continue reading Autumnal De-stressors: My Kick the Bucket full of Leaves List

Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors August 2020.

Magazines are a great way to check off the progress of time. As the year passes, it can be marked by the changes in covers. From Easter’s eggs and May’s blossom to summer, with heady scented blooms and the inevitable blue and white seaside edition. August’s CH&I isn’t a dedicated sea special, but does have a seaside aesthetic. The whole magazine has a free and … Continue reading Magazine Monday: Country Homes and Interiors August 2020.