Acceptance and Peace: Mindful Christmas Day 3

December’s posts this year all share the theme of Mindful Christmas. There’ll be short posts each day encouraging us to pause and look at our celebrations in a more measured, mindful way. Every day has a concept heavily tied in to Christmas, and the plan is to look at them individually, examine what role they plan in our own Christmas and, if we decide we … Continue reading Acceptance and Peace: Mindful Christmas Day 3

Conflict, Anger and Strength: Mindful Christmas Day 2

December’s posts this year all share the theme of Mindful Christmas. There’ll be short posts each day encouraging us to pause and look at our celebrations in a more measured, mindful way. Every day has a concept heavily tied in to Christmas, and the plan is to look at them individually, examine what role they play in our own Christmas and, if we decide we … Continue reading Conflict, Anger and Strength: Mindful Christmas Day 2

Anticipation and Preparation: Mindful Christmas Day 1

December’s posts this year all share the theme of Mindful Christmas. There’ll be short posts each day encouraging us to pause and look at our celebrations in a more measured, mindful way. Every day has a concept heavily tied in to Christmas, and the plan is to look at them individually, examine what role they plan in our own Christmas and, if we decide we … Continue reading Anticipation and Preparation: Mindful Christmas Day 1

What’s my Christmas this year going to be? Mindful.

Friday 26th November, and I’m in work. Storm Arwen is bashing the door, pelting the office with hail and making me wish perhaps I wasn’t due to go collect lunch today. Never mind: I have my candle, my aromatherapy diffuser and my little Bob Cratchit stove at the ready, so perhaps I’ll hunker down, keep doing the work and hope that Arwen passes by before … Continue reading What’s my Christmas this year going to be? Mindful.

Book Friday: Christmas at River Cottage by Lucy Brazier

River Cottage has always had a reputation for being ecologically aware, country-based and very proud of local food and customs. I know I’ve enjoyed watching the series, because the situation is about as far away from my modern, suburban house as I can imagine. I’m not a gardener, I don’t keep lifestock and I have every shop I need close at hand. That said, the … Continue reading Book Friday: Christmas at River Cottage by Lucy Brazier

My Bookshelves are looking full… Lining Up My Reads for November and December.

If ever I go bankrupt, I want you to know that it will not be because of my extravangant spending on shoes, clothes, meals out or holidays. No, siree. If ever I go bankrupt it will be because my money, every spare bit of it plus a little extra, goes on books. Real books, second hand or new books, Kindle books or hardback. Books are … Continue reading My Bookshelves are looking full… Lining Up My Reads for November and December.

Golden Days of Autumn Hygge: Small actions to improve your life during Fall.

Hygge is such a simple concept, yet I think sometimes we humans really don’t like simple. We have to complicate a thing, tie it up with something else or make it a multi-sensory, multi-layered essential experience, instead of just appreciating the smallest of facts. Hygge just is, it’s not fancy or complicated or posh. It’s not about having a perfect life or house or day. … Continue reading Golden Days of Autumn Hygge: Small actions to improve your life during Fall.

How Much Does Hygge Cost?

Spoiler: The answer is nothing. When I first started writing about hygge and happiness five years ago this week the newspapers were filled with articles on hygge and how to hygge, very often listing items that you needed to buy to achieve the full hygge lifestyle. I wrote about how that wasn’t necessary in my post, How to hygge when there‚Äôs too much month left … Continue reading How Much Does Hygge Cost?