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’s too much month left … Continue reading How Much Does Hygge Cost?

Bella Grace is a Good Name for a Magazine That’s Really A Guide to a Good Life: September Small Things Day 24

It’s a typical crazy Friday morning so far in my life. The TV has an intermittent fault, which means it clicks on and off, usually in the middle of the most interesting film or programme you’ve watched in days. Yesterday I booked it into the TV hospital an dthi smorning had to take it there. I’ll ring up at 1pm to see how it is … Continue reading Bella Grace is a Good Name for a Magazine That’s Really A Guide to a Good Life: September Small Things Day 24

When a Project is Completely Finished and Works Out Just As You Imagined It: September Small Things Day 23

I sometimes think you could track my life by the crafts I have picked up, learned, practised for a season and put down again. As a teenager, I learned knitting (only so I could make a complete set of Christmas decorations from Woman’s Weekly) and spent hours making gloves, scarfs and jumpers that I was rarely ever able to wear inside, let alone out. During … Continue reading When a Project is Completely Finished and Works Out Just As You Imagined It: September Small Things Day 23

Book Friday: The Art of Being a Tourist at Home by Jenny Herbert

Did you make it to a proper holiday this year? We didn’t. We’ve had a couple of nights as a couple in Leamington Spa, a long weekend as a family in Northumbria and Peter and I have a weekend booked in London during October. Weekends away suit us as small business owners, because to an extent the work required to get ready for even a … Continue reading Book Friday: The Art of Being a Tourist at Home by Jenny Herbert

The Moment You Realise a Movie Is A Time Machine That Simultaneously Connects Several Time Slots: September Small Things Day 14

I think that might *just* be the longest title to a blogpost ever. But it had to be done. Last night (the 14th, yes, I’m writing this blog retrospectively to post it with a backdate and fiddle with time myself) I settled down to what I’d planned to be a very Me evening. After a lovely online chat with Ami of Simply Needlecraft Haberdashery in … Continue reading The Moment You Realise a Movie Is A Time Machine That Simultaneously Connects Several Time Slots: September Small Things Day 14

Watching as my Favourite Tree Shows Her True Colours: September Small Things Day 13.

I have never not lived in a house with a garden. I’m not even a particularly good gardener, and I’m definitely an untidy one, with piles of leaves, rampant garden shrubs and a general ability to let the place go free as long as I have a decent chair (tick: my Adirondack chair is still not blue, but it’s good for after work meditations) and … Continue reading Watching as my Favourite Tree Shows Her True Colours: September Small Things Day 13.

A Brief Pause in a Very Busy Day: September Small Things Day 12

Sunday: Day of rest. I wish. Some Sundays are quite homey and relaxed. A lie in, a short trip to buy food, perhaps a walk or watching soccer on TV, an afternoon of crafts or crochet, reading or relaxing, and then a good homecooked meal and evening in front of class telly to finish off. This Sunday was not a day of rest. We were … Continue reading A Brief Pause in a Very Busy Day: September Small Things Day 12

When Everyday Smells Like Your Cosiest Coffee Shop: September Small Things Day 7

I settled down today at the office on the hottest day we’ve had for a while. Not a day sensibly for lighting a candle, and yet I did. I like having a candle in the office, especially on dark and dreek days. It adds a touch of cosiness, of warmth and homeliness. More often than not it’s a scented candle. This summer was a St … Continue reading When Everyday Smells Like Your Cosiest Coffee Shop: September Small Things Day 7