Fill Your Morning with Hygge

Are you a morning person? If you are, lucky you! I’m a night owl. At college, I would rather sleep from 2 in the morning until 10 and wake up mid-morning ready to start the day. I love staying awake late at night reading, painting, watching, planning. It’s much better to be a morning person, especially when you have children and suddenly a lie-in becomes … Continue reading Fill Your Morning with Hygge

Fill Your Day With Hygge

I have had a most beautiful Bank Holiday weekend here in the UK. The sun shone, the sky was a most magnificent azure blue, we had nothing much planned, and the weekend was free to unfold magnificently.   I very often find some of the most hyggely moments of my life are those I haven’t planned for: the impromptu barbecue, the coffee grabbed in haste … Continue reading Fill Your Day With Hygge

The Next Big Thing: Which country will we look at next? Why not a City?

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?

Hello, Monday! I am planning ahead.

It’s sunny out, but there’s a wind that catches the sign outside and makes a moaning noise now and again. The wind’s not in the right direction to push the door open, thank Goodness, or the ceiling tiles would be rising and falling like waves at the beach. The passers-by have coats on, jackets rather than heavy winter coats, and some have a warm jumper … Continue reading Hello, Monday! I am planning ahead.

Hygge Book: 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal

I’m getting ahead of myself here: This book post won’t be published until Thursday but I’m writing it on a sunny Monday morning. Doesn’t the sun have a marvellous impact on your feel-good-factor? There’s something about it makes me smile, and walk with a bounce rather than trodge into work, huddled down against the wind and (most likely) rain. Feeling good, feeling happy, has been … Continue reading Hygge Book: 52 Lists for Happiness by Moorea Seal

What are you doing on Monday?

Monday is 23rd April, that’s St George’s Day. It’s also Shakespeare’s birthday and death day. None of which I usually celebrate in big style, except when the children were younger and I would read them a version of the St George legend. Why the Patron Saint of England is a knight from Turkey famous for slaying mythical creatures, I don’t know. I suspect it’s another … Continue reading What are you doing on Monday?

Hygge Book: A Sense of Home Eat/Make/Sleep/Live by Helen James

It’s full-blown spring outside now. The daffodils in the pots by my front door are dancing, the sun wakes me in the morning (the joys of a window that faces North East!) and 6pm has hit me unaware several times this week, forcing me down from my stepladder of doom to make a hasty tea before grabbing the gloss brush and getting on with it. … Continue reading Hygge Book: A Sense of Home Eat/Make/Sleep/Live by Helen James

It’s #InternationalDayOfHappiness: How are you going to celebrate?

Well, hello! It’s a bright, sunshine filled Tuesday morning here, and I’m at my desk and working hard (cough) already. I didn’t realise it was #InternationalDayOfHappiness until I looked at my Twitter feed first thing. In between all the gloom, sad news and pain there was a reminder from Action For Happiness that today was, indeed, the day to be positively happy. It brought me … Continue reading It’s #InternationalDayOfHappiness: How are you going to celebrate?