It’s a lovely time of year in the Northern hemisphere now… Spring has definitely arrived in the UK, with warm temperatures and blossom everywhere! And Easter is just around the corner, with its promise of eggs and bunnies. I know some schools have already broken up, but my teenagers don’t break for the Easter Holidays until Friday, so this week is the week I’ve begun … Continue reading Spring Hygge is in full bloom!
It is a strange fact that as a Kindle author you don’t get a publisher and a publicist to take care of book sales for you. Nobody arranges the book tour, or blog tour, or any tour, nobody writes enthusiastic press releases, nobody takes charge of sending out review copies to the Big Names of whatever subject you’ve written about. It’s just not included. That … Continue reading Starting next week on HTHTBW… the 50 Ways to Hygge the British Way Book Tour!!
Alison May writes a blog called Brocante Home, a site dedicated to fluffiness and fripperies and creating a Life Less Ordinary. It doesn’t sound very hyggely, does it? And, indeed the site itself could hardly be further from the clear, bare Scandi-chic interiors that hygge is usually paired with. But you know I call my blog How to Hygge the British Way for a reason, … Continue reading Hygge Book: The Spring House by Alison May
Happy St Patrick’s Day to you! And a break from A Weekend with… posts especially for St Paddy’s Day. And a question: In a country where the most famous export is Guinness, the best know exported Irish words are Slainte and craic, which is famous for its welcome and the warmth of its hospitality… do they really need hygge? Well, yes. Because hygge is there … Continue reading Do the Irish need Hygge?
Today has been named Blue Monday. Officially the lowest day of the year for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s interesting to note that, like so many days marked nowadays, it’s a commercial invention by a travel company to sell more holidays. There is a formula: where W=weather, D=debt, d=monthly salary, T=time since Christmas, Q=time since failing our new year’s resolutions, M=low motivational … Continue reading The Day Today is Monday, the Colour Today is Blue.
Epiphany is the old-fashioned religious name for Twelfth Night, the modern End of Christmas. It falls on January 6th every year and is taken by many as the official end to the festive season. In fact, Christmastide will last from now until February 2nd or Candlemas and, in olden times, the churches left their greenery and creche scenes up until then, as a mark that … Continue reading Epiphany….everyday should be one.
In 2015 one of the surprise Christmas TV hits was a slow-moving piece of Nordic Blanc TV. BBC4 broadcast 2 hours of a sleigh ride through the snowy wastes of Norway following two sami travellers. There was snow, tinkling bells and lots of… well, snow. No background music, no special effects and a lot of praise for what the broadcasters call ‘slow TV’. I missed … Continue reading All Aboard the Sleigh Ride! What???
Mostly hygge is a very homely way to live; we don’t do flashy, expensive or over the top. It’s a celebration of the small things that keep life happy, a look at the little parts of life that make you smile. Cooking is a prime example of that; the most hyggely recipes I know are the comforting ones that use next to no ingredients, or … Continue reading Recipe Tuesday: Turkey and Ham pie with a slight difference