Boxing Up Hygge

We all have those little things we know how to say but we still don’t say properly. Like Sudocrem, in my family, will forever be Sudocream. I think for most of us Brits ‘hygge’, the trend du jour, will always be one of those words. I’ve seen all the phonetics, I know I’m supposed to

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On Winter Rituals, or, Saying Goodbye To The Sea

It’s approaching the time of rituals. Winter seems to be full of them, especially compared to the other seasons. This, of course, has a lot to do with Christmas, whether it’s the universal traditions of Christmas trees and carols, or the family-specific ones of searching through old dusty boxes to find your dad’s fisherman Santa decoration.

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Inspirational Reads – A Bookish Baker

Sometimes we all fall a little short in the inspiration stakes. Times when it can be easier to slob out on the sofa with a takeaway rather than get outside or cook from scratch. And that’s ok. But to help you re-kick start your simple lifestyle, there’s inspirational reads: blogs, magazines and books full of ideas

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Mid Week Eat: Oven Baked Risotto

It’s easy to eat seasonally with a whole lazy Sunday and 6 hours to roast a joint ahead of you. It’s more difficult when you get in from work late and all you want to do is order a pizza. My Mid-Week-Eats recipes are all quick, really easy and made mostly using ingredients you’ll already

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5 Ways to Bring The Outside In This Winter

As the leaves start to shed their leaves and the flowers stop blooming for the winter, I always feel the need to bring some of the outside in to temper the bleakness of the coming winter. We’ve been doing it at Christmas for centuries of course, from the first yule logs, to Christmas trees and decking

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Monthly Simplify – Writing Letters

Each month I pick one easy thing we can do to simplify our homes, diets and lives. This month, it’s letter writing. When I was very young (so young I was still cantering around on my imaginary horse, Ginger) I made friends with a girl from Belfast on holiday. She was a year older and liked

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Filling Your Home With Meaningful Things

If you’ve read my 4 Quotes of Inspiration, you’ll know I follow William Morris’ approach to home décor: “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.” I would, however, add one more criteria – useful, beautiful, and meaningful. Whether you’ve just moved in or fancy

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