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Salvia, petunia, wallflower and snapdragon with a bee jug - with a hygge 19 November 2018

‘Making Winter’ by Emma Mitchell – A Review – In a Vase on Monday 19 November 2018

I’m getting set for Winter here in Manchester – a biting East wind was buffeting Manchester and sky looked like we were stuck inside a Tupperware bowl. V grey 🙁  Time to get ready for Winter… blankets, soups and stews, making objects and food for Christmas – my husband was muttering about making a fruitcake – and Hygge…

This word has been all over the internet for the last few years but there’s a lot more to it than you’d imagine…

Hygge (pronounced hue-guh not hoo-gah) is a Danish word used when acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special. – Alex at www.hyggehouse.com/hygge

Alex (who has a Danish Mum and a French Dad) writes that Hygge isn’t really about ‘objects’ or ‘food’ it’s a state of ‘being’, being in the present, taking life a bit more slowly, spending time with friends/family, forming memories… This resonates with me.  Do have a look around her blog as she has some good suggestions for the ‘slower’ life.

salvia petunia wallflower with jug with bees and a hygge sign

salvia petunia wallflower bee jug with a hygge sign

Time to get a little ‘hygge’

Here’s the full list on this lovely print 🙂

Time to get a little ‘hygge’
Woolly blankets and thick socks – Yes
A mug of hot chocolate and with cream and marshmallows – well a lacto-free one would go down very well right now
Creating future memories – yes, we are making plans for December, Christmas, and January (a trip to London)
Blazing logs – no fire in our house but there are plenty in the country pubs in Lancashire 
Preparing a favourite recipe – Christmas fruitcake?
Taking a Nap – yes we all know #selfcare matters
Closing the curtains – the thick winter curtains are up 🙂
Belly laughs – always 😉
Reading by candlelight – Always candles in our house anytime of year 
Evenings with friends – Bring them on 🙂

So what are you doing to get a little ‘hygge‘?

Salvia, petunia, wallflower and snapdragon with a white jug with bees on it 19 November 2018

Salvia, petunia, wallflower and snapdragon with a bee jug. 19 November 2018

In a Vase on Monday – salvia, petunia, wallflower and snapdragon

I ran out around the garden looking for flowers – it was surprising how many flowers were still around… as I’ve said before the weather this year has been so odd this year.  I picked a bright, summery vase too because I saw a couple of bees around the front garden at the weekend (when it was warmer).  Here are my flowers:

The Vase looks as if it was picked in late September not November.   There are some hardy fuchsia flowers around still so they may make it into next week’s vase… but we’ll see what the weather brings this weekend. Snow on the hills around Manchester for definite 😉

Jug

The jug is made by Sophie Allport (www.sophieallport.com/uk/);  I bought it on our first visit to The Lost Gardens of Heligan in 2015. It has a quote inside the rim (Busy, busy bumble bee). This jug has appeared before too:

Lensbaby photo – Trio 28 sweet

I thought you’d like to see the same vase taken with my ‘Lensbaby’ – central focus and softer edges.  I’m pleased with this photograph.

salvia petunia wallflower bee jug 19-November 2018 hygge sign

salvia, petunia, snapdragon, and a wallflower with a bee jug 19 November 2018 – taken with Lensbaby Trio 28 – sweet

Note – this photo is my copyright so please don’t use or download it

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As usual, I am joining Cathy from Rambling in the Garden – this week she has some Viburnum in an ikebana-style arrangement (Japanese).  There are some glorious arrangements around the world – Spring in the southern hemisphere too.

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Making Winter – A Creative Guide for Surviving the Winter Months
By Emma Mitchell  – A Review

I bought this book in 2017, and I’ve dipped in a bit last winter, making a couple of recipes, but my focus was on getting healthier. It gets a mention here:

However, I wanted to write a proper review.  The short answer is – I really love this book.  It’s a beautiful book with stunning photography and drawings.

Emma writes about living in Fens, the countryside, changing of the seasons and collecting wildflowers and plants from her daily walks.  She also writes about how nature, being outdoors and crafting have helped her mental health and wellbeing.  I can’t tell you how much this chimes with me.   Emma also writes about the science – serotonin.

The book has recipes, crochet patterns, making hawthorn gin, wreaths, and drawing/paintings – each has stunning clear photographs and instructions.  Everything I’ve tried has worked fine.  Even though I’m, not a crocheter, my pals who are said these patterns are fairly straightforward to do – with clear stitch instructions.

I’m feeling the need to make some plum, orange and ginger blondies:-)

Silver Clay

There’s a section on silver clay too – how to make jewellery pendants using leaves and other natural materials.  I loved making a silver clay pendant when I was at Denman College in October, with my Mum.

I’ve booked to go back in January for another course 🙂 excited 🙂

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  • I see on Instagram that Emma has a new book out in January 2019 – it’s called The Wild Remedy: How Nature Mends Us – A Diary
  • you can follow Emma on Instagram (@silverpebble2)

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Emma’s book reminded me I need to start reading Nigel Slater’s Christmas Chronicles – full of recipes and preparation for Christmas and mid-winter.  I need to look out our Booth Christmas book (get our food order in) and then re-read the mighty Nigella – we saw her ‘In Conversation’ a couple of weeks ago – she was as fabulous as you’d imagine 🙂

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So what are you doing to ‘get Hygge’?
Have you read Emma’s Book? if you have – what did you think?
Do you any Autumn crafting?
Do you do anything special at this time of year? or is it all full speed for Christmas? 

Carpe Diem

Love Bec xxx xxx

 

 

white jug with pink, pelargonium campion and petunia with a jug and a candle enjoy today

Enjoy Today – My jug is full of flowers not half empty – In a vase on monday

It’s a grey day here in Manchester, it’s been hurling down with rain for most of the weekend, my arthritic joints are aching and I’m getting over a horrible cold so I absolutely shattered (the bone sapping tiredness is back). BUT inside I’m feeling positive and ‘enjoy today’ is my mantra. I’ve made some significant changes over the last few months –  a new adventure is starting.

As ever, my awesome husband is 100% supportive and helps me every day, as do my friends and family.

#OneHourOutside

I did what I usually do to help myself feel a bit better I went outside to have a look what was flowering, take some photographs and see the state of the garden after a very wet and windy weekend.  Taking photographs of flowers up close means you have to REALLY look at them.  I’ve written before about how my garden and gardening help me to be mindful.  Even, if you don’t have any outside space at your home, sit or walk in a park for an hour.  Nature is everywhere even in very urban areas.  I wrote more about how my garden helps me with my wellbeing.

I’ve written a few times about #onehouroutside  We are very lucky as there are many lovely walks around Monton where we live. Here’s a three-mile favourite:

Walking is a micro action – a small change, done regularly which makes a difference to your life. It seems as if it’s something about this time of year, something about being ‘back at school’ feeling.

Have you made a change recently?

pelargonium, petunia and campion in a white jug

pelargonium, petunia and campion in a white jug

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purple pink and lilac vein petunias glass vase

Breathe – #BreatheSeptember2018 – petunias In a Vase on Monday

I try to be mindful in my life and activities every day ‘try to be in the moment’, it doesn’t always work out, so I just start again the next day.  I try not to overthink too.  There are many organisations, groups and people that help me with my mindfulness – in particular, The Blurt Foundation,  Spark Support and Gabrielle Treanor.  I love following photo challenges, so I was thrilled to see Gabrielle has started a prompt for September 2018 – #BreatheSeptember2018 launch on Instagram.  This is the third year she has run this – you can check out previous hashtags too.  People get involved on twitter and facebook too.

My Previous photo challenges

I wrote about what you might want to include in a photo challenge in April 2018, when I asked if readers wanted to join in with this hashtag:

My advice for getting involved with photo challenges: 

There’s no right or wrong way to do a photo challenge –  it’s up to you. Don’t feel you have to post every day, nor does it have to be public photos.  Just do whatever is best for you 🙂 Previously, I’ve joined these photo challenges:

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Six on Saturday – out and about around my garden – 11 August 2018

I’d been thinking for a while that I haven’t taken many photos or described what’s happening in our garden – so I looked around for a linkup to prompt me to join in, and found Six on Saturday – hosted by thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com  (participant guide) who lives in Reading, Berkshire. That’s where I went to school, though I’ve lived in Manchester for over 20 years – so it’s a small world sometimes.   I’ve been following various contributors and, as usual, been inspired by the plants they grow and what they write about – but hadn’t got my act together to take photos on a Saturday.

So I’ll be covering what’s been happening around our garden, the locality in Monton, Eccles, Greater Manchester, the North.  Mostly gardens and places we visit with an emphasis on plants.  Knowing me, I doubt I’ll be contributing every week as time runs away from me, but I’ll try my best 🙂 I hope this post covers the Six on Saturday brief.  Continue reading

#100happydays challenge 21-28 friends, food, drink, flowers and yoda too

Friendship improves happiness and abates misery, by the doubling of our joy and the dividing of our grief – Cicero

Here’s an update on the #100happydays challenge (from late October 2015) – you can see my latest photos on my twitter account (@becinmonton).

As usual, I seem to been busy but one or two things stand out for me; fun with friends, my love of sci-fi and also once again, how important my garden is to me.   I’m so fortunate that I’ve got lots of friends who I’ve met via work, studying and outdoor adventures.

I’ve made lots of new friends too, since I joined the Women’s Institute a few years ago.   I’m a proud member of Cottonopolis WI in Ancoats, Manchester. I guarantee the WI isn’t what you think it is and it’s not about Jam, Jerusalem or calendars either.

star wars cookie cutters, lunch at Kro, Batch Gin, suffragette film

21/100 star wars cookie cutters, 22/100 lunch at Kro, 23/100 Batch Gin, 24/100 suffragette film

21/100 A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away

These are my favourite cookie cutters; my friend L bought them for me a few years ago; I tend to make ginger biscuits with them. We are both big Stars Wars fans. I was 10 in 1977 when the first film opened. I think we went to see it about six times that year, played with pretend light sabers in the playground. I think there were toys the following Christmas and I wish I’d kept the toys my Uncle gave me.  I think Princess Leia being a kick ass warrior helped my view of the world too. I’ve loved the films ever since (apart from Jar Jar Binks).  I am VERY excited for ‘Force Awakens’.

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