|My sister in laws mug |
photo credit Sixes and Sevens
What a year the Scandinavians are having or should I say the Danes. If you have not heard the word hygge in the last year, you must have buried your head under all those fluffed up cushions on your sofa whilst sitting in only a candle lit room or ambled past it as you took your daily walk. What on earth am I talking about?
Well to be precise this year alone there have so far been 14 books published on the subject and not all by Danish authors may I say. Being of Scandinavian descent myself and more accurately Norwegian, I was glad to see in the list, the Norwegian author, Signe Johansen. I happen to love her cook books and was glad to see she was flying the Norwegian hygge flag.
We seem to have a fascination with Nordic living and the Nordic way of life from their interiors, as holiday destinations, their colour schemes, and even their film noir type TV series but our most recent fetish with Scandi life seems to be this strange word hygge. I have grown up with it from a small child not realising that it was a different way of life in so much it had a label, to a teenager reveling in some aspects of it and not so much others, to a mother and home maker that is the essence of who I am, what I do and how I live.
Today I jump on the band wagon and share with you five ways in which hygge is incorporated in my soul and what it means to me. This is not a definitive way of incorporating hygge into ones life but it is my way and is the very essence of how we live. Ask my children and my husband what the word means to them and they will come up with their own variations of hygge.
|Early morning before the house hold is |
awake is often my time in the day for me
For me time out in a day is vital for my sanity and well being. Some days it may only be literally 5 minutes, a time where I really try to be in the moment, not thinking or worrying about anything else except just being. It's not easy clearing your mind but gosh how refreshing it is after. An inner peace.
|Drinking a cup of tea and reading a good book or...|
|... a cup of coffee on the bench outside|
|and always a bit of time out for some yarn therapy|
|The joy of having a sailing boat means I am often at lovely|
coastal locations where I take myself off for a stroll
|Yellow such a colour of hope|
|Autumnal days outside|
|Warmth inside ...|
|Warmth outside too|
There is a time to be alone and a time to gather. Both equally as important. Bringing together family and friends of all ages and generations. As I become older gatherings have taken on a new meaning for me, not necessary the fuss and pomp of needing excitement, but just of enjoying the company and being together. No pressure but a sense of belonging. Often our gatherings take place outside ...
want to be a part of that?
|Drying fruit from the garden to eat in the |
winter months brings utmost pleasure to me
|The children's favourite comfort food, Toad in the Hole|
|Any occasion and we will make waffles, it never |
fails to make us all smile, just the smell of them cooking...
|Food for sharing|
The Scandinavians have nothing different or new to share with the world, all the above are experienced by most to a greater or lesser extent but where I think they have the edge these Nordic folk is that they recognise the need to envelop all these aspects as good for our soul, our well being, our mental state and our health. And so by giving it a name that can mean so many different things to different people, it encourages a nation to look after itself and each other, to take time to slow down and see the beauty around, coining a British phrase, hope I am using it correctly, take time to smell the roses.
Hygge is a very personal experience and what hygge means to one person will very
often mean something else to someone else, which is why it is such a difficult word to
translate, it means so many different things.
Joining in with Amy sharing my five thoughts on hygge,
do pop over and see what others are sharing today.
♥ What does hygge mean to you? ♥
And if you think this all sounds a bit smug and too perfect
whose life is perfect anyway, we only share that which we are comfortable with then read the following send up of hygge in the Daily Mash. If swearing offends, then please do not click on the link, you have been warned... Hygge is...