Steampunk Festival in Bronte Village

This weekend I went to my first Steampunk Festival in the beautiful village of Haworth, West Yorkshire. Home of the world famous literary family – the Brontes.  It was wonderful to see everyone in their amazing costumes. There was a very creative, friendly atmosphere in a setting synonymous with the Victorian era. Steampunk started as a sub-genre […]

Do it like the Danish – Hygge

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I have not been fortunate enough to ever visit Denmark. It is often reported as being one of the ‘happiest countries’. These sort of reports always intrigue me. What is that makes these places the happiest?

They have proper winters – up to 17 hours of darkness per day and average temperatures around 0C.

Winter is a season I struggle to fully embrace and appreciate. I have personal reasons so it’s not just the darkness and the weather, it’s a sad time for me (that’s for another day and a different post).

This year I am on a mission to make friends with winter.

Here in the UK we are definitely preparing for the winter. The clocks have changed, bringer longer periods of darkness. The sunny, blue sky, crisp autumn days seem to have faded. My mission is underway.

This year, I am planning to do it like a Dane! If they can be happy in winter, I want some of what they have.Read More »

My Bonfire Night – Embracing the Darkness of the Season

Bonfire NightI am Scottish, although I now live in North Yorkshire. Many of the Scottish traditions stem from it’s Gaelic history.

Autumn is synonymous with Halloween, which was traditionally Samhain in Scotland. Samhain was one of the four main festivals of the Gaelic calendar, it marks Summer’s end. During Samhain bonfires were traditionally lit on hilltops in Scotland.

The Samhain bonfires were traditionally lit on the evening on the 31st October. It marked the end of the light half of the year and the beginning of the Celtic new year or the dark half of the year. Sacred fires were a big part of the cleansing of the old year and a method to prepare for the coming new year. Feasts were held and bonfires were lit throughout the countryside. The bonfires were to warm friendly spirits and ward off evil spirits, and also represented the sun, which they wished would return, bringing heat and growth.Read More »

Remember, Remember the 5th of November – Guy Fawkes


Guy Fawkes has been described as Britain’s most notorious traitor. He is the most famous and most remembered of the men involved in the Gunpowder Plot but he did not act alone and he was not the leader. Guy Fawkes, along with a few like minded men, planned to blow up the Houses of Parliament, using gunpowder on the 5th November 1605.Read More »