The Coming of Spring

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Spring is my favourite season. Last weekend in the UK saw the Spring Equinox. The word equinox is Latin for “equal night”.  Gardens, woodlands and grass verges are a blanket of daffodils, crocuses and snowdrops. The light is returning.

The beginning of spring has been seen as a time of renewal by cultures around the world throughout history. Bringing in the end of winter, with the days brighter and growing longer after the vernal equinox.Read More »

Acknowledging the Winter Solstice

Here in the UK the 22nd December 2015 marks this years Winter Solstice. The Winter Solstice, is an important turning point, as it marks the shortest day, when the hours of daylight are at their least. It also the start of the increase in the hours of daylight, until the Summer Solstice.

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The Winter Solstice marks a central part of nature’s cycle. It is a time of new growth, rebirth and renewal. It is a reminder that in order to begin anew, the old must end.

The December solstice marks the ‘turning of the Sun’ as the days slowly get longer. Celebrations of the lighter days to come have been common throughout history with feasts and festivals, celebrated by cultures across the world.Read More »

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 »