A couple of weeks ago, I was sent the most beautiful book to read, The Art of Coorie: How to Live Happy The Scottish Way by Gabriella Bennett. With dreams of one day retreating to a cabin in the heart of Glencoe and with a fondness for fairisle and a wee dram, if every there was a country I’d turn my back on Wales for, it would be likely be Scotland. And coorie, the Scottish art of deriving comfort, wellbeing and energy from wild landscapes and convivial interiors, seems to provide the heart and soul that I’ve always found missing in ‘hygge’.
Well, hasn't the weather taken a turn for the colder over the past few days? Gone are the bright blue skies of early autumn, and in their place a greyer, murkier and infinitely chillier version. Pumps and raincoats have been replaced by boots and winter coats ... and hats, scarves and gloves. And lip balm. Tis the season of chapped lips, too. Despite the dropping temperatures, it's still one of my favourite times of the year. It's been described as the 'unhealthy season' because people often turn inwards and indoors. I actually like a little bit of introspection and I can't believe that spending time at home snuggling under a blanket surrounded by the warm glow of candlelight is a bad thing. It's restful, it's peaceful and it's really quite heartwarming. But maybe vitamin D supplements are the way to go for a few months.