Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Weekend in pictures

A fine weekend! George had Saturday and Sunday off work (unheard of) so we had the whole weekend for fun times.  I have to say, weekend times are much more fun now we aren't falling over each other in our tiny flat!  Here there seems to be room to be ourselves and do our own thing, but together, companionably.  If that makes sense (is companionably even a word?)

Saturday was the 'Love Farm' festival at the City Farm so we popped along for some hot cider by the campfire and a little stroll around, I even managed to acquire a gorgeous vintage teatowel (photo later) from a shop set up in the greenhouse, score!

The on Sunday we took a journey up into the sky on the Bristol wheel, it was awesome.  It's the height of 15 double decker buses, a fact I don't think I'd quite registered until I started to feel pretty darn freaked out and George pointed out we were only half way up, eek...

After the first nerveracking climb to the top my fear was overtaken with delight at the amazing views, it was just before sunset and the sun was breaking through the clouds in glorious rays, over the city below.  It amused me how much Cabot Circus resembles an ant farm from above.


We ended the weekend with my favourite kind of Sunday Supper, soup, bread, cheese, wine... The soup was tomato and coriander from 'Scandilicious' so I notched up the Scandi-ness with some gravadlax on krisprolls, yum.

A fine weekend indeed. x.

Sunday, 19 February 2012


Tete a Tete

It's only recently I've realised how much I love the colour yellow.  It seems to pop up a lot this time of year, daffodils in the shops and on the verges, my kalanchoe coming into flower, like little bright flags to let you know that Spring is on its way.  Such welcome spots of colour after the paleness of Winter!  I've been making the most of it with yellow florals on the bed, baking saffron bread and lemon curd, and buying pots of Tete a Tete to pop in corners our house (something about home ownership has made me obsessed with pot plants).

Making Swedish Saffron Bread

Spring Florals On The Bed

Lotta Kuhlhorn Mug from Illustrated Living

Vintage Pillow Cases

Kalanchoe Flowering

Vegan Lemon Curd

Today is gorgeous, blue blue skies and sunshine!  George is drilling holes in the wall for curtains (oh what luxury!) and then we're off to town for a ride on the big wheel, I've been saving it for a sunny day to make the most of the views from up high.

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Thursday, 16 February 2012



I never know with blogs whether just to launch right in or whether there should be some sort of explanatory first post. I've been wanting to do the latter but have been sitting here for a good while not knowing where to begin!  I think perhaps I should start with a confession - I am bad at blogging.  I am GREAT at creating blogs, and have had all sorts of grand plans and enthusiastic starts over the years, but keeping them going? Not so much.

This maybe because my previous ideas have been a bit too ambitious (sewing blog?!), even though they all essentially come back to the same thing - a sort of yearning to share the all the little things in life that make me happy.  Which is where Hyggelig Hjem comes in! 

What is Hyggelig Hjem....

Scandinavian culture has fascinated me for as long as I can remember, and when I first heard about the Danish concept of 'hygge' it was like a lightbulb going on above my head - finally a word that sums up my life philosophy!  It doesn't translate into English directly and so my understanding of it may be somewhat misplaced... Here is a translation from 'Hygge and Lort':

Tea light holders from "Hus & Hem"
"hygge is a danish concept that is difficult to describe, let alone make a direct translation for. it means a lot of things, but its essence is found within the gestures and rituals that are performed to create a mood or setting that is convivial, warm, cosy, comfortable, and generous – an act of hospitality directed towards friends, strangers or even oneself.  the cliché is that you light candles even on the most banal occasions, just to make it a bit more special. of course, it is more than candles, but everyone in denmark would agree that things are just a bit more hyggelig, if you fire up the tea lights"

For me, it seems to sum up the idea that I was trying to explain to my good friend the other day - trying to find pleasure and happiness in the small details of everyday life.

Which brings on to the second inspiration for this blog, and what do you know, it's also Scandinavian!

The aforementioned good friend gave me this book for Christmas, having tracked it down after watching me lust over it in a shop in Stockholm (see why she is a good friend?!), and it is truly inspirational!  'Detaljer Hemma' means details of the home, and the authors are a married couple from Stockholm who visited 32 homes, taking pictures of all the little details that communicate what a home means to them.

You can read more about it, including an interview with the authors, here.

So yes, Hyggelig Hjem is a combination of these two ideas, a sort of mixing bowl of details from my own life at home and things that inspire me from other people's, I hope to include photos and recipes and ramblings along the themes of:

cooking tasty, good and hearty meals (and eating them...)
the changing of the seasons
crafting and sewing
galavanting outside
vintage style
exploring new places
taking pictures of things that make me smile

But for now I have rambled too much so more later.

Sarah x

Sunday, 12 February 2012

coming soon....

My latest blog venture!  

Coming soon - cosy homeliness, small details, everyday life...

Sarah Kate