7 Ways to Enjoy the Colder Months

We are are now well into Autumn and, on those crisp cold shortened days, it’s a great time for wrapping up warm and getting outside to enjoy the daylight. On rainy and snowy days we can make the most of staying cosy and being indoors.

In Denmark this is referred to as Hygge (pronounced Huegah). Although there isn’t a direct translation (the nearest is probably cosy) the UK seem to be going Hygge crazy at the moment.

Here are some ideas of ways to feel cosy and enjoy this season …

1. A walk in the countryside

The Autumn colours are absolutely spectacular. I love walking at this time of year — especially with my camera in hand. Put on some colourful wellies, hats, scarves and gloves and head outside into the fresh air!

2. A trip to the seaside

The coast can also be a real treat at this time of year — especially when you have the beach almost all to yourself.

3. After a long walk, treat yourself a steaming hot drink or homemade soup in your favourite mug

4. Join the English Heritage or National Trust

I’ve joined both this year. With the beautiful Stowe Gardens (National Trust) and Wrest Park (English Heritage) on my doorstep it means I can visit them whenever I want to. They have great events throughout the year for children and adults. This picture was taken in Stowe Gardens just as the leaves were starting to turn colour. I had a lovely walk with a friend and enjoyed a salad with ingredients freshly picked from the kitchen gardens in their welcoming cafe afterwards.

As well as beautiful gardens both the National Trust and English Heritage have plenty of beautiful houses and castles to explore so you can shelter from the elements.

5. Cosy up with some magazines

Get comfy, light some candles and relax with a stack of magazines. There are so many new ones popping up at the moment. A few of my favourites are Breathe which is all about making time for yourself and ‘the simple things’ which is about taking the time to live well. Country Living is also one of my go to magazines with lots of inspiration for the outdoor life and creative living.

6. Get creative — attend a workshop

Why not learn a new creative skill? I have been lucky enough to enjoy a few workshops this year. My favourites include A Silver Clay Workshop with Emma Mitchell at Silver Pebble and a calligraphy workshop run by Quill London. Both were really welcoming, needed no prior knowledge and were a great way to spend a cosy morning meeting new people.

7. Take an online course

If you prefer to cosy up at home you might want to think about an online course. The highlight of the year for me has been joining Makelight. It’s run by Emily and Stef who teach people to improve their photography skills. I started by taking the Makelight Essentials online course and it helped me so much. You don’t need an expensive camera — lots of the work is done simply using your ‘phone camera. Below is a picture from the Summer Solstice Makelight Photowalk around Regents Park in London.

I hope this has given you some inspiration for the coming months.

Yvonne x

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