‘October, baptize me with leaves! Swaddle me in corduroy and nurse me with split pea soup. October, tuck tiny candy bars in my pockets and carve my smile into a thousand pumpkins. O autumn! O teakettle! O grace!’
Well! wasn’t that a splendid summer? Mild enough the weather might be right now, but still we must wave a fond farewell to summer as the fallen leaves carpet our pavements and parklands.
October heralds autumn – or Fall – as our transatlantic cousins name it. Not that the term ‘Fall’ is either exclusively American or American in origin – as is pointed out in this blog from AA Editorial Services, We Say Autumn – You Say Fall.
October is also the month when the clocks go back and we celebrate Halloween. Halloween is often assumed to be an American thing but it’s not of course. In fact written as Hallowe’en – as a contraction of ‘All Hallows’ Eve’ or All Saints Eve – this is a yearly celebration. It’s observed in many countries on the eve of All Hallows Day – the 1st November. The history of Hallowe’en and the Jack O’Lantern, and how it travelled from Britain to America, is a rather interesting one and AA Editorial Services has pulled it all together in a handy four-minute trick or treat read.
Baking, making and all things warming
As the verse as the top of this blog suggests, October is a month when we turn our time and thoughts to baking, to warming soups and cosy times. With that – and Hallowe’en celebrations – in mind, why not check out our friend of Pink&Green, SED Developments. Thanks to the brilliance of 3D printing technology, SED are making, amongst many other super things, funky cookie cutters. They have loads of designs and a few of them are here. We love these two Hallowe’en themed ones – Frankenstein’s monster and the pumpkin.
And while we’re talking pumpkins, here’s a BBC Good Food recipe for a hearty pumpkin soup.
Short days – long nights
The days getting shorter, baking, warming soups, fairy lights and candles – all of them elements of:
The Danish art of Hygge
In December 2017, I wrote a blog about small pleasures and the Danish art of hygge. It’s certain that everything mentioned above are part of the thing called hygge. But they aren’t all it is. Hygge is a year-round thing. Above all, and as I explained in that blog, hygge has a meaning in itself. All you in fact need for hygge is consciousness and mindfulness. The ability to be present and to recognize and enjoy that moment of being present. That said, being mindful with a Pink&Green chocolate and rose face and body mask can’t hurt can it?
I’ve recently been releasing onto my social media stream, bite-sized teasers about our almost-good-enough-to-eat gift combinations. Great for travel and fantastic as gifts they are for sure. But we reckon they’re brilliant as a treat for yourself – great to go with a small pleasure such as listening to music, or watching a favourite film.
What’s your favourite way of treating yourself? Do you have small pleasures that bring you joy? I’d love to hear about it. Find me on Instagram and Facebook. Or drop me a line on firstname.lastname@example.org
PS: If you missed our recent Facebook note all about self-care it’s here.