The golden days of autumn have begun to fade now, slipping inexorably towards the beginning of winter and as the days have grown shorter I have started to make small adjustments to our home searching for cosy new throws for our bedrooms and extra candles to shimmer on the Breakfast table to brighten the winter days ahead. Little winter treats but maybe these three simple ideas will inspire you to tackle the days ahead as winter arrives there is even a special word for it Hygge.
A drive through the cornish lanes
The Cornish lanes are almost more beautiful now, than inthe spring. Simple roads graced by the last lacing of gold and amber at the foot of the tall earthy banks. Lanes that are lined in turn with trees arching overhead, with bare architecturally beauty.
I spotted this view as we made a trip to “The dump”. Winter is a great time to practise a little Feng Shui although we always repair and recycle as much as possible there always comes a day when the end has come for a particular toaster or Hoover!
I’m not sure here if my winter treat is the chance to see the Cornish lanes or the opportunity of removing excess items from my life? Maybe that one is inextricably entwined!
Candle light and scented candles
A winter treat for us is always to spend a little time over Breakfast. A little time to linger and relax and enjoy the golden glow of flickering candles as the pace of our lives slows down for the winter.
Sometimes I prepare the dining room for our Bed and Breakfast guests and sometimes it is just for us. It is always worthwhile to take some time to set the scene and give a little bit of magic to the start of the day.
For a real treat I like to light a scented candle in our flagstoned hall. Tthe Orange and Cinnamon ones are perfect around Christmas time. I particularly love the scented candles from the north Cornwall Company St Eval
As the days grow colder I add some cosy throws to our Bed and Breakfast bedrooms. The Blue bedroom has a lovely, sensually soft, faux fur one from Oka. Perfect thrown over a hand made quilt – all ready for the winter