Friday, 27 February 2015

I may have found the perfect solution (New Blog!

As some of you know, my blog has been broken for a long time now. It continues to vanish at will from the reading list and as you might have noticed, my images have started to disappear. 

I have tried other blogging platforms, I have tried all the helpful tips given to me in the super supportive forums, I have tried editing all kinds of confusing computer-y things, but to no avail. 

It's hard to continue writing a blog when your work does not reach your audience. I have never minded about viewer-count or anything of the sort, but I have always had a large group of return-readers and it's so sad that they have lost their way to my blog through an internal fault. We became good friends over the years and losing contact is always difficult to bear. 

The solution came to me the other day. Why not just recreate this blog under the same name, same profile, same everything-but-url? So I tried it and happily, the username was not yet taken! 

So here it is: -click me - I may be slow to post while I work on my new content, but for now it seems to work. I'm excited to be able to use this same platform that I'm familiar with and not have to worry about learning lots of new computer-y stuff. (with the exception of google+ which I just cannot work out). 

I do hope that you will follow me there and that the little nordic cabin can get back to normal as soon as possible. Please help me out by letting people know that the cabin is still standing and that they can find me in there at it's new address! 

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Flying Away

I'm sorry for neglecting you all, my darlings. I'll have plenty of stories to tell you very soon because I'm leaving my little English house for California tomorrow morning! I'm going there for my very first time and I just cannot tell you how excited I am! 

We're going to have to change from our warm little Nordic snuggle sessions while I'm away! But don't worry, I'll be hunting for any signs of Nordic life while I'm away and will give you sneaky tips on how to find it :)

I've missed you all so dearly, please tell me all about how you are doing ♥

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Natural Day - Thursday 13th February 2014

I have been lucky enough to chat with Sanah Jivani these last few days and to hear all about her wonderful movement. Please take a minute to watch this inspiring video and please join us tomorrow on Natural Day. Even if you just post a quick tweet with the above hashtag, it'll help to get Natural Day trending. 

Monday, 6 January 2014

Two Thousand and Fourteen

Happy New Year my dears. Was it sparkly and amazing? 

I spent it here:

Doing this:

And playing with this little cutie:

… who taught me the Swedish word for "snowflakes" and pulled me up on all of my bad pronunciation. The worlds teeniest teacher. 

I'm now safely back in Umeå, where the snow is hiding and it's raining every day. Soon it will be time to move here for real and I'll be posting from my new, real-life Nordic Cabin ♥

Friday, 13 December 2013

St. Lucia

Today is St. Lucia day in Sweden. You can see a short video of the celebrations below:

Girls in white gowns carry candles sing beautiful songs and walk slowly down the isle of the church, a procession headed by a girl wearing a crown of candles. I saw my first St. Lucia celebration in my first year of university, when my department put on a mini version in London. Now it makes me feel ever-so christmassy, and with just 12 days to go, it marks the perfect start to a christmas count-down. 

The day is in celebration of Saint Lucy, or Santa Lucia. Saint days are not very common in Scandinavia and I think that might be why this one is so special. St Lucia day has links to pagan beliefs and as you can imagine, in the cold mid-winter of the Nordic region, a celebration of lights would have been very important. 

What do you think? Is this an important day where you are? We don't celebrate anything in England on this day, but I really like watching the Swedish celebrations. You can find a lot more videos by searching 'st. lucia sweden' on youtube. Some of the singers are really stunning! 

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

NaNoWriMo Update

Oh hi, let me just crawl out of my NaNo cave for a bit and let you know I'm still alive. 

I literally cannot fathom how you people do this. I know that some of you are hardcore-every-single-year NaNo writers and I am very impressed now that I'm experiencing all of this for myself. 

How is your writing going? Are you meeting your deadlines? 

I'm behind on the word count, but I think I've got it under control. I was wondering today how you guys like to structure your writing. This doesn't necessarily only apply to NaNoWriMo, but any kind of writing really. I assumed I would write in order, from start to finish. It seemed so logical, given the time restraint and the daily word targets. I even had Björn use his newly acquired programming skills to program a little calendar for me with the daily word count, so that I could write it all in one document and not have to do the maths. How naive I was! 

Instead I've been writing in a kind of strange, illogical manner. You see, the story I'm writing has been in my mind for the longest time. I dream about it and I think about it and I imagine my characters and I work out all the little details when I'm in yoga class or wandering about outside. So I've been finding pictures that resemble the story in my head and writing mini stories based on those, that I plan to eventually knit together into a more coherent narrative. It's very much like the writing prompts I used to post here. (Would you like to see more of those, by the way? I have lots of images stored up and ready to have the crap written out of ;) 

How do you guys like to write? Are you strict with yourself when it comes to order and coherence, or do you just let it all flow out of your mind as it materialises? 

Good luck to you, we're nearly halfway there! 

Friday, 8 November 2013

I'll eat you up, I love you so

I'm sure you all know by now about my guilty pleasure of Where the Wild Things Are and everything to do with it, so I was very excited when I stumbled across these amazing book covers based on beloved children's books:

We often say "don't judge a book by it's cover", but be honest with me, how many of you truly adhere to that advice when it comes to the literal reading of a book? Certainly not me, I'm so in love with the illustrated covers of books, especially those of children's books. I'm quite sure you'll agree, then, that these are very special prints. 

They'd make very sweet pictures for a nursery wall, children's bedroom, particularly when hung above your child's bookcase. I remember once looking after a little girl named Sophie who had a bookcase that towered above her bed. On it was every single children's book you could possibly even dream of. I used to spend hours pouring over them with her sitting in my lap, helping her learn to read. One of my happiest memories is of her reading me Green Eggs and Ham (a personal favourite of ours) after I'd been away from her for a little while, leaving her to learn to read fluently and with the most beautiful expression. 

Which of these prints do you like best? Can you spot the Swedish book amongst the titles?