Today is the Autumn Equinox, the first day of autumn, when the sun crosses the equator from the northern to the southern half of the sky – a celestial event when all points on the surface of Earth experience 12 hours of daylight and darkness. It also signifies the start of shorter days, longer nights and a drop in temperature – all those long,dark nights ahead of us as we move with the seasons are perfect for making time for Hygge in our daily lives.
For me, there is nothing better after a long day at work than sitting down with my family and enjoying a glass of wine and catching up with each other’s news and chatter. I love the soft glow of candlelight, and as soon as the daylight starts to fade I light tea-lights and scented candles to illuminate our cosy sitting room, invoking a soothing, calming, relaxing and warming ambience. My favourite scented candle currently is a simple Air-Wick Spiced Spiced Orange and Cinnamon one – it costs just a couple of pounds and is an affordable luxury. While we chat, I knit and my current project is a simple shawl in glorious autumnal shades – this will be perfect to throw over my shoulders in the colder days and evenings.
Autumn isn’t just about the cosy evenings, the days when the sun shines are beautiful, crisp and full of nature’s spectacular palette of greens, golds, bronzes, oranges and browns. Enjoy this wonderful season of mists and mellow fruitfulness while it lasts.