Learning Norwegian In Lockdown

Like many people I have used my time in lockdown to learn a new skill, and I chose to learn a new language. Being born and bred in the North-East of Scotland, I feel that there are many similarities between the Scandi lifestyle and our own. The love of nature and the outdoors, the expansive…

Highland Safaris Red Deer Centre

The weather hasn’t been great here lately, so when we woke up to a sunny Sunday we knew we had to take advantage of it. I remembered that I had received an email from Itison with an offer for the Red Deer Centre in Aberfeldy, so I gave them a call and booked a time…

A Long Weekend In Kraków

We took a 3-day child-free trip to Krakow to celebrate my 40th birthday, visiting Auschwitz, the Wieliczka Salt Mine and Market Square.

Choose To Challenge – #IWD2021

Today is International Women’s Day, a day where we celebrate women and their achievements, calling our gender bias and taking action against inequality. #ChooseToChallenge yourself and those around you. Here’s a story of a time when I did.

New Year, New Goals – 2021 Edition

Well, that was 2020! There’s not an awful lot to say about it as we spent most of it under a lockdown and various restrictions, so there were no holidays, no big celebrations, and very few local adventures. On the bright side our eldest started primary school and our youngest went into full-time pre-school which…

Seven Kinds Of Biscuit

Sju Sorters Kakor (Seven Kinds Of Biscuit) is a Swedish household staple. After World War II, Swedes celebrated the end of rationing by making cakes, breads and biscuits and, after submitting 8,000 recipes in total to a contest, 300 made it into the first edition of this cookbook in 1945. Since then there have been…

My Scandi Bookshelf

Like a lot of people, I fell in love with the idea of hygge and lagom when it became popular in the UK a few years ago, but after a brief look the books ended up gathering dust on my bookshelf. It wasn’t until lockdown this year that I was truly ready to read them…

A Coincidental Hamilton Moment

7 years ago, almost to the day, I took this picture in New York and couldn’t remember why it was significant but I knew it was. My sister and I had gone on holiday and were trying to absorb lots of information on a open-top tour with a very informative guide, but I knew to…

Celebrating Swedish Cinnamon Bun Day

In Sweden, cinnamon buns (kanelbullar) are so culturally important that they have a special day dedicated to them. That day is 4th October, which is today! Swedes love to fika, enjoying a casual catch-up over a hot drink and food with friends. You can take a fika at work, like a more friendly, chatty tea…

Why 2020 Is My Perfect No Spend Year

At the beginning of 2020 I decided that this was going to be my “no spend year”. Little did I know that I would get a helping hand from lockdown, and that I’d find my lagom life.