healing, Winter

Relinquishing Control

So, it snowed in Athens again! I've been here since the end of 2011, and the first time it snowed 'properly' was last winter. Don't get me wrong, it often snows in Greece ... just not here in Athens. Then, Storm Elpis hit us at the beginning of last week. Where we live, on the western edge of the city, things weren't too bad. Our council salted the main roads and we didn't lose power even for five minutes. But in other parts of the city, the damage was severe. Roads were impassable, trees were down, and some areas had no power for days.

cyclical living, seasonal living, Winter

Midwinter + a gift for you

Midwinter. There is such magic and mystery in the word - a connection to people and times past, and an invitation to sink down into the comforting dark. This is a time for rest and rejuvenation, for re-evaluation and sowing the seeds of intention. But modern Western Christmas culture rips that from us in the mad rush and the insistence that we need to buy more, do more, see more, even eat and drink more at this time of the year. I'm taking it back.

archetypes, Greek mythology, Winter

Hestia (goddess of hearth and home)

Hestia is the anglicised version of her name. Her Greek name - Εστία (pronounced es-tee-ah) - means dwelling. She was the goddess of home, and goddess of the hearth. On Olympus, her job was to take the good stuff from every sacrifice, to any deity, and feed it into the fire on the mountain. And so, part of every sacrifice belonged to her. Every hearth-fire belonged to her too. And, in those days, there were hearth-fires everywhere: in every home, every temple, even up on Mount Olympus.

seasonal living, Winter

Christmas (naturally)

I love the Christmas season, but I have to admit the waste and excess makes my stomach churn. I know lots of people feel the same way. Over the past few years, I've been consciously downsizing Christmas for me and my family - cutting back, but keeping all the heart.

book reviews, Winter

Winter Reads for Adults, Kids and Tweens

This is the perfect season for curling up with a book, and also the perfect season to share your reading wish list with family and friends (just in case they need some gift ideas!) I've compiled a list of my favourite winter reads, for big people and small ones, and my eldest daughter (just turned 12) has supplied her tweenage recommendations. I hope you find some inspiration here and, by all means, share your own winter favourites with me!