The nights have drawn in and the sun seems to be shying away – winter solstice is upon us. Many of us spend the month of December in anticipation of Christmas, decorating our tree and stringing lights around our homes, but how often do we stop and consider the origins of the celebrations of this time of year?
Take a moment to appreciate and understand the origins of our Christmas traditions.
'To complement an Oubas jumper, I would give one of my favourite books for the recipient to read snuggled up indoors by the fire, a pack of their favourite herbal tea and a card containing the promise of a long walk together in the hills. Combined, this becomes more a gift of a particular ambiance or feeling. I would hope that the receiver of these gifts would begin to associate their new jumper with the smell of woodsmoke and the feeling of the wind blowing in their hair.'
Living in a digital age we are often unconsciously distracted by the blue light we carry with us in our pockets. Constantly connected no matter where we are, ultimately available and on-call to the world.
Some of my favourite places to visit are High Dam Tarn in Finsthwaite (above) walking in either the quiet Dunnerdale or Kentmere valleys, and swimming in Coniston Water, on the eastern shore on a summer evening, so you catch the last of the evening light.