A warm welcome back to the Fossoway Stables blog on this soggy January afternoon, we really hope you had a joyful and restorative festive period with the people and animals you love and that you've started this sparkly new year gently but full of hope and wonder for what the next 12 months might deliver.
At this time of the year, we're all about simple, cozy pleasures here at Fossoway Stables. We find ourselves mimicking nature in the winter months and taking time between essential tasks to 'coorie - doon' and hibernate a little, storing our energy for the busier months that lie ahead.
For those of you unfamilliar with the Scots term to 'coorie-doon', it's associated with coziness, snuggling, appreciating the simple pleasures, embracing nature and the outdoors then retreating to the comforts of home afterwards. The idea is for your daily activities to warm your soul as well as your fingers and toes.
Here are a few ideas on how to bring a little Coorie to your life wherever you live ...
Grab a good book, maybe an old favourite or a new one that comes well-recommended, and, pour yourself your favourite hot beverage and cuddle up under a cozy blanket for an hour or two.
Wrap yourself up in layers of knitwear, fill a flask with hot cocoa and head out for a walk in nature with friends and family.
Pop on some soothing music and take your time preparing a new recipe to share with people you love at the dinner table.
Make or buy a beautiful notecard and write a hand-written message to a loved one.
Pack a picnic and a blanket, wrap up warm and head out of an evening to star gaze.
Pour yourself a warm bath, drop in some essential oils, light some candles and soak.
Create something! You could paint, bake, knit, write ... whatever you feel most drawn to.
Bring a little nature inside ... Take a walk and take your secateurs with you. Without being greedy, take a few stems of greenery to display indoors.
Build a fire, roast marshmallows and share stories around it!
These are just a few little ideas to help bring some Coorie into your life, we'd love to hear from you about what you do to create that feeling of warmth and goodness.
Until next time....
~ Fossoway Stables ~