31 December 2015

A Sleigh Ride

Have your heard the phrase 'slow tv'? Well, this is an example. And it's great! Happy New Year!

In a Slow TV Christmas special, BBC Four rigs a traditional reindeer sleigh with a fixed camera for a magical journey across the frozen wilderness of the Arctic. Following the path of an ancient postal route, the ride captures the traditional world of the Sami people who are indigenous to northern Scandinavia and for whom reindeer herding remains a way of life. 

Filmed in Karasjok, Norway - 200 miles north of the Arctic Circle - this journey takes us through breathtaking scenery not normally glimpsed by anyone other than the Sami. Deliberately unhurried, the rhythmic pace of the reindeer guides us along an epic two-hour trip that takes us over undulating snowy hills, through birch forests, across a frozen lake and past traditional Sami settlements. 

Facts about the reindeer, natural history, Sami culture and the Arctic climate are delivered by graphics and archive stills embedded into the passing landscape. With no commentary, music or presenter - just the crunching of snow and the soft tinkle of a reindeer bell - this hypnotic sleigh ride is an enchanting experience to put everyone in the Christmas spirit.- BBC Four

Read a review here.

26 December 2015

The Aftermath

The food...

The presents...
The Christmas Grotto...in rain (showers off & on over last 24 hrs!)

23 December 2015

Remake Christmas - Copenhagen 2015

Awesome! Recycled Xmas crafting shack / station
Inside this totally recycled Christmas house were ongoing workshops on how to reuse, remake Christmas ornaments and other holiday crafts.

I was tempted to go up to the sleeping loft for a closer look at the jar/lamp. Click for more info about Remake Christmas and creator, Thomas Dambo. Click here for others' pics!
Workshops in progress
Sleeping loft
Looking back at the sleeping loft from outside

Had such a great time in Copenhagen! Check out Ten ways to have a Danish Christmas.

I highly recommend trying to make your own Gløgg or, as some call it, Glühwein! It's mulled wine but with an added kick (like rum or schnapps). I loved it in any form! My friend had a white wine version that she really enjoyed!

20 December 2015

A Christmas Carol with Neil Gaiman

Busy, busy, busy as I'm sure many of you can appreciate. Pics of Amsterdam trip to come. In the meantime here is a nice holiday treat!

06 December 2015


Well, if everything went as planned this is where I should be tonight!

No posts till I'm back :(

05 December 2015

Cures for colds

I have been ill with cold/flu for almost three weeks!!!!!!!!!! Seem to have it on the ropes now.

My grandmother's cure for illness was increasing amounts of rye whiskey before bed. Kill or cure!

From The Whiskey Exchange

01 December 2015

Boom Boom

Merry Little Christmas...some not so usual holiday music :)

Or, listen to Boom Boom Ba if you're into something less holiday like...it's a favourite track of mine.