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Wellbeing 04/10/2018

Hot smoked salmon recipe – Food from the Fire

The juniper hot smoked salmon is nearly ready! See how it's crisped at the bottom of the salmon fillet and still wobbly on top? Perfect! In this recipe from Food from the Fire, you don't wait for charcoal but cook on the naked flame with juniper bushes for an extra special smoky flavour.

Hot smoked salmon connects my senses to the wild nature and outdoor life that I love. And it’s so easy to make! Throw juniper bushes onto lit seasoned birch logs, add a side of salmon, and watch it smoke. For the past year, I’ve taken Niklas Eksted’s recipe book with me on all my travels. It’s my guidebook in using nature as a natural seasoning…

Wellbeing 26/03/2018

Happiest Country in the World – How Does Finland Do It?

Finland is the Happiest country in the world of 2018, according to the latest UN report. The Finns themselves put this down to Sisu; the strength of will and resilience they gain from challenging themselves physically in nature. This includes dipping in freezing waters, where the hormones produced help reduce anxiety, helping them cope with difficult situations. Image by Val Vesa on Unsplash.com.

The Happiest Country in the World – How Does Finland Do It? The Finns Credit Sisu; Harnessing Courage in Nature   The UN announced this month that Finland is officially the Happiest Country of 2018. It’s time to explore their secret to happiness; Courage. As we sit and scratch our heads over yet another Nordic country bagging the prize for the Happiest Country in the…

Wellbeing 18/09/2017

Family Festival Into The Trees – Enjoying the great outdoors

Into The Trees family festival, Pippingford Park, Sussex.

Last weekend saw the return of the family festival Into The Trees. Into The Trees is like the little sister of Elderflower Fields. It has many of the woodland activities, but without the live music. Like Elderflower Fields, it’s set in the magical Pippingford Park. This is part of the ancient Ashdown Forest in Sussex, UK. If you’ve read this blog for a while, you’ll know…

Interiors & Architecture 07/09/2017

Log cabin – The heart and soul of Norwegian life

Every part of this Norwegian log cabin is put to good use to make inhabitants comfortable.

The log cabin seems to form the heart and soul of Norwegian life. Having travelled around this remarkable country over the summer, I’ve seen how the log cabin, or “hytte”, is an assumed part of a person’s being, of their life cycle. You work in the city or in smaller remote towns, then you spend your leisure time in your small hytte. Enjoying nature, whether…

Interiors & Architecture 14/06/2017

Outdoor Sauna: Key Role in a Swedish Community

The outdoor sauna was specially commissioned for Kiruna as a place to bring the community together. A town displaced by the iron ore mining industry, the sauna is intended as a place to meet, socialise and discuss. The Solar Egg, perched in the spectacular northern landscape.

The outdoor sauna is central to the social lives of many Scandinavians. No less so than for the residents of Kiruna, a town in northern Sweden for whom the Solar Egg was built. Decades of iron ore mining, which continues to this day, has left Kiruna and its residents being relocated several kilometres away. Thus, to maintain the strong spirit of Kiruna’s community, developer Riksbyggen commissioned…

Beautiful things 09/05/2017

Josef Frank: Freeform Botanical Patterns Funding Environmental Sustainability

A typical set up for Josef Frank of Svenkt Tenn

The textile patterns, furniture and relatively unknown paintings by Josef Frank of Svenskt Tenn have been exhibited at London’s Fashion and Textile museum this spring. Josef Frank was forever the optimist and nature lover. In a world adapting to WW2 and industrialisation, he designed textile patterns depicting a paradise with fantasy botanics in every colour. Austrian born architect and designer Josef Frank moved to Sweden in 1933, due…

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