WHAT’S IN SEASON IN SEPTEMBER?…

According to The National Trust September is probably the most abundant month in the vegetable garden. Summer crops, such as salads, tomatoes, courgettes, cucumbers and runner beans are still highly productive while autumn crops such as apples, pears, squash, leeks are nearly ready for harvesting.

Whether you grow your own or visit farm shops, greengrocers and markets, you’ll find a wealth of British crops for late summer salads or cosy autumnal feasts.

Vegetables to harvest or buy

  • Beetroot
  • Cabbage
  • Calabrese
  • Cauliflower
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Chard
  • Courgettes and summer squash
  • Cucumbers
  • Fennel
  • French beans
  • Lettuce and other salad leaves
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers and chilies
  • Runner beans
  • Tomatoes
  • Spinach
  • Sweetcorn
  • Shallots, onion and garlic

Fruit to harvest or buy

  • Blueberries
  • Figs
  • Raspberries
  • Plums and damsons
  • Apples and pears

The approach of autumn sees the peak of our harvest. Historically, this time of year has been central to the UK’s rural calendar, and many areas still celebrate with a traditional harvest festival.

Source: The National Trust

ITS TIME TO LIGHT THE CANDLES AND ENJOY THE AROMA…

With Autumn slowly creeping up on us it’s time to light the candles and enjoy the aroma the Hygge way. Candlelight is very important to Hygge style. One of the very basic things you can do is light some candles.

Big ones, small ones, real ones, battery ones, it doesn’t matter. Turn off the artificial lights and sit by candlelight.

A great part of the year darkness rules in Denmark. One of the primary instruments for doing so are the candles. In the long dark period of the year, the Danes gather at home in the gleam of the candlelight.

John Lewis have this SKANDINAVISK Hygge Scented Candle, 200g for £35 –

Vegan friendly, this candle is made with a new Swedish rapeseed wax blend and the glass is 30% recycled. The beechwood lid is from FSC-certified European forests and the packaging card comes from FSC-certified Swedish forests with natural colour dyes.

Certified as a B Corporation in summer 2019, the work of Skandinavisk in the areas of certified raw materials, local production, due diligence in sourcing and supplier standards, and policies toward their staff, including their refugee integration program, all contributed to meeting the stringent criteria to become a B Corporation. Skandinavisk now joins a global movement using business as a force for good, in which all B Corp members are legally required to consider the impact of their decisions on their staff, customers, suppliers, community, and the environment.

Amazon sells a Paddywax ‘Hygge’ Rosewood And Patchouli Scented Candle. Dimensions (HW): 6cm x 8.5cm . Ceramic vessel with copper lid and soy wax blend at £20.95 – with a WOODY FRAGRANCE: Notes of bergamot, rose geranium, and patchouli give this candle its woody aroma; we work with perfumers to source nature’s finest ingredients, creating high-quality, earth-friendly candles that tell a special fragrance story to fit your mood.

It has a clean burn carefully hand poured at our Nashville factory, this circular 5-ounce container is filled with our Rosewood + Patchouli scent; soy-blend wax and cotton wick helps your candle burn beautifully; trim wick before a new burn for a contained flame and even burn; also available in 15-ounce

The best thing is it is recyclable and designed with upcycling in mind – after burning the candle, freeze jars overnight to cleanly remove the wax and wick; great for storing beauty items, holding knick knacks.

Another great site with lots of Hygge style products is Hyggestyle who have this beautiful set of three natural hygge glass tea lights. NORSKA brings you the very finest in hygge candles, bath and beauty products, with the relaxing and exotic fragrances of lavender, neroli and rosemary across the whole range, for £4.95

Manufactured to the highest ethical and environmental standards, they contain no artificial scents, just pure essential oils.

  • Norska use ingredients that are as natural as possible, with no harsh chemicals, parabens or sulphates.
  • Norska use recycled boxes and glass for all their candles and bath products.
  • Norska plastic packaging is recyclable.
  • Norska products are not tested on animals, and not use ingredients that have been tested on animals.
  • Norska candles are made from plant wax, ethically sourced, and only use cotton wicks.

Yes, light some candles, open a bottle of wine, and try to forget about your credit card balance. It’s a key element of practicing hygge. Create hygge by burning candles more often and during simple, everyday moments. Light a candle in the morning, afternoon, and evening.

Source: Hygge Style, John Lewis, Amazon