Often as the summer draws to a close one tends to feel slightly lethargic as though it's the day after hosting a huge fabulously party and the last of the guests has just left. Luckily this emotion is swiftly replaced with what I would guess are those similarly associated with a concept the Danish call Hygge.
Hygge is an atmosphere of cosiness, warmth, and well-being. It involves good food and good company. Here at the Hall Hygge creeps in in response to the change in seasons, a change in the weather and the arrival of the countryside's autumnal bounties. Misty fresh mornings are the perfect opportunity to take the dogs hunting for field mushrooms, which are swiftly served up a few hours later along with free range scrambled eggs from Merryweather and her ladies-in-waiting. Hoards of wonderfully sweet blackberries and damsons are rapidly transformed into jam for our 5'oclock crumpet break. As the evenings draw in the fire is lit, candles flicker and an owl hoots in the big old cedar tree as beneath him a travelling dog fox makes his way across the lawn.
These are just a handful of happenings that inspire the illustrations adorning the lovely goodies we create here at the Hall in the run up to the festive season. You can see some more captured in our new Christmas cards, which are the three days of Christmas (Christmas Eve, Christmas Day & Boxing Day) in the country. They are available online now at www.toadhallcompany.co.uk