Welcome to the inaugural issue of silverwhitewinters. I'm so glad to have you with me. Time to relax for a few minutes, take a breather and enjoy your happy mail. Tip: click view in browser, top right of your email to get the whole 'magazine' experience.
It was inevitable that interior styles were going to reflect the need for strength and security this year. The colour for 2021 is Dulux Brave Ground, a warm neutral that is grounding and stabilising. I think it would look lovely with copper tones and plush deep velvets, or with a soft white and wicker. I've always loved tone-on-tone creams, beiges and whites. I find them soothing. Add in a few deep green plants and I think it would make a really relaxing room. Beautiful. Where could you do with feeling a bit more grounded in your home? Give it a try.
I did this last year. I was rubbish at it, but it still looked OK! It doesn't matter if you don't have the same greenery as here, just go out and forage, see what you can find! An all green wreath can look stunning. Have a go and brighten your door or inside walls. Lovely.
The full moon, 11th February
The new moon on this day will be in Aquarius, said to be a time for being inventive about future plans. Allow your dreams a bit of head space this month and see where they take you.
This is usually plentiful in February. Gather some of this much more delicate, less pungent variety and add it to mashed potatoes, make a pesto or sprinkle it on soups. You'll find lots of wild garlic recipes here.
A five hour playlist with 89 acoustic songs to keep you chilled out and cosy. Lovely on in the background, or listen to it with your feet up, a fluffy blanket and a big cup of something warming. Bliss.
Hibernaculum: Critters retreat to their hibernaculums, or winter quarters, to conserve energy. Comes from the Latin hibernare meaning 'to winter' and can also refer to an animal or plant bud’s protective winter covering. I quite fancy my own hibernaculum!
Nice and simple. Ditch throw-away tissues, which usually have plastic in, for good old-fashioned hankies. Treat yourself to a couple of liberty print ones that will make you smile every time you need to dab your eyes.
Which garden bird are you? Are you a sociable starling or a happy house sparrow? Or maybe a much-loved robin? Take the RSPB quiz for a laugh. What bird personality are you? I was a blue tit. And I'm not going to make the obvious joke about being cold...
To dry a load of damp laundry more quickly, add a large dry towel. Make sure the dryer is in a warm room if possible; it uses far more energy getting to temperature if the air it sucks in is cold. Add a flannel with a few drops of essential oil to fragrance laundry naturally, and lift your spirits at the same time!
A beginner's guide to art history. Great article I found on Medium for those, like me, who have no clue where to start with art, although that last phrase does make me a poet! He's also written How to Read Paintings, which seems a great place to begin.
I’ve honestly never had a smoothie before. Not pre-made from a supermarket or fresh from a café. Nada. A total smoothie-virgin. But, I knew I had to at least try to be a bit healthier this year. So, I compared lots of well-known blenders, sat through interminable hours of YouTube demos and read a zillion…
Fifty Words for Snow by Nancy Campbell is a beautiful, rather poetic book, which I thought rather fitting as one of the first things to share with you. Nancy leads us on a fascinating journey around 50 countries and cultures, all of which have their own word for snow. You’d think a book about a…
Yummy as it is, the popularity of avocado on toast has put pressure on the avocado supply chains, increasing prices and putting the fruit out of the price range of the very people who grow them. How about this unctuous broad bean guacamole with chilli and coriander instead? Here’s James Martin’s blog post and recipe…
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I hope you've found something in this first issue to make you smile or to inspire you in some way. I've loved writing it for you, and look forward to compiling the next one. What do you think: like it? Do let me know.