It’s no secret, I’m a lover of autumn 🍂🍁.. And all things autumn at that. Maybe it’s because I’m a September baby and autumn was my very first ‘season’ or perhaps, much like my cats, I like the idea of hibernating in front of a fire. So, whilst many are mourning the loss of summer, pining for long sunny evenings and the prospect of just ‘another mini heatwave’, I’m pulling my boots, tights and chunky knits from the wardrobe, reaching for a blanket and upping my intake of tea.
Every year it’s the same, each time I feel like I’m experiencing it for the very first time – but this year has felt a little different. Maybe it’s because I’m getting older or maybe it’s because this year we’ve been graced with a particularly stunning autumn, either way, it’s time to embrace the season and indulge in it.
Whether you’re an autumn-lover like me or someone that needs a little more convincing, here are just a few things to relish in this season.
1. Cosy lighting
I’m not a fan of ‘big lights’. I can often be heard at home asking the husband to ‘turn off the big light’. If I have a bath it’s with candles, if I read in bed it’s with a bedside lamp, I find bright lighting offensive. And, as the evenings draw in it’s even cosier at home when you can light candles, turn on the fire, and switch on those lamps.
2. Festive foliage
Even if you hate autumn with a passion *although I’m not sure we can be friends* I defy you not to love the way this season makes everything change colour. Living in Winchester means we are surrounded by THE most beautiful countryside and seeing the leaves change colour is pretty magical. And, once those leaves hit the ground leaf crunching is in full effect.
3. The heat is on…
And not just at home with a cosy fire, but your drinks heat up too – cider becomes mulled, red wine becomes warm – and it’s acceptable to add a drop of whiskey or brandy to your coffee or hot chocolate, right?
4. Hearty eating
Soups, stews, pies, oh my… there are so many great seasonal veggies out there that it’s yet another reason why I love this time of year. And with a husband who’d eat stews and roasted veg till they were coming out of his ears, my kitchen has never been so busy. Apple crumble and chicken pie are regular requests at the moment. So it’s a great time to reach for the cookbook and try something new. And all this cold weather makes me feel pretty darn hungry – and you can’t beat the simplicity of a great loaf of bread.
Summer requires you to wear too little for my liking. I’m not someone who likes overheating but I equally can’t stand much being ‘on show’. Enter autumn – the season that allows me to cover up, pull out the oversized cardigans, throw on a scarf and don a hat. And don’t get me started on the boots. And, because it’s practically dark by 5pm it’s even more acceptable to get home and get straight into your pyjamas – no questions asked.
6. The countdown is on
With Halloween behind us and Bonfire Night looming it can only mean one thing – the countdown to Christmas has begun. If you’re frightened of the ‘C’ word then you might not want to check back here till Christmas is done. But for the rest of you, it’s officially time to start planning all things festive and really get into the spirit.
So, if you’re looking for me this season you’ll probably find me either hibernating at home with the cats or under a pile of leaves.
Happy autumn, guys!
Do you love autumn? What’s your favourite thing about this time of year?