Things I’m loving about Autumn

Things I’m loving about Autumn

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If there’s one thing I love about living in the UK, it’s the change in seasons. As much as I love summer, the light evenings and mornings, and balmy weather, I love everything Autumn more. From that cool, crisp, bonfire-smelling air, to the return of hats and nice coats (high five to being able to hide bad hair legitimately once more), I can’t get enough. You can see evidence of this HERE. Like Kevin in ‘Home Alone’, I could never live anywhere where I had to decorate a palm tree at Christmas, and where you have a roast on the beach (or no roast at all *wail*). And whilst I dislike seeing Christmas stuff in the shops right now (TOO soon, folks, too soon), I love how Autumn just seems to seamlessly slide into the festive period and my favourite time of year (festive nut, moi?!). From October onwards my mood just keeps heading on the up, generally peaking mid-December, before dramatically dipping in a post-crimbo depressive.

Aside from the awful rainy weather we’ve had this last week or so, I LOVE Autumn.

Which I think you might have gathered. 😉

Without further adieu, here are some of the things that I heart about my favourite season…

  • The discovery of mini pumpkins for sale in Waitrose. You always get the big, f*ck-off carving pumpkins from supermarkets, but on a rare foray back to the big W, my heart leapt at the site of these little gems. Grabbing a basket, I piled it high. I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them exactly, but like a moth to a flame, I was drawn to them. They are now residing in all sorts of weird places: from the kids’ toy kitchen oven (pumpkin cakes, apparently), to being used as ‘Pumpkin Valley’ in Freddie’s train track games. I even found one nestled lovingly in my trainer (I’m hoping this was one of the children, and not Adam). BIG love for these!
  • Leaf kicking with the children. It’s such a joyous thing to do, and I spent a good 15 minutes on Sunday joining in with Freddie and Sasha on the main road outside our house- I’m sure passing traffic thought I was on day release from somewhere, I was going for it that much! They should prescribe this as therapy- I’m sure everyone could be much happier, if only they leaf-kicked more. 😉
  • Autumn food. Whilst I’m definitely a salad-girl for large part of the year, and don’t like too much stodge, you really can’t beat food aimed at colder climes. From drool-worthy boeuf bourguignon and creamy mash, to homemade apple and blackberry crumble with custard, I totally dig stuff that will fatten me up a bit for the winter. Because no one want to be shivering like a rake with no meat on their bones, right?
  • It’s SO much easier to dress for Autumn. I adore the layered look, and as someone whose basic wardrobe is fairly streamlined, I love jazzing things up with good shoes, hats and coats. I’d much rather a basic look made interesting with some natty ‘topping’. Also, as someone who is verging on pasty naturally, I can assure you that very few people with my skin tone look really great in more flesh-flashing summer clothes. SOME do, but not many. I’m all for covering up my corned-beef legs, put it that way- they usually take a good part of the summer to warm up to a healthy colour! <Thanks god for Dove gradual tanning lotion>
  • The return of decent okay telly. Come September, there are actually programmes worth watching, or at least, semi-watching. Hurrah for Downtown, The Apprentice, BBC Nature docs et al, I’ve missed you!
  • Nature becomes beautiful- I become even more snap-happy than usual. I adore the bold and punchy colours that the leaves turn at this time of year. I always seem to notice nature around me more in Autumn, and despite it being muddy, we go for more welly-clad walks in our local woods. You can’t beat a walk through nature at its finest, followed by coming home and putting your PJs on and having a cup of tea or hot chocolate whilst cuddling up on the sofa. Heaven!

What do you love about Autumn/Fall?

Linking up with Let’s Talk Mommy and ‘Share With Me!’

29 Comments

  1. October 22, 2014 / 10:52 am

    Autumn is fab isn’t it! I’ve decided recently that it’s my favourite season 🙂 Loved your gratitude post too hon, I read it on my tablet the other day but the commenting gremlins ate the comment and I didn’t have time to write another one. We’re big Horniman fans here too, if you ever fancy another trip let me know, would be great to meet you in real life xx

    • Becky
      Author
      October 22, 2014 / 5:54 pm

      Aah thank you lovely! I would LOVE to meet in RL, let’s try and sort a trip out! x

  2. suzanne3childrenandit
    October 22, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    I had a similar post brewing in my head because I do think it’s important to embrace the new seasons – as you say, we are spoilt with that in the UK! Initially I was sad to see summer go and so asked on Twitter what there is to look forward to about Autumn and now you’ve written it all down for me! I was most excited at the thought of getting my boots back out of the cupboard – I love a pair of skinny jeans and boots 🙂 Leaf kicking is pretty awesome too 😉

    • Becky
      Author
      October 22, 2014 / 5:56 pm

      Yup, you can’t beat a pair of winter boots- I’m still on the hunt for the perfect ones for this Autumn/Winter! Would love to see your Autumn post if you still decide to do it 🙂

  3. October 22, 2014 / 1:23 pm

    I totally agree with you! Autumn is a special time in the UK! The festive season here is, frankly a bit rubbish…it’s difficult to feel Christmassy!! We still do a cracking Xmas roast though!!
    I love your autumn bunting so cool!

    • Becky
      Author
      October 22, 2014 / 5:57 pm

      Do/does the Seychelles as whole celebrate Xmas? Or is it just ex-pats? I am clearly so unknowledgeable about customs/traditions of the world! As long as you get a roast that’s the main thing, I would be distraught without this! x

      • October 22, 2014 / 6:00 pm

        They do celebrate it here, its still very much a religious occasion though and less about presents, decorating etc, this is i guess how if was ment to be but its no fun!!! They dont do a roast typically but of course we ensure that this happems!

  4. October 22, 2014 / 1:53 pm

    I love dressing for autumn. Cardis and jumpers make me happy. Ooh and boots and an autumnal hat. I am loving your mini pumpkins. I feel like I may need some too! 🙂 #sharewithme

    • Becky
      Author
      October 22, 2014 / 6:00 pm

      Waitrose all the way Elfa! x

  5. Maria
    October 22, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    Lovely post! You and I share the sentiments about loving autumn as well, especially the wardrobe and the leaf kicking. Though I live in the US, I can only imagine the beauty that you get to witness in the UK. I love your decorations, the mini pumpkins especially 🙂

    • Becky
      Author
      October 22, 2014 / 6:01 pm

      Thanks so much Maria! I think leaf kicking has struck a chord with me this year because of the age of the children, they have so fun doing it, and in turn, so do I!

  6. October 22, 2014 / 2:28 pm

    I love Autumn to! I love Halloween in Autumn! I also love the Autumn walks and weather 🙂

    • Becky
      Author
      October 22, 2014 / 6:01 pm

      Autumn walks really are the best! 🙂

  7. suzy baker
    October 22, 2014 / 7:48 pm

    Totally with you on this whole Autumn thing, it is my favourite season. Watching the leaves turn and the beautiful low sun, the yummy food and covering the belly lol, I don’t watch tele so that doesn’t bother me so much but love the walks in the woods (I live for these days) and then back home to hot chocolates and stews and homemade cakes and of course Halloween love Halloween and the mini pumpkins they just seem so much more magical, I do tend to go over board on Halloween and Christmas. But it just has a certain type of magic to it that summer doesn’t hold, I love making up my bath potions and sinking into a hot bath with the smell of Rosewood and Rose Geranium lingering with the sounds of Reiki music in the back ground and the subtle sound of the wind and rain on the window is just a little bit of heaven to me…..

    • Becky
      Author
      October 23, 2014 / 8:14 pm

      You’ve hit the nail on the head re summer not holding the same magic. I love the summer weather and the fact you can do so much outdoors, but Autumn/winter is just perfect for me 🙂 Ooh, and I forgot about hot chocolate too!

      • suzy baker
        October 24, 2014 / 3:47 pm

        Definitely lovey, and well done on your website it’s always nice to read xx

  8. October 22, 2014 / 8:22 pm

    Ah it made me laugh to see your mini pumpkins Becky – if you read my share with me post this week you’ll see why!! I would be more than willing to get a few if I didn’t think that a) they might be used as missiles b) I didn’t suspect that they would end up lodged behind a sofa rotting come late November… 🙂 I agree with absolutely *everything* else you say about Autumn and thank you for summing it up so beautifully 🙂 X #sharewithme

    • Becky
      Author
      October 23, 2014 / 8:18 pm

      Haha, just seen your post Sam and commented- you were probably right to step away from the munchkins- ours were becoming dangerous weapons! x

  9. Jenny @ Let's Talk Mommy
    October 22, 2014 / 8:49 pm

    I love everything about Autumn too I can’t get enough of it. The welly walking in the fallen leaves and puddle jumping, hot chocolate and marshmallows, fireplaces turing on, slippers out of the wardrobe and everything you just mentioned. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me #sharewithme

    • Becky
      Author
      October 23, 2014 / 8:19 pm

      See, a fire is the only thing we’re missing in our house- if we ever move that would be one thing I would totally look for! x

  10. October 22, 2014 / 10:49 pm

    You really have summed up Autumn beautifully here, I love your post. I have to admit that I am with you on the Christmas stuff being too early. I generally tend to wait until Halloween is done to bleat on about Christmas (that said, you commented on a Christmas post of mine today!). #sharewithme

    • Becky
      Author
      October 23, 2014 / 8:19 pm

      Thanks Victoria! You’re Christmas post was lovely, so I made an exception there 😉

  11. October 22, 2014 / 10:51 pm

    What a truly lovely post, I really enjoyed reading this. You have captured the spirit of Autumn beautifully and I love this time of year too. I have to agree with you about the shops and Christmas – I wish they would calm it down until Halloween is out of the way! #sharewithme

  12. October 23, 2014 / 12:31 pm

    Aargh this post made me homesick for the UK! Autumn is very different here in Italy. It’s enjoyable too in that the weather is perfect – warm but not hot – but it doesn’t feel autumnal to me at all! No crispness in the air, no conkers, no leafy smell, no bother about Halloween. I’ll actually be glad when Christmas arrives, because THAT I can do Italian style: panetone & prosecco galore!

    • Becky
      Author
      October 23, 2014 / 8:20 pm

      Yes, I reckon you would DEFINITELY have the best Christmases- would love to see a post from you about how to celebrate an Italian Christmas where you are!

  13. mummydaddyme
    October 23, 2014 / 3:53 pm

    Ah great post Becky- I love autumn too. Well I hate the rain but I love the snuggling indoors, getting cosy and getting the house ready for Winter, the Autumn clothes and the anticipation of Christmas! x

    • Becky
      Author
      October 23, 2014 / 8:21 pm

      It’s the best, and just a sleigh-ride into the Christmas season from now on! x

  14. youbabymemummy2014
    October 25, 2014 / 6:46 pm

    Oh lovely things! I love snuggling, blankets, jumpers and getting ready for Christmas x #ShareWithMe

  15. Not A Frumpy Mum
    October 27, 2014 / 5:03 pm

    I love this and I love Autumn for all the reasons you’ve said above. I love those days when the sky is bright blue but it’s chilly so you still need to wrap up. And the promise of Christmas round the corner, exciting stuff! xx

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