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
decentokay 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?
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