Have you noticed it? The frost blanketing the grass in the mornings, the dip in evening temperature, the leaves changing a number of beautiful colours or even the introduction of winter clothing to your favourite shops? Not to mention the change in coffee shop offerings. That’s right – Autumn is finally here and it is wonderful.
Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been a fan of Autumn. It’s a season filled with aspiration, probably because it used to be synonymous with starting a new year at school but these aren’t the only reasons. I had a little think on a recent train journey and came up with my reasons why I love Autumn…
Warm drinks. Who doesn’t have their signature Autumn drink? My personal favourites are the Black Forest Hot Chocolate in Costa and the Pumpkin Spice Latte in Starbucks (ok, I know it’s bad to love ’em but I can’t help it!). As soon as I smell someone else walking down the street with one or I walk past an open door, I just have to have the one. The feeling of comfort I get from one of these cannot be measured, neither can my happiness at indulging in one.
Scarves and mittens. So, I probably have about 20-30 scarves. I must buy one every single year and a pair of gloves or mittens or hobo gloves to match. I love their colours and I especially love when they’re shaped that woodland animals. I mean, did you see those fox mittens from Accessorize last year!? Down right adorable. Don’t you also think that people look far too cute for words in them, perfect for evenings spent watching fireworks.
Fireworks and bonfires. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love fireworks… apart from my cats. The best evenings I’ve ever spent in my life are wrapped up in GR’s arms watching a blazing bonfire or colourful fireworks, bursting one after the other. It makes me feel ridiculously close to him and I guess, I kind of see it as a yearly bonding session. I normally get pretty cold and my hands turn a tad smurfish so it’s nice to snuggle up to my man/radiator.
Seeing your breath in the air. Walking out the door in the morning, on your way to work – it’s never a fun time of the day, unless you love a brisk hit of fresh air and the multiple minutes scraping at the car windows. But what I do love is being able to see your breath in the cold air. I’m not sure why but it makes me think of the wider universe and all the tiny particles in each breath. Fascinating.
Carving pumpkins. These orange balls(!?) of joy always infuriate me but entice me in every year. Always thinking you can’t have Halloween without a pumpkin, I religiously buy one every year then instantly regret it when I go to scoop out the smelly insides. I can never seem to cut them right either… they always look a bit un-even… maybe one year I’ll finally master the art but until then I’ll just eat a few treats and enjoy a scary film or two.
Movie nights. I don’t have to tell you that I love a good movie and Autumn is the perfect time to snuggle up with some nice smelling candles in the living room and a crochet blanket to do so. At the moment, I have a gorgeous blackberry jam candle in a mason jar from Chickadee and it smells divine! but I’m quite happy to go for anything with a cinnamon twist. Right now, I have a number of movies stored in Netflix to devour, from Populaire to Rust and Bone and Blue is the Warmest Colour to Jackie Brown. It’s going to be a fab Autumn!
Beautiful scenery. This probably shouldn’t be so far down this list but I couldn’t miss the changing of the leaves. From green, to orange, to red, to yellow, to a deep, dark brown, they’re absolutely stunning and perfect for taking photos of with my new DSLR. I’m going to cover my flat in photos so I get to see this natural beauty everyday when I make my morning coffee.
Conkers. Who used to play this simple game in primary school? (Well, until it got banned…) I certainly did. I loved trying to find the most sturdy conkers I could or failing that, find a trick to make mine unstoppable in a battle. I was convinced a tree on Godstone Green used to provide the best conkers, these days I’m not so sure. Either way, GR and I are going to have a battle… or few this year.
Cosy sweaters. I LOVE big, fat knitted jumper in a selection of colours from ivy green to a rich mahogany. The bigger the knit the better, actually, the bigger the jumper the better too come to think of it! There’s nothing better than walking around in what is basically a warming hug. They go with dresses to jeans and skirts to corduroy shorts; simples (and bloody fantastic!)
So, there it is, my little Autumn round-up.
Do you love Autumn as much as me? Share your reasons with me below…