Autumn. The three months of the year nestled between the long sunny days of summer, and the cold darker days of winter. It’s always been my favourite time of year, for many reasons. It starts off with my birthday in September, through to Halloween in October, and Bonfire Night in November… and lots of other things in between!
Comfort Food + Snuggling On The Sofa
After the summer salads and barbecues, Autumn heralds the arrival of comforting casseroles, stews, and pies. I’m sure I’m not the only one who loves curling up on the sofa with a yummy plate of comfort food! It might be dark, and cold outside, but tucked under a blanket, sitting on a comfy sofa, in front of the telly, is such a cosy way to spend an evening.
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The Changing Leaves
It strange, that even though the leaves on trees are dying off, they look their most beautiful. With shades of red, orange, and gold, a tree in autumn is one of the most gorgeous things in the world. We have a vine at the bottom of our garden, and this summer it went mad, really taking over the back and side fence… it means that this Autumn we have a stunning display of rusty coloured leaves to look at, without having to go anywhere.
Walks In The Park + Foraging
The weather is a bit cooler, nature is changing, and I find walking in the park at this time of year just wonderful! And there is always lots of things to go foraging for, like conkers, acorns, fungi (although, we never eat what we find, don’t want to poison us all!), fallen leaves, dandelion puffs, pine cones… Last week we went for a walk in the park with my niece, and had a lot of fun looking for nature’s treasures! She was fascinated by the things we could find and look at. And of course, an autumn walk isn’t complete without crunching through the fallen leaves underfoot.
In addition to our vine, we also have a mass of brambles, which provide us with a lot of blackberries from late summer, into autumn. This year, we decided to turn the soft fruit into jam – something we’ve never done before… it was soooo good!
Now of course, this is not something for you to love Autumn for, but it is for me!
Halloween + Pumpkins
Quite possibly my absolute favourite thing about Autumn! We all know I’m a bit bonkers for Halloween (check out Crafty October) and pumpkins! We love visiting a local farm shop at this time of year as they sell giant pumpkins, as well as a host of other weirdly shaped squash. I of course carve a pumpkin, or three (or more! And cook with them), decorate the house for Halloween, and throw a party too.
Bonfire Night, Fireworks + Toasting Marshmallows
As the final month of Autumn begins, November 5th brings Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night. We always light the fire pit, toast some marshmallows, eat more comfort food, and set off fireworks in celebration. By now, the weather is often more bitter, danker and darker… and that’s a side of Autumn that I’m not so keen on, especially as I’ve grown older and suffered from SAD over the past few years. But just writing up this post and sharing my photos of my favourite things about it, reminds me why there are loads of reasons to love Autumn!