Autumn, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again- I LOVE Autumn! The crisp air and the leaves turning on the trees, what’s not to love? In fact, there’s so much to enjoy I thought I would compile a list of my favourite things to do this time of year.
1. Dig out the woolly jumpers.
There’s no need to worry about that waistline anymore, now it can all be kept warm and tucked away under over-sized jumpers and stretchy leggings. Doubled up with thick socks and boots and you’re ready for anything the season throws at you!
2. Read a book under a blanket
After all that time outdoors enjoying the warm(ish) sunshine, now is the time to dig out that old favourite book and enjoy being inside whilst the rain pours outside. I will often read the same couple of books year after year, because they remind me how cozy I feel this time of year.
3. Drink mulled wine or cider
Just because it’s cold doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying the odd tipple on a Friday night, I just warm mine up instead! After a long walk in the forest or down by the river a mulled wine or cider can be just the right thing to warm my chilly nose and hands. Especially if drunk down the pub by the fire.
4. Eat pumpkins and butternut squash
As September and October roll around these gourds come into their own. We have just harvested our first of the year and the idea of warm butternut squash soup is very exciting for me. I also like to by the mini ones found in supermarkets and have a display of them on the kitchen table. And we mustn’t forget the essential carving of the Halloween pumpkin!
5. Pick Blackberries
Another crop hitting it’s peak this time of year, blackberries are incredibly versatile. Crumbles, jam, cake and puddings. We have also made some blackberry whiskey which is currently maturing ready for Christmas Day.
6. Light a bonfire
Wrap up in your hats, scarves and gloves and huddle around the bonfire whilst toasting marshmallows. Watch the fireworks in the sky and write your name in sparkler light. I love the smell of a bonfire and being out in the dark around one can be so much fun, especially with plenty of friends to huddle with.
7. Watch old movies
This is something I start doing September and don’t stop doing until spring! Crack out all the classics. My absolute favourites for getting into that Autumn feeling have to be ‘When Harry met Sally’ and ‘You’ve Got Mail’. The colours of the trees in Central Park make be yearn to be there this time of year.
8. Wear slippers
Normally I don’t wear anything on my feet at home, but when the air start to cool those slippers come calling. After a long day at work grab a mug of tea and warm those cold toes in some snugly slippers in front of the TV.
In the colder months I tend to stay home more. I love baking all year round, but I just seem to bake more in the autumn because I don’t want to got out so much. Cakes, biscuits, bread, you name it, I’ll bake it!
10. Collect conkers and pine cones
Finally, I do like to give the house a bit of an ‘autumny’ feel. On the walk to work and when out at the weekend I love to pick up conkers and pine cones and place them in a large dish on my table. Mix in a few cinnamon sticks for a lovely smell in the house.
What are your favourite things about autumn? Let me know in the comments below so I can try some new things this year.