Autumn days, the season between summer and winter. The season when leaves fall from trees, the sunsets fill the night sky with a magical glow. The skies are blue (mostly), the air is crisp and there is a distinct smell of hot chocolate in the air. Oh Autumn Days. I’ve tried to work out what it is that I love about you; the welcome change in season, the colours, the clothes, the crisp walks wrapped up. It’s more than that.
Autumn Days. It’s a change in mood, when life slows down a little, welcome lie ins, fluffy pancakes for breakfast, cosy movie afternoons, huge pots of chilli and longer nights. There is so much to love about this shift in the seasons. Don’t get me wrong I cannot resist the blissfully warm days of summer but there’s something so mystical about Autumn.
A mist in the air and bright blue skies, just two of my favourites. To me, Autumn mist is something you smell before you see, it catches your breath as you leave the house in a morning. Hazy sunshine, almost blinding but when it catches the leaves on the trees everything looks so beautiful. Autumn is one for the senses, the air around you, the sunshine, crunchy underfoot and smells of home cooked food and pumpkin spiced lattes. Oh yes Autumn. A welcome change.
So many struggle with the darker mornings where I try my best to carry on as if it was summer, staying in a routine of waking early to train for as long as I can. Catching up on life before the boys wake. Although I do make the most of slowing down on a weekend. I have really enjoyed some slower days since September arrived. Enjoying being wrapped up in our little family bubble, lazy days spent at home watching the rain fall, playing with games that have been hidden away due to hours spent outside. Movie afternoons, the impending countdown to Christmas and winter plans. I do love to plan at this time of year.
There really is so much to look forward to. If you haven’t yet embraced Autumn then I implore you to take a walk out to collect a leaf or ten, a whole bunch even. To order a hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows or a pumpkin spiced latte. To take a walk out all wrapped up on a crisp Autumn morning. To cook a batch of Nigellas Chocolate Chip Chilli or the Hairy Bikers Chicken & Tarragon Pie, enjoyed with friends on a Sunday afternoon. Have a movie day, snuggled under blankets with popcorn – I highly recommend Wonder. Organise your wardrobe, pull out your cosy knits and if all else fails hit the shops for a little A/W shop. And lastly plan your next summer holiday.
Here are a few things I love about Autumn…
What is is it that you love about Autumn?