I make it no secret that Autumn is my favourite time of year! As the weather starts to cool down I relish the chill in the air as I pull my cosy shawls and blankets from the wardrobe! While I know I’m not alone in my love of Autumn, I also know there are those who really do not; who yearn for the summer sun or wish for christmas to hurry up and arrive. A friend of mine is one such person and she has taken the time this Autumn to find things she can appreciate about the season. Taking inspiration from this I have decided to do my own list of 30 things I love about Autumn!!
30 Things I love about Autumn!
1. The smell
It’s the first thing I always notice; this year I actually smelled it at the very end of August and it got me super excited!! Autumn has a slight…. burny smell. Like bonfires or burnt out fireworks. It’s amazing.
2. Orange trees
When those first leaves start to change and you have trees marbled with green and orange and you just know it’s a matter of time before they all fall! Trees look so much more beautiful in their Autumn colours; dark purples, reds and oranges striking against blue sky!
3. Crispy leaves
And when they finally do fall… I turn into a 10 year old again and go running into them! The only thing more satisfying than the crunch of Autumn leaves is the crunch of freshly fallen snow. But that blog post can wait until winter (or April in the uk….)
4. Blackberry picking
Sometimes I miss the blackberries because they can be quite fleeting, but when I don’t I love to eat them as I pull them off the bush. It’s totally worth getting prickled and nettled when I pull the crumble out the oven!
Of any kind: Apple, blackberry pear, apricot, it’s all good as long as it’s drowned in custard!
6. Chilly morning cuppas
This might just be me, but sometimes I like to get up early, put on the dressing gown and slippers and sit in the back garden with a huge cup of tea. Something about the chilly morning air as I warm my hands on the cup is just wonderful.
7. No bugs!
While I enjoy summer I do love the break we get from hordes of bugs attacking you when you leave the house. Not getting attacked by bees and wasps? I’m sure the daddy long legs, butterflies, midges and corn flies are enough to be getting on with…. Thank goodness that’s all over! We just need to deal with the migrating spiders now…
8. Don’t have to cut the grass!
I am very lazy at heart; any excuse not to do the gardening is fine by me!
9. Hot chocolate
Ah the first excuse to be able to indulge in hot chocolate on a regular basis… brb while I go make a hot chocolate!
10. Mulled Cider
More naughty than hot chocolate, less wintery than mulled wine, mulled cider is the perfect autumn drink! Don’t know how to make it? It’s super easy and I tell you how here.
11. Pecan Pie!
There are many lovely desserts that are great to enjoy in fall, but pecan pie is one that is relatively new to me. I first tried a pecan pie when I made Ruby Tandoh’s Pecan and Rosemary pie and I fell in love with it! So the moment the Autumn equinox hit pecan pie was one of the first things we bought!
This is when we start to get the good butternut squash in the shops in the uk. The big beasties that you can roast up and turn into any manner of lovely dishes! I do wish out supermarkets stocked a better variety of squash but if I even see a different one I have to try it!
Maybe in a stews! Stews are so versatile and comforting! The perfect food for those cooler nights.
15. Putting the heating on
Is there anything better than the first time you feel the radiators come on? I always look forward to being able to dry clothes on the radiators.
16. Cosying under a blanket
With or without a partner, cosy blanket snuggles make a bad day at work all better! Bonus points if your blanket is in Autumn colours! Bonus bonus points if it’s handmade!
17. Jumpers and boots
Dressing for summer is lovely but I do look forward to being able to just chuck on a jumper and a pair of leggings. Life just gets so much easier!
18. Autumnal colours
I suit Autumn colours, so it’s always a relief to get back into them. Dark purples and reds are where I’m comfortable… I just wish I could pull off mustard!
19. Knitted and crochet goodness
Now we all know I don’t need an excuse to crochet, however now I have a very good excuse to crochet! It’s miserable outside and I need a new hat! And scarf! And a blanket! Check out this post for inspiration!
20. Dark nights
Ooooh I love these dark nights, nothing to take you from your cosy house after work. Just put the tv on and cuddle up. Bonus points if it’s raining.
21. Family time
This goes along with dark nights, but also works for miserable weekends. Put a brew on, gather up the family and crack open the board games, you’ve got nothing else to do!
More dark nights? Of course, dark nights are the best. Add candles mean you have Hygge factor 1000!!!
23. Chilly walks
I do love a chilly walk but it should be a dry Autumn day so if one comes along get out there quick!
24. New TV shows
All TV shows come out on Autumn, it’s like they know we’ve got nothing better to do!
25. Dark Lipstick!
I just love a bit of dark lippy, and halloween season is the perfect time to wear it without looking just a little over the top.
26. The End of bikini season!
Woop! Woop! Now you know we’re all happy that we can stuff our faces guilt free and just hide it under an oversized jumper!
Oh my, the rain! Rain in summer is depressing, rain in Autumn is correct. It’s supposed to rain, so when it does we’re just happy that we have a valid excuse to stay inside and pig out on mulled cider and dairy milk!
28. Cosy bed snuggles
Longer nights mean longer in bed! Get that quilt wrapped around you and dive into a book
29. Hot water bottle
One of my favourite things to do when it gets cold is to put my hot water bottle into bed and let it warm up while I brush my teeth. The I get into bed and warm my feet up with because they are always icy.
30. Bonfire Night!!
This is the most important one of all!! Bonfire night is the best! Check out this post for my tips on how to do it properly!
And those are my personal favourite things about Autumn!! What do you love about pumpkin season?
Check out my pinterest board for Autumn crafts: