How (and why) I celebrate autumn
I often wonder what it would be like to live in a country that had a distinct lack of seasons. Then I shudder at the thought.
It’s not just the change in temperature, the chance to adjust your day to day living habits, a reason to experiment with different cooking or an excuse to change up your wardrobe.
For me it’s about the anticipation of the new. Every new season feels like a fresh start and a new beginning. Another reinvention. Another clean slate.
Imagine not being able to look forward to that four times a year.
I don’t recall being even marginally
overexcitable about this time of year…
I’ve probably said it here on the blog and definitely on Instagram a million times over (if your maple leaf emoji has stopped working, sorry… that’s probably my fault 🍁), but autumn is my absolute favourite season.
I’m sure as a child, it was mostly met with disdain as it meant it was time to go back to school, the longest holiday of the year was over and staying up late was no longer an option.
In early adulthood, I don’t recall being even marginally overexcitable about this time of year.
I think it was probably only in the years that followed October 2002 (the time that Mr OS and I got together), that I became acutely aware of all the changes that come with these transitional days.
Morning and evening sunlight takes on a whole different feel. And along with it, there’s an appreciation of it’s accompanying gentle warmth… because it might be the last we feel for a while.
The first time you smell woodsmoke when out and about is almost magical. And that first morning when you leave the house and can actually smell the cold… that’s even better!
So without further ado… and before I literally implode in a cloud of toffee apples, acorns and cashmere onesies…
Here’s twelve ways to celebrate autumn
Get up early and go for a walk. Misty autumn sunrises are the very best.
Crunch back and forth repeatedly on acorns as often as possible. This makes me very happy… if a little odd to passers by!
Make soups, stews and one one pot dishes. I rounded up a few favourite autumnal soup recipes here.
Have a weekend BBQ and wrap up in blankets whilst you toast marshmallows , all huddled up around the warmth of the coals.
Bake something seasonal and sweet. Or in this case, persuade your aspiring chef husband to bake it. He always does a far better job than me!
Listen to jazz and what I call music of that ilk – it’s my lifeblood sound of autumn. In particular anything by Jamie Cullum, Gregory Porter, Nat King Cole, Diana Krall….or just this New York Jazz Vibes playlist on Spotify.
Head to your nearest beach, lake or river and just sit by the water. With no agenda. You don’t even need to Instagram it. Just appreciate it.
Pick seasonal squash and use them to decorate your home. It’s only the carving of pumpkins that renders them a squishy mess within a week. Look out for white Baby Boo pumpkins and pastel coloured gourds.
Stop in at a farm shop and take home blackberries for a crumble. Better still, find a hedgerow and pick them yourself.
Build a blanket nest on your sofa or in bed, light a scented candle and hide out with a book.
And… you may not agree with me on this one. But if you’re as much of a Holiday Season addict as I am then autumn is the perfect time to start counting down to (and planning… on Pinterest at least) for Christmas!
“Life starts all over again
when it gets crisp in the fall”
If that hasn’t got you in the mood for autumn, there’s plenty more seasonal gorgeousness here! And stop for a moment and appreciate if you will, how I seamlessly managed to slip in the first mention of that word ahead of October!
Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
Style Credits: Wooden Board | Blanket | Vase | Tray (from a set of three) – all The White Company | Log Basket – Garden Trading Company | Cashmere Scarf – Lois Avery | Grey Quilted Throw – ZARA Home | Grey Sheepskin – Milabert
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Some Images: Patrick Start