September 29, 2017

12 Ways To Celebrate Autumn

12 ways to celebrate autumn

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.

Mudeford quay in autumn

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

morning autumn walks

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.

Mr online stylist banana bread

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.

wrapped up in blankets on the beach in winter

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.

Make an autumnal cocktail. There’s plenty of ideas to be found on Pinterest and of course there’s this Pumpkin Spice Martini… aka autumn in a glass!

flowers and pumpkins seasonal decoration

pumpkins and log basket

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 cosy blanket nest

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”

F.Scott Fitzgerald

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!
Amanda x

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

14 comments on “12 Ways To Celebrate Autumn”

  1. Such a beautiful post. Autumn is my preferred season, too. I enjoy it so much, I adore the colors and especially the light. I did enjoy already your old blog but the new one is gorgeous.

  2. You create mood so very well, love the beach photo. We are missing our annual New Forest Autumn week this year, in favour of Studland, as my Mr wanted a change. I’m pining for the forest already – will need to do a day trip I think! Xx ps Mr OS appears to be a genius in the kitchen, you lucky thing!

    1. Thank you Sharon!
      How wonderful to be going to Studland though – and the forest won’t be too far away!
      Yes – am very lucky with my chef husband – he’s so much better at the cooking than I am!
      Amanda xx

  3. I was extremely lucky to grow up in the tropics and later in life, spend a few years in the Middle East. However, I now really love the seasonal changes we have in the UK, even though they are not always clearly defined! I really enjoyed your article and, like you, am totally in the mood for Autumn!

    1. Thanks Paula!
      How wonderful to have experienced both the tropics and the middle east!
      I’m sure the contrast of the seasons we have here feels very different. Here’s to another cosy autumn weekend!
      Amanda xx

  4. Super post Amanda. Good to think of positive autumn things as the acorns from my neighbour’s HUGE oak tree crash onto the conservatory roof!

    1. Thanks Louise!
      And I know what you mean about the acorn crashing! I could hear loud noises the other night and it was over the back of us – same situation! And if they fall on your car roof when you’re driving it sounds insane!
      Keep a look out above!
      Amanda xx

  5. I’m totally an autumn/spring person. I love wrapping up in layers, jumpers and warm coats. Summer in this country is not for me. it’s far too humid and uncomfortable. I don’t mind the dark mornings, it the dark/early evenings I’m not a fan of. Love the change in leaf colours and but can’t stand it when they get all wet/mushy/slippery. Hey, ho. you can’t have everything. Long may autumn last 🙂

    1. Ah yes – give me all the layers – I love them!
      You’re right – the leaves are best in the beginning before all the rain. I can’t believe the clocks go back at the end of this month speaking of dark evenings…where has this year gone??
      Amanda xx

  6. You always say it so well!
    Autumn is one of my favourite times of year too, it vies with spring for the top spot! I can’t imagine living with fewer seasonal changes, for me it makes the start of each season more special. Living on the west coast of Denmark autumn seems to be over way too quickly, as those gorgeous autumnal leaves disappear with autumn storms way quicker than where I lived in the UK.

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