I absolutely love the summer, feeling the warmth of the sun on my skin, the long lazy days, smelling BBQ’s and hearing the laughter of children playing in the gardens around us and the ease of getting dressed when you can throw a light dress on and look great with minimal effort! Yet there is something so special about Autumn.
For me, the arrival of autumn brings with it a sense of magic and beauty, it really is a spectacular time of year! As the season changes the days get colder and the nights become noticeably longer, suddenly we are watching the trees outside change from the rich greens to the various shades of gold, red, yellow, orange and brown.
It is also a time when our bodies and homes need some care and attention, to make your home more nurturing and even cosier, somewhere you want to spend more time in as the nights get longer, and a time to really look after yourself as well.
This season for me creates a sense of comfort, warmth and reflection and is perfect for spending time outdoors! Nothing can relax and rejuvenate more than enjoying nature and the surrounding scenery, taking long invigorating walks through fallen leaves that crunch underfoot on a misty autumnal morning. I love getting wrapped up warm with my gloves and scarves and enjoying the fresh, crisp chill in the air and then returning home to a hot chocolate and sitting in front of an open fire and watching a movie, doesn’t that sound wonderful!
I also love Autumn for another reason! Comfort food and being able to use my slow cooker and casserole dishes! Eating more nourishing foods keeps your energy up when your body starts to go into hibernation mode and there are so many recipes to choose filled with fabulous winter vegetables, from satisfying soups to hearty stews.
Having a warm, home-cooked dinner waiting when you walk in the door is such a comfort and as the prep and cooking don’t have to happen at the last minute you are free to focus on other important tasks, like pouring a glass of wine!
The most important thing to remember though is not to go into full-on ‘winter mode’ as soon as soon as you notice it start to get a little chilly, there is plenty to look forward to before then! Prepare for winter gradually to ease yourself into it – don’t get the wool blankets out just yet! Layer up slowly – both with your clothes and with your home. Take time out to heal your mind and use your downtime to nourish yourself.
Speaking of vegetables and things to look forward to, this leads me on to another great thing about autumn; Hallowe’en – a night when we get a free pass to carve lanterns out of pumpkins, watch spooky films, dress up, eat loads of sweets and generally act like a child again.
And let’s not forget Bonfire Night…..’Remember, Remember, the 5th of November!’ This special night is one for the social calendar, a time to grab your scarf, some sparklers and a toffee apple and head outside to watch the dark night sky exploding in a vivid burst of colours.
And then, before you know it, the ‘Christmas Creep’ begins, where the traditional John Lewis, M&S and Coca-Cola adverts will appear on our TV screens and social media feeds, filled with snowy, magical scenes, evoking childhood and nostalgic memories and suddenly it will be time to get ready for Christmas!
Let’s not jump too far ahead though! As we head into this new season, Autumn 2018, think about all that comes with it; new possibilities, new goals and things to look forward to and focus on. A new dynamic in the world as people are gearing up ready for it to get colder.
So, there you go, there are just a few thoughts about Autumn from me! What does Autumn mean for you?