Have you noticed the subtle hints that autumn is on its way?
The mornings aren’t as bright as they’ve been in recent months, I find myself drawing the curtains earlier in the evening and the urge to sit by the fire is growing ever greater.
Everything that autumn brings makes it easier to mourn the passing of summer. It’s a season built around specific activities, certain foods and a sort of beauty that doesn't come with any other time of year. And with that, I’ve pulled together a list of things you just have to do this autumn.
Go leaf crunching
Some people wouldn’t categorise leaf crunching as an activity in its own right, but I do. As the leaves turn orange and start to fall off the trees, there are ample opportunities to get your boots on and head on a quest for the crunchiest, most dried out leaves. Not only is it a lot of fun (the crunching noise is so satisfying), but it’s an excuse to wrap up and head outdoors.
Carve a pumpkin
Pumpkins aren’t just good for eating at this time of year, they’re also great fun to carve. From a traditional Halloween-style lantern, to something a bit more creative, check out Pinterest for a whole world of ways to carve this most famous squash.
Get your camera at the ready
The autumn backdrop is one of such beauty, it would be a shame not to get out there and capture it. One of my favourite things to do is get wrapped up and head out for a long walk with my camera. Pack a picnic – they’re not just for summer – complete with a flask of hot chocolate and away you go. All of those gorgeous amber tones seem to translate so well on camera, so why not print a few out and share them around your home? You’ll be surprised how professional they look when you see them in the flesh.
Embrace seasonal foods
While summer was all about salads autumn is all about soups, stews and anything warm and filling. Now’s the time to get the slow cooker out and make things that won’t just feed the family tonight, but will stockpile well in the freezer. Two of my favourites are venison sausage and butternut squash stew, and a squash and chilli soup.
Seek out a fire and indulge yourself
I always find that a fire is a bit like nature’s entertainment; pop me in front of it, and I can while away hours just staring at it, punctuated with mugs of tea and vats of hot chocolate. Autumn is one of the best times to embrace sitting by the fire and if you don’t have one at home, seek one out. You can make a day of it by going on a long walk to a pub, warming yourself up by the fire with a delicious mug of hot chocolate, before heading back out into the cold. It’s the most wonderful way to spend an afternoon.
These are just a few of my favourite things to do in the autumn months, before the winter sets in and Christmas takes over. It really is the most wonderful of seasons, with so many things dedicated to it. What do you like to do in the autumn months? Is it one of your favourite seasons?
Chiara is an editor who likes the simple things in life; a cup of tea by the fire, travel, and spending time with friends and family. She also can’t resist the lure of Scandinavian decor and has a penchant for anything warm and cosy. You can find out more about Chiara and follow her adventures on her blog, Wine and Olives.