We’re halfway through October, which means one thing: It’s autumn! I know some of you are sad, but I literally wait all year long for autumn. While each of the four seasons has their own charm, I honestly believe that autumn is the most perfect season of them all. The explosive colour of the leaves alone, before they die and drop to the ground, makes autumn far superior to the rest. Call me basic, but it’s my favourite season.
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Yes, us bloggers do tend to glamourise A/W a tad with our pumpkin spice lattes, chunky knit scarves, and feet in the fallen leaves pics BUT hey, it’s good for a reason because I’m telling you now, this is the best time of year. Here is why Autumn will always be my favourite season. I promise they will make you giddy with anticipation about the season of colourful fashion, cosy drinks, and pumpkin spice that lies ahead…
LONG WALKS IN THE WOODS
The best way to get a good fix of the autumn air is to of course spend it close to nature; either in the countryside or a forest. I’m particularly fond of long walks during autumn because not only will there be the irresistible crunch of falling leaves with every step that I take, but there is also the opportunity to spot some real wonders hidden among the shadows of the trees, from conkers and acorns to fairytale toadstools. I love crouching amongst the leaves to find some treasures and sometimes I even take some pretty autumn leaves and conkers home to brighten up the displays in our garden.
CRISP CLEAR SKIES
This one goes hand in hand with my love for a good walk, because of course there’s no fun doing that when it’s pouring down with rain (although that can be quite fun too when suited up with waterproof clothes and cute wellies, only the first few days, after that it gets tiring). There is no other time of the year – when dry – that the air is quite so crisp and clear. The pure blue of the sky illuminates the already vivid colours of the season, making everything just a tad more bright and perfect.
PUMPKINS, PUMPKINS, PUMPKINS!
Probably the most jolly, fun and vibrant vegetable to every grace your local supermarket. Plus, excellent for soups and of course, pumpkin carving.
There is something really pretty about seeing the leaves turn orange, slowly fall off and then assemble into a big pile of reds, oranges, and browns on the ground. Plus they make for the best Instagram pics, especially if you’re holding a PSL.
Halloween falls smack bang in the middle of autumn and while I never used to celebrate Halloween, I do love a good Halloween display. It ties into my love for pumpkins and dressing up the house to make it appear more fun, at a time of year when it’s still frowned upon the get the Christmas decorations out (which I would totally get out in late October otherwise).
I love layering up. It’s comfortable, cosy, and if you’re cold all you have to do is put more clothes on (whereas if you’re too hot in the summer there’s only so much you can take off!). Some of my favourite possessions are fluffy bed socks, fleece pyjamas, flannel checkered shirts and a fleece blanket that I’ve had for far too long (!) and I love curling up with a good book and a cuppa. Getting to wear all of these things is my own special little heaven.
QUALITY FAMILY TIME
With the colder temperatures setting in, autumn means spending more time inside and enjoying the simple things with the family. From extended baking sessions (which make the house smell gorgeous too!) to lazily watching movies together while enjoying a cup of hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows and squirty cream on top, of course) and spending whole Sunday afternoons playing board games. Maybe it’s because I don’t get to see my family very often, with us working full time and all, but having the opportunity to do these rather ordinary things together is what makes everything else in life worth it.
NO STAYING IN GUILT
When it’s 26 degrees outside and you’re sitting in bed binge-watching a series on Netflix, it doesn’t quite have the same magic as if it was 3 degrees and dangerous to leave the comfort of your own home. I’m always feeling guilty for not doing anything when the weather is good and there’s only a certain amount of things you can do. I want to watch this 20 episode series in three days and not feel guilty about it, OK? Cold weather for me means that I must stay inside and hibernate with snacks.
LEAVES ARE ALWAYS CRACKLING UNDERFOOT
If you love autumn, there is nothing like the sound of leaves breaking and crinkling beneath your shoes. It’s a feeling and a sound that I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of, no matter how many times I’ve felt or heard it. In fact, I seek it out. If I could walk through a cluster of leaves or around it, you better believe that I’m walking through them, doing my best to crunch as many as possible.
I’ve seen plenty of mentions of the Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes on Twitter and Instagram, so I’ll start with that one. These things are delicious and you can’t get them just anytime you want ’em. You have to wait until autumn. And all of that waiting makes them more delicious. In addition to this delicious drink, you can also indulge in warm apple cider and hot chocolate, yum! There is nothing quite like some mini marshmallows or a swirling cinnamon stick to make you feel warm both inside and out. It’s especially nice when you can drink one of these warm beverages outside, the heat from the liquid warming you every time you take a sip.
SEASONAL TREATS MAKE THEIR DEBUT
Some of my favourite foods come out in full force when the weather starts to cool down. For example, apples. Apples are at their best when it’s autumn. They’re delicious by themselves or in a crumble. And, even more important than apples is candy corn. There is nothing better in the world than a fresh bag of Brach’s candy corn. Since they’re difficult to get hold of in the UK, they feel like an extra special autumn treat when I order a bag in mid-September. And yep, there is one stashed in my bedside table right now!
DID SOMEONE SAY PSL?
Yes, I know it’s terribly British and somewhat ‘basic’ but the beginning of autumn marks the return of the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte. Instagram at the ready please.
Gone is the focus on showing skin, and therefore you can relax and finally wear clothes that are comfortable that don’t require excess body hair removal or visible sweat beads. Feel free to bring out your most comfortable jumpers, scarves and big bobble hats.
GOOD TV RETURNS
HELLO STRANGER THINGS 2.
Autumn always seems to bring with it the best TV shows and I’m so here for that. The Great British Bake Off is my guilty pleasure and you know when that starts, it’s officially the start of autumn.
THE SPIRIT OF CHANGE IS IN THE AIR
I’ve saved the best one until ~almost~ last. Autumn, whether you like it or not, is all about change. The season is changing. The weather is changing. Change is all around us and it’s deliciously intoxicating. Though many people think of the New Year as a time for change and a time to make resolutions, I have always thought of autumn as a great time to change things up. I guess this comes from the fact that, as a child, autumn is the new (school) year. After years of getting used to the idea that things would be new in September, I kind of got used to thinking of autumn as a time for new beginnings, and that’s one of the most wonderful things about this time of year.
CLOSER TO CHRISTMAS
And who doesn’t love Christmas?
These are just some of my favourite things about autumn! What is your favourite season and why do you love it so much?
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Photo’s by Lydia Collins.