I am a die-hard Autumn fan, I have to say.
As much as I love me some hot Summer days, my favourite season will always remain as Autumn, and I think many people feel the same. It’s the perfect combination of chilly mornings, cosy afternoons and bonfire scented evenings, and there’s always something to be excited about.
Here are some other things I look forward to every year when Autumn comes around:
1. Getting our beaches back
And don’t just mean back from the tourists that descend on us throughout August; I’m talking about the pure elation of October 1st – when the dog ban days are over and we’re free to run wild and free with our pooches all Winter long!
2. Jumpers and blankets all around
For some reason to me getting all snuggly and cosy in ridiculously cute pyjamas (are you in love with my French Bulldog ones?) and woollen blankets is more appealing than stripping bare for all to see on the beach in Summer. Just sayin’.
3. Crispy leaf walks in the woods
There’s nothing more satisfying than the crunch of a crispy pile of leaves beneath your feet in the woods, and Pepper loves it too! The noises make her all springy and hilarious, so that’s fun too. But generally everything looks beautiful and transitional at this time of year in the forests.
4. Gathering friends and family for my birthday
Woop! It’s my birthday in a couple of weeks, and although I have made no plans as of yet, I have no doubt we’ll have a wonderful little gathering at some point to celebrate. Even if it’s just me, N and the dog – that’s cool too!
5. Blackberry picking and foraging
So apparently we’re a little low on blackberries this year, and to be fair, the window of time for optimised picking is actually nearly over – however, there are plenty of other awesome forage-able things at this time of year, such as mushrooms and sea cabbage (stick with me on this one). Just invest in a good foraging handbook before you go!
6. Hot chocolates and mulled cider
The best drinks are hot drinks, am I right? Yes I’m partial to the odd mojito and G&T in Summer but overall my faves involve piping hot mugs or chocolatey, gingerbread flavoured things with plenty of spices to boot!
7. Misty sunrise mornings and the longest ‘golden hours’
Autumn is a photographer’s dream. As the sun rises later and sets earlier it means capturing some snaps in the ‘golden’ hours is infinitely more achievable than in Summer (especially if you’re an early to bed person like I am!). There’s something about the sunrises in Autumn that are pretty unbeatable too.
8. Snuggly Sundays in bed
Unlike in Summer, where I feel totally hard done by if it rains at the weekend, mizzle-y drizzle-y weekends are actually welcomed in Autumn, as they present the perfect excuse for a lazy Sunday spent in squishy new bedding sipping coffee and reading books.
Words can’t describe how beautifully squishy and luxurious this duvet set from Debenhams’ bedding range* is. Plus it goes perfectly with our grey and white themed decor!
Our new faux-down pillow set* also adds an extra layer of cosiness for the onset of chilly Autumn evenings. If you’re looking for a way to truly get into the Autumnal spirit of things, there’s nothing better than a brand new set of sheets and pillows to make you feel like snuggling down!
9. Halloween and bonfire night
As a horror film geek and daughter of a Halloween-obsessed mother, Halloween has always been kind of a big deal for us. I also like to take any chance I can get to whack out the gore makeup (yep I had a mis-spent youth)…
10. Log fires and hot pies
We don’t actually have a wood burner in our house, but N’s mum does and we like to take full advantage of that in Autumn and Winter. Needless to say we’ll probably be spending a fair amount of time at their house at the weekends! Pepper also appreciates a roaring fire to curl up next to, so it’s a win/win!
11. Fresh starts and time indoors
September will forever remind me of fresh starts, and the season always has me buzzing with excitement even when there’s nothing specific to be starting fresh with. I use this month as my delayed ‘Spring Clean’ time, and generally make use of the less than optimal weather to get stuff done around the house.
12. Buying gifts you know people will love
Okay it may be a bit early on right now, but towards the end of Autumn it’s usually the time to start thinking about what the heck you’re gonna get everyone for Christmas. For some people, this is the most stressful thing imaginable, but I absolutely love it!
What do you look forward to most about Autumn?
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* Debenhams kindly offered to send me a selection of bedding items to review for this blog post, but please note I wouldn’t include it here if I didn’t actually love it!