When I stepped out of the door this morning, it was clear that Autumn had arrived. The air was crisp, paths were scattered with yellow leaves and rain hammered on car rooftops.
Despite that everybody is complaining about the weather turning, I couldn’t be happier. There’s something about the Autumn months that energise and inspire me, even when it rains. And as someone who is partial to a plaid shirt and a chunky knit jumper, it’s a much more wardrobe-friendly time of year.
This is the first season change that Luca has been old enough to appreciate, so watching him try to peel damp leaves from the pavement with exclaims of ‘Red leaf! Brown leaf! Yellow leaf!’ is kind of magical. He’s also amazed by the Sycamores spiraling from the trees in our leafy village, something I remember admiring myself as a child.
Unlike my two-and-a-half-year-old son, I’m not very good at ‘living in the moment’. But there is something to be said for paying attention to the seasons and the impact they have on our wellbeing. Wordsworth and Shelley seemed to think so, hence why so much of their poetry is inspired by nature.
So, in spectacularly unpoetic fashion, here are the five things I love most about Autumn:
I don’t know why, but I find the rich reds, browns and orange tones draw my eye more than the cool blues and greens of Summer. I feel so much more inspired at this time of year and tend to be more creative. There’s just something about a bare tree and a carpet of leaves on the ground that makes me feel renewed — as if there is an opportunity to start over.
The Fashion Is Spot On
I’m aware of how whimsical this sounds, but I spend so much time writing about serious topics (like mental health and relationship abuse) that sometimes I just need to cheer myself up. So, what can I say? I love flanneled shirts, boots and a good cardi. I definitely feel more comfortable wearing layers and cosying up under blankets than I do wearing Summer dresses, and I’ll take any excuse to wear black.
Again, it’s a cliche, but I love pumpkins. Whole pumpkins in shop windows. Pumpkin-spiced lattes. Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin curry. Pumpkin candles. Seriously, give me a pumpkin and I will find a use for it. I’ll cover it in spices and roast it. I’ll make it into a sweet bowl for Halloween. I’ll display it in the window with some autumn leaves and a candle. It’s fair to say I’m pumpkin crazy at this time of year.
Ah, cinnamon. I adore this spice in porridge and cakes all year round, and it always goes in my curries — it’s just so comforting. It is also an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory properties and is even thought to lower the risk of heart disease. Plus, if you’ve never had a cup of cinnamon tea, I urge you to try some this Autumn — this one from Pukka is like a hug in a mug.
When I was growing up, my family didn’t celebrate Halloween for various reasons. Instead, we held Sparkle Parties which involved setting off a load of amateur fireworks in the field behind our house while wearing costumes that didn’t resemble anything dead (I think I was a cat or something equally inoffensive). We decorated the house and mum made lanterns out of jam jars for late-night walks through the woods. My friends came to the house afterwards and we ate KitKat Chunkies and drank hot chocolate, so it basically was Halloween, just labeled differently. Now I’m older, I love to celebrate this time of year by rewatching The Nightmare Before Christmas, lighting a bunch of candles and sitting down with a big old bowl of sweets.
So, that’s it. The five things I love most about Autumn. I’d love to hear from any fellow fall-lovers. What is your thing about this season?