Leaves are slowly hitting the ground, the hint of Christmas is around the corner and conkers are littering our parks…. It can only be one time of year here in the UK… AUTUMN. I think Autumn is well and truly on its way and I am so excited. It is my absolute favourite time of year regardless of the cold weather and impending clouds.
There is something so sadistically beautiful about the leaves dying on trees. The colours are so varied and stunning! As you can see below things are only just starting to brown off where I live and although the floor is littered with a thickness of leaves the trees still cling on to their last green grandeur.
There are so many reasons why I love autumn. After the summer salads and all the barbecues it’s so nice to tuck into a casserole or stew or even a homemade pie. Before I left home my taught to make her homemade chicken pie and my entire house now love it when I cook it for them. I try to make as many homemade dinners as possible because they are tastier, healthier and so much more satisfying. The nights are slowly getting darker earlier and a warm thick blanket with a homemade dinner in front of the fire beats any hot summers barbecue hands down!
Having some beautiful woodland near us filled to the brim with dropping acorns and conkers along with loads of winter mushrooms and other wild winter growth makes for a magical sunday. We are so so lucky to be able to go for walks in the woods at the drop of a hat rather that living in a town. We can walk for miles and miles here and in autumn every twist in turn is exciting. From jumping in huge piles of leaves to conker fights to taking what we have found home and making art… I find autumn to be one big adventure.
All these things lead way to Halloween and Bonfire night. Toasting marshmallows on an open fire whilst watching the smallest of Catherine wheels burn our neighbours fence down are child hood memories that I will never forget. They MAKE this time of year for me.
Then, when all this is over and the last brown leaves are blown away Christmas arrives. What better way to spend the last four months of a year!