It’s been a very hard year so far and I think we’ve all found it really difficult. We’ve had to adapt to so many changing situations and I don’t think any of us are finding things easy. My family has had a particularly tough one with a lot of other problems going on as well. One thing I’ve been very in tune with this year is the changing of the seasons. I remember starting lock down with no leaves on the trees and then watching the garden spring into life. There’s something about your world being slowed down that makes you notice every detail. I started going on daily walks and discovered beautiful places within walking distance of my house that I’d never noticed before. The wildlife was everywhere and on very hard days it cheered me up to just appreciate the world around me, carrying on oblivious.
Spring turned into summer and I started going for evening walks to avoid the heat. I loved seeing all the foxes coming out to play and the beautiful colours of the sky at sunset. I actually started to feel a little sad when the nights began to draw in and my evening walk started getting earlier again. But I’m fully feeling excited about Autumn now. I’ve been walking every day even on rainy days and keep coming back with pockets full of acorns and conkers to show the kids! Autumn is definitely one of the most exciting seasons to see, every day the world changes colour a little bit more and as the temperature drops, your minds turn to more cosy pursuits and we suddenly get a craving for all things orange! I thought I’d share some of my cosy plans for the coming months and some of the things I’d like to make and do while staying in.
Walking, walking and more walking!
I’ve always enjoyed walking as a way to stay healthy and to clear my head. When things are hard it recharges my batteries, cheers my mood and motivates me to get through the rest of the day. It also helps me sleep better and it’s a great way to pass the time. The best thing about this year has definitely been walking. I live in a busy London superb, but am so lucky to have a lot of green spaces close by, so I can pretend to live far far away from the city. I’m looking forward to enjoying every last bit of Autumn outdoors, from the crunchy leaves, to the changing colours and the stunning sunsets. I always go armed with a hot drink to enjoy along the way. I’m sure I’ll be taking lots of pictures too!
I love a cuppa year round, but there is something so super soothing about wrapping your hands round a mug of something yummy warm and comforting on a cold day. I love drinking spiced teas, mulled apple juice and Autumn themed lattes at this time of year.
All the Blankets
I prefer the weather to be hot, especially since I live in drafty old house, but if it’s got to be windy and rainy outside you might as well make the most of it and get cosy inside. I love snuggling up on the sofa with a couple of cosy blankets. Whether I’m working or watching TV or listening to music, this is my favourite place to be.
Baths for Hours
No matter what time of year, I’m definitely a fan of a long bath. I’m lucky enough to have a really big whirlpool bath, one of my only extravagancies when we renovated our house. It was totally worth it because I spend so much time soaking in there. I’ll do anything from watch TV, write blog posts on my phone to reading books while I’m in my semi aquatic state! When the weather gets colder outside I’m extra keen to warm up in a hot bath and I love to light candles and use lovely bath products to make myself feel great at the end of a busy day.
Enjoying a Good Book
As the nights draw in and we spend more time indoors, you can’t beat a good book to pass an hour or two. In the Autumn I like to read some of my favourite classics. Books that are like old friends that you visit time and time again. In Autumn I usually feel like comforting things, so I read less non fiction and go towards things that make me feel nice and ward off the winter blues. I love Jane Austen books and anything by Nancy Mitford.
Fairy Lights and Candles
As the nights draw in, nothing makes me feel cosier than getting the lighting just right. I love having a few lamps on around the house, lighting my favourite candles and putting up some fairy lights to create a little hygge. I usually choose more spicy scented candles at this time of year and anything with a warm fragrance.
With fewer things to do outdoors, I start thinking about fun things I can do while staying in. I’m planning to work my way through some of the things in my craft stash and work on some unfinished projects. I always get very creative at this time of year and as you’ll see in the craft section of the blog I have lots of ideas for Halloween and Christmas.
I love taking inspiration from in-season produce and creating gorgeous recipes. Baking is lovely thing to do at this time of year as it gets a bit colder and we spend more time indoors. I recently created an apple and blackcurrant crumble muffin recipe and I’m looking forward to making some fun pumpkin recipes very soon too. If you have any favourite Autumnal bakes please share them in the comments as I’d love to try them!
Choosing Autumn Outfits
If Instagram were to be believed, every day of Autumn would be sunny, dry and involve nothing but the crispest leaves underfoot! Unfortunately it’s not always like that and many of my Autumn outfits will be practical, warm and waterproof. However for the other days that fit the perfect image of fall, I’m having lots of fun putting together outfits that embrace the beautiful shades of the season and will make me feel amazing on those glorious outdoor days. Choosing Autumn outfits is definitely one of my favourite things to do at this time of year.
When the nights draw in and half the day feels like it’s the evening, I love to have earlier nights. Indulging in a warm bath, putting on cosy PJs and bed socks, filling my hot water bottle and getting snuggled in under the covers with a book or a podcast is definitely one of the nicest things about Autumn. This totally relies on getting the kids to bed on time and making sure I have everything ready for the morning, but if everything falls into place, then this is definitely the best time fo year for cosy early nights.
When I can get everyone together, Autumn is a great time of year for a little family time. Whether its watching a movie together, baking something seasonal or going out to pick pumpkins and carving them together, there are lost of opportunities for some quality time. We’ve had some lovely walks and enjoyed some of our local parks over half term and although we can’t go to a lot of places we usually would this year, it’s still great to make time for each other.
Oops that’s actually 11 cosy things!
What things do you like to do at this time of year? Do you love the Autumn?
Check out the Autumn and Halloween section of the blog for lots of seasonal inspiration, recipe, outfits and craft projects.
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