10 Reasons To Get Excited For The Autumn Season….
The golden hazy light that captures the season of autumn can be truly breathtaking. Sunrises and sunsets become more meaningful as the mornings get darker and the evenings draw closer. Take time to enjoy them.
There’s something about the back-to-school-season that calls for new stationery and lots of lists. Who doesn’t love a list? Getting organised for the season ahead, whether that’s work related, or meal planning or to-do lists galore – enjoy the feeling of getting productive before the true season of hibernation kicks in.
Autumn is a pretty good time to spend time outdoors – it’s not too hot and sticky, not so cold that you are shivering. Outside there is a wealth of beautiful nature to enjoy at this time of year:
STYLE GETS SIMPLE
Here in the UK, summer weather often brings an air of unreliable mystery: “Will it actually be warm today?”. Autumn arrives and we can all relax into our dependable seasonal wardrobe. You know the score: chunky knits, cosy layers, autumnal hues, boots, woolly socks – and coats! Bring on the coats.
Whether you enjoy meat, are a veggie, or a vegan – autumn is a time to eat seasonally. Crisp apples, juicy blackberries, wholesome soups made with butternut squash or pumpkin – the list of tasty and nourishing vegetables goes on. When it comes to meat, game is on: wild duck, partridge, pigeon, venison and grouse. If fish is your fancy, opt for: clams, oysters, mussels, plaice, skate, turbot and Dover sole.
Stay warm – enjoy warming foods at this time of year. Ayurvedic medicine (one of the world’s oldest holistic whole-body healing systems) believes that every season is associated with a ‘dosha’ (our dosha constitution needs to be in a state of equilibrium) – spring with kapha, summer with pitta and autumn and winter with vata. These seasonal fluctuations with doshas are essentially balanced through diet. Chinese medicine maintains that we should be eating warming foods – think stews, soups, chilli, slow cooker recipes – that aid digestion and balance the body’s equilibrium.
Okay so Instagram is about to get overloaded with #spiced_ but hey, go with it. Spiced lattes, pumpkin spice, spiced cider, spiced apple pies. All delish!
Autumn brings fire, and lots of it. Roaring open peat or wood fires, wood burning stoves, candle light and fairy lights. There’s nothing better.
No longer shall you feel pressured to go out of a long summer evening. Make your home your happy place, set the scene (as above) – draw the curtains, snuggle up, bed down. Watch a movie, read a book, spend time with loved ones. When autumn hits, staying in is the new going out – hurrah!
CHEERS TO AUTUMN
This season embraces red wine and country pubs. Summer beer gardens become less appealing when the reality of wasps and warm beer hit. Autumn allows a large glass of smokey red wine, enjoyed on a comfy leather sofa, while lounging in front of an open wood fire. Bliss.
EMBRACE YOUR CHILDHOOD
Whether that’s reliving your own childhood nostalgic memories or making new memories with your children, autumn is a time to be free! Kick up the fallen leaves, collect conkers and pine cones and light fireworks.