People are always surprised when I say that summer is probably my least favourite season. Don’t get me wrong, I love long evenings, summer holidays and getting that summer glow as much as the next girl, I just get fed up with it. I think I must be a very warm person, because I get hot and bothered WAYYY too easily, and so by the time autumn rolls around, I am more that ready for it!
1. THE WEATHER
I love it when you go to bed slightly chilly, and you wake up, wrap up warm and leave the house to a crisp autumn evening. We still get sunny days, but they’re nice and cool instead of baking hot, and we still get the fairly light evenings. It’s weather that you can grab yourself a coffee or hot chocolate on the way to work and not overheat in.
2. THE LEAVES
I like NOTHING better than walking around when the trees are turning. Some are still green, some go yellow, some a burning orange and others a deep brown. It’s absolutely beautiful! If I could, I would love to visit Boston or New York during the fall season. It truly looks like something out of a painting. It’s absolutely breathtaking.
3. HOT TODDY
Is there anything better on a cold evening – especially when you’re at an event. A mulled cider or wine is just perfect. The combination of the spices, the warmth and the alcohol works so well. I’m literally too excited to get back on this particular bandwagon!
4. SWEATER WEATHER
Summer clothes are nice, but I prefer layering clothes, the deep hues of autumnal clothes and jumpers are one of my favourite items. I love wrapping myself in a chunky knit on a cold day – and who doesn’t love a chunky knit?! They’re just so comfortable and I think they look great on anyone!
5. THE TV
C’mon. You know it’s true. We’ve already been graced with Bake Off back on our screens, and I cannot wait for the return of The X Factor and Strictly Come Dancing. PLUS we get all those Hallowe’en / Christmas films, and the cooking shows are just way better – who else can’t wait to go back through Jamie’s Christmas archives on All4?!
6. IT’S ‘BUST OUT THE SLOW COOKER’ WEATHER
Slow cooking is the way to go. Whack it all in the pot, turn it on and leave it to cook away while you’re at work or asleep. You can make soups, stews, casseroles and more (e.g. mulled cider…) – and this is the perfect weather for these meals!
7. COZY EVENINGS
It’s too cold for a night on the town, so why force it when you can just stay in? Cuddle up on the sofa with a blanket, a cup of tea (or mulled cider – not that I’m obsessed…) and a good tv-show (see above). When it’s cold and dark outside, and even when the rain and wind are lashing outside, and you’re all wrapped up inside, you just feel so smug and toasty!
I love that Hallowe’en is such a big deal here. Don’t get me wrong – I won’t be going out trick or treating, but I love everything that comes with this weird and wonderful holiday. Pumpkin carving and toasted pumpkin seeds, Hallowe’en films and episodes of tv-shows and house decorations.
9. BONFIRE NIGHT
Remember, remember, the 5th of November! It’s quite odd that what started as a plot to blow up Parliament has turned into one of the most enjoyable nights of the year in the UK.
Grab your chunky knit scarf, some sparklers and a toffee apple (or mulled cider… just sayin’!) and head outside to watch the sky exploding in a burst of colours. Cue the ‘ahhh’s…
10. THE COUNTDOWN IS ON
Okay so I may be getting ahead of myself… but Christmas really is just around the corner now!
I find the build up to Christmas almost more exciting than the day itself. I love buying presents for my friends and family, watching Christmas films, Christmas meal cooking shows, dancing around my flat to Christmas songs, the Christmas-scented candles, the list goes on… in a nutshell – I’m excited for Christmas!
Are you excited for autumn? What are your favourite things?