It’s feeling very Autumnal. As I write this, I’ve barely slept. The 50mph winds last night set off a neighbours burglar alarm every few hours. And on the wall above my desk, precariously sat there is a hideously chunky house spider. After typing each sentence I glance up at it, to check it hasn’t moved. Which it hasn’t … Although if this post is relegated to the drafts for all eternity, you’ll know why.
The leaves are starting to fall from trees and pumpkin spice lattes are back in Starbucks. To some September is the last month of Summer. But to me, it’s very much the beginning of Autumn. Whether the British calendar agrees with me or not.
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Autumn has always been my favourite season. Since I was a child I’ve bucked the trend in my family and favoured the colder months. I remember vividly walking to school and feeling a prang of excitement on those first foggy, Autumnal mornings.
Halloween was deemed an American invention, aimed at selling sweets. But I was obsessed with it. The earliest Halloween I can remember was when I was around 5 or 6. My Mum had bought me a witches broom and came into my room at 3am to find me trying to take off with it. Bouncing up and down on my bed.
A few years later I was allowed to go Trick Or Treating. The best item in my haul being one of those American ‘Bubble Jugs’. A sort of petrol can filled with bubble gum powder. I retreated back to my friends bedroom and spent the rest of the evening telling ghost stories and blowing the biggest bubbles I could muster. I had bubble gum in my eyebrows, so think I did pretty well.
As I mentioned in my earlier post about enjoying fear in Svalbard, I love feeling scared. As a child I loved horrible history stuff in school, ghost stories, Tim Burton films and TV shows like Sabrina The Teenage Witch. Halloween being the celebration of those things, with fancy dress, sweets and pumpkins thrown in meant it was a holiday I looked forward to all year. And I haven’t grown out of it.
I have a section in the attic dedicated to Halloween decorations, alongside our Christmas ones. Whilst my Trick Or Treating days are behind me, I can’t resist stocking up on some Halloween treats. And watching my favourite horror films during October on the projector.
One of my favourite things about the change in season is the colour. Greenery transformed into orange and yellow tones. The muted palette fog and rainy days set everything against. At this time of year I love going for walks and spending time outside. Taking photos, wrapped up warm in layers.
A/W fashion is what I feel most comfortable in. Blacks and greys with pops of burgundy or mustard. Chunky knits, Ugg boots and layers. Autumnal coloured makeup and red statement lipstick. I spend Summer trying to find clothes I just about feel comfortable in. When my Autumn stuff comes out, I feel myself. I have an entire drawer dedicated to accessories like ear muffs, scarves and gloves.
Spending time at home makes me happy. Especially on these colder wet days. There’s nothing more cosy than putting the log burner on and lighting some candles. Curling up under a blanket on the sofa, with a hot drink and a book.
Horror films and spooky TV series are essential Autumn viewing. And I can’t wait for the return of Stranger Things on Netflix.
I enjoy cooking, especially at this time of year. At the end of the day I put my PJs on, set up something to watch on the laptop and pick out different Autumnal recipes to try from my cook books.
I can understand why the majority prefer Summer. And I have to admit I get really excited for warmer weather too, especially after months of rain. Although in Wales, Autumn is a far safer bet. The leaves will fall from trees and the atmospheric moody weather I love is almost guaranteed. Sun and clear skies in Summer? Less so.
Given my love for all things Halloween and Autumn, my maternity leave is perfectly timed. I’d love to know if you love Autumn too. And if so, what are some of your favourite Autumnal pastimes? I could use inspiration for those weeks of waiting.
PS. The candle shown above is the new Autumn scent from the White Company. It’s seriously gorgeous, I love this scent and have had it burning every evening since getting it.