Long, well written books
As the daylight becomes more scarce and the energy and funds we had in the summer for going out get channeled into paying for the heating bills, a good book becomes a great piece of entertainment. I like my books long enough to last a few evenings and fun enough to not have me yawning at 9pm. Some of my past favourites include Phillip Pullman, JK Rowling (yes, I still love Harry Potter!) and some of the easier classics such as Jane Austen and Dickens.
The coat I’ve been wearing every winter for the last 4 years
Sometimes it’s worth spending a pretty penny on that one coat. Classical and flattering cut, high quality material, colour versatile enough to wear for different occasions. Except, my perfect Autumn coat was £28 on sale in H&M, it’s bright coral-orange and is made of inexpensive cotton. The cut is so good that I’ve been wearing it every Autumn since I got it 4 years ago. The colour is so bright that it contrasts British Autumn’s grey perfectly. It’s just warm enough for the 10 Celsius degrees. And although it’s starting to wear a little (for £28 I’m surprised it lasted so long), I have zero intention of replacing it this year, or adding any other outdoor coverings to my small collection.
Early Autumn is a harvest time of all things in the ground and on the ground. Pumpkins, squashes, courgettes…are not my favourites. Instead, I like potatoes, carrots, onions, parsnips, celeriac, beetroot and even turnips – the beauties hidden below the surface until somebody digs them out. And right now these are the in-season delicacies, perfect for warm soups and tray bakes, full of flavour and warmth. And with in-season comes the good price, so I’m filling my larder and freezer with the goods to last me through the winter.
Candles I never burn
I might be the one to spend £30 on a fancy candle, but I am not the one to set it on fire willy-nilly. Why, you might ask? The thing about expensive candles is that the amount of essential oils and/or fragrances in them tends to be high enough for them to smell beautifully without the heat. So every Autumn I take the lid off my favourite candles every so often and enjoy the scent without the soot. And if I do want to burn a candle for the mood and the warm glow, I prefer to use tiny fairy lights dotted around strategically – not only these cost me nothing for a similar effect, they also come without the adverse health effects and don’t make me feel like I’m letting my money go up in smoke.
Dramatic weather (after I weatherproof the house)
I have to be honest, I like the dramatic weather – bring on the heavy rain, the grey skies and the occasional storm – they’re beautiful and their job is to wash away the summer and prepare the world for winter and I’m all for it. Last year I wrote about weatherproofing the house to cut down on the energy bills. And what I wrote there stands – I like my house warm and cosy, because there is no better way to enjoy an autumnal downpour than from the comfort of a house that is not leaking, drafty or damp.
These are of course not the only things I love about Autumn – from having time because people want to go out less to golden leaves and my creative bones waking up, Autumn is by far my favourite season of the year. What are your favourite things about Autumn?