I am most definitely a summer person. I like warm weather, summery clothes and flip-flops – and I hate rain, wind and dark mornings.
When spring arrives I get excited as it means summer is on its way – I just don’t get the same feeling for autumn.
However, with the aim of being positive, I’ve decided to think of some reasons to love autumn…
As much as I’d prefer to go on a stroll in the warm sunshine, it is fun to wrap up, put our wellies on and go for a walk in the woods. Like most kids Little H loves jumping in puddles, kicking leaves and squelching through the mud. It’s also a good excuse to go for a hot chocolate afterwards to warm up!
I can’t deny that autumn looks good and is a bit of a photographers dream with the carpets of red, orange and brown leaves. I’m still learning how to use my Nikon DSLR and am looking forward to photographing some autumnal scenes. I’m sure I’ll share them all with you on here or on my Instagram.
I have fond memories of going out to the woods and collecting conkers with my parents and brother when we were small. Little H enjoys doing this too and it’s a fun (& free!) way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Plus conkers are good for getting rid of spiders!
If I’m honest I don’t really guess what all the fuss is about over Halloween. It doesn’t really interest me at all, but of course, kids love it so it seems to have become a bit event in our house. The one bit I do like is going to get a pumpkin, we’ve done it for the last 3 years and it has become a bit of a Halloween tradition. We go to a fab local pick your own farm, and always have such a good time choosing our pumpkins. Last year we made some pretty good creations if I do say so myself!
Whilst I much prefer summer clothes, it is quite nice to just put a big, warm coat and boots on every time you go out so you don’t really have to worry about what to wear as no one sees it anyway.
Lazy Sunday Afternoons
In the summer we tend to be out all the time, making the most out of any small bit of sunshine and our local beaches. In the Autumn though, I have no desire to go outside if it’s rainy and miserable, so we spend a lot of Sunday afternoons on the sofa in our PJs, with a duvet, popcorn and a film, without feeling guilty that we’re wasting our weekend.
The Clocks Go Back
I love sleeping. If I could stay in bed all day I absolutely would – fat chance of that now though! So the clocks going back and getting an extra hour in bed is my idea of heaven. Even though, with a 5-year-old in the house, the chance of not being woken up at 5:30 am is very slim…
Does Bonfire Night still count as autumn? I don’t think it’s quite winter by then is it? When Little H was small we didn’t bother with Guy Fawkes Night as it was just too loud and too late for her. Last year though we went to a pub out in the New Forest to watch a firework display and have a hotdog, and it was a really good night. I’m looking forward to finding somewhere to go this year and watch her little face as she’s amazed by the fireworks.
As well as hot chocolate now’s a good time to get the slow cooker back out from the depths of the cupboard and start making casseroles and shepherds pies again. I love this kind of food, especially after coming in from work in the cold and dark. Plus you don’t really have to ‘do’ dinner as you just bung it all in and come back 8 hours later.
Countdown To Christmas
I don’t like thinking about Christmas until we’re actually into December, but since that’s the next time we have a week off work together I am very much looking forward to it! Scarily there’s not that long to go and when you have kids you need to start early. Christmas with a child is so much fun, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that maybe this year we’ll get some snow.
Ok so although I struggled a bit towards the end there, I have to admit that there are a few things to look forward to even though summer is over for another year!
What are your favourite things? Do you have any reasons to love autumn that I missed?