Like most Millennials (yes I am a Millennial, I checked!) Autumn is, by far, my favourite season. For me at least, I think that is because it’s one very visual change that my fragile “millennial” heart can easily take….see told you. The older I get, the more I shy away from change and crave home comforts. Whilst I do very much still like exploring new places, the pull of the familiarness of home is getting stronger as the years pass. Autumn also holds so many lovely ties to my younger years. Also, lets be real, Autumn is EASILY the most instagramable season.
From my perspective Autumn goes hand in hand with Hygge (Pronounced Hue-guh) a word the Danish have coined to mean “Acknowledging a feeling or moment, whether alone or with friends, at home or out, ordinary or extraordinary as cosy, charming or special” according to Hyggehouse.
My Annual Autumn – Hygge Rituals
Pumpkin Picking – Is there anything that conjures up a better picture of Autumn than putting on your warmest clothes and heading off to a pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkins? I appreciate it’s slightly more expensive than the supermarket, but it’s an annual event for us and we really enjoy it for the experience as well as the products. This year we visited Cattows Farm in Leicestershire for the first time and were really impressed with all they had to offer, we spent a few hours there picking pumpkins, looking at the animals, checking out their impressive farm shop and then warming up with hot drinks in their café afterwards. Would recommend this lovely place to anyone local. When we were little my mum always used to take us to a tiny farm where the pumpkins sat outside a shed, we were always allowed to choose a pumpkin each and then had to leave £1 for each pumpkin in a box by the shed. A little part of me always felt like we were stealing those pumpkins as there was no one around, even though I put the money in the box, my brain still felt like there not being a “Shop keeper” present, was naughty.
Decorating my house for Autumn and Halloween – What is better than a house full of nice smelling candles? A house full of nice smelling candles and Halloween decorations. Whilst some might see it as strange or childish, we love to decorate for Halloween. We’ve been collecting ornaments over the last few years and they come out on the 1st October to transform our house into a little Halloween grotto and make us feel super cosy and in the spirit of the season.
Leafy Walks – I do like to go for walks most weekends but I especially love to go for walks in autumn when the leaves are on the ground and the trees have all changed colour. There is nothing more satisfying than kicking a dry pile of leaves, regardless of your age.
Cosy Nights in – Autumn was made for cosy nights in. I like to make hot chocolate, light some candles, get out my favourite fleece blanket and snuggle up on the sofa, either with a good book or a scary movie.
Bonfires and Fireworks – When I think of autumn it smells like bonfire, when I was a child my parents would always have a huge bonfire in the back garden, on or around 5th November, we would have sparklers and a Catherine wheel and as the fire died down my dad would bake potatoes in the embers. These days, living in an apartment, we don’t have a place for our own bonfire but always try to go to a firework display locally.
New Stationary – Did anyone else have a day in early September, where there mum would take them to Woolworths or WH Smiths to stock up on stationary for the new school year? Our day went like this, My mum, my sister and I would arrive in town early morning, spend what felt like, a thousand hours trying on school uniforms and Clarks shoes, that we neither wanted nor my mum could really afford to buy. My sister and I would argue, because we were bored and my poor mum would get more and more frazzled. When we eventually left the “boring shops” we would go to a local café/bakery for a sticky bun and so my mum could have a coffee and a calm down (these things make far more sense to me now at 34 than they did then.) After she had been hit with the caffeine high, she was ready to take on the world again and off we would march to Woolies for notepads, pencil cases with Disney characters on, highlighter pens and of course a set square. To this day, I don’t know what a set square is used for or how to go about using one, but I’m pretty sure I got a new one each year. These days my love for stationary has multiplied exponentially , every autumn I buy cute note books that I definitely don’t need but that I do treasure, my current favourite places for lovely stationary are Home Sense and Kikki.K
Homemade Soups and Stews – My granny was a “Cook” which is unfair, because by todays standards and with todays equality her title would have been “Head Chef” but all the same, she was a cook from the time she left school at 13, until she retired. She was self taught and baked the most amazing homey foods you can imagine. She was also a complete wizz with icing and whatever birthday cake design you asked her for, she’d make it, by hand. She was a fantastically talented lady. Every time the temperature starts to drop, I get excited because it’s time to make “Granny Stew” as we’ve affectionally dubbed it. Beef stew, cooked over 6 hours with the fluffiest dumplings you’ve ever tasted, served with mash potatoes and green vegetables.
New Scarf, Gloves and Hat – Every year I treat myself to new autumn/winter pieces, I like to invest in coats and boots so they tend to last year after year but Scarf, Gloves and sometimes a matching Hat? Those are once a year purchases! I like the colours to match even if they aren’t part of a set. I’ve often got these from Primark or a Market as they only need to last me for the season. At the start of the autumn season I find out last years ones and if they are still in good condition I take them to charity. Nothing will beat the mittens with a string I had as a child, which thinking about it would actually be a good idea now, as I’m always losing a glove!
Pumpkin Carving competition – Growing up with an artistic sister, you’d think maybe I’d have just given up, but no, every year of my life to date I’ve had a pumpkin carving competition with someone and honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever won, Never mind, it’s the taking part that counts and I really do enjoy it. These days, living with a surgeon, I also clearly have no chance of winning, but its all good clean fun!
Do you have any autumn rituals that have stood the test of time?
P.S Just to make you laugh, here are some pictures of baby Emma’s Halloween outfits, our school always had a Halloween disco but I would never dress as anything scary.