Something I didn’t get growing up in Sydney, Australia were the traditional seasons. Our autumn was still warm enough to swim in the ocean.
Since living in the UK, I’ve been able to experience the change in seasons which I just love because I get to experience the change in nature’s wonderful colours.
Here I share my top 5 favourite reasons why I love autumn!
1. Getting cosy
For me autumn means slipping on a woolly jumper, putting on my hiking boots and going for walks in the woods. And there’s the sipping of hot chocolate and getting cosy in front of an open fire. I don’t have an open fire myself but I’m in the first café or old English pub that does!
2. Autumnal colour palette
I just love autumn’s burst of colour. It’s like nature’s final “hooray” before she settles down for her winter slumber. This is where we see colours in nature like rust red, burnt orange, saffron yellow, olive green and rich chocolate brown.
3. Glow of the autumn sun
Autumn has been referred to as ‘golden hour’ season because of the soft, warm, golden quality of the sunlight. This is because the sun sits lower in the sky, casting longer shadows and bathing everything it touches with a beautiful rich, amber light. I just love the feel of the soft autumn sun on my face.
4. Autumn walks
Walking in the woods to the sound of rustling leaves under my feet is a simple pleasure that I will never tire of. Kicking through the leaves isn’t just for the kids!
I remember being in Boston and going to see ‘The Leaves’ which was just stunning. If only I could find my photos to show you.
5. Harvest Festivals
Autumn is a time of plenty with an abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables being harvested, celebrated in traditional harvest festivals that pay homage to nature’s bounty.
A few weekends ago I went to a local farm to go pumpkin picking. Lots of people were buying the larger ones for Halloween carving. I ended up going for the little ones. I’m using them as decoration and then turning them into delicious autumn inspired meals. I’m going to keep the seeds and have a go at growing them myself next year.
Is autumn your favourite time of year? What do you love most about autumn?
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Wishing you a colourful day!
Extracts from The Little Book of Colour.