Let’s face it. When the air starts to cool and the leaves start to fall, it gets much harder to get out of the house, especially if you don’t need to be outside. But you can’t waste the prettiest season of the year stuffed up indoors. Autumn is my favourite season, so here are the reasons you should never be sad to see summer go.
Autumn is the Prettiest Season
Some seasons come at us so quickly, there isn’t a chance to watch them turn. Summer, especially in the UK, is usually a four-day heatwave, followed by weeks of unyielding rain. Yeah, summer had flowers and green grass, but she’s got nothing on Autumn. The blackberries turn from pink to black, Autumn leaves are all different shades of gold and red and brown and yellow, there are toadstools and fungi everywhere which are way more interesting than colourful flowers.
Harvest Some Wild Fruits and Bake a Pie
Every September, I go up the mountain with my grandmother and pick wimberries (otherwise known as bilberries) to make a dessert for Sunday Dinner. I know, it makes me sound like I’m in a Studio Ghibli film, but it’s fun. Make a blackberry crumble or a wimberry pie. They’re warm and sweet and they taste like the end of summer for me. You can’t buy anything like them and there’s a narrow window for picking them. Here’s a guide and another guide so you can make sure you’re picking things that are edible!
Burgundy. Brown. Red. Purple. Ugh, I love Autumn clothes. I love getting out of my shorts that don’t even fit and replacing them with skirts and tights. I love wearing coats over dresses with boots. I love big grey jumpers and I love cozy scarves. There’s nothing better than going for a walk in your biggest, comfiest coat. And before you ask, yes, it’s better than Winter because it’s not too cold to enjoy wrapping up.
Walks Are Actually Fun
Look, I’ll just say it, I don’t like going outside in the summer. It’s too hot, there’s so much pollen, you don’t wear a coat because you’ll sweat then it starts to shower and you get soaked and your hair is frizzy. Autumn doesn’t come with this kind of stress. You can walk around and enjoy the fact that there aren’t a thousand screaming children on their summer holidays running around. Taking my dog for walks is also easier in the Autumn because you can often take dogs to beaches out of season. Yes, he gets a bit muddier than he does in Autumn, but he enjoys it, and he gets to run through the leaves and go for a swim. The lack of actual green in Autumn also makes walks more fun because there’s way more to notice – aside from the den I found in the picture above, take a look at these adorable painted rocks I found hidden around Colmere in Shropshire. They say #ShropshireRocks on them, so it’s some kind of local project for walking trails. If you don’t have anything fun like this in your area, why not start it? It’s evidently simple!
What is typically found inside a cache
I am so proud of myself for finding this one
If you really can’t go out for the fun of it, there are some really great activities to do on walks. Geocaching is a personal favourite. It’s quite a strange hobby for me to have, but when my friend and I were studying A Level English together, I would go to her house, convinced we would study together, but we ended up procrastinating by Geocaching in the huge country park near her house. I’ll probably make a larger post on this soon if anyone wants that. If you don’t know what Geocaching is, it’s basically a big treasure hunt. You get an app, of which there is a free version, and look for little containers people have hidden in public places. It’s competitive, genuinely frustrating and it tricks you into walking really far. It can be done with kids, friends, as a family or with your dog. It’s really great for all ages because it gives you a purpose to be outside. It’s much more fun in the Autumn because there’s less huge plants and long grass to get in your way, and there’s no sweltering heat.
Alright, so I’ve raved about how nice it is to be outside in the Autumn, but what about curling up inside? There’s nothing like being inside by the fire whilst it’s cold and rainy outside. There’s something about getting back from a cold walk and getting in a warm bath with a bath bomb and some yankee candles. I love getting a fluffy blanket, my favourite hot chocolate, marshmallows and biscuits and settling on the sofa for the evening. You poor people outside the UK will never understand how good Autumn TV can be. We have X Factor (admittedly, it’s rubbish, but the auditions are funny), I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here (what’s more Autumnal than watching a D-list celebrity gag on some camel testicles?), and The Apprentice (Everyone on that show is clueless, Alan Sugar’s jokes are awkward, and Lady Karren Brady is an icon). It’s the run-up-to-Christmas TV, and your best excuse to spend Saturday Night watching reality TV and films.
Bonfire night and Halloween
This costume cost me £8 in total
The best holidays come in the Autumn. Halloween is the best because you get to dress up as whoever or whatever you want and if you’re old enough, you get drunk, or if you’re young enough you get to ask for free sweets from your neighbours. I love decorating for Halloween more than Christmas, because Halloween can be as cutesy or creepy as you like! Not to mention carving pumpkins and getting my grandmother to make a pumpkin pie out of it. Speaking of pumpkin, after the 31st of October has passed, there’s always plenty of pumpkin left over to make spicy pumpkin soup, to warm us up whilst we stand outside in our wellies and scarves and watch the fireworks. Bonfire Night is the best because it signifies that run up to Christmas, and you spend the whole evening holding a burning sparkler and writing your name out with it – no matter how old you are. These holidays are my favourite because they don’t command you to buy gifts or do all these grand things or cause that dreaded Christmas family tension, they’re just a bit of fun.
Yes, Autumn is nostalgic for me. I’m obsessed with it and I start listening to Christmas music in October. I exhaust the season because some of my best memories happened in the Autumn – the excitement of starting a new school year, teenage me being a massive fan of The Hunger Games and reading the books all Autumn whilst I eagerly awaited the next film’s November release, and of course, in Autumn of 2013, I conquered my anxiety for the first time after spending the entire summer a complete mess. So yes, Autumn makes me happy.