Updated: Oct 2
I have always loved the autumn the most of all the seasons. As the nights draw in and the leaves start to turn, I feel myself getting a new lease of life.
Mother nature provides inspiration of so much of my work, none more so than the bountiful fruits of the autumn many of which have been turned in to beautiful pieces of jewellery in my Autumn woodland collection. From the little acorn , the swirling helicopter of the sycamore seed to to the colourful fallen leaves. I love everything this season has to offer, Yep even the wet windy days are perfect for snuggling up in the warm with a good book and a nice cuppa whilst listening to the rain lash against the windows.
This year has been a strange one , with many holidays and events cancelled but there is still so much you can enjoy in your own home and local area this autumn. Even though the days may be getting darker and shorter but there is so much this season has to offer.
Here are some of my favorite things to do this season.
1. Long Autumn Walks
The crisp crunch underfoot of the fallen leaves on a frosty autumn morning, the fresh cool air, and the smell of the forest after rain fall. Autumn walks are the best!
Wrap up warm, Pop on your wellies and go puddle jumping and on a nature walk with the little ones.
We are very lucky here in Berkshire with lots of local walks in gorgeous woodlands. I love Snelsmore common in Newbury, and Bowdown woods in Greenham for long leafy strolls.
If you are looking for inspiration for walks near you the fantastic Wildlife trust has a brilliant list of local wildlife walks in nature reserves in your area.
We may not be able to go to big organised firework displays or have large family celebrations, but we can still have some low key fun at home.
I will be off to the pick your own with my little (and not so little) Pumpkins this year to choose the best in the patch.
Both Cobbs Farm in Hungerford and Millets Farm in Oxfordshire are local Pick your own places with a fantastic pumpkin patch ( do check their websites for booking and t&Cs in the current situation to avoid disappointment.)
We will still be carving the pumpkins, making some spooky treats and homemade decorations to hang in the house.
Bonfire night will be a quiet one this year, with a little campfire in the fire pit in the garden. Eating yummy comfort food and enjoying a hot chocolate ( with a dash of Baileys in mamas hot chocolate!) This is a perfect time to take stock of everything this year has brought us. a time to regroup and reflect upon all we have learned and everything we are grateful for.
Then it will be on to the countdown to christmas!
3.Hearty Autumn Food
I love this time of year for the comfort food.
Hearty casseroles, warming soups, delicious roast dinners,and crumble and custard, comfort food at its best. I will be scouring pinterest and cookbooks for some delicious recipe inspiration to enjoy this seasonal delights
4. Snuggle with a good book
After all that fresh air, celebrating and eating comfort food I like to take a little me time to snuggle up and take a quiet moment with a good book.
I have recently discovered The Quiet Moments Book Club .
A fantastic subscription box delivered to your door every three months.
This awesome subscription box includes everything you need to take that much deserved quiet moment to yourself. Each box contains; a book recommended by the Hungerford Bookshop, a delicious tipple from Wiltshire Liqueurs, a yummy treat from Tilly's Treats Chocolates and some heavenly scented tea lights from Chalk and Cheese Candles (my fave are the rhubarb and custard!). There is even a little extra surprise gift with every quarters subscription there will also be a 'secret' from the shires included in the box.
5. Get creative.
This season brings so much inspiration with the glorious display of autumn colours from the trees, but the darker days can also be very difficult for many of us.
For me I find letting my creativity flow so therapeutic, especially in the darker months. Whether painting, sewing, cooking, or making things I love to take inspiration from the season to create something of beauty.
I love looking on Pinterest for autumn craft ideas and have just created my own Crafty Autumn board on my Pintrest if you would like to have a look and be inspired.
I hope you fall in love with the fall too.
Thank you for reading my latest blog post, I hope I have given you a little inspiration on some ways to enjoy this glorious season.