Hello Autumn!

Today marks the autumn equinox and is the official start of autumn! The season has been turning for a few weeks but I am still rather excited that it is official now. Autumn is my absolute favourite season. I love the colours, the smells, the textures and the whole atmosphere of this time of year.

Autumn leaves via UnspalshPhoto by kazuend on Unsplash

Summer and me have never really got along. I burn so easily I spend most of the time avoiding the sunshine and don’t ever really feel wholly relaxed. Autumn though is a different matter. I can go outside for longer than 10 minutes without an inch thick layer of sun screen. I can jump up and down in puddles and crunch in luscious fallen leaves.  Sitting by the log burner, munching on crumpets, becomes part of the everyday routine. Fragrant candles fill the air with beautiful scents. It is a delight from start to finish.

Hello Autumn! I love you

A handful of conkers. Collecting them is an autumn ritual

Autumn activities

We have been busy this week planning autumn activities for the weeks ahead. Our list is not complete by any means, but so far we have included;

  • apple pressing
  • collecting conkers, acorns and fir cones
  • picking and carving pumpkins
  • a spooky forest walk
  • making stews and hearty soups in the slow cooker
  • splashing in muddy puddles
  • watch a firework display
  • make our own candles
  • toast crumpets and marshmallows on an open fire

Autumn crafts

I don’t know about you but the crafting I do seems to change with the seasons. Sewing, card making and yarn crafts seem much more appealing as the nights draw in. I started to teach myself to crochet earlier in the year but put it to one side with the warmer weather. Now though, I am back at it and find it relaxing to crochet in the evenings. It was probably an error to think that a huge blanket would be a good first project, but I am going to crack on with it and then try a few smaller projects.

a crocheted multicolour blanket, an ideal autumn projectA labour of love

I think some crocheted leaf garlands will look amazing draped across our fireplace. Junior has also requested a beanie hat, so my hook will be very busy! I mistakenly bought some fabric (yeah right) that I plan to make a cosy cardy with and I may even make a few Christmas gifts. It’s going to be all go for the next few weeks. The change in weather has really rejuvenated me. How about you? Are you excited for the change of seasons?

What are your plans for autumn?

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34 Comments

  1. 30th September 2017 / 10:37 AM

    I love Autumn too! The crunchy leaves on the floor, snuggling up in front of the open fire with a nice hot chocolate, oh it’s fab. I love Autumnal crafts too and I’m just trying to get the hang of learning to crochet. Your blanket looks great, lovely and colourful 🙂

    Thanks so much for sharing with #MMBC. Hope to see you next week x

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:02 PM

      I’m new to crocheting too but it’s great fun isn’t it?

  2. 28th September 2017 / 10:54 PM

    I love autumn once we are really into it but there’s always a period of mourning the end of summer first before I can start embracing the change of seasons. Collecting conkers is always fun and I love the changing colours of the leaves too. Love the look of your blanket and glad you are enjoying cosy crafts again 🙂

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:05 PM

      I don’t do too well in the heat so am always glad to see autumn!

  3. 27th September 2017 / 10:28 PM

    I’m an autumn fan and am loving the idea of crocheted leaves. Mostly though I love the autumn food!! Thanks for sharing with #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:04 PM

      You cannot beat autumn foods, although it is hard to diet when confronted with so many gorgeous pies and puddings!

  4. 26th September 2017 / 6:33 PM

    My favourite season is autumn too. We love flying kites although last year there weren’t many windy autumn days.

    #MMBC

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:06 PM

      I haven’t flown a kite for such a long time, I really must try it again!

  5. 26th September 2017 / 4:57 PM

    I think this season is great for teaching little ones about nature, the colours and more. I like the sound of your autumnal line up and think you’ll have fun completing it. #WotW

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:07 PM

      Thanks Helena. I think the weather is perfect for getting out and about and exploring our natural environment

  6. 25th September 2017 / 9:20 AM

    I love your blanket! I’ve just started to teach myself to crochet, too, so it’s inspiring to see how far on you’ve got! I’m a big fan of autumn as well…it’s a joy to watch the changing seasons 🙂
    #MMBC

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:08 PM

      Crochet is the perfect choice as the evenings draw in. Good luck with your projects

  7. 25th September 2017 / 9:12 AM

    Lovely post! I love autumn too and have been writing on the blog about the subtle natural changes outside the back door which bring me pleasure. I’m also learning to crochet, so plan to get that out now October beckons! Happy autumn! 😊

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:09 PM

      I think crocheting is having a leap in popularity at the moment. It’s great to see so many people starting out like me

  8. 23rd September 2017 / 6:35 PM

    I wish I could crochet! I’m with you on the food during Autumn/Winter. So much more comforting than any salad leaf! xx

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:09 PM

      Comfort food is the best (although I’m not sure my waistline would agree)

  9. 22nd September 2017 / 11:24 PM

    I live in Florida which is a hot place but this time of year means the heat wave will soften and cool down. Not quite a northern fall but it makes me smile. Love your yarn, it’s bright and beautiful! #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:11 PM

      Thank you Carol, the changing off the seasons are always a joy

  10. 22nd September 2017 / 9:06 PM

    Autumn is absolutely the best time of the year. I always feel so much better in Autumn. You have some great activities on your list, we have just planned ours this week I can’t wait to get started. Have a lovely weekend.

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:22 PM

      I hope you get on great with your list!

  11. 22nd September 2017 / 8:22 PM

    I do love this time of year but have come up with no plans as of yet….
    I love the sound of the spooky forest walk x #WotW

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:23 PM

      It sounds like great fun doesn’t it?

  12. 22nd September 2017 / 7:57 PM

    I love this time of year – the colours are amazing, as out the smells! Loving all of these ideas too. #PoCoLo

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:12 PM

      The colours are simply fantastic aren’t they?

  13. 22nd September 2017 / 2:54 PM

    I love autumn too 🙂 I also love crumpets hehehehe I must get some 😀

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:21 PM

      You can’t beat crumpets, especially if toasted on an open fire

  14. 22nd September 2017 / 12:51 PM

    Such a fab list, I love autumn such a cosy time of year X #wotw

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:13 PM

      Thanks. Do you have any plans for autumn?

  15. 22nd September 2017 / 11:55 AM

    I’m loving your list of activities, sounds wonderful! I do like autumn, I like it’s cosiness and colours, though I’m always happiest in the heat, of which there was very little this year! Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:19 PM

      Yes, the last few summers haven’t been to sunny have they?

  16. 22nd September 2017 / 11:06 AM

    I can see why you love autumn. Love your list. Working with yarn doesn’t work for me either in the warmer weather. My crafting definitely shifts this time of year with the temperature. My first crochet project was a blanket. Granny squares, so it did feel like lots of small projects and not too daunting. I’m busy sewing a cold weather wardrobe and knitting jumpers now. I’ve started to think about gifts, but the jumpers are taking over. #wotw

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:15 PM

      I cannot knit but always remember the lovely jumpers my mom knitted for me, there is something extra special about handmade garments

  17. 22nd September 2017 / 10:37 AM

    I love autumn, the colours the leaves the conkers! I love to crochet, but I do tend to stick to smaller projects, your blanket looks lovely so far.
    #wotw

    • Louisa
      27th October 2017 / 4:13 PM

      I wish I had started with a smaller project to be honest but it’s very rewarding watching it grow

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