I always used to think I was so original for loving autumn more than the other seasons, but now it seems as though everyone’s on the crunchy leaf hype. Finally, everyone understands me! I’m cool with it though – it means I get to enthuse about scarves and orange leaves more. Our heating kicked in at work this week, and I’m seeing gourds everywhere I go, so I think it’s about time I shared with you exactly why I love this delightful season.
It’s finally chilly!
Anyone who’s ever met me knows I’m much happier in chillier weather. There’s an inverse relationship between the temperature and my mood, and a huge thing has happened: I’ve got my big coat out. I bought it in summer (fatal error; it made me hot just looking at it) and this last weekend was chosen for its debut outing; a key hygge milestone. I’m also wearing layers and woollen accessories and I’m in my element. I’ve exploded into a bonfire of rust and burgundy and chestnut brown and I’m loving it!
If I were that way inclined I’d almost feel embarrassed to write this one. However, I have no shame, so I’m proclaiming my love for the most basic of all the autumnal loves: stepping on every single crunchy leaf on any given route. Now I’ve seen the Northern Lights, next on my bucket list is to visit New England in autumn (sorry Americans – ‘fall’). I’d love to chase the changing leaves, because there is no sight more delightful to my eyes than rows and rows of flame-red boughs. But for now, I’m more than happy to make do with a good British park to get my fix.
Look, we don’t need to talk about the obvious fact I love pumpkin spice everything. But it’s about more than that. After a summer of being too hot to eat anything but salad and strawberries (OK, that’s a lie and we all know it), it’s now time to properly indulge again. Pumpkin and sage pasta! Banana bread! Risotto! Crumbles! Three courses for every meal! I’m SO HAPPY that we’re now in a season where my cinnamon obsession is finally acceptable. And pretty soon, we’re going to see slow cookers start appearing in pubs, meaning… mulled cider!
These are just three of about a thousand reasons I could give you. What do you love most about autumn? Let’s have a big ol’ cosy chat in the comments.