A friend once told me that her favourite thing about me was how deeply I felt love for things that were too small or too common for other people to care about. Besides continuing to be completely overwhelmed with how to deal with such a comment (I’m blessed by the loveliest friends), I’ve continued to grow a deeper and deeper love for all things, no matter how small, and to learn to articulate that love to try and help others see the same. That’s why today’s post is all about reasons to love autumn.
The seasons have always amazed me. How the view just outside my window could show me different worlds depending on the time of year. I always try and appreciate each season for its own beauty, its rhythm, and for the way it so deeply but so subtly affects how we live our everyday lives. I’ve always made bucket lists (check out Spring, Summer and Autumn!) to make sure I fill myself up with as much of that season’s goodness as I possibly can. This season, I thought I’d go a step further and record my musings on why I even love the season in the first place ~ we’re starting with my favourite one. Here are 7 reasons to love autumn.
“She enjoys rain for its wetness, winter for its cold, summer for its heat. She loves rainbows as much for fading as for their brilliance. It is easy for her, she opens her heart and accepts everything.” ― Morgan Llywelyn
1. The colours
Some might be captured by the sleek monotone palette of winter, others by the bright return to colour in spring, others, of course, will say that everything is brighter, happier and greener in the summer. But I’m an autumn girl through and through. It’s all the natural richness, gold, amber, orange, red, brightly contrasted by a still bright blue sky and a chill breeze under a warming sun. Not only are the trees covered, but they’re sharing their colourful brilliance with the rest of the world, coating the floor in a layer of bright, crunchy fire. I love it. I don’t think I could love it more.
2. The fashion
Blessed be the days where you can walk a mile in just a t-shirt, or even just a light sweater or jacket and not arrive a sweating, heaving mess. Sure, the weather’s a little bit confusing – the morning will ask you to snuggle up in a giant sweater and the afternoon will encourage you to get your summer shorts back out, but there’s the freedom to dress whichever way, or halfway in between ~ which is my personal favourite. Big jumpers with comfy shorts. A light sweatshirt and a scarf. Cardigans in the morning. Skirts without completely freezing. Not to mention that boots are back (although I do have a habit of wearing mine all year round).
3. The chance to change
Hear me out on this one. No, of course, you don’t need to wait for a specific time of year to change or start bettering yourself, but, sometimes it can be a nice reminder, a nice inspiration to make some changes. Maybe it’s only me who’s still programmed with school years or maybe it’s inspiration drawn from the dwindling leaves on the trees, but there’s something in the air in autumn that feels like a new beginning. It is the perfect time to set new goals and challenges to work on through the colder months.
4. The flavours
The welcome return of hot drinks! Big, hot mugs of coffee, poured and drunk with no fear of breaking into a sweat. And yes, I don’t care how many people shun me, I’m going to mention our dear friend, the pumpkin spice latte (or, honestly, any kind of latte ~ but pumpkin spice is something special). If you’re not a coffee fan, maybe it’s a mug (or two…) of hot chocolate or something more seasonal, like warm apple juice (cider if you’re feeling spicy) ~ the perfect sweet something to keep you warm.
Plus, the food. Oh, the food. After long stretches of salads, BBQs, and anything that’ll help keep you cool, as the chill seeps into the air, Autumn’s a welcome return to the hearty meals. Porridge, roasts, stews, pies (sweet and savoury), roasted vegetables, mash potato(!!), veggie sausages and gravy ~ yes please. Not to mention a return to baking after the hot summer months, with all things cinnamony, fruity, rich and warm. I plan on perfecting a vegan cinnamon bun recipe by the end of the season.
5. The weather
Is there anything better than an autumn morning? When the sky is clear and blue, the sun is high and warm on your skin, but the air has a crisp, chilly bite to it. The leaves are still crunchy underfoot, the grass is dewy and the smell – oh that first breath of air, that turns swiftly into greedy lungfuls. Being surrounded by a silent celebration as if the plants have one final hurrah before they recoil back into their ghostly winter selves.
The evenings are still warm enough. The sunsets are bright red and unobscured by the clouds. A jumper and good company (some friends, yourself, your dog) are all you really need to spend a night sat outside to watch the stars.
6. The quiet approach to the holiday season
Early autumn is the calm between lively summer days and nights, and the holiday season. I’ve always loved that so many celebrations happen in the latter part of the year. Halloween, bonfire night, Christmas, New Years (and for us cold month babies, a birthday thrown in there).
At least for me, the spring and summer are times of going away, of exploration and extraversion, being out and about. Come autumn and winter, although I am definitely not against travelling, they’re more homely times, more introspective, more focused on ourselves and our loved ones. That’s the best part of any celebratory holiday, really.
7. The cosiness
Out of all the reasons to love autumn, this is top (top top TOP!) of my list. I. Love. Cosiness. Big warm jumpers, warm nights, warming foods (noticing a pattern here?), books, mugs, blankets, candles (autumn scents are the best ~ Christmas scents have a place in my heart, but autumn’s just a little spicier), slippers… need I really go on?
Okay, I have to admit it, Autumn’s my favourite season. I can’t help it. This time of year always brings a smile to my face and a giddy, excitable feeling to the pit of my stomach. Whether you’re a fan or not, I hope these reasons to love autumn at the very least sparked an appreciation or interest in the season.
I hope you have the best autumn ever.
Enjoy it. Love, Ella-Rose xx