Autumn is such a beautiful season and it is not a surprise that for many people, it is their favourite season. I am definitely one of those people. Having said that, it isn't just Autumn I like, but this time of year as a whole. For me, it starts with the Autumn Equinox celebrations and goes from there. It's true that one of my favourite things about it is the change in the season - as it gets colder I love the warm colours of the changing leaves and the changing light as the sun sits lower in the sky. There is also a particular smell in the air, I'm not sure how to describe it, perhaps it is the smell of the leaves as they wilt on the ground, but either way I love it. There is also nothing better than kicking through a pile of crisp leaves and I can't wait to start doing this with Bobby this year. A lot of people might not agree with me, but I like it when it gets colder. I love winter and have always wanted to visit Lapland at this time of year, but the thing that I love the most is the excuse that the cooler temperature gives us to snuggle up with a duvet, a cup of tea and a good book. I don't get the chance to do this too much these days, so when I do it makes it extra special. Along with all this, there is so much more that I love about his time of year.
I also love the celebrations that come with the season, this time of year is full of rituals that I find enjoyable. I always looked forward to Halloween as a child and loved everything that came with it - thinking of and making a costume, going trick or treating and eating parkin. My favourite costume was a 'bin bag witch' where I cut stars out of foil and glued them to a bin bag. I cut the front section of the bag out to form a cape and would wear it with a witches hat and broom that my mum got at the local newsagents. Then of course there was the pumpkin carving and seasonal crafts, such as leaf art that I can't wait to try with Bobby when he is old enough.
Next was Bonfire Night, sometimes we went to displays, but mostly we would have our own little display in the back garden with the family. We would come back inside to eat bake potatoes and then run upstairs to watch the big display that the local park did from my parents bedroom window. One of my favourite things to do was get out my favourite childhood book, 'Martha B. Rabbit - The Fairies Cook.' Even with the terrible picture that I have taken below you can see how truly beautiful this book is, Shirley Barber is my favourite illustrator of all time. I don't know why, but this book always reminds me of this time of year. I think it is because it is mostly set in the Autumn and Winter, but also the many images of fairies wearing sparkly dresses that feature in the book has always conjured up images of fairy lights. I have also always associated the dresses colours and sparkle with the fireworks that we like to celebrate the season with. It is for this reason that I still have the book today (having owned it since 1991) and like to bring it out every year to revel in it.
This time of year is also accompanied by some of favourite tv programmes. There's The Great British Bake Off and Strictly Come Dancing, which are both a part of our homes build up to Christmas. There are also specials that I love to watch, my favourite (although not specifically seasonal) is Lost and Found. It is a short animation about a little boy who finds a penguin on his doorstep and tries to take it back to the South Pole. It is usually shown on E4 or NickJr if you would like to check it out, it is lovely to watch with children. Once we reach December there is Yule and the celebration of the start of the longer days, and then of course Christmas.
"Autumn is a second Spring when every leaf is a flower." - Albert Camus
It might seem like I would be feeling a little flat after all of this. But I also love the New Year, it is a perfect chance to review where I am up to and to plan exciting new goals for the coming year. Those cold days after Christmas before the start of spring are the perfect time to take stock and plan, as well as try some new things. It is a great way to get through January. Then we have the start of spring and the new seasons flowers peaking through the frosty ground. The truth is that, although Autumn is my favourite, there are things to love about the whole year. I am hoping to do a lot more things to celebrate the year with my family, from the traditional pagan celebrations (I'm actually a Buddhist, but also have pagan beliefs and love the celebrate the Wiccan wheel of the year) to annual days such as world environment day. I would love to do a blog post about this in the future and will keep you updated with our adventures. What are your favourite things about Autumn? Is there anything that you don't like about it? (For me it's the spiders.) Let me know in the comments, I would love to hear from you.