Goodbye summer, it was a fleeting visit but I did love you while you were here. You’ll always be my favourite but it’s time to move on. Now that your mate autumn is here, we have some new things to do.
One of my favourite things about the autumn season is walking through the crunchy red and brown leaves through the park. I’m more likely to go out of my way to walk through the park or woods in autumn as the joy of kicking leaves is as thrilling today as it is when you’re five years old. It’s the adult version of jumping in puddles in your wellies.
Autumn is also a great excuse to go out for a luxurious creamy hot chocolate to warm you up after your walk through the park.
As much as I love the warm summer months (or should I say days?) it’s not nice when you’re dripping with sweat and tugging your clothes away from your clammy skin – sorry for the gross mental image there. Autumn is not so cold that you’re battling the blistering ice and snow, but it is cool enough that you want to snuggle up in layers. It’s a great excuse to bring out the woolly scarves, hats and gloves (oh who am I kidding, I have gloves in my handbag for my freezing cold hands all year round – really, I blogged about it in May).
HALLOWEEN! Halloween is one of my favourite times of the year, it’s seriously underrated. But then I love all things horror and will watch at least one scary film over any given weekend so I don’t really need an excuse. Whether it’s covering yourself in fake blood for a fancy dress party (or previously I used to go to the Brighton Zombie Walk but I think that’s been cancelled for the last few years, boo) or staying in eating the sweets that were supposed to be for trick or treaters, Halloween is great fun. Shame it’s only one night, but it’s legacy lives on for at least the next seven days…
…when you’re eating pumpkin flavoured everything! Pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spiced lattes, the list in endless! Does anyone have any amazing pumpkin-based recipes they can share?!
A delicious autumnal fish pie at Bill’s restaurant in Lewes
On the food note, I do love that you can kiss goodbye to endless the salads you find yourself eating through the summer. Autumn warmly welcomes (oh, I’m good) hot and stodgy comfort food – roast dinners are definitely a winner at any time of the year but they seem more acceptable in autumn and winter. And how bloody good does the above fish pie look? You couldn’t get away with eating that mutha in summer but in autumn I’m all over it.
What are your favourite things about the new season?