Reasons why this is my favourite time of year:
- That unmistakeable autumn scent, part wet leaves, part woodsmoke, that wafts in through my open window.
- Darker evenings, making it necessary to lights lamp and draw curtains. And darker mornings, encouraging you to pull the covers back over your head and snooze for another half hour.
- Falling temperatures, which justify using the wood stove from morning to night.
- The change in diet that we naturally make around this time of year, drifting from salads and simple light meals, to hearty soups, homemade bread, and bedtime hot chocolate.
- The comfier cool weather wardrobe, consisting of woolly socks, sweaters, jeans, and boots. I’m so much happier in these than I am in flip-flops and linen!
- The way the cats stay closer to home, preferring to curl up on the bed with us, or in front of the woodstove instead of prowling and hunting half the day and all the night.
- The quiet stillness of a country village, particularly in contrast to the bustle of summer when it’s full of tourists in coaches and cars. And the glory of having a windswept beach all to yourself.
- The mellow softness of an autumn landscape, all warm colours and gentle drifting lines. The brightness of berries, and the beauty of a frosty morning.
I get much more the feeling of starting a new year in autumn than I do in January. How about you?