Hello, September! I’m always that friend waiting with bated breath for the first signs of Autumn, and I’m sure you’ll see if you’re following me over on Instagram (especially with my new-found love of Instastories) me snapping, tapping and squealing my way through the first leaves falling and finding my first batch of conkers, too.
September is constantly one of my favourite months of the year, and although it’s usually quite busy (and this year it marks the beginning of a little project of mine!), it’s a time that I always look forward to. A time of transition and a month of welcoming change.
With the beginning of September comes the slow end to Summer, with the nights drawing in and the leaves beginning to change. It also marks the gradual start of Autumn, bringing pumpkin spiced lattes and cinnamon-spice with it.
Something I wanted to talk about today was my favourite little rituals or routines when Autumn approaches to celebrate the season.
These are the typical activities you’ll catch on my calendar between September and November, and each thing is something I look forward to doing especially during this time of the year.
So, without further ado, here’s my ‘bucket list’ for Autumn…
Apple and Berry Picking
I’m very lucky in the fact that I’ve always grown up with an apple tree and blackberry bushes in my back garden, meaning that it was tradition for my Mum to take me out during the last weeks of Summer to start picking the early fruit, and for that to continue weekly until there was no more to pick months later.
Since growing older, my friends and I love to take this a step further and go to a local farm called Kenyon Hall (which you might have read about already if you’ve seen this post) to pick berries together. Kenyon doesn’t have an apple orchard, so we save the apples for the trees from my garden still, but the act of going out and picking your fruit fresh from the trees is something I’ll always associate with Autumn and the time of harvest.
I absolutely love it, and it leads me perfectly onto my next point…
What’s better to do with your apples and blackberries then bake them into a pie? Or crumble, if you’re like me.
Autumn is a great season to spend in the kitchen, and I specify about dessert baking in particular because there’s something sweet about the season that I always relate more to desserts than savoury goods. I think it’s all the spices: cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg and hazelnut – they all remind me of delicious pastries and great sounding cakes! Ha!
I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it or not, but the town that I’m from is pretty into their festivals. Especially during Autumn. Think of it like an English Stars Hollow, where the Autumn months are started with a firework festival, followed by a week of Halloween festivities, a bonfire festival and rounded up at the end of December with a big Christmas festival, too.
Folks gather at our public park in the centre of town for firework displays, and I always end up wearing layers upon layers because the weather unexpectedly drops ten degrees that week like clockwork. It’s one of the little quirks that I love so much about our town, and it’s something that, because I’ve grown up with it, is practically ingrained into me when the Autumn months approach.
A couple years back I wrote a post about our Bonfire Festival, and I posted it on this blog last year, too. If you want to check it out.
Is there much more Autumnal than Pumpkin Farms? Honestly, probably not. Depending on how long you’ve read my blog, you might know that visiting a Pumpkin Farm is a yearly tradition of mine. Scott & I love to go and choose our own pumpkin, then carve it in the week leading up to Halloween as a Jack-o-lantern!
Last year, I got pretty deep into pumpkin-flavoured things, too (pasta, soup, pie, spiced lattes… ) so it’s also great for using the insides of any pumpkin for cooking or baking!
This photo of us was taken in 2015 and I love it so much it makes my heart swell whenever I look at it. We look so young!
This isn’t an Autumn-only thing because obviously, Winston has to get walked each and every day. But one of my favourite things about walking Winston is watching the seasons change around me. Being out each evening means that you get to see from when the weather heats up, to when it cools down and the leaves start to fall. It’s quite magical and my little Autumnal heart can’t wait for it.
This post has gotten me in the mood for Autumn, so much so that I might go and brew up some hot chocolate and pop Hocus Pocus on the telly. Ha!
To read more of my Autumn posts, please click here.