Changing colors, dropping temperatures, pumpkin spice lattes: do these mainstays of Fall fill your heart with warmth — or with dread?
“Don’t you love New York in the fall? It makes me want to buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils if I knew your name and address.” Nora Ephron.
My 2 daughters have inherited my love for Autumn ( or ‘Fall’ for my American followers 🙂 I think its a genetic code, you either grow up loving hot balmy summer days and if you do, its a sure bet your parents loved those days too. In my case ( and my two girls) its end of September going into October that we love. There is something about Autumn that calms my soul, the leaves changing colour, the fresh crisp air after the sticky August weather..so many things. Here I shall list my loves in no particular order.
1. Cosy fair Isle sweaters and cardigans…in fact anything that resembles what we call ‘The Christmas Jumper’
2. Children going back to school in new uniforms and shiny shoes .
3. Buying the new stationary for your child..the pencils and eraser’s and pens and that all important new pencil case.
4. Conker picking
5. Trees changing colour slowly from green to rust coloured hues.
6. Chopping the logs ready for the soon to be lit roaring fire.
7. Winter boots..better still Uggs…or even better than that, the new Dubarry or Ryedale boots.(want want want)
8. The first Starbucks of the autumn season, either my favourite ‘Toffee nut’ Latte or the next best thing Pumpkin Spice Latte. ( and then as my daughter reminded me, taking a photo of it and putting it on instagram for the world to ohhh and ahhh in wonder!)
9. Wooly scarfs
10. Warm cosy gloves
11. Any cosy clothing in reds and burnt orange tones.
12. Christmas starting to show itself in store ( yes sad I know, but it reminds us that cosy days are a-coming!)
14. Pumpkins with candles inside
15. Spiced apple and cinnamon scented candles
16. Curling up on the sofa with a lovely soft throw and the fire crackling and watching a good old feelgood movie .
17. Curling up by that fire with the doggies and a good book
18. Walking the dogs in the crisp woodland behind my house
19. Watching with great pleasure for the millionth time ” You’ve Got Mail”
20. Closing my seasonal tearoom at the end of October, taking a deep breath and then doing and enjoying all the above.