17 October 2013

England in Autumn

It doesn't matter what your language is, whether you say Autumn, Fall, Oсень, Herbst, Automne or Jesień (and hello to all my very international readers by the way) one of the best seasons of the year is Autumn. There is nothing quite so beautiful as England cloaked in her russet finery.... 
...it's the perfect time for making friends with a busy squirrel...
...and settling by the fireplace with a refreshing beverage.

It's also the time of year for using up annual leave with quick trips out to the countryside. My UK tips would be;
  • Northern Ireland (because the weather is usually pretty grim anyway so there's nothing spoiling, really)
  • Canal Boating in one of the UK's many waterways;
  • Or just find somewhere to sit around an open fire with friends, hotdogs and laughter. May be a bit of camping.

The time of the falling leaves has come again. Once more in our morning walk we tread upon carpets of gold and crimson, of brown and bronze, woven by the winds or the rains out of these delicate textures while we slept.
       How beautifully the leaves grow old! How full of light and color are their last days! There are exceptions, of course. The leaves of most of the fruit-trees fade and wither and fall ingloriously. They bequeath their heritage of color to their fruit. Upon it they lavish the hues which other trees lavish upon their leaves....
       But in October what a feast to the eye our woods and groves present! The whole body of the air seems enriched by their calm, slow radiance. They are giving back the light they have been absorbing from the sun all summer.
~John Burroughs, "The Falling Leaves," Under the Maples
Not everyone can get away of course, but in London the the Royal Parks are a must see in their Autumnal blaze; Bushey Park, Holland Park, Kew Gardens to name but a few

And simply take the time to stop and watch the sun set. Simples.

While you're planning your autumnal adventuring, stick some hearty soup on in the slow cooker to warm you from your toes to the tip of your head with my favourite Pumpkin & Parsnip Soup or Creamy Pumpkin & Chestnut Pasta, followed by Pumpkin Smoothie (Oooooh forget Starbucks and spice it up too with Cinnamon/Ginger/Nutmeg/Allspice with a ratio of 4/4/4/3)...

THIS ultimately is how Autumn makes me feel.

What's your favourite way to spend an Autumn day?


  1. Wow these photos are incredible.

    There is something about autumn I love, I think it's that evening that you first light some candles, and need a throw to keep warm, just so cosy!

    Hmm maybe...

  2. Oh wow the Autumn pics are incredible! I can't wait for my first fall in Europe.

  3. Love the autumn photos too! It's really the perfect season to explore nature

  4. I love taking slow walks outside this time of year. Probably because I know once winter hits, I won't want to be walking anywhere. The trees haven't really started changing color yet in my part of London, but I know it won't be long now that we've finally got some colder temps!

  5. I love Autumn as well! Hate the word Autumnal though haha. I love walking through crunchy leaves, it's the best sound ever. Anywhere near water tends to be pretty, so we seek out lakes and reservoirs for walks.

  6. I've been feeling a bit sorry for myself with all this grey weather, but actually there are some great ideas in there. I've been itching for a little Irish holiday, so maybe now is the time to do it! I love pulling all my sweaters out and curling up with a good book or film when it's dark out (so 4pm on the weekend!)


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