As we left the house the other day my son paused outside the door with his nose in the air and said ‘it smells like Autumn today’. I love that he knows what Autumn smells like and I know exactly what he means. The smell of Autumn in the air is one of my favourite things about this time of year. I used to struggle with the darker days, missing the sun and finding it hard to adjust to being indoors more. But I have decided to embrace the Autumn and Winter seasons and find things I love about them. Here’s where my love of lists comes in:
Things I love about the darker days….
- Fire light and the warmth of the fire.
- Candle light.
- Cosy nights snuggled up to my loved ones.
- Casseroles, dumplings, baked potatoes and roast dinners.
- Autumn colours, rich reds, oranges, yellows brown and golds.
- Crisp, frosty mornings.
- Time to be creative and craft.
- Time to withdraw and reflect, learn and refresh.
- The Yule solstice a time when I feel closely connected to the land and ancestors as we honour age old traditions without really knowing why, just because our instinct calls us.
- Christmas, family meals, giving heartfelt gifts, decorating the house with green branches and pretty trinkets. A time when we share good news and celebrate beautiful acts of peace and kindness.
- Gingerbread (the taste and the smell!).
- Cold, clear, cloudless night skies when you can see all the stars.
- Hot chocolate (with marshmallows, cream, sprinkles and sometimes even a candy cane on the side!).
- Walks and kicking through the leaves.
- Festive gatherings with friends and family.
Theres so much to look forward to, I wish you all a mellow and fruitful Autumn.