Hello Everyone and welcome to the first day of Blogtober!
I’m so excited to be sharing this series of blog posts with you as I have worked so hard to make sure that they’re really interesting and good quality for all of you!
For the first post, I thought it would be apt to explain why I love autumn so damn much. Although it spans from September right up until December, I personally class ‘autumn’ as September to my birthday on the 10th of November; from then on it’s winter for me as it’s the run up to Christmas and all things festive and fun!
There are so many wonderful memories that I associate with the autumn months so for me this is one of the reasons why I love this season so much. There’s something about the autumn; the smell of the crisp golden-brown and red leaves, hearing them crunch under your boots, wearing your last summer dresses with tights and a thick knitted cardigan, the gorgeous dark makeup and nail varnish, the bonfires, the cool evening air, the hot chocolate and chai drinks, everything pumpkin scented and flavoured… it’s just unbeatable.
Some people say that autumn is just a filler season; a period between hot summers and freezing winters where the dark evenings kind of slip in without you noticing and suddenly it’s all over for another year. I really don’t see it that way at all. Autumn, much like spring, brings a sense of beginnings and promise for me- the school term starts in autumn, and I always associate the excitement of starting a school or uni year with the light September rains, evenings drawing closer, feeling snug inside with warm socks. It’s just a connection that I’ve made that even now makes me so happy- it means that my birthday is near, which then means that Christmas isn’t far around the corner; oh lord, don’t even get me STARTED on Christmas… I LOVE IT!!
I love the flavours that are brought about in this time of year as well; everything from the scents of the candles in all their spiced goodness, to nutmeg Portuguese custard tarts, spiced apple pie, warm butternut squash soup… it’s just too much, my stomach is honestly growling at me right now. As an avid ‘foodie’, autumn is where I really come into my own and get experimental with flavours and spices, plus there are so many Halloween-themed goodies that you can make: as you will see in this coming month of posts!
Autumn is such a magical time of year; it entices all of the senses, gently easing us out of (hopefully) the heatwave of lazy summer days, enveloping us in the cosy swirl of the colder months. We still have time to adjust to the colder temperatures, at least a few more months of gradually putting on more and more layers until it just seems natural to leave the house in 3 pairs of socks and a scarf pulled up to the ears- what else did we do before this??
I would love to spend autumn in America or Canada one year and see how they celebrate Thanksgiving, plus the sight of all of the copper leaves is something that these countries definitely have us beaten on here in the UK. It’s all so much more magnified and intense, as if nature is making its last show-stopping Broadway statement in true American style before settling down for the winter. For now though, I am reminiscing about past autumns spent in my friends’ back gardens, toasting marshmallows and releasing lanterns into the air, my boyfriend’s hands warming my own as I always seem to lose my gloves and his hands are perpetually toasty.
It will be nice to see what the autumn in Granada holds, I can’t wait to create some new memories of my favourite season in my favourite country.
Lots of Love,