The Indian Summer we’ve been enjoying recently has been replaced by the more familiar Manchester rain. There is no doubt that we have moved in to autumn. Leaves are falling from the trees and, however much sunshine we see during the day, the nights are noticeably colder.
It’s time to embrace the new season. Thoughts turn to snuggling up in front of the fire, cinnamon scents and cosy knits.
I love autumn and here’s 10 reasons why.
1. Pumpkin carving.
I can’t wait to get creative again this year, and I will definitely be using up the flesh in this delicious pumpkin cake. I also love the left over sweetie treats once the trick or treaters have finished their rounds!
2. Spiced Autumn Soup.
I particularly love this Warm Spice candle from Glade because the scent lingers even when it’s not lit, which is not always the case, even for luxury candles. Unfortunately it doesn’t seem to have made it to the shops yet this year, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’s coming soon. In the meantime I’ll just have to make do with the dregs of last year’s.
4. Putting on my wellies and kicking about in the autumn leaves.
Dunham Massey is a great place to do this, and you get the privilege of sharing the experience with the deer.
This year’s display in Cringle Park, Levenshulme takes place on Monday 2 November. It’s a celebration of Halloween and Bonfire Night rolled in to one, with candy floss and a fairground! If you don’t live in Levy, check out this list of bonfires to find one in your area.
Our tomato plants are just about hanging on as the last fruits try to ripen, but it’s not going to be long before we give up on the green ones and put them to use in Nigel Slater’s mixed tomato chutney.
8. Hot chocolate.
Preferably with lots of cream and marshmallows, and a shot of Baileys for a special treat, but the chilli hot chocolate at Trove is also delicious.
9. Ugg Boots, slipper socks, cosy knitwear and snuggly blankets.
I have started with the footwear as, for me, it’s much easier to buy (see my previous tall post).
Blankets in our house quickly succumb to cat claws and pulls but I keep on wishing that one day I’ll be able to commission a beautiful knitted blanket to curl up under.
Last year my Mother made me these pretty welly toppers to add a touch of cosy to my autumn / winter wanderings.
Updated 7 October 2015