I love Autumn. Before you immediately click off my blog after reading those 3 words on the first day of Autumn, Autumn has been my favourite Season since I was a child. Before blogging and Pumpkin Spice anything existed.
For me Autumn is a reminder of cherished Family memories growing up in the countryside in England, frosty freezing mornings bundled up for a walk to find wild mushrooms (when I was a child… It was the only thing that held my interest in a walk) or a walk that generally ended at a country pub sat next to a roaring log fire (as an adult). Autumn was memories of kicking piles of crisp red and gold leaves around and collecting conkers from the Horse Chestnut trees, picking the biggest one, drilling a hole through it and attaching a long string to it to play conker wars in the School Playground, simpler times when smartphones didn’t exist and you made fun and games out of things you found around you. Now, however, it is a time of coziness and warmth, of an adopted Holiday – Thanksgiving – that reminds us to be grateful. It is that Hygge with my Loved ones that helps with my Anxiety attacks.
My favourite thing about Autumn, however, is kicking through the crisp gold and scarlet leaves. The first memory I have of Autumn is one of my favourite memories – there are no photographic reminders but I remember it well. I think I was about 5 years old and my Mum had an event she was attending in London near Hyde Park on a Saturday afternoon. Autumn was obviously a lot chillier back then as I can clearly remember being bundled up in a pink anorak and woolly bobble hat and my Dad took me for a wander in Hyde Park to pass the time while we waited for my Mum. I was from The Countryside not the City and we went on a lot of walks in the countryside. Hyde Park was bright orange, gold and red with huge piles of leaves (that had obviously been recently raked together by someone). My Dad and I went charging through these huge leaf mountains, kicking through and throwing the leaves; i just remember feeling so happy and laughing a lot. One of my earliest and happiest memories, I still wish there were photos but at least I can still remember it.
I’m sad that the season’s are about to get colder and rainier and I have to put away all my pretty dresses but I can’t deny that I’m excitied for the coziness and the fun Fall Styles, curling up watching Hocus Pocus under a huge blanket by the fire with a hot cup of Blueberry Tea (something I recently learned how to make and my pantry will always be stocked with Amaretto and Grand Marnier for that one from now on!) Autumn reminds me of Family Time and for that I’m excited. And My Birthday next month… maybe that’s why I love Autumn So much – I’m an Autumn Baby…
Happy First Day of Fall