This season, I am all about creating traditions. Now that we're settled into our home, it's time to start making memories here and I'd love to do start setting up some things we can look forward to every year. The summer is a loosey-goosey sort of time when anything can happen, but autumn and winter feels like a good time to have traditions. For all my joy at the crispness in the air and the crunch of leaves underfoot, there is the misery of endlessly rainy days and dark mornings to content with, so a little bit of excitement is only ever going to be a good thing.
Read a Scary Book
This one is more for me, but with Halloween on the horizon and plenty of time to snuggle under blankets and read by lamplight, a scary book or two is definitely called for. Last year I dipped my two into two of Stephen King's classics; Carrie, which I didn't find all that scary, The Shining, which I very much did. I'm thinking of reading HEX which came out earlier this year, but I'd love any other recommendations. The two scariest books I've read in recent times are I Remember You by Yrsa Sigurðardóttir and Bird Box by Josh Malerman - both incredibly creepy!
Bake a Pumpkin Pie
I meant to do this last year but ran out of time, so I still have some canned pumpkin in my cupboard ready for a pumpkin pie adventure. I made a sweet potato pie last year, which I really liked but my colleagues couldn't get on board with (I think more for the concept than the taste!) so I'm excited to try this instead and see what they think!
The first of many, hopefully! We've already got the invites in the post and we'll be hosting 20 of our nearest and dearest friends for a Friendsgiving feast on 19th November. I'm eschewing the traditional turkey roast for piles of pulled pork and plenty of mac 'n' cheese, but I'll be serving up pie for dessert and decorating with mini pumpkins so I think it still counts. We consider our friends in Leeds to be very much a part of our family, but at Christmas we don't often get to celebrate with them all because of everyone's work and family commitments so I'm hoping this can stand in as our festive celebration and a chance to eat, drink and be merry!
Finish a Blanket
I've abandoned my knitting over the summer, but I need to pick it up again ASAP. I have three friends with babies very much on the way so I need to finish at least one blanket during the autumn if I want to keep giving them to little ones of my acquaintance! Knitting is a cosy autumnal activity, so it's not really a hardship - I'm imagining holing myself up in front of Gilmore Girls and knitting the afternoon away!
Go on a Spa Trip
I'm cheating a little bit with this one, as it's been booked for months but I've never actually been on a spa trip so I think it still counts as a bucket list item! A group of us are heading to Thorpe Park in Leeds for a weekend of spa fun in mid-October, and I'm very much looking forward to an excuse to laze around doing nothing with some lovely ladies. I wouldn't be mad if this became a yearly tradition!
Watch the Fireworks
We didn't go and see any fireworks this year, so I'd like to catch a display this year. Bonfire Night is definitely one of the highlights of the autumn, and we've got a friend coming to stay that weekend for the Abbey Dash so I'm hoping it can be something of a group affair at a local display, followed by sparklers in the garden, plenty of chilli & jacket potatoes and maybe some mulled wine if we're feeling festive.
Go Apple Picking
Another one I'm slightly cheating on, as we're off this weekend but I can't not include it! In the spirit of hygge, I'm trying to plan more outdoorsy things and apple picking is so delightfully seasonal. Wrapping up in scarves and hats, filling our pockets with apples before coming home to a roast dinner and baking those same apples into a pie? Can you think of a more glorious way to spend a Sunday? Because I certainly can't. I'm also hoping to visit a pumpkin patch at some point, but we're rapidly running out of weekends before Halloween!