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We’re all excited for autumn, aren’t we? For cosy knitwear and steaming stews, piles of crispy leaves and a chill in the air. As well as all the trappings of autumn, which I do, of course, love, I think I love this season the most because it signals so many of our traditions. Spring and summer are sort of a free-for-all, anything can happen time of year. You’re at the whim of the weather, grabbing your picnic blanket at the first sign of sunshine to make the most of it. But autumn is solid and dependable; in the run down to the end of the year, there is a lot to celebrate and over the years we’ve started making little traditions that give me no end of joy.
So, when I was writing up my autumn bucket list, it was easy to come up with things I wanted to do, because so much of our diary is already filled. We have already booked somewhere to host Friendsgiving, because our little group of friends keeps expanding and my dining room has stayed the same. I’ve reserved a day for pumpkin picking, because we had such fun last year. Every year, the Abbey Dash falls on the first weekend of November, which means a few of us do the run on the Sunday, and I help matters by filling everyone up with chilli and baked potatoes the night before. One of our neighbours is also kind enough to have a fireworks display every year, so all we have to do is wrap up in a blanket and head out onto the deck to watch.
Hosting and gathering people together is my greatest joy. There is nothing I love more than that fuzzy feeling you get when you’re full of good food and a little bit of wine, surrounded by the people you love. And whilst Christmas is definitely a time for that, the events in the lead up are actually usually more fun for me.
Of course, there are other joys of the seasons. Hot chocolate. Apple pie. A little bit of horror around Halloween. I’ve set myself two challenges for autumn - one is to launch the day retreat which I mentioned in this post, and the other is to attempt to knit a jumper for Benjamin. I have some wool, and a pattern, I just need to actually get on with it!
And, every year when I was younger, my Grandad would make us some hand-lettered name tags to put on top of our stockings. He’s a total whizz at calligraphy, but unfortunately he’s not really in a position to be faffing about with them these days. Whilst my skills are nowhere near his, I’d love to carry on that tradition by spending some time making name tags for the family, and the new additions that have come along. Wish me luck!
What’s on your autumn bucket list?