September is such an exciting, tempestuous month, bridging the gap between Summers plenty and Autumn's cosiness. It is a month where there may yet be some warmth or we could face plummeting temperatures and growling storms. The evenings begin to draw in, schools return and we try to shift out of holiday mode. Changes are afoot...
10 Wonderful things to make, do and celebrate in the month ahead
- Plant bulbs now for Spring If you can be organised now, you will be rewarded with a garden full of colour year after year. If you have children and celebrate Easter you could make it a special occasion of planting bulbs for the Easter Garden to welcome the Easter Hare.
- Embrace a fresh start. September symbolises new starts for many and even if you aren't experiencing back to school fever, it's a good chance to get organised. Many of our favourite bloggers have talked about The Life Changing Magic of Tidying- and we are converts too. Clear out those drawers! The basic premise is that you declutter and only keep objects in your home that sparkle joy in your soul. We love this!
- Collect conkers and make conker necklaces! Conkers naturally deter moths too (spread them through your drawers or make a pretty mobile to hang amongst your clothes (like this) Apparently they ward off spiders too.
- Make jam and pickles. September is the most bountiful month for lots of fruit and vegetables, so whether you grow your own or buy from the market, now is a great time to preserve some of summers sweetness for the coming winter months.
- If you have children school age take advantage of them being back at school and book half a day off work and treat yourself to some me time.
- Prepare for colder days and nights: Get the chimney swept and the logs ordered, freshen blankets, jumpers and coats on the washing line, stock up on candles and check the boiler and the seals on the windows.
- Welcome the new season into your home by collecting conkers, autumn leaves and flowers and displaying them in big jars or vases. Press summer leaves and flowers now to display in mid winter- a hopeful reminder of whats to come.
- Celebrate the Harvest Festival. In Britain, thanks have been given for successful harvests since pagan times. Harvest festival is traditionally held on the Sunday near or of the Harvest Moon (the full Moon that occurs closest to the autumn equinox - 22 or 23 September). To celebrate the harvest try decorating your dining table with a baskets of fruit and baking a harvest loaf- invite friends over and spend some time thinking about what your are grateful for in terms of the food we have.
- Go apple picking! Apple season is underway and there is so much you can make with apples- see our Pinterest board for some ideas. We're hoping to have an apple party (mulled cider and crumble, mmm)
- Soup and stew season is upon us and we couldn't be happier about it! We can't wait to make Moroccan soup, pea and mint soup, chicken and ginger soup.... the list goes on. More Pinterest inspiration here.
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We wish you joyous September's!
From Hannah + Davina.