October: Autumn is at it's most illustrious and beautiful. The sun's warmth just about lingers, bathing us in her golden light, whilst the trees begin to wither and shed their jewell coloured leaves. Autumn celebrations begin in earnest this month meaning parties and dressing up and delicious autumn food. Hurray! *throws leaves in the air*. Here are 10 Wonderful things to make, do and celebrate in the month ahead.
- Celebrate all Hallows eve. Make little edible treats to go inside paper bags for trick or treaters and start to decorate too. Host an orange themed halloween dinner party, or start a 'boo' tradition with your neighbours (more info on that here)
- Host a scary film night. If you don't have kids (or even if you do) organise a vintage scary film night. Hannah and Dave do this every year and make an autumn-ie (totally a thing) stew to go with it.
- Soup, Soup. More soup. Nope, still not sick of soup. We've been cranking up the slow cooker too and are currently loving slow cooker pulled pork. Yum!
- Forage. There is plenty still to forage in October! Blackberries and elderberries are coming to an end but if you're lucky you might be able to find some (make elderberry syrup to ward off colds). Reships (for syrup), Haws and rowan berries, Beach nuts, Hazelnuts and chestnuts should be around too. Recipe's here.
- Knit and crochet. We both start hankering after our crochet hooks in October, so are hoping to start some simple projects for winter.
- Prepare the house for winter. Hopefully you're stocked up on logs and the heating system is ready. Keep it off as long as possible by layering beds and sofa's with blankets and stocking up on candles, and hot water bottles.
- Make garlands out of acorns (glue their little hats on!), conkers, and leaves to hang around the house. Press leaves for a week or so first to flatten them, and you could paint the tips too.
- Go to the woods. Just go. They are utterly magical at this time of year, and bursting with colour.
- Have an autumn picnic. October is often quite mild in the UK and what better way to enjoy the woods in their most magical incarnation than to pack an autumn picnic? Pack extra blankets and flasks of soup and tea to keep warm.
- Give yourself some photography time. Whether you have a big camera or a camera phone, try to give yourself some time to capture Autumn's magic: golden (and early!) sunsets, misty early mornings, foggy evenings.
This is just a small snippet of our Sunday Supplement which gets sent out on the first Sunday morning of every month. We have a new feature this month; what we're reading/wearing/eating/listening too which includes links to a brand new Autumn playlist (partially crowdsourced from readers over on our Facebook page). You can sign up to receive the full newsletter over there on the right >>>>
P.s we are LOVING all the #embracingtheseasons posts on Instagram, look out for an exciting new giveaway next week for our favourite image in October.