October: My Birthday month and the month that most people truly associate with Autumn; the clocks change, copper coloured light filters through the trees, leaves in russet hues fall from the trees, and the Autumn celebrations begin in earnest.
Having spent little time or energy on the house since the month we moved in, I am feeling deliciously nesty again, thanks to the pregnancy hormones and change in season, so we are making some long wished for changes in the house. Nesting, woollies, the first fire of the season..... yes. Welcome, October.
- Nest! Baby or no, October is a wonderful time to prep the house ready for winter hibernation. Have a clear out, move things around a bit and spruce up. We are repainting the downstairs rooms actually and I am also tidying (and throwing things away) in my cupboards too. Feels good!
- Think ahead to Christmas. I know it's early but I sent messages to both sides of my family this week and we have all agreed to do no presents for the grown ups. Major relief. For Frankie, I have asked for contributions toward a bike using one of my favourite gift list/present buying services Patchwork Present. Other options: a £5 limit, only handmade, only food, or only 'disposable' gifts (theatre tickets etc). I also booked an ice skating slot at Somerset House in London as it gets so booked up. I am weirdly organised for christmas this year!
- Plant Spring bulbs. At Frankie's kindergarten this week there was a parents festival and work day where we all planted bulbs for the Spring. It's such a lovely hopeful thing to do when contemplating the cold months ahead.
- Watch vintage scary films. Dave and I love watching a vintage scary film every year and make an autumn-ie (totally a thing) stew to go with it. Even better- host a vintage scary film party!
- Get the slow cooker out. Beef in red wine is currently filling the house with the most wonderful smells.
- Make elderberry and Rosehip syrup. It’s fantastically high in vitamin C and both are still around too (but be quick!). Recipe here.
- Make an Autumn garland. I sew pressed leaves onto a piece of cotton thread every year, and this year we are also making some out of air dried clay and leaf cookie cutters which will be turned into a mobile.
- Prepare the house for winter. Check the heating and window seals, stock up on logs and candles. Keep the heating off as long as possible by layering beds and sofa's with blankets and sheepskins and making sure you have a few hot water bottles ready too.
- Refresh the woollens. If you haven’t already, wash your woollens on a wool wash then dry them flat (outside if possible) ready for the cold weather ahead. Or maybe treat yourself to a new wooly hat or pair of slippers.
- Take a flask of something warm into the woods. The trees are utterly magical at this time of year, and bursting with colour, and there is always something comforting about a cup of tea or soup deep in the chilly woods.
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