Welcome to the first proper newsletter since Auden was born! And also welcome to October, month of true Autumn, and my birthday month. Hips, haws and sloes are bountiful, horse chestnut cases litter the ground, and of course their shiny inhabitants; although not for long before small hands gather them up greedily. The trees are turning resplendent shades of red, orange and brown, and the ground is carpeted in gold. We shake out our woollens, light the candles and prepare for the many celebrations that this season holds.
Yes, Autumn. We like you.
My sweet babe is 7 months old and my big girlie recently started a new school so we have been busy navigating the channels of change. We are excited to welcome the new season in our home by our fire, and around our table. I started a new hashtag recently called #embracingtheseasonsathome so I could nosy at the ways others celebrate each season at home and it has some such wonderful images in the gallery already! So, without further ado, here are 10 of my most favourite things to make, do, and celebrate this month.
Hurray for October!
1 Watch the changing trees. The trees are utterly magical at this time of year, and bursting with colour. Take a trip to the woods or park to go leaf collecting and enjoy their beautiful colours. (Take a flask of something warm too, it's one of my favourite things to do. )
2 Refresh your house! Use the change of season as an excuse to switch things around, get out blankets and sheepskins and have a spruce up. I always want to declutter and clear things out when the seasons turn, do you?!
3 Remember the flowers. Press a few of the last of the seasons blooms to last you through the winter, and plant some bulbs now for beautiful flowers next Spring.
4 Get ready for Halloween! Bake biscuits for trick or treaters, host a vintage scary film night, or organise a kids Halloween disco if you want to avoid the trick or treating (we are hoping to do this!)
5 Get the slow cooker out. The slow cooker is my favourite way to cook in the winter, and it’s so lazy too! This year will be different as we recently stoped eating meat and dairy. This list has some delicious sounding Vegan recipe’s.
6 Forage for Rosehips. These floral superfoods are super high in vitamin C, full of antioxidants and therefore make a wonderful winter tonic. River Cottage recipe here.
7 Make an Autumn wreath or garland. Make a wreath out of leaves or flower heads. I sew pressed leaves onto a piece of cotton thread every year. These make lovely half term things to do with kids too.
8 Prepare the house for winter. Check the heating and window seals, stock up on logs and candles. Make sure your drain pipes are clear too. We noticed a crack in ours recently which was causing a damp patch in the bedroom. Keep the heating off as long as possible by layering beds and sofa's with blankets and make sure you have a few hot water bottles ready too.
9 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. Getting them out, shaking them, washing them etc is also a good moth deterrent. Maybe treat yourself to a new wooly hat or pair of slippers. (I am going to get myself a new hat
10 Start planning Christmas. I KNOW, I KNOW, it’s so early! But now is the time to start saving a bit of money, or to plan with friends and family if you are going to have a no presents/secret Santa rule (cuts down on waste and expense, I am a fan). Theatre, Santa's grotto and ice skating tickets sell out really early too, so book now to avoid disappointment. f you are planning on making an advent calendar or gifts, start planning and making now too to save a stressful December (I promise myself every year that I'll do this, fingers crossed for this year!)
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