You don’t have to look far online at the moment before you come across a ‘things I love about autumn’ type list or an article about ‘hygge’. Autumn seems to be everyone’s favourite season, mine included. Goddess knows we all need something to look forward to right now! I just love watching the seasons change and autumn with all of its colour from falling leaves is one of my favourites. For meteorologists, summer comes to an end on August 31 and autumn begins on September 1, running until November 30. But astronomers say summer ends on September 21 in the northern hemisphere and autumn begins on September 22. But what is it about this stretch of time that has us all giddy? Here are my 8 reasons to get excited for autumn…
Autumn is a new start
September to me, feels like the true New Year. January is miserable, Christmas is gone and you are back to work feeling blue – it’s not a time for testing resolutions. However, September feels like the start of something new, a change in the seasons and the kids going back to school. A time for brand new stationery and getting good habits back on track after a summer of trips and time spent gallivanting around in the balmy weather.
Autumn is a season of hope
It’s a season full of hope and excitement. You know that at the end – Christmas and New Year’s awaits.
Exciting events in autumn
Planning Halloween, Bonfire Night, Christmas and New Year gives you so much to look forward to. Halloween and dressing up is so fun. Kids are super cute at Halloween and trick or treating with them makes my heart melt quicker than Olaf on a sunny day. Of course this year we’ll have to do things a little differently but I’m sure we’ll figure out a way to make it fun. Someone suggested hiding the treats all over the house and getting them to search for them with spooky surprises which I liked the idea of.
I have a bunch of helpful posts for Halloween with kids that you might find useful: 20 ways to make Halloween at home fun for kids, My guide for a happy Halloween at home, The ultimate guide to the best Halloween films for kids and 4 easy ideas for Halloween fun at home.
Autumn can be about slowing down
It’s a season where you can give yourself permission to slow down from a hectic summer and embrace home comforts. Most people spend more time at home relaxing with family which is what life is all about.
Autumn is about being cosy
Dark cosy nights with candles on, wrapped up in blankets. Sitting inside watching the rain fall and the wind howl feels very self-indulgent but you are abated of any guilt from going out because no one expects you to.
Autumn is a time for great food and drinks
- Three words – hot chocolate season
- Pumpkin ‘errythin’ – try my one pot pumpkin soup with apple, lentils and chickpeas that you can make with leftover carving pumpkin guts or butternut squash
- We welcome back delicious comfort food like hearty stews and casseroles and trade off our summer salads for warming soups. Nothing beats comfort food and it’s where British cuisine excels itself. Try my my slow cooker vegan mung bean and spinach dahl recipe.
Autumn fashion is without a doubt the best (and incidentally most comfortable fashion). I love that our fashion in autumn seems to match the vibrant colours and earthy tones of the season. I’m all for warm socks and stylish boots, layers, cosy knitwear and cardigans. And I love a good scarf. (This year scarves can double as face coverings which will be handy.) Having a bad hair day = no problem, chuck on a cosy hat. Autumn fashion also means less hair removal. I’m all for growing your own heat with furry legs for winter.
But most of all autumn is about great TV
The autumn TV schedule starts which is usually awesome. This year I’m excited about:
- Help, Channel 4, 16 September 9pm: I’m really looking forward to seeing Liverpuddlian friends and acting powerhouses Jodie Comer (Killing Eve, Free Guy) and Stephen Graham (This is England, Boardwalk Empire) join forces for this politically driven drama about the Covid care home scandal. Comer plays a misfit Liverpool care worker and Graham plays patient with early onset Alzheimer’s. I’m fully expecting to bawl. (By the way if you haven’t watched Together on BBC Iplayer yet that’s another powerful show about the impact of Covid that has stayed with me since watching it).
- The fantastic Netflix show Sex Education returns for series 3 on September 17
- The Morning Show staring Reece Witherspoon, Steve Carrell and Jennifer Anniston returns to Apple TV for its second season on September 17. Season one was a slow starter about a me too moment on a prime time morning TV show but brilliant once it got going.
- The Great British Bake Off (C4) literally signals the return of autumn. Pop 21 September in your diaries for some autumnal salivation.
- A new true crime four parter, Landscapers will air on Sky Atlantic in October starring Olivia Colman (written by her husband, Ed Sinclair) about a seemingly innocuous Mansfield couple with two dead bodies buried in their back garden.
- Netflix’s Locke and Key will return for it’s second season in October.
- Netflix’s You returns for season 3 on October 15. I’ll probably watch it even though it makes me SO angry.
- Fear the Walking Dead returns for season 7 on AMC on October 18.
- The much awaited return of Dexter for seaon 9 will air on Sky/Now TV on Sunday 7th November.
- Passing (Netflix, 10 November): Rebecca Hall’s directorial debut dazzled critics at Sundance and was swiftly acquired by Netflix. An adaptation of Nella Larsen’s landmark 1929 novel about two black childhood friends reunited later in life after one of them has changed her identity to “pass” as a white woman. Ruth Negga and Tessa Thompson star.
- The Shrink Next Door (Apple TV+, 12 November): Will Ferrell and Paul Rudd star in an eight-part black comedy inspired by surreal true events involving a charismatic, manipulative psychiatrist (Rudd) violating all ethical boundaries to take over the life and finances of a patient (Ferrell). I’m intrigued to see these two actors play these roles that are unusual for them both.
- I’m incredibly excited for the return of The Witcher for season 2 on Netflix December 17th (which may be autumn or winter depending how you look at it).
- The much loved Cobra Kai will also be back this December for season 4 – on Netflix.
- The show we all love to hate, Emily in Paris returns to Netlfix for season 2 in December.
So those are the top 8 things that are making it easier for me to say goodbye to the summer (that never really came). What are your favourite things about autumn?
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