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 Thursday, November 30. But astronomers say summer ends on September 22 in the northern hemisphere and autumn begins on Monday, September 23. But what is it about this stretch of time that has us all giddy? Here are my 8 reasons to get excited about autumn…
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.
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.
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.
It’s a season where you give yourself permission to slow down and embrace home comforts. Most people spend more time at home relaxing with family which is what life is all about.
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.
The autumn TV schedule starts which is usually awesome. This year I’m excited about:
- Enola Holmes (Netflix): When Enola Holmes—Sherlock’s teen sister—discovers her mother missing, she sets off to find her, becoming a super-sleuth in her own right as she outwits her famous brother and unravels a dangerous conspiracy around a mysterious young Lord. Starring Millie Bobby Brown, Sam Claflin, with Henry Cavill and Helena Bonham-Carter. Directed by Harry Bradbeer (Fleabag). Release 23 September.
- Small Axe (BBC 1): Another big name comes to the small screen as Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave, Widows) recounts the experience of London’s West Indian community throughout the 70s. Each episode tells a different story, one of which is that of Leroy Logan, a Met police officer who developed anti-racist policies for the force, who will be played by John Boyega (Star Wars). Release 25 September.
- His Dark Materials series 2 (BBC2): The second, darker series of the Philip Pullman adaption continues with Phoebe Waller-Bridge joining His Dark Materials as John Parry’s daemon. Due November.
- The Crown series 4 (Netflix): Series four of Netflix’s royal series will introduce Gillian Anderson as Margaret Thatcher and Emma as Princess Diana. As well as the 1981 Royal Wedding, we’ll also relive the Buckingham Palace break-in, the magnificence of Concord and the birth of Princes William and Harry. Release 15 November.
- The Boys season 2 (Amazon Prime): Another sweary superhero show to add to the ever-popular genre, The Boys was Amazon Prime Video’s runaway hit of 2019. Imagining the show’s heroes as less than perfect celebrities is a welcome spin, and season two promises even more gory action. Release September 4.
- The Great British Bake Off (C4): Matt Lucas takes over from Sandi Toksvig on presenting duties with Noel Fielding, as Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith judge another batch of bakers. Release date not announced yet but thought to be soon.
Great food and drinks
- Three words – hot chocolate season
- Pumpkin ‘errythin’
- 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.
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.
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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