It seems that Autumn has well and truly arrived here in my little part of the world. It seems too soon. Every year I hold out hopes of an Indian Summer to extend the summer season. Last year a mini break in Wales in October yielded gorgeous weather that meant no coats for most of the trip and certainly no rain.
Me in the Brecon Beacons last October.
I don't think we'll be so lucky with the weather this year.
On the one hand I love Autumn. I love thinking about the clothes I'll wear in what seems like a more sophisticated season clothes wise - not to mention accessories. Gone is the frivolity of flirty summer dresses, shorts and strappy vests, in a cacophony of rainbow colours and in comes layers in neutral-like shades like: Charcoal, Khaki, Plums, Rusts, Navy, Slate blue, Duck egg and Caramel. Texture plays a more opulent part with knits, tweeds and needle cords.
I fell in love with this skirt the moment I saw it! It's my big autumn wardrobe update/treat. Of course if I was Corinnea I could have just made it myself. :-)
My cooking turns more homely and comforting with stews and casseroles and the urge comes to snuggle under a cosy quilt like this one and read or watch old movies. I like the thought of Halloween - not the over commercialised version that fills the supermarkets with gaudy plastic pumpkins and scary masks, but the more traditional idea of carved pumpkins on doorsteps lit by night lights and ghost stories read by candle light in front of the fire. Maybe an old horror movie on TV. I start thinking about Christmas early enough for it not to become a huge expense and pressure and I love the build up and squirreling away little gifts for friends and family.
There is also something fun about walking in the Countryside in Autumn where the colours are beautiful and the berries plentiful.
However, on the other hand the weather can be awful. I do not like the rain and gales and grey days that make the day feel like it's never quite shaken off the night. I HATE having to scrape ice from my car on frosty mornings before I can go to work. My old car was so old it used to ice up on the inside too. YUCK!
I do not like the season because I always seem to get a cold, then another virus followed by a bug or the flu and I feel miserable and lacking in energy.
And worse of all? Autumn gives way into Winter and around here the last two years winter have been hard. Snow for weeks on end. Compared to many parts of the world the weather is not that bad. But it's bad enough and I don't like the cold or the hassle of trying to get to work when the roads are not to safe to drive on.
So this autumn I'm going to cheer myself through the winter-is-coming blues by lots of lovely making.
(Unfortunately none at the weekend because the minute Autumn was mentioned I got a bug and felt blurghhhh. Not all the fabric for my fabric porn post has arrived so nothing to share just yet.)
So do you like Autumn?