Autumn Reflections – Day 23

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As the weather grows colder, I start to appreciate and crave comfort foods. Eating hearty soups and stews, especially after a day outside, makes me feel warm and cozy. I love making crock pot recipes, throwing a bunch of ingredients together and letting the flavours mingle. Making large quantities of food is great for sharing with friends, or as leftovers the next day. And I’ll rarely say no to a cup of hot chocolate 🙂

Autumn is the eternal corrective. It is ripeness and color and a time of maturity; but it is also breadth, and depth, and distance. What man can stand with autumn on a hilltop and fail to see the span of his world and the meaning of the rolling hills that reach to the far horizon?
-Hal Borland

Autumn Reflections – Day 15

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I have a weakness for blankets, especially the ones that are soft and warm and fuzzy. The ones you can wrap around yourself and pull over your head, and snuggle into. My warm blankets always make an appearance as soon as autumn starts. I’ll usually escape to my cozy hideaway when things are getting a bit rough and I need a break. A cup of tea and a book often make an appearance as well. Its the perfect escape.

Youth is like spring, an over praised season more remarkable for biting winds than genial breezes. Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
-Samuel Butler

Autumn Reflections – Day 2

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At the very beginning of autumn, when the days start to cool off, I unpack all my sweaters, hats, and scarves. Its like discovering hidden treasure because I haven’t seen these clothes for six months. I love unfolding and hanging up all my cozy sweaters and rediscovering them. It brings back so many memories. A couple of my sweaters were purchased with my best friend, so every time I see them, I’m reminded of the things we did together. Even though they’re just items of clothing, they’re also connected with good memories. And I love bundling up with them every time I go out.

I cannot endure to waste anything as precious as autumn sunshine by staying in the house. So I spend almost all the daylight hours in the open air.
-Nathaniel Hawthorne

The change of seasons

AutumnIt’s hard to believe its already September. And while the first day of autumn doesn’t officially begin until the 23rd, you can feel a slight chill in the air. It isn’t as hot during the day, and the nights are cooler. There are even a few trees that have already begun to change colour.

Now, I love summer. I love the heat and the sun. I love sitting outside with a cold drink, spending time with friends at festivals, and wearing sandals. I love the heat on my skin, the smell of the grass, and all the good memories that come along with it. So I’m definitely sad that summer is over.

However, if I had to choose a favourite season, it would be autumn. Here are a few things I really love about this season:

The cooler days.
It can still be bright and sunny outside, but without the sweltering heat. I appreciate not being sweaty all the time. I’m also really sensitive to extreme hot and cold temperatures, so when the temperature is in the mid-range, its easier to regulate how I feel.

Cozy clothing.
I love wearing boots, sweaters, light jackets and scarves. There’s something so cozy about layering up and I love wearing fall colours.

Going for walks.
I love walking for hours among the beautiful trees, just taking in the scents and colours of the changing season. I love the feel of the leaves crunching beneath my boots. Autumn also seems to lend itself to contemplation. To pondering the deeper things of life.

Pumpkin things.
I’m not going to lie, one thing that makes autumn even more special is the pumpkin spice lattes you can find at your local coffee shop. They are so yummy and I always make a point of getting one each year.

The feeling and experience.
Its hard to put this one into words. But for me, autumn feels comforting, like a hug. I love the feeling I get when I curl up in a blanket and sit outside. To experience the sounds, scents, and atmosphere of the nature around me. Tea and a book are bonuses. A companion can be nice too, but not required 🙂

What is your favourite season? What are you looking forward to this autumn?

Image credit: “Autumn” by seyed mostafa zamani is licensed under CC by 2.0