Thursday 7 October 2010

Why I Love Autumn

I love the changing seasons of England. As summer ends I'm ready for the cooler days of autumn and the cosy atmosphere at home that follows in winter. But by the end of winter I'm getting fed up of wearing big coats and getting soaked through. I look forward to spring with its new growth and longer days, then summer with the possibility of warm days. But if I was forced to choose just one season it would have to be autumn.

The colours of autumn are just beautiful. Garden Dad and I were married in autumn and our wedding flowers were done in beautiful autumn colours. We were also lucky enough to get one of those gorgeous autumn days where the air is fresh and invigorating but the skies are blue and the sun is out. You just don't get days like that at any other time of year and they are the days I feel happiest. There is so much fun to be had outdoors in autumn, whether its foraging for blackberries or crunching in dry fallen leaves, wrapping up warm to drink a hot coffee under a beautiful blue sky or jumping in puddles in the rain.

Autumn brings weird and wonderful displays of mushrooms and highlights beautiful spiders webs. Squirrels can be seen rushing here there and everywhere getting ready for the winter and spinning jenny's start to fall from the trees. Gardeners everywhere begin the satisfying job of clearing the ground, preparing for the winter and children playing in the fresh autumn sunshine wear rosy cheeks and exhilarated smiles. The kitchen smells of wholesome cooking as fruit is turned into delicious crumbles or pies and surplus tomatoes and vegetables are turned into soups and chutneys.

In celebration of autumn therefore, here are a few photos I have taken over the last couple weeks:


  1. Cute pictures. I miss looking at red autumn leaves in Japan.

  2. Gorgeous photos. I was having the "what's your favourite season?" conversation on my cousin's blog the other week. I concluded spring, with early autumn a close second. If I lived somewhere with more pronounced seasons and dramatic autumn leaves, rather than our "when will the summer heat end?" autumns then I think it would rank more highly! We were also married in autumn and I agree, the autumn leaves make a great backdrop.

  3. Lovely!! For someone new to the UK and its winters, maybe you could please give a quick snapshot of what needs doing to the garden at this time of year? Of course only if you feel inclined!!

    It's a very different climate and garden to Sydney!

    Thank you.

  4. Your views and descriptions of what Autumn is here in England are charmingly combined in the children's activities.