Family • October 28, 2013

Simple Autumn Days.

There is something that I just love about Autumn.  As the summer draws to an end, I normally start to crave the changing of the seasons- the darker nights, hot chocolates with cream and marshmallows, PJ days snuggled on the sofa under a throw.  Layered clothes and chunky knit jumpers.  The list goes on.

I can find beauty in every season.  I love summer for what it brings us and the adventures we have, but I often feel that there is a pressure to do fun things.  Almost like we can’t stay in and have a day at home because we would waste the nice weather.  But with Autumn I feel like the pace of life is slower, there is time for adventures but then there is also the relaxing days at home.

Autumn signifies that it is acceptable to start thinking about Christmas, and this excites me no end. I adore Christmas and every single little detail about it.  I always have done.  When we got engaged, I knew straight away that I wanted a winter wedding, and luckily Mr E agreed.  We got married as close as we possibly could to Christmas that year- the 20th December 2009.  We said our vows surrounded by fairy lights, and kissed under mistletoe.

It was magical.

December is my favourite month of the year, and Autumn brings us that little bit closer to it.  Our wedding anniversary, Mads birthday on Christmas Eve, and of course the big day itself, I just love the whole of the final month of the year.  This year Mads will understand a bit more and I cannot wait to carry on traditions and create new ones.

Yet at the same time, this time of year always brings about a sense of reflection for me, especially in the run up to Christmas.  The dark mornings and dark nights often can be a slightly depressing guest, and bad moods or worries can often for some reason seem worse at this time of year. I’m quite an anxious person and for some reason winter makes me worse.  I often think about others who are going through times of sadness or loss- all the emotions, fears and worries are heightened at this time of year.  Or is that just me that feels that way?

But ultimately Autumn, I love you.

I love your colours- the way when we go on walks or out on drives, the trees are the most vibrant shades of browns, yellows, reds and greens.  I love wearing woolly hats and scarfs, I love coming in from the cold outside and warming up with a hot chocolate or a warm ribena.  I love little red noses and flushed rosy cheeks.

I love the anticipation of you.  Of what you have in store for us.  Of what is yet to come.  I like that you make me reflect and I like that you make us appreciate what we have got.

And Autumn I love your light.  That beautiful golden afternoon sunshine when we go for walks.  The way the sun bounces off Mads curls as she jumps in muddy puddles like Peppa Pig.  The way you make us see things in different ways.

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We took these photos one afternoon last week after an impromptu walk.  I know I probably say it every time but I think they might be some of my favourite photos ever.  That last one of Mr E and my two girls is a memory and a photo I will treasure forever.

PS.  Though we love you Autumn, we don’t like your rain.  And you have pretty much rained constantly the last two weeks.  Enough now please.

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