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Easing Into Autumn

Over the past week or so I have found myself in a kind of limbo between Summer and Autumn. The weather has been chilly in the mornings and evenings but up to 22°C and sunny during the day. The children have gone back to school but just with half days this week, leaving us with holiday-like afternoons to enjoy the sun, play or have visitors. 

But there is no denying that Autumn is coming, and swiftly. The evenings are definitely dark, the walnuts are starting to fall from our tree and the local vineyards have started selling Neue Wein (must, young wine). 

To ease myself into Autumn, I have been making mental lists of things that are good about the season and that has led me to compile this list of ways to acclimatise and enjoy the shorter, darker days that are fast approaching.

– Have scented candles in jars around the place. Light them on dull days to cosy up the atmosphere
– Flick through some cookbooks for warm meal inspiration like stews, hearty soups, casseroles and warming desserts like poached pears in red wine or fruit compotes

– Plan days out with the children for those upcoming chilly weekends. Visit castles, forests  and parks. Collect chestnuts for playing conkers, gather blackberries or mushrooms, jump in piles of dry leaves. 

– Stock up on hot chocolate and marshmallows for rainy afternoons when the kids come in from school
– Put rosehips, chestnuts and other Autumn fruits into a glass bowl  as an alternative decoration to bunches of flowers 

– Root out your board games, playing cards and other rainy day activities and keep them somewhere handy so you remember to play them

– Start a hobby or project like making an advent calendar, taking up crochet, sewing new cushion covers or making homemade Christmas cards
How do you adapt to the changes in seasons? What are your favourite things to do in Autumn? 

The Twinkle Diaries

4 thoughts on “Easing Into Autumn

  1. I know what you mean about feeling in limbo with the seasons. I am not really enjoying the darkness I have to say but I am still in my sandals and trying not to succumb to boots just yet! I love lighting candles, hot choc and the best one, making fruit crumble! #twinklytuesday

  2. Oh yes, fruit crumbles really say Autumn, don't they?
    I had my boots on for the first time yesterday and I even needed my wellies for the school run today, it was that wet out.
    Thanks for popping by and commenting x

  3. Ooo these all sound like lovely ideas. I am really struggling with the sudden very dark mornings at the moment! It is so hard getting out of bed. I did see a beautiful red leaf in the garden earlier though and that did make me happy. Autumn is such a beautiful season, it's just a shame that there is already so much rain! Might try a few of these to make it a bit easier! Thanks so much for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  4. It is hard to adjust to the darkness, isn't it, even when Summer wasn't so great. I love the leaves changing colour, but it is easier to appreciate on a dry day!
    I hope one or two of my tips help you 🙂

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