1. Walks through the forest over a carpet of leaves that scrunch under foot.
2. Clothes. Woolly jumpers, cosy scarves, chunky socks under wellies.
3. Splashing in puddles at every opportunity because, unlike summer, now you’re dressed for it.
4. Food. Stews and casseroles and great big plates of pasta. Food that warms you up and calms you down. Crumbles.
5. Picking blackberries off the hedgerow and eating them immediately. Inky, purple fingers that give the game away.
6. Colours. Trees shake off their green overcoats and transform to umber and gold and crimson and burgundy and amber.
7. October half term, sandwiched between summer and Christmas. Coming together for a family half term break or just spending time together doing family activities.
8. Light. The low sun of autumn is like the Instagram filter that money can’t buy. Soft and diffused, it adds a burnished golden glow to everything. Get snapping!
9. Tricks and treats and carving pumpkins. Dressing up the little ones and telling ghost stories.
10. Dark nights. I know, getting home from work when it’s pitch black feels sorely unfair. But isn’t there something delicious about walking the dog through the crisp night air, with stars already out overhead?
11. Hot drinks. Hot gingerbread-flavoured drinks. Hot gingerbread-flavoured drinks in red cups.
12. An extra hour in bed when the clocks go back. It doesn’t matter that it’s a weekend and you could probably have an extra hour in bed just because. This one’s free.
13. Evenings in by a crackling, spitting fire.
14. Hot water bottles – the childhood throwback rendered almost completely unnecessary by good duvets, but somehow still unbelievably pleasing on a chilly autumn night.
15. Christmas is around the corner, bringing with it twinkling lights, glittering decorations and festive good cheer. Only 107 days to go…
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