Hello October! My favourite month of the year.
Where Autumn/Fall creeps in and the trees display magical bursts of colour. I absolutely, love, love, love the colours of Autumn. I always have since I was a child.
There is just something so comforting about this time of year, where the temperature starts to drop just a little, you start to wrap up warm in snuggly jumpers and the gloves and scarves come out. [I may have bought a new hat and gloves yesterday….along with a new skirt in a nice Autumny/Mustard colour. Oh and a new long, oversized cardigan!]
I start craving hot chocolate, warm soups and stews and casseroles and my slow cooker gets used all the time!
Then there are Autumn walks when I’m well enough, or Autumn drives into the countryside nearby on bad days. Walking on crunchy leaves, collecting pine cones and spotting toadstools and fungi. Nothing better! I find it so magical walking around the woods when the tree’s are displaying such amazing colours, and driving into the countryside around us, surrounded by hills and tree’s in an array of amazing shades of orange, yellow, red and brown is breathtaking.
Then of course there is Halloween! Who doesn’t love Halloween? It takes you back to Trick or Treating as a child, no matter how old you are or feel now. Dressing up in your best costume, face painting and collecting treats door to door, looking at all the decorations and pumpkins outside peoples houses whilst jumping in piles of fallen leaves.
Once Halloween is over, you know its only a matter of days in the UK before we welcome November and Bonfire Night/Guy Fawkes Night and children doing ‘Penny for the Guy’ with their friends. I love fireworks and get so excited arranging which display to go to where you are sure to be surrounded by your friends, laughter, the smell of yummy food, Bonfire toffee and maybe a drink or two.
One of my favourite childhood books, was Anne of Green Gables, by L.M.Montgomery. And in it, one of my favourite quotes:
I’m so glad I live in a world where there are October’s.
Autumn and October is also very special to me as my Hubby proposed to me on 28th October 2010 in the gardens of the beautiful Riber Hall near Matlock in Derbyshire. Its an absolutely stunning 16th century building, right next to Riber Castle. The perfect retreat for an Autumn getaway.
Such an amazing time of year, bring on October and the rest of Autumn 🙂