Embracing Autumn

Ten ways I’m embracing autumn, these strange in-between days.

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Cutting blooms from the hibiscus tree outside our house, stuffing them in glass bottles scattered around the house.
Harvesting tomatoes, scoffing them – sweet, juicy, their seeds dribbling down my elbows – straight from the vine
Roasting squash for tea (these, my friends – in a word: delicious.)
Porridge dotted with juicy, unctuous raisins and almonds in the mornings.
Cosy weekend afternoons, curled up with good words and chocolate buttons.
Taking myself out for (hot) coffee on weekend mornings.
Walking everywhere, now the weather has cooled. Walking through the rains.
Deadheading the roses, weeding the borders, sowing bulbs: readying for the freeze.
Knitting again, a sea-green scarf to begin the season.
Tilting my face up to the sun, soaking in the golden light.

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We’re at the crux of summer; the days split between thick, oozing heat and days of damp, autumn rains. The air grows cold just before the downpours arrive, and at night a cool wind rattles through these suburban streets. You can smell it on the breeze. The first weeks of a new season remind me of those initial days in a foreign country, where the milk looks just the same yet clings differently to the roof of your mouth, where you can’t yet read the melody of the clouds and sudden storms catch you out in broad daylight, umbrella-less, soaked through.

I went into the garden on Saturday for the first time in a week and found the rhubarb leaves curled and browning, the cosmos stooping with age and the geraniums already corpses, shrivelled and long-dead. The sheets on the line were, for the first time in many months, cool to the touch. And yet summer clings on. The air sits heavy, like a shroud pulled tightly over the city, and for now the sun shines on.

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How are you welcoming autumn?

  • I can’t even tell you how much I needed to read this post. I keep wishing for autumn to arrive, and this heatwave to go away, but what if autumn has already arrived. I need to look in different places and I will probably find it has arrived already. Now if I could have one rainy afternoon at home with a good book and some tea, that would be perfect.

  • Absolutely loved this post, so poetic. Thank you. 🙂

  • Such beautiful writing <3 I love all your descriptions in this piece.

    Alas, in Scotland, we've not had much heat this summer (though in the midst of rain it's been weirdly muggy, which makes it difficult to know what to wear) so I'm afraid I've been viewing the approaching autumn with a rather furrowed brow …still waiting for some sunshine. I'm starting to look forward to a bit more of a chill in the air though, and the bright pops of orange leaves. Here's to hoping autumn is more on the crispy (than damp) side! It's coming, whether I like it or not, so I will try and greet it with an open heart.

    ~ Melissa

  • YES I’m so excited for autumn! Very cute post!

    x Annabelle
    travelsandtea.com

  • This is so beautiful! Autumn is usually my favourite, but so far it has been a little bit disappointing. Yes, the leaves are turning brown and the days are becoming shorter, but it’s been really humid and way too warm. I’m crossing my fingers we’ll get some chilly, crisp autumn days soon!

  • What a lovely post – I will have to go and check out your other content! I love Autumn, my favourite thing is curling up with blankets, tea and a book, with a warming candle flickering beside me. I wish I had a garden – one day soon, I hope. In the meantime you’ve made me want to knit again, or I might learn to crochet as this year’s A/W craft. Becca x