In my last seasonal living in autumn post, I talked about seasonal eating. Today, I want to focus on seasonal living activities. Seasonal living isn’t just about what you can grow and what you can eat. It’s also about what you can DO! Finding things that are special to do for each season and that help you make the most of the current month are essential for year-round happiness and help you to thoroughly make the most of the current season. So let’s talk about a few things that you could do to live seasonally this autumn. Most of the activities that I’ve listed below can be done given our current circumstances and all are slow and simple activities, helping you to embrace a more deliberate approach to your day.
Adventure into the great outdoors
The days may be getting colder, but nature is also shining her brightest. Ever since I was very little, I have loved going for walks around my village, at every time of the year. Going for a walk in the autumn is probably one of my favourite things to do. You can go puddle-busting, jump in piles of fallen leaves (make sure there are no little hedgehogs sleeping in them first), collect chestnuts, the list goes on! What better way to spend a day in the autumn than venturing outside! Nature is absolutely beautiful at this time of year because the autumn has simply got the best colours on show! The leaves turn from vibrant greens to shimmering golds and burning reds, all catching alight in the chilly sunshine. If walking isn’t your thing then why not try cycling? There is so much to be enjoyed outdoors at every time of the year! Remember to wrap up warm, unplug from the rest of the days happenings, and simply enjoy what the earth has to offer.
Try your hand at gardening
I know this seems like an odd thing to suggest for the autumn, but gardening can be a year-round hobby! This year, I’ve decided to extend my gardening season and am growing some year-round crops! If you’re an avid gardening like myself, then you might be interested in knowing what types of things you can grow in the autumn time too. This year I have garlic growing outside in the vegetable beds, and cauliflower seedlings growing on my kitchen windowsill (I will be raising my cauliflowers indoors until it is warm enough to plant them out into the soil). This time of year is also perfect for planting new berry bushes and fruit trees e.g. spring-fruiting raspberry canes or a blueberry bush.
You don’t to be an experienced gardener to grow all year round either. If you’re interested in starting a garden of your own, why not start by growing some herbs on your windowsill? I recommend a hardy herb if you’re thinking of starting them out in the autumn, such as thyme or rosemary. Growing something like microgreens is also really simple at this time of year and it provides you with some leafy greens now that lettuce is out of season. Of course, winter climates differ from country to country and some of you might be able to grow more in the colder months. I am just making suggestions from my own experience, as someone who lives in the UK. I am no gardening expert and a lot of what I am growing this year is experimental. I am solely writing about what I’m currently growing here to provide you with some inspiration. In no way is this supposed to act as a guide.
If you would like a guide on gardening in the autumn time, here are a few resources that I have been using:
Care for the critters
Summer is over and food is scarce for our outdoor friends! The bird and insect population has seen a dramatic decline in recent years, and it is VITAL that we make an effort to look after them! A way you can help the little critters is to build a ‘bug hotel’ or ‘critter cabin’ for the insects and worms that are so important for our environment. Feed the birds with birdfeed to keep them healthy and help them to survive the winter (birdfeed is generally available at gardening centres and stores). Rake your leaves up under the bushes and out of the way to provide a home for a little hedgehog so that they have a warm place to stay before the frost creeps up on us all! We don’t realise it, but our insects and our birds are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT to our environmental balance and biodiversity. Give them a home, give them food, give them warmth, but most importantly: DO NOT DISTURB THEM! Yes, it is good to help our critters by providing them with suitable food and shelter, but that doesn’t mean we should touch them, or take them away from their natural habitats. Look after our birds and our bugs but leave them alone.
Make ‘natural’ decorations
Autumn is the time of year when all the trees drop their goodies. When it comes to decorations, I always prefer to make my own, so I wanted to provide you with some ideas for what decorations you can make out of natural items that you find on autumn walks.
- First off, there are a lot of things that you can make tinsel with – popcorn, dried apple slices, pinecones, even conkers (if you drill the holes in them carefully). Tinsel isn’t just for Christmas, it can be a great way to spruce up any area of your home and making your own out of natural autumn finds means that you aren’t going to be buying a load of plastic either!
- Another thing that I like to make out of my autumn finds are dried leaf collages! Gather together a bunch of leaves of different colours and types and textures and make a collage to hang on your wall. The good thing about using dried leaves here is that it will last for quite a long time!
- My family are sticklers for reserving a wreath for Christmastime, but I say different! What’s to stop you from making a fall-themed wreath out of fallen sticks or prunings? A simple wreath to bring a little of the rustic outside into your home (you can always add some dried flowers or pampas grass to spruce it up a little bit too).
- My final decoration idea is some windchimes made from autumn finds. I love windchimes, but the autumn winds can cause them to rack up a fair bit of noise. Why not try making your own out of small fallen branches, pine cones, and conkers as a quieter, more fall-themed windchime to hang from your window or porch?
Get busy in the kitchen
You’ll find me in the kitchen at any time of the year, but autumn is probably my favourite. I have an excuse to bake everything with cinnamon or pumpkin or pears. Over the autumn, I’ll be sharing a few of my favourite recipes for the fall season, and it is my hope that I can inspire you to get your bake on too! It’s never a bad time to practice your cheffing skills. Often, of course, the dilemma is what to make first?! To make things simpler for you, here are some of my favourite seasonal eating focused recipes that you can make this autumn:
(I will be adding to this list as I publish more recipes)
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Learn something new
As the days get colder and the weather gets wetter, we tend to spend a lot more of our free time indoors. I know that I can find this to be a little bit boring at times, but to make life more interesting, I like to try my hand at something new! Since finishing my education, I have been addicted to learning new things as much as a I can. Whether that’s testing a new recipe, reading non-fiction books on something I’m curious about, or trying my hands at a new craft. Maybe this year you might take up knitting and learn how to make scarves for your friends and family, or learn how to play an instrument?! I encourage you to invest time in learning something new, whatever that might be. This autumn, I am learning how to become a better writer and have been practicing a lot lately. Let me know what new things you decide to try this autumn!
Host a games night
Now, if you’re currently in lockdown, like me, then this games night is going to have to be virtual. But don’t let that make it boring! Why not video call your friends and make quizzes about each other or find a game you can all play together online. If you’re at home with your family, then why not get everyone together around the table one evening to play board games. If there’s anything that this year has taught me, it is how to spend quality time with the people that I love. Playing games is a great way to do that, and it’s a really fun way of keeping in contact with people. If none of these options are available to you, then let me know if you’d like to see some games or quizzes from me! I don’t really know how I’ll do this yet but I’m willing to have a go! We are all together in this struggle, and it is important that we support each other in any way that we can. It is my hope, as always, that you may find rest here, and peace in simplicity.
Have a movie marathon
Never have I watched so many movies than in this year! Where I used to struggle with watching movie after movie, I find it all too easy nowadays (I convince myself this isn’t a bad thing!). The perfect Friday for me, is curling up on the sofa with a bowl of popcorn and watching some of my favourite films. In dark times we turn to the artists, so whether you’re watching something by yourself or screen-sharing with a distant loved one, take the time to enjoy some art and restore your soul a little. If you’re stuck for something new to watch then here are a few movies I’ve been watching recently (I tried to include a variety of genres):
- Snow Cake (if you need a cry)
- Gremlins (if you want to laugh)
- Howl’s Moving Castle (for a feel good fairytale)
- Inception (if you like conceptual mind bogglers)
- Joker (no explanation required)
- Eddie the Eagle (if you need a spark of hope)
- Jungle (for a true story)
- The Truman Show (a Carey classic)
- This Beautiful Fantastic (a poetic feel-good story)
- 2012 (because I’m a sucker for doomsday films)
Ah, the topic I’ve been waiting to get onto!!! If you’re not already aware, I LOVE TO READ. It is my favourite past time. I try to read as much as I can and working from home gives me a lot of opportunities to do so. If you haven’t already, head on over to my summer reading list for some really good book inspiration. Rainy days in the autumn are the perfect excuse to spend all day curled up on the sofa reading a book. I know I’m notorious for whiling away the house with my nose buried betwixt the pages. Whether you’re re-reading a favourite from your bookshelf (if this is Harry Potter for the millionth time, I relate), learning something new with a non-fiction, or simply feeding your inner bookworm, reading is just one of those things in the autumn that makes the heart sing.
If you’re not sure what to read this autumn, or are in need of a little inspiration to get started, I’ve decided to share with you a few books that I have really enjoyed reading this year, in the hopes that you find something that you might like to read too (F = fiction, NF = non-fiction):
- The Emerald Atlas, John Stephens (F)
- Other Minds, Peter Godfrey-Smith (NF)
- The Goldfinch, Donna Tartt (F)
- The Harry Potter Series, J. K. Rowling (F)
- The Wall, John Lanchester (F)
- World War Z, Max Brooks (F)
- The Binding, Bridget Collins (F)
- Pachinko, Min Jin Lee (F)
- The Secret History, Donna Tartt (F)
- The Woman in the Window, A. J. Finn (F)
- The Life of Pi, Yann Martel (F)
- The Last, Hanna Jameson (F)
- The Painted House, John Grisham (F)
- The Long Walk, Stephen King (F)
- Atomic Habits, James Clear (NF)
I am currently reading: ‘Sapiens: a brief history of human kind’ by Yuval Noah Harari (NF), and ‘Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix’ by J. K. Rowling (F).
It is vital, more than ever, that we support our small businesses, our artists, our dreamers. This autumn, whatever you buy, try to buy small, try to buy local, try to buy sustainable. By buying from a small business, you’re helping someone to live their dream. “When you buy from a small business, an actual person does a happy dance.” You can rest assured that whatever you buy from a small business has been made with love. You’re buying something that someone has poured their blood, sweat, and tears into, and supporting something that someone really cares about.
SHOP SMALL. SHOP LOCAL. SHOP HANDMADE.
As the Christmas period inches every closer, I know how difficult it can be to gift your friends and family with something that they will truly love. If you’re stuck for gift inspiration this Christmas, why not try something new and exciting in the kitchen?
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Simple. Seasonal. Exciting.
That’s all there is to it.
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