The wheel of the year is most definitely turning and autumn is here. The chestnut leaves are turning brown and beginning to fall. It was ten degrees yesterday and the hot water bottle made its first appearance. It's such a shame there aren't really any autumn traditions, I thought. Hang on a minute, I thought back. There's loads, I just don't observe them. Well, I replied, isn't it about time?
I spent a bit of time browsing pictures of autumn scenes on pinterest and once I had the picture of red trees, piping hot mugs of cocoa and seasonal food in my head, I started to write down ideas. I've been adding to them over several days and now I think I should reign myself in just a little - bearing in mind that it will be busy at work and I will only really have weekends to do autumn things.
I want to get outdoors more, to be more proactive socially and to wring as much joy from the darkening days as I can. I hereby present to you:
The Autumn Bucket List
Get out - for a long walk, kicking leaves.
Forage - for fruit, nuts, pinecones.
Preserve - dried, candied or jammed.
Make - an autumn-themed decoration.
Bake - gingerbread, apple pie, or whatever inspiration hits.
Celebrate - the autumn equinox.