Long before e-mail and definitely before blogging days, a former penpal and I began a little tradition where we would create small lists of our favourite things and tuck them at the end of our letters.
The theme was usually in keeping with the particular season we were in, and it was a fun way to get to know each other. Now many bloggers follow a similar tradition often creating their own lists of favourite seasons, books, movies, foods, traditions, holiday memories, etc. to share with their readers. It's still a fun way to get know new friends.
Today, I'm delighted to offer a few of my Autumn favourites. I hope they remind you of a few of your own...
- The combinations of colour, especially when there are brilliant oranges, yellows and reds mixed in with the dark greens of evergreens. It's such a satisfying combo.
- The smell of burning leaves (this is very rare where I live now), but I still remember the acrid smell from my childhood, as stubble fields were burned.
- The feeling of new beginnings as another school year gets under.
- The earlier darkening days. As the day draws in a little sooner each evening, it makes me draw nearer to my own hearth and home. It feels cozy and safe.
- Apples: apple pie, apple crisp, apple cider, caramel apples, apple sauce, apple strudel
- Crunchy piles of leaves
- Walks in woodsy areas. I never used to like how the bare tree branches made me feel -- too stark and naked. But I've grown to truly love the clean simplicity of bare branches against autumn blue skies. Now, I get the feeling of openness and space, rather than nakedness.
- Crisp air and frosty mornings.
- Brilliant red sunrises and even bolder sunsets
- Harvest moons
- Reading books and stories set in the autumn, eg. September by Rosamunde Pilcher
Wishing you glimpses of autumn richness wherever you go today!