Today’s the first day of autumn. With summer leaving us for another year, we can begin indulging in all those cosy, comforting things that arrive with the new season.
For me, this time of year summons up nostalgic memories of hunting for conkers, warming up with wholesome foods and enjoying the feel of cold, crisp air through layers of woolen clothing. Here are a few things that you can look forward to this autumn.
1. Kicking up crunchy leaves in the park
There’s something about the crackle of dry leaves that brings out the inner child in all of us.
2. Mornings cold enough to wear your favourite coat
…but not so cold that you shiver all the way to work.
3. Picking blackberries
The perfect fruit for making moreish crumbles and juicy jams.
4. Trees changing colour
Before they strip off for winter, we get to watch branches explode with reds, oranges and yellows.
5. Snuggling under a blanket when it’s raining outside
With the air that much cooler, you can really enjoy the warmth of a duvet as you binge watch Game of Thrones.
6. Spotting silvery spider webs on the hedgerows
Admittedly not the best pastime for arachnophobes, but you’ve got to admit that our eight-legged friends make some impressive patterns.
7. All the best bands visiting your city
For some reason, musicians love touring in September and October. Make the most of it by going to lots of gigs!
8. Finding the shiniest conker
Is there anything more satisfying than cracking open a spiny horse chestnut to find a silky smooth conker inside?
9. Carving pumpkins
One of the most underrated art forms, I reckon.
10. Dressing up like a hideous zombie
Forget skimpy outfits and cat whiskers: to really make the most of Halloween, you must repulse your peers with a terrifying costume.
11. Discount sweets and chocolate after Halloween
Once the ghouls have settled for another year, hit the shops and pick up sweet treats for dirt cheap.
12. Buying sticky toffee apples from a local fair
If you don’t have sugary syrup all over your face, you’re not eating it right.
13. Oscar contending films getting released at the cinema
Gravity was one of our favourites last year. We can’t wait to see what this year’s batch brings.
14. Wearing ALL THE KNITWEAR
Chunky cable jumpers, bobble hats, scarves and gloves are the closest you can get to dressing yourself in a giant hug.
15. Walking to a cosy pub in the countryside
Ideally one that serves real ales and home-style comfort food to feast upon in front of a roaring log fire.
16. Feeling your entire body warm up from a spoonful of soup
This has to be the easiest (and yummiest) way to turn on your bodily central heating.
17. Considering it socially acceptable to spend an entire weekend indoors
When the weather’s yuck, dusting off an old jigsaw puzzle or watching a classic film is a commendable use of your time.
18. The smell of bonfires
Catching the smoky whiff of burning timber is one of life’s awesome little things.
19. Toasting marshmallows
Sandwich them between chocolate biscuits for the ultimate November snack.
20. Watching fireworks
Except don’t buy them, because they’re way too pricey – public displays are much cheaper to attend and usually far more impressive.
21. REALLY enjoying a mug of tea, coffee or hot chocolate
Hot drinks in the summer months aren’t quite the same… you need a brisk, blustery walk to remember what these miracle beverages were made for.
Even if you’re not a fan of the ‘stache, half the male population turning into hipsters is an amusing annual occurence.
23. Meeting new people
With so many people starting new schools, university courses and jobs, it’s a great time of year to get out there and make some buddies. If you need some ideas for things to do with your new pals, just scroll through this list again!
What are your favourite autumnal activities? We’d love to find out – perhaps we’ll even try them and blog about them in the next few months. Drop us a comment or tweet us @Creative_Hacks.
Image credits in order: 1. Photo via bonnielegginsplastic 2. Own photo 3. Photo by Jared Smith 4. Photo by Walter Linn 5. Photo by Daviddje 6. Photo by pfly 7. Photo by Brennan Schell 8. Photo by James Bowe 9. Photo by Dov Harrington 10. Own photo 11. Photo by Luke Jones 12. Photo by Ken Banks 13. Film still from Gravity (2013, Warner Bros. Pictures) 14. Own photo 15. Photo via BerkshireFirewoodLogs.co.uk 16. Own photo 17. Photo by Electric-Eye 18. Photo by Abi Skipp 19. Photo by Jamie McCaffrey 20. Photo by EpicFireworks 21. Photo by Michel Bernier 22. Photo by ginnerobot 23. Own photo