I do love this time of year. The colours outside are so incredibly beautiful, it’s sometimes hard to believe that they come from nature and not a painter’s palette. On my morning walk to the station my path is carpeted with russet leaves and the tree outside my office window has slowly turned through greens, golds and reds over the past few weeks. We’ve been blessed with blue skies and bright sunshine on some days and seen darkening grey clouds and rain on others. It’s been a glorious autumn.
As the nights draw in I like the gradual retreat back indoors, the closing of the curtains, the pulling out of the blankets and the lighting of the candles. It’s time to snuggle up in oversized jumpers and read classic books. And I’ve started one of my favourite autumn and winter hobbies: jigsaws. I can lose hours on a Sunday afternoon pondering over the pieces as the rain hits the window.
The festivities of Halloween and Bonfire night bring fun for children young and old. Little witches and ghouls cry “trick or treat?” as carved pumpkins glow in the dark night, and cold, pink faces light up by the glow of the bonfire as electric fireworks explode in the sky.
I’m baking potatoes and I’m caramalising onions, pot roasting game birds and stewing beef. I’ve made pear and blackberry tarts and baked apples stuffed with brown sugar and sultanas. I don’t think I want this autumn to end.