Five Reasons to Love Autumn

Five Reasons to Love Autumn

By Carrie Elks

There’s no denying it, here in the UK the temperatures have definitely dipped. My summer dresses are still hanging in the closet, but every time I open the door they stare at me forlornly, knowing that they’ll be passed over for their warmer, cosier cousins. But rather than be sad at the change in seasons, I have to admit it’s put a smile on my face. I love autumn (or fall as you guys call it). It’s one of my ¬†favorite seasons. And in case you need some persuasion, here’s a few reasons why Autumn rocks…

1. Sweater Weather

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I love sweaters. I love the way the wool feels against your skin, I love the way that as soon as you pull it over your head it’s like carrying around your own personal body warmer, and I love the way I can eat a few more things *ahem* without having to worry about the extra poundage showing. You can dress them up with a skirt or a pair of smart pants, or down with your favourite jeans. I have a closet full of them and they make me very happy!

2. Hot Chocolate and Log Fires

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There’s nothing better than a warm cup of melting chocolate in front of a blazing log fire. Sadly, in 80 degree heat, that thought isn’t so enticing, but as soon as the the air gets cooler, the fire goes on and the chocolate gets hot. It’s like a warm, sweet hug in a mug, and I can’t think of anything better. It beats cold lemonade and strawberries hands down!

3. The Fall TV Schedules

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Let’s face it, TV in the summer is rubbish. Old re runs, terrible reality shows, and nothing that is even worth turning the TiVo on for (do people still have TiVo? I’ve no idea!). All we watched this summer was Netflix (and if you haven’t watched Stranger Things yet, here’s why you should). But as soon as the children are back at school, it’s as though the TV schedules wake up, and the new season programmes are fabulous. Here in the UK I’m watching The Fall (Super scary psychopath drama with Gillian Anderson and a very frightening Jamie Dornan), Victoria (a sexed-up drama showing how a very beautiful Queen Victoria rose to glory) and The Great British Bake Off (a cooking competition – as British as it sounds, but lovely too!). How about you? What’s your favourite new programme?

4. Fall Colors

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If you missed Susan Scott Shelley’s post on why Fall Colors rock, hop on over there now. ¬†The tree colors in the US are amazing (our UK ones are great, just not quite as spectacular). It’s as though nature is putting on a free show to make up for the end of Summer. My favourite place to see the fall colors when I was in the US was Great Falls National Park in Great Falls, Virginia (we lived up the road from there). And the above was a picture of our road in Autumn 2007.

5. Halloween

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Candy, scary movies, cute costumes and more candy. What’s not to love about Halloween? As soon as the summer’s over, it’s the next thing to look forward to. I can remember when my children were little, we’d spend hours choosing costumes and watching classic films, trying to wait for the day that they could go out and get their buckets filled with sweet goodies. For me, Autumn IS Halloween and Halloween is Autumn. It’s as simple as that.

So there you go, a few reasons why we shouldn’t be sad that summer is finally over. How about you, do you love Autumn or are you gritting your teeth until Spring finally arrives?

Carrie Pink