It's rubbish, isn't it. I woke up this morning and it was dark, I was cold and I was tired. Autumn is here.
The change in seasons hits me hard, and in previous years when Autumn has arrived there have been occasions I have hibernated for a few weeks at a time. Not as much as a hedgehog though, but y'know what I mean. Thing is, there's no time for that! So this year I'm making a conscious effort to fight off the Autumn Blues, and embrace the wonderful time that is Autumn in London.
Things I am going to do to make Autumn Awesome (I can never resist a good bit of alliteration…) :
1. Be a tourist in my own city. After my trip to NYC (yes I'm almost done with talking about it!!) I fell in love with roaming the streets, taking in the sights and the sounds, eating all the food and generally just 'being'. I'm pretty lucky to live in one of the best cities in the world where I have a lot of culture on my doorstep. The top things on the list are the Lego exhibition, the Turner Prize at the Tate, trying to track down the London version of Thighs & Pies (this must exist!) and then just some of my general favourite London things, like a walk down Portobello early on a Saturday morning to look at the candy coloured houses, or a stroll down by the river at Midnight.
2. Embrace the cold! Dig out all my scarves, cable tights and thick sweaters and just dress for the weather rather than whinge about being cold.
3. Start thinking about Christmas! I run a stationery business so the C word has been on my mind for many months, however there are may Christmas things to really look forward to - like ice skating, walking through the lights in Mayfair, eating ALL THE MINCE PIES, Christmas parties, christmas songs… and that general warm festive feeling that I love.
4. Start cooking again! Over Summer I have used my kitchen less than a dozen times. I can cook, I just choose not to. It's time to start thinking about casseroles, homemade muffins, thick soups, warm puddings with custard, hot chocolate with marshmallow. Summer, you have Ice Cream but Autumn does everything else better.
5. Enjoy staying in. I spend so much of my time either at work or out that I'm rarely at home more than a couple of hours before bedtime. Autumn is a great time to get cosy, invite friends round to share food and wine, watch films and make plans. I would like to do more of this please!