The end of Autumn is bitter sweet, it goes by so fleetingly. The burnished leaves are now falling at rapid speed and the colder days are just around the corner. I don’t know about you but it seems to have flown by quicker this year, maybe due to the world’s current state but even I haven’t noticed its splendour as much as I would have liked.
To keep those moments alive and not getting bogged down with the nuances of Winter I try and make my home as cosy as I possibly can. I know that Christmas is just around the corner but I am a traditionalist and don’t go crazy in November with all things Santa. I like to take my time and enjoy being in the moment as it happens, the passing of a season should be celebrated.
Bring the outside in, I love nothing more than foraging for unusual branches and seed heads, they make wonderful displays all year. A glass jar filled with twisted branches makes a good alternative to hang Christmas decorations on when the time comes too. In a few weeks time I will go out with my trusty secateurs to bring home some pine branches that fill the house with the most wonderful scent, perfect for Advent.
Cosy up the home, stack logs, light fires pile up chunky knitted blankets that are at hand to snuggle under with a warming mug of something lovely. Layer up your beds too, change up the Summer bedding for thicker linens and throws with a richer colour palette.
Batch cook soups and stews to fill the freezer, its such a therapeutic thing to do on a weekend, making the week day meals even more special. Eating by candle light also makes the darker evenings more inviting. Candle light is wonderful at any time of the year but especially when the nights draw in. Its also quite magical to light candles whilst having breakfast too, makes the morning hours feel far more gentle whilst eating your porridge.
I think what I am trying to say is don’t rush forward but make every moment count. Advent will be here before you know it and all the wonderful plans that come hand in hand with it but for now watch the last leaves fall and welcome in Winter.
- First image of my kitchen includes a gifted mug from Monoware