An Autumn List for Seasonal Living

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Enjoy an al-fresco breakfast, whatever the weather. A mug of hot chocolate, pastries wrapped in a linen tea-towel, and a good book, will ensure the very best start to the weekend.

Create an autumn wreath with foraged finds. Decorating our homes with natural treasures needn’t be limited to Christmas.

Spend the evening star-gazing. Search for a local event, or simply grab some blankets and find a comfortable spot in the garden. Listen out for owls while you’re there, too.

Plant some bulbs for the spring. Daffodils, snowdrops or tulips are easiest, and if you don’t have a garden, why not plant a few for someone who does?

Try out wild swimming in a lake or river – just make sure you wear a wet suit!

Go for a walk every day for a month, and try to go a different way each time. Often, we ignore what’s on our doorstep for places further afield, so this season embrace your locality.

Research and read up on the history of your local area. Fittingly for autumn, many counties have books on local ghosts and spectres, so curl up and immerse yourself in bygone worlds.

Autumn is a brilliant time to learn something new, as we naturally have that ‘back-to-school’ feeling that comes from childhood. This year, why not try a traditional craft? Pottery, willow weaving, wood turning and blacksmithing are all making a comeback, so for once, join the crowd.

Create your own seasonal story. Whether it be through writing, photographs or drawings, take inspiration from the natural world and document the seasonal changes taking place every day.

Turn off the lights and burn a few beeswax candles instead. Better for the environment, and you’ll create that cosy atmosphere that lends itself to this time of year.

Get foraging for blackberries, mushrooms, elderberries, sloes and cobnuts. Just make sure you know what you’re looking for, or join a local foraging group or course.

Preserve your bounty and make some jams and cordials to last through the winter. You’ll need a basic jam-making kit and a kitchen to yourself, but the rewards are so great, you won’t regret the time it takes.

Get outside and have a wild camping micro-adventure, just for the night. Make sure you layer up and check where it’s legal to pitch your tent.

Go wildlife spotting. Wildlife Watch have handy sheets to help, so if you’re taking little ones, why not make it into a wildlife hunt?


THIS POST IS AN EXTRACT REPRODUCED FROM ISSUE 1 OF CREATIVE COUNTRYSIDE MAGAZINE. FOR MORE SEASONAL INSPIRATION AND STORIES, GRAB YOUR COPY NOW (ONLY A HANDFUL LEFT!)


AutumnEleanor Cheetham