Autumn. A time for sweaters, cider, apple-picking, family and friends, candy, pumpkins and costumes! There are so many wonderful things about this season we love. Here are some of our favourite things!
This became a tradition for Ryan and I about five years ago. As Danielle mentioned earlier this week, there are so many places to go in our area. One of our favourite spots is Carluke Orchards. Along with the 10lbs of apples we came home with, we also picked up two pumpkins! One for each of us to carve the night before Halloween. I love picking up cider and sugar cookies too. So delicious!
When I was little, this was one of my favourite things to do. Candy apples, snow cones, popcorn, you name it! Being older now, it isn’t quite the same, but I still love to go. The last couple years we have gone to the Norfolk County Fair. They have lots of different events and competitions to watch. I love walking through the buildings and seeing the homecraft, produce, and photography submissions, as well as the animals!
This year we will be visiting Ryan’s family and also spending lots of time at home. I’ll also be cooking a turkey for us! I’m looking forward to practicing my turkey-making skills, relaxing, and spending some quality time with him and Abby. This time of year is perfect for hiking and enjoying the beautiful landscape, so hopefully the weather is good (look out next week for some of my favourite spots in Hamilton!).
Ah yes, I can’t talk about autumn without mentioning knitting. Some people like to take the summer off from knitting because of the warmer temperatures, so when autumn approaches, knit-alongs start up again. I’m participating in my local yarn shops fall sweater knit-along. If you don’t have any to participate in around your area, follow along with Fringe Associations’ Fringe and Friends Knitalong! This year the pattern is a wonderful Cowichan vest, knit up with bulky yarn. I’m also participating in Slow Fashion October, which you can read more about here. (and don’t forget about my knitting inspirations for this fall!)
Nature’s Changing Colours
Before I say anything else about autumn, the beautiful changing fall colours must come first! I love the way nature expresses colour this time of year and thankfully I get to watch it all from my apartment windows. When you’re on the 9th floor looking out over the escarpment, the reds, oranges and yellows of fall are a backdrop you don’t get tired of looking at. It’s the beauty of it, along with long-lost memories of jumping in piles of leaves with the neighbourhood kids that gives me the warm and fuzzies. And if you’re like me, be sure to keep up with the changing colours thanks to Ontario Parks Fall Colour Report map.
Dana is getting hyped about knitting this autumn for good reason. I’m just flat out excited about all fall fashion. I love how fall combines the aspects of fun and functional. I’m talking dresses with leggings, scarves all the time to keep you warm both outdoors and indoors and the ever comfortable and sleek riding boots. What I also like about fall fashion are the colours. The deep reds, earthy yellows and classic grays. Thanks to Elle’s Top 10 colours for fall 2015 we can stay on top of autumn’s best colours.
I don’t know what it is that makes autumn the perfect time for enjoying comfort foods, probably the fact that it’s harvest time. But let’s define comfort food. I’m talking, pies,muffins, soups, stews and anything that resembles thanksgiving dinner! Gone are the refreshing salads of summer and here are the warm, rich foods that are often accompanied by some presence of butter…wherever possible please. Did I mention that foods in autumn almost always involve my favourite: cinnamon! And don’t forget to enjoy your comfort foods with the perfect hard cider – check out 6 suggestions from my recent blog post.
I have always enjoyed Halloween as a holiday. I guess the artsy person in me likes the opportunity to dress up and be someone else for a day. Whether the costume is scary, funny or clever it is fun to get creative and assemble an ensemble to impress. I really enjoy making my own costumes and two of my most recent favourites were Wednesday Adams and Anna from Frozen. I also just enjoy the other aspects of Halloween, I mean who can say no to candy? But also the tricks! So here’s to October 31st!
We also want to suggest you make the most out of autumn. Enjoy your favourites or check out this great Fall Bucket List from The Heart of Ontario.
What are some of your favourite things about autumn?