10 things I plan to do this Autumn.

There's no denying it, Autumn is here, and I'm well and truly ready for it.

The mornings are crisp, and although that means having to slightly defrost the car before I can head to work, I'm loving being able to wrap up all cosy in winter coats and scarves. It's not quite the weather for gloves yet, but I'm sure it won't be long until I'll need to dig them out. Give it a few weeks and I'm sure I'll be moaning about how cold it's gotten, but until then, I'm planning to take full advantage of the season, and I've put together a list of ten things I'd really like to achieve before winter sets in. Some of them are classic, Autumn cliches and others are just things I just personally like the idea of doing.

Go for an Autumnal walk;
Starting with a classic here, but it's probably the most important one. I absolutely adore seeing the colours of the leaves change in the trees, most especially before they fall. I drove to Nottingham the other day and left at 5:30 in the morning, and there was a moment where I had a bit of an out-of-body experience whilst the sun was rising and the leaves were falling from the trees all along the straight road in front of me. Maybe you had to be there, but trust me when I say that it was really something. Recommendations for any walks in Norfolk which are particularly beautiful in Autumn would be much appreciated.

See the fireworks; 
I've always had a thing for fireworks and bonfire night. Since I've lived in Norwich, I've only been to a firework display a handful of times, so this year I want to make the most of the event as it was something I went to every year when I was growing up. I don't know what it is exactly, but I just find the whole thing so magical; toffee apples, bonfires, and sparklers. I've actually got plans this year, involving two different displays, and I plan to go all out with everything else festive.

Games night with friends; 
I'm not one for going out out anyway, but when it comes to winter, the thought of queuing to get into places or waiting for a taxi in the rain just doesn't appeal. Quite the opposite, in fact, and so I tend to favour nights in instead. I've no shame in admitting that I love a board game, but the fact is that Harv and I just don't get round to playing them often, so I thought it would be nice to try and get some friends together for a few drinks and a couple of games. Just need to organise something now...

Read a good book on the sofa with a salted caramel candle burning; 
This one is very much just something I love the idea of doing, especially since I've been loaned the new Dolly Alderton by my good friend Shelley. There's nothing quite like curling up on the sofa reading a good book, listening to the sound of the rain and enjoying a good autumnal scent. I picked up a gorgeous DW Home Salted Caramel from TK Maxx a couple of weeks ago and I just can't get enough so it seems the perfect fit. If you need me and it's raining, you know where I'll be.

Get some photos printed and compile a photo album;
This is one I've been meaning to do for a while, and what better excuse than cold weather? I very rarely get photos printed, but I bought a coffee table photo album months ago and I've still not got round to using it. I literally have all of the materials, but haven't had the time to get anything sorted; in November I'm going to make time, before all of the Christmas fun begins!

Make a front door wreath;
I'd originally intended to make an autumnal wreath, but I feel like time is running out to get that on my front door, so I'm planning on being a super early bird and making a (faux) Christmas wreath instead. My mum and sister are visiting next weekend and I feel like it'll be a really lovely thing to do together, so I think I'll pop into Hobbycraft with them after I've picked them up from the train station and see what we can get. If anyone has recommendations for online craft shops which would be good for this sort of thing, I'm all ears.

Go to a pumpkin patch; 
This is something I've never, ever done, but see every year on Instagram. This year, I want in. Hopefully I can convince Harvey to come along with me and take some snaps for the gram, and then we can go home and do some pumpkin carving! Will probably head to White House Farm in Norwich, as it's one of my fave places outside of the city; if you're ever near by, the sausage rolls in the cafe are to die for.

Do some baking;
I'm a huge fan of homemade baked goods. I'm also an absolute feeder, so I love hosting and making food for other people. Harvey has a very sweet tooth (and so do I to some extent), so baking for him could easily become an obsession, if I had the time to do it regularly. Since I've started my new job, I don't even manage to make dinner as often as I did beforehand, so I've been thinking it would be nice to find the time to do some autumn-inspired baking. Exactly what I'll bake I've no idea, but I'm sure you'll find out if you keep an eye on my Instagram stories.

Make mulled cider;
I'll probably have a go at this on firework night, the theory being that we could have a glass before we go, and then I can leave it in the slow cooker so it's ready for when we get back. I'm not even sure if I really like mulled cider that much, but it strikes me as something I should definitely be trying this year.

Have an Autumn movie night;
And finally, I would very much like to spend a night on the sofa with Harv watching some Halloween-inspired films. I can tell you now that we will not be watching anything remotely scary; I used to love a horror film when I was younger, but I definitely don't have the guts for it these days. Funny how much you change when you get older, huh? I'm thinking something along the lines of Practical Magic and/or The Witches, but if you've got any better suggestions for Autumnal/spooky-but-not-scary films, hit a girl up!

So there we have it, ten things I'd like to do this Autumn. I'm sure you're all absolutely over the moon to be in the know finally. I like the idea of doing a similar post every season, so if you've enjoyed this one, keep an eye out. Also, let me know if you have any Autumn traditions you make sure to do every year, I'm a total sucker for things like that.

L xxx

(P.S. Thanks to Shelley for the photos!)

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