Awesome Autumn: 5 reasons why autumn is better than summer
Ah, summer has ended. But do not despair because autumn is actually far superior. As a lover of crisp and crunchy-of-foot dog walks followed by hot chocolate in front of the fire, here are 5 reasons why...
- Sunny days, chilly nights
I have the same conversation every year: one weekend, we'll be enjoying a sunny dog walk (one with that late summer light) or getting the BBQ out - spontaneously - and someone will comment on how much nicer September has been than August. That phrase "Indian Summer' starts to be bandied about. Every. Single. Year. Now, I'm no John Kettley; don't ask me why it is, but it always is nicer in September than August. What other season allows you to bask in warm sunshine in the day then settle down to hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows come evening time? It's my kind of perfect.
- New coat (or boots/jumpers)
That first chill in the air on the school run always prompts an iPad scrolling session that very evening to begin Winter Coat Shopping Research in earnest. It doesn't matter that you already have 4 of them, you need a new one to hail in the season. It's your reward for agreeing to a holiday in England and then freezing your back side off on a beach in Cornwall.
- Routine is resumed
After a long summer of either expensive childcare or missed deadlines and fraught tempers due to quite so much time being spent together, routine is at last resumed come early September. Yes, of course it was nice to spend time together on holiday, but routine and order now seem so much... easier. Oh rushed school mornings, how I have missed you! (Give it two weeks and I will be counting down to the October holidays.)
- Better TV
Whether you are a Strictly or an X Factor person – or maybe you hate both – one thing is for sure: TV gets noticeably better come the crispy leaved season. People say it's because TV schedulers think we are all out during summer evenings at BBQs and parties. Don't they know us parents only go out past 8pm three times a year???!! Have a good clear out of your TV hard drive people, you're going to need SPACE.
- Halloween and Bonfire Night
Despite the macabre symbolism and sinister overtones - no to mention the cost of hastily bought costumes or the stress of scared pets – these two do their job of distracting you from the darker evenings just perfectly.
Before you know it, it'll be Christmas time and you'll be planning your next summer break. Anyone else getting a sense of Déjà vu?? Let us know your favourite things about autumn in a comment below, or check out our blog for more autumn ideas.