Autumn has sprung, and I feel so much better than I did a few weeks ago. The air is growing cool and crisp, there is a hint of frost in the mornings, and of course, we welcome the season of spooky shenanigans! Here are 5 reasons why I’m an autumn person.
1, Redheads melt in the sun. I have natural, auburn hair, pale, freckly skin and a genetic disorder that leaves me extremely sensitive to light. I don’t tan, I don’t relax in hot sunshine. I much prefer cooler days with a bit of sun tempered by fresh air.
2, Cosy nights at home. Last week I lit our log burning stove for the first time this season and it felt wonderfully cosy in our living room. I am currently enjoying a study of poetry with a series of online video sessions in the evenings. My imagination is firing up and I remembered a poem I wrote a few years ago that was inspired by the autumn season.
3, HALLOWEEN! My children are excited for Halloween, and we plan to join in with the #MiddleWITCHFest event in our town for the second year running. This time we want to make a better scarecrow and we will start planning it this weekend. We look forward to walking around town spotting Halloween scarecrows.
4, Planning for Christmas. I try not to think about Christmas until after we have celebrated Halloween, but I just can’t help myself! I love decorating our house with novelty Christmas ornaments, singing aloud to my favourite Christmas songs, and making memories with my children.
5, Hotpots and cooked dinners. I am vegetarian but I absolutely love a good, old-fashioned roast dinner. I make vegetarian cottage pie, I make a nice hotchpotch using up bits of veg before they go off, and I love the feeling of comfort and reassurance that comes from eating these foods. They remind me of childhood.
Catherine is the author of the adult paranormal romance series The Redcliffe Novels and also The Darkness of Love, She has short stories published in YA anthologies, freelance articles on various industry websites, and contributes to her personal blog, and her author blog .