Word of the week: autumn

There’s no escaping it: after an unseasonably warm September, and some tantalisingly sunny days at the beginning of this month, autumn has finally arrived.

I’ve never been that great at dealing with this time of year. I thrive on light and sunshine, and as the nights begin to close in I can’t help but feel a lingering sense of dread. Things are a lot better than they used to be, now that I’m out of the city and not doing a job that means never seeing daylight in the winter months. And this year Arthur and I have actually been enjoying the coming of autumn rather a lot.Β 

We’ve made the most of it being a bit colder, wrapping up warm and snuggling up whenever we get the chance.

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There’s generally been lots of time for snuggling: we’ve had some pretty spectacular rain this week, and there’s been nothing for it but to stay inside. Arthur’s really embraced this. He’s been having tea parties with his animal friends, and devouring books like they’re going out of fashion.

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We’ve been getting out of the house whenever we can too, breathing in the changing landscape of the sea and sky. The air is deliciously refreshing, and there’s a whole hat collection for us to revisit.

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To fuel our way through this seasonal shift, we’ve been doing our best to eat healthily. We had our first roast last Sunday – I’m looking forward to many more of those – and I’ve been drinking even more water than usual.

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One of the problems with this time of year in the past has been that I’m not terribly good at making the right choices – I know what will get me motivated, make me feel better, but actually doing it is another matter. Having an awesome toddler to hang out with is obviously one way to make making the right choices easier. And I’ve also been getting a helping hand from Tea withΒ Miss Beatrix’s #BashSAD challenge.

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I don’t feel sad this year – and that’s despite an October which so far has held more than a usual amount of sorrow (more on that another time). In fact I’m looking forward to embracing autumn – and even winter. There is so much in this life to enjoy, and I intend to make the most of it.

 

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13 thoughts on “Word of the week: autumn

  1. Iona@redpeffer

    Yes, I find this time of year much harder than other’s. knowing the clock change is coming looms a bit heavy doesn’t it? But it seems like you’re making the most positive steps you can and I love the hat collection πŸ™‚

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  2. Dean B

    Love the photos of your little man, so cute! And I know how you feel, it’s definitely colder now. We’ve just turned our heating on this week and I’ve walking inside the house with my cardi on, which I normally don’t do. Oh well. The only good thing about autumn (apart from the lovely colours), is that Christmas is near! πŸ™‚ #wotw.

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  3. thereadingresidence

    Sounds like you’re going into autumn with positivity this year then, and I do like Miss Beatrix’s challenge. I used to hate the end of summer, too, but these past couple of years I’ve embraced it, enjoyed the colours, the leaf crafting, conkers, the quieter playgrounds, and yes, definitely the hats! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

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  4. Kim Carberry

    This time of the year is so hard isn’t it….What a great challenge to take part in though!
    I hope you mange to stay happy x

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  5. thenthefunbegan

    Lovely pictures! I don’t really fall foul of SAD until at least late November when the nights *really* start drawing in! I’m just happy that we’re still getting *some* blue skies and sunshine (even if they are intermingled with thunderstorms and squally showers!). I like the idea of Miss Beatrix’s challenge though – I might have to create my own version for January – that’s my year’s nadir… Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the light while it lasts! πŸ™‚ #wotw

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    1. sophieblovett Post author

      I think the idea with the challenge is to get into bad habits before the darkness really sets in… We’ll see if that actually works! I find January especially tough too. I dedicated it to getting my novel off the ground last year which really helped. And the year before that Arthur had just been born so I didn’t really notice πŸ™‚

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  6. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    I love autumn, but I hate the dark mornings, I really struggle with them and could easily stay in bed until lunchtime (chance would be a fine thing). We’re lucky here that even when it starts to get really cold we still get a lot of blue skies, that makes a huge difference. I hope you’re okay… #wotw

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  7. Merlinda Little (@pixiedusk)

    I am from the tropics. We dont have autumn and winter. For me its just dry or wet. So when I arrived here I felt that dread that you are feeling. Things are just heavier in autumn and winter. Maybe I should join that challenge =) #wotw

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    1. sophieblovett Post author

      It’s actually really motivating! I can’t imagine how hard it must be to adapt to grotty British winters when you’re from the tropics… I hope this year isn’t too hard on you x

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