Autumn feels from the Valley.

Yesterday was a busy day! We had loads of stuff to catch up on at home and a home education project to do with our son. Then my lovely hubster had a two hour driving lesson.

Busy busy busy.

At 4pm, my son and I set off to the local park. He wanted to try out his new boomerang gizmo and I just needed to get out of the house! We met the hubster there; and while the boys threw the frisbee thing around on the field I sat on a bench and just…..

Looked.

Breathed.

Marvelled.

The colours of Autumn are all starting to show off! It has been about a week since I last made it to the park and the difference is striking. Now the lush greens are turning into oranges, yellows and reds.

It looks like the treetops are on fire!

I love the Autumn. Not because of all the stereotypical reasons (think pumpkins, halloween, PSL – have you even had a Pumpkin Spice Latte? Tastes like vomit in my opinion) but for the feeling of settling down, slowing down into the quiet rhythms of winter.

Autumn is the time for my favourite festival of the year, Bonfire Night! In the UK on the 5th of November the skies are lit by huge fires and massive displays of fireworks. We stand around wrapped in our scarves and woolly hats, gobbling pie and peas and parkin, waving sparklers and having a great time.

I LOVE Bonfire Night!

Bonfire Night is celebrated more as a tradition now. Originally it began as a way to remember the failed attempt Guy Fawkes and his companions made to blow up the Houses Of Parliament in 1605, and the consequences of their actions. That’s why on some Bonfires you will see a “Guy”- a roughly human shaped doll that is parked on top of the pyre.

Interestingly, it seems that a lot of people celebrate that Guy Fawkes tried to destroy Parliament, rather than celebrating his failure!

Not sure what that says about the political climate in the UK.

I love Autumn for the darker mornings and evenings, the warming food and for the days of blinding sunshine and crisp cold blue skies.

I am not a huge fan of the driving rain, dropping temperatures or fog. But it can’t all be picture perfect I suppose!

What about you, when is your favourite time of year? Do you enjoy Autumn, or maybe you’re a Spring kinda person?

Much love xx

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