Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Autumn

One thing I am not a fan of is autumn. Because autumn means that it is almost winter. And I hate winter. In fact, the dread of the approaching winter is almost more unbearable than winter itself. Autumn for me is a like a big neon sign saying ‘Things are going to go downhill from here.’ No one likes that.

Yes, I stare wide-eyed at the changing colours and breathe ‘wow, isn’t it all so beautiful’ like everyone else. But inside my heart is sinking. I like heat. I like holidays. I like everything being beautiful, green and alive. I’m not a fan of everything getting all...dull. Brown. Dead.

So once March left me (which is excused from my autumn hatred by being my birthday month) I was less than impressed.

However, after some careful consideration, I have decided that this year is going to be different. I am going to love autumn like it was my own long-lost family member. Like it was my own mother god damn it.

And it hasn’t been as hard as I thought. As I have often said on this blog, google has the answer to everything. And so I googled ‘things to love about autumn’ and got pages and pages of reasons. After reading through them, how realised how fantastic this time of year could be if only I celebrated all of things wonderful things that it brought, rather than just the approaching winter.

And really, once I got my own list going, how could I do anything but love it?

Autumn means comfort foods, soups, lots of vegetables, ciders, tights, warm drinks around a fireside, cardigans, glorious scenes of red, orange and yellow, slippers, leaves to crunch in and crisp mornings.

And so in my first celebration of autumn I got my friend to help me collect a big pile of leaves to jump in. It was so much fun that I am going to get a bigger group together to do this again soon.

I have also decided to host an autumn get-together in two weekends (my apartment is too small to ever host a party) to celebrate all things autumn. And heck, maybe even celebrate the approaching winter. Maybe. There’s only so much positive that one girl has.

25 comments:

Alysia Pollock said...

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Googlover/keishua said...

Autumn! I forgot you were across the globe. It's spring verging on summer here.I love it(autumn) because I can wear lots of layers but I'm a super cardigan nerd.

SJ said...

are you crazy?! autumn is awesome and canberra is so pretty at this time of year!

then again, it's a lot colder down your way compared to sydney so i can understand why you dread winter.

koralee said...

I love Autumn!!! Love it...enjoy my friend. xoxo

Sara Louise said...

I love Autumn, as long as it comes with crisp sunny days and loads of beautiful orange colours :-)

Autumn said...

I was so confused until the comment above made me realize that you are in Australia.

By obligation, I have to like this season because I am named after it. I prefer it in the south where I am from instead of Utah where we are living though- it turns cold too fast.

Tiq said...

Enjoy the weather my friend !!

Hey girlfriend, your profile pic, is that one of those 1950's photos that you did? Wheeeee..I want to see more !!

Brandi {not your average ordinary} said...

Autumn is one of my favorite times of the year -- definitely work on embracing the season. Have a bonfire somewhere, pick some fruit, have a little adventure...

Sylvie said...

oh, we have spring now, here in Europe. I dont like autumn either, but Im pretty sure it's way more beautiful and colorful in Australia :)

Krystal said...

i have to say, autumn is my favorite!!!! i'm glad you are finding ways to appreciate it, haha :)

ellie said...

Maybe a nice autumn will just linger. Sweet photos!

lucy and sarah said...

All the best on your weekend gathering. I know you'll be great.

becky said...

I remember one of my first proper dates with Arnold involving a big pile of leaves---and I suppose it was a sign because of combining two great loves of mine. I am a winter and an autumn lover (and I suppose I have to be: I grew up in Canada and in England and I got used to the snow)---I find beauty in the richness of the colours and the smokey, cosy haze of indoors. And for us---over here---it's a sign of Christmas soon approaching---so I suppose we have the upper hand in things to love about it.

It is so lovely to hear about your ever-growing positivity. You are such an inspiration.

Jessica said...

Attaway! I love your enthusiasm for your impending autumn, and I love, love, love that you jumped into a big pile of leaves!! What a lovely idea!I must do this next fall, myself. :)

Brissa said...

it's so strange for me to see the month be may and hear you talk about fall. i associate that month with the beginning of warmth. but you will love it. autumn is one of my favorite seasons. it's true that nothing beats tights, changing leaves, cardigans and layers. enjoy it. :)

AquĆ­ said...

I agree. I only like fall because of the food and the leaves. Summer is approaching here, thank goodness it was a rough rough winter in NM. buy a cute coat and call it good :)

Carrie Rosalind said...

Great pictures! I want to come to your "end of Autumn" party! Except we are gearing up for summer here!

Sarah said...

I'm convinced that parties are the only way to make it through winter alive--I live in Utah, so winter starts in October and ends in April or May (or so it seems---it snowed here last week...).

k come karolina said...

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wilybrunette said...

lol, oh man autumn is my favorite!! i do hope you enjoy the last bit of warmth before winter comes.

wilybrunette said...

ps: your last comment on my green pants post made perfect sense and i humbly thank you for it.

teacup adventure said...

aw, I love autumn! it's my most favorite season. I totally missed it this year since I was in Peru during the U.S. fall, so I had to go straight to winter when I got back- no fun! I can't wait for next year's though :)

Allison Marcia said...

Aw. :) Spring and fall are my favorite seasons! It seems when I'm in spring it's my favorite and when it's autumn it's my favorite.

Fall.... Beautiful colors, crisp mornings, corn mazes, pumpkin picking, making piles of leaves to jump in, drinking hot cocoa with a special someone, hay wagon rides, and warm apple pie.... All sound like fall to me.

I hope this year you do find many things to love about autumn!

The Book Florist said...

Google never ceases to amaze. Yes, well, the things you mentioned to like about Autumn are basically all the things I love about it, too. I'm not such a fan of Summer, despite Christmas and my birthday, because my house has no airconditioning and we sit at home all sweating blatantly while being nibbled by mozzies. It's a lot less than fun. Autumn, on the other hand, I like: There are balmy days and the sea is flat as glass and sparkling in the most beautiful way, and I can wear a comfy jumper and a scarf, but I don't have to wear socks and long pants, because it's not quite cold enough. And of course, you can begin to exploit the easier clime for hot chocolate and hot baths and the long pajamas. It's pretty good. I hate the cold, however, when I can't get any warmer, like I have all my clothes on and am still shivering. Then no one is having any fun. There is no action in the leaves where I am which is a shame. Best of luck for the cold. Take care.

iris said...

I think I love the smell of autumn. Of rotting leaves and all that good stuff.