I love Autumn, it’s my favourite. It comes with no expectation. If the sun shines we rejoice and get outdoors, if it rains, we accept it and happily potter indoors. We have lots of things we do in Autumn. These will be altered slightly this year but we shall still have fun, lots of fun. I’ve compiled a list for Autumn. Should we complete everything on the list, great. If we don’t, that will be okay too.
This list is for everyone, adults & children alike. The stresses upon all of us this year have been phenomenal, Autumn is the perfect time to release our inner child and simply enjoy moments.
Autumn To-Do List
- Go blackberry picking and turn them into a delicious jam to be enjoyed on some brown bread. Alternatively, you could turn them into delicious cakes!
- If you have children, you will understand the importance of getting Santa lists sent off to the man himself early this year. The elves won’t wish to be under pressure trying to track down a coveted toy in the midst of a Pandemic. With this in mind, have an earlier than usual Santa letter writing party!
- Autumn brings with it later and beautiful sunrises. It really is worth getting up early to catch it. You could even fill a flask, pack a box with muffins and go to the beach or a beauty spot near you to savour it.
- If possible, taking into consideration current restrictions in your area, visit an Apple Farm. We look forward to Ballycross every year and usually go when the Pumpkin Patch is open. I’m going here since I was a child myself and just love it.
- Have hot chocolate and S’mores by the fire pit, if you have one. If not, have them indoors by the fire with low lights.
- Read Nature related books with or without children. The children and I enjoy Naturama and Natures Day in particular.
- Bake Apple Pie/Apple Crumble and reminisce about the traditional desserts you had around your childhood kitchen table.
- Go on a nature walk. This can be in your local area, to a woods, even a beach. There are no rules. In Wexford, Edenvale is stunning in Autumn.
- Collect leaves, pinecones, conkers and acorns to display in a seasonal bowl. We have been keeping a seasonal bowl for quite a few years now.
- Jump in crunchy leaves! This never gets old.
- Leave food out for the birds and watch as they gather to enjoy your offerings.
- Now is the time to plant spring bulbs and this is a lovely gardening activity to involve the children in.
- Restrictions permitting, visit a local castle/garden. We are regular visitors to Johnstown Castle here in Wexford. The colours in the gardens during Autumn are living art.
- Decorate your house for Autumn. Display an Autumn wreath, pumpkins and pinecones around the front door. Bring the decorating in and have fun with it.
- Gather the children and make your own decorative items for display throughout the season.
- Make a pot of soup and a loaf of soda bread. Enjoy this hearty lunch as the wind whispers through the trees outside.
- Take your camera on your walk and capture Autumn in all it’s glory.
- Do an online course, learn a new craft, bake something new.
- Watch Autumn themed and Halloween movies.
- After the rain has stopped, get the children to put on their wellies and jump to their heart’s content in the puddles. Feel free to join them if you wish!!
- Bake a brack and a big pot of tea/coffee. Slather with good Irish butter and enjoy!
- At the end of a busy Autumn day, immerse yourself in a mug of spiced cider by the roaring fire.
- Celebrate Thanksgiving. One would be forgiven for thinking what have we to be thankful for in 2020? However, there is lots, if you are here and you are well.
I hope you find something here to enjoy this Autumn. It will be different. In Wexford, we will miss so many things. Autumn brings Wexford completely alive with Fireworks night, the Fringe Festival, Opera Festival, the beauty of the Spiegeltent. All of this sacrifice is to save lives, it will be worth it when we eventually get to the other side of this pandemic.
But, we are human, we miss things, we feel sad and frustrated, it’s normal to feel this way.