I say it every year, but I love autumn. Our meals are a little more thought out and spend time simmering on the stove top permeating the house and I’ve loved curling up on the couch in warm cardigans and hot cups of green tea while watching the new season of Grace & Frankie (if someone can get Dolly Parton on this show for a 9 to 5 reunion I will lose my mind!). I’ve been quiet on social media since our return from Paris but there is a lot going on that is keeping me occupied.
One of my favourite things to do this autumn is pluck a mandarin from our very own tree for my mid-afternoon snack before inspecting the garden with Lily and Lulu. Is there anything quite as satisfying as eating the fruits of your labour literally off the branch? I think not. This guy has been so easy to look after and that fact that he gave us fruit on the first year is fantastic. Our experience with lemons and limes is that they take a couple of years to establish before you finally get some results.
Each autumn I get reinvigorated to plan out our winter and spring vegie patch and this year was no different. We’ve loaded up on carrots, rainbow chard, kale, beets and radish which are all perfect for a little harvest here and there without too much effort. The front garden received a bucket load of spring bulbs which I can’t wait to see bloom too.
I have a music playlist for almost every season and my autumn playlist is by far one of my favourites. With soft jazz and a little bit of country it is perfect for those short, crisp days as your soup simmers on your stove.