Autumn


I have always loved autumn; the turning of the leaves, the slight chill in the air, the promise of beautiful sunsets and cooler nights. Extra layers on the bed, fluffy pyjamas, cosy jumpers to snuggle in to – a whole new wardrobe for me this year due to weight loss. Pashminas, scarves, wooly hats and hot drinks (hands cupped around a Chinese tea mug inhaling the scented steam is now a personal favourite comfort of mine).

Autumn even has its own smell. You can smell the dampness in the air, and the leaves as they turn brown and fall to the ground. That “petrichor” scent that everybody recognises and enjoys if out rambling hills or forests. Where I live is more rural than suburban, so we can smell it as soon as we wake up in the morning. It’s a season of cutting back, reaping the final harvests of the labour you’ve put into your garden and going into semi-withdrawal from the rest of the world, comfortable in your own warm nest – the house you call home, which is like nobody else’s in the world.

Roses are pruned back and sent into semi-hibernation in time for winter; Robins, Blue Tits, Dunnocks, Sparrows and other small birds come seeking food as it becomes more scarce in their natural habitat.

For me, autumn is the most romantic season of them all – sequestered in my nice warm house with my nice warm husband; a hot drink and a cuddle never far away.

What is your favourite season, and what emotions does it envoke within you?

About Missus Tribble

Media volunteer for Epilepsy Action (UK) and advocate for both epilepsy and autism awareness. Seamstress, cross-stitcher, sci-fi lover, ukulele player and Chelmsford's own Pickling Pagan who wants to inherit a TARDIS when she grows up. In the process of writing an as yet unnamed book, with anecdotes and information about being epileptic and autistic - and seeing the funny side! Also an entertainment journalist for What Culture, where I write about Doctor Who.
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18 Responses to Autumn

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Lovely Autumnal thoughts

  2. Marc Schuster says:

    Autumn is my favorite of the seasons — and the scent of autumn is one of the main reasons why! Of course, the main reason is that I can go around dressed like the Doctor without working up too much of a sweat! Lovely season for waistcoats and wool pants.

    • Don’t forget the scarf! Mine had its first outing at the Discworld Convention, but I’m definitely going to be wearing it in public this autumn/winter (I wore my Jayne hat out in public once too, and nobody actually laughed). I recently bought a fedora and got it pleasingly battered-looking in the washing machine too :)

      So, I’m not going to be cold this season! (And there is always a good excuse to dress like the Doctor).

      What did you think of last week’s episode? I need to watch it again before I can review it but I thought it was a riot :D

      • Marc Schuster says:

        I enjoyed last week’s episode immensely (though I have to admit to getting a little choked up when the triceratops went down).

      • Me too! All he wanted was to play fetch! Otherwise I thought it was a delightful, silly romp and as close to Classic Who as we’ve got to in a long time!

        My Mum is coming to visit this weekend and is staying to watch Doctor Who, so I have to act like a Norm. I’ll rewatch on Sunday, complete with fez, sonic, and Adipose, and I will be as silly as I like :D

  3. argylesock says:

    Autumn is my favourite season too. I like the way you write about it. For me this year, an unexpected treat has been the first crop from my damson tree ‘Merryweather’. I expected a culinary damson but what I’ve tasted today is a delicious dessert plum which, evidently, doesn’t mind getting itself plumped up and ripened during a year like this one. We’re getting a lot of other good fruit this year too.
    Do you like Hedingham Fair? http://www.hedinghamfair.co.uk/ I have several pairs of their earrings and I might have to ask Watson to get me the conker ones for my birthday this month.

    • This year I truly noticed the difference between home-grown and shop-bought tomatoes. Ours are firm and fleshy and you get an explosion of sweetness and slight sourness the moment you bite into them. Shop-bought toms are so soggy and limp and tasteless that they’re only good for cooking with (I needed a sliced one to make Chinese crab and sweetcorn soup last night – so delicious that I really must post the recipe).

      I’ve never heard of Hedingham Fair, but will take a look :)

  4. Nothing beats the sheer beauty of autumn colours. I love walking in the woods, whether that might be in the New Forest or the South Downs, it’s just magical!
    Nice post!

  5. Im so excited for autumn! Fall is definitely my favorite time of year, I love being able to cozy up!

  6. littlesundog says:

    I’m a girl of summer. I complain a bit about the heat, but I really do thrive in the summer sun. Autumn is lovely too, but I tend to be a bit melancholy as the leaves fall from the trees, the wind gets blustery, and the weather gets cold.

    • Possibly it’s because I was born in November, but I am very much a child of autumn. I love the crispness in the air, the golden leaves and the cosy jumpers. We have a Reindeer fleece that we love to place over our knees to watch TV, and I can really get into my craftwork because there’s not a lot I can do outside (which reminds me, I have the final caper harvest to wet-brine today).

      I also get to wear pashminas, scarves and wooly hats – all of which my wardrobe wouldn’t be complete without :)

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