7 Ways to Appreciate Autumn


It's that time of year again when the nights start to draw in, the weather gets cold, wet and windy and those long summer days of outdoor living can feel like forever ago. But fear not! You can learn to appreciate the season with our top tips for autumn-time.

Trust us - they're tried and tested.

1. Welly walks
Pull on your wellies and your raincoat, grab the dog and get outside. The Forestry Commission have some beautiful woodlands to enjoy, including lots of accessible routes, and there's nothing like coming back for an afternoon snooze in a cosy house after a day spent in the great outdoors.

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2. Indulge in seasonal recipes
It's harvest season, and with it comes a host of wonderful wholesome ingredients to cook up into recipes new and old. Try gently heating freshly pressed apple juice with cinnamon and orange slices for a delicious hot drink, or combining roughly chopped root vegetables into a casserole dish with stock, parsley and dill for a warming Mediterranean-style tagine. For more inspiration, try the Guardian's autumn food and drink pages.

3. Cosy nights in on the sofa 
The pressure to be out and about appreciating every summer evening is off! You can shut the curtains, curl up under a blanket and do exactly what you want, whether that's watching a Harry Potter or Gilmore Girls box set for the seventeeth time, getting stuck into that book you've been meaning to start for months or just enjoying a marathon nap. Absolute luxury.

Cosy fireplace

4. Preparing for Christmas
Yes, we said it! Collect pine cones to add to wreaths, start that all important Christmas gift ideas list, look out for stocking fillers and write those cards early. You'll be able to fully enjoy the festive season once it starts with a slight smugness that you finished your wrapping by the end of November. I mean...we can dream?!

5. Embrace togetherness 
Autumn is the perfect time of year to truly enjoy the Danish concept of 'hygge', which roughly translates into a combination of togetherness, cosiness or comfort. You could plan a seasonal get-together before the party season really gets going and you run out of time to see everyone or have some family round for a wine and games evening.

And if you can't be there in person, you can gift hygge with our Hygge Edition gift box - a perfect combination of tea, chocolate and a beautiful candle holder to encourage taking time out to relax and just be. It's also lovely Christmas gift idea.

Hygge gift box from Thanks I Love It

6. Scandinavian literature
There's nothing like an early night with a Nordic page-turner to make you glad of your cosy socks and the hot chocolate in your hand - the descriptions of bleak landscapes and long dark nights are perfect to get you feeling autumnal.

Our current favourites are The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson and Bural Rites by Hannah Kent. If you want to know where to start, this interview with Danish author Dorthe Nors is a brilliant tour of contemporary Scandi writers. 

7. Autumn crafts
Ever thought about teaching yourself to crochet? Fancy making a garland out of autumn leaves? How about your own pumpkin-spiced candles? There's a whole host of crafting opportunities to enjoy once the weather drives you indoors - check our our Pinterest for more.

Do you have any favourite autumnal traditions? We'd love to hear them!


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