I always love autumn, but this year more than usual. This year I feel like I’m living autumn, not just seeing it from a distance like I did when I was in the city. This year it’s right on my doorstep. With that in mind I have compiled a photo gallery of my top ten activities for this time of year. Hope you like it!
Eating breakfast outside in the last of the warm weather, scrambled eggs on toast with good, strong coffee!
Picking elderberries to make elderberry jam – not to everyone’s taste I have to admit, but lots of fun in the making.
Collecting shiny new conkers (horse chestnuts) which make a great potion for varicose veins!
Collecting leaves to make into compost – a good soil improver or mulch.
Taking an early morning walk when the cobwebs are covered in dew and the sun is still low in the sky.
Mushroom collecting. Be careful not to get any yellow stingers in with your haul of horse and field mushrooms or your dinner will end up in the bin. Don’t ask me how I know this!
Making a woodpile for the long and arduous (according to French farmers) winter ahead.
Picking stinging nettles and making lovely nettle soup, full of goodness that will give your immune system a boost before winter sets in.
Making quince and apple chutney from the many wild fruit trees around here. The fruit is just left to rot on the floor which seems such a waste when it can be turned into yummy chutney!
Cycling in the late afternoon sun – long shadows and warm autumn colours.
What are your favourite autumn activities? Leave a comment and let me know.