The smell of woodfires burning. The mist that gathers in the garden on early mornings, hanging like some half-forgotten spirit around the boughs and bushes. Digging out welly boots and taking long walks to go puddle-jumping. Looking out at a grey and rainy day and choosing to stay in instead, watching old films and reruns. Trees becoming bare and skeletal, leaves turning, then crispening, then floating down. Blackberries fresh from the bush, fingers stained with juice, tongue alive with taste. Sturdy meals- toast, soup, steaming jacket potatoes, stews, piles of root vegetables – warming, comforting, filling. Kicking leaves. Frost on the window pane. Darker evenings littered with stars. Birds flying south or returning for the winter. Looking out scarves and jumpers and hideous yet cosy pyjamas. Lying in bed read, listening to an autumn shower thundering on the roof above. Long hot baths, and emerging warm and safe and softly scented. Snuggling in bed with wine and chocolate, cosy and warm and glowing. Sleeping longer, thinking deeper.

Remembrances of a summer well spent, and hopes for a longed-for winter, all enjoyed in a season I adore.

I love autumn. 🙂



  1. Nicole
    2nd October 2008 / 11:03 pm

    Ahhhh, I love Fall too. I can’t wait to start making some warm, comforting meals like soups and casseroles :o) The air is so fresh and the sky is so blue right now. Nothing can beat that! And yay for watching movies and snuggling up when it is oh so cold outside and warm inside.Ahhhh…

  2. Scarlet
    3rd October 2008 / 3:37 am

    You make me wish every day was AUTUMN. I want wine and chocolate in bed, dammit! I want it year round!

  3. whatigotsofar
    3rd October 2008 / 11:32 am

    Autumn is the best. Not for the reasons you listed, but for other.

  4. Jon
    3rd October 2008 / 12:50 pm

    My thoughts exactly! Have a great weekend!

  5. kilax
    3rd October 2008 / 1:33 pm

    I love staying inside on a rainy day, being snuggly with the blanket on the couch, watching movies, reading books… ah. I love it!

  6. Sacred Suzie
    3rd October 2008 / 2:36 pm

    Beautiful! I miss the blackberries in my old neighbourhoor, how I would have to pick them before the deer would get to them. Fall is the best time of year.

  7. cdave
    3rd October 2008 / 2:42 pm

    Puddle jumping!As much fun as London is I miss things like puddle jumping in the countryside.

  8. Siobhan
    3rd October 2008 / 3:38 pm

    Autumn is indeed wonderful. I love crisp clear autumnal days when the sky is blue, the leaves are crisp underfoot and you are wrapped up warm in a nice coat and boots to face the day. I like the flush you get in your cheeks form a brisk autumn walk. I also like you and your blog.

  9. Heff
    3rd October 2008 / 3:40 pm

    God, you make it sound so nice. Winter is on the way, and it SUCKS !

  10. Sparkling Red
    3rd October 2008 / 6:16 pm

    Autumn has always been my favourite season, but you just made me love it a little bit more. That was a beautiful piece of writing! 🙂

  11. Bethany
    3rd October 2008 / 7:28 pm

    This reminds me just why Autumn is my favorite season, culminating in my favorite of all – Christmas. It’s still warm and green here in Texas, but soon I’ll be enjoying the things you described!

  12. Christielli
    3rd October 2008 / 10:30 pm

    This is an awesome post. It’s fabulous, you are fabulous and autumn is fabulous.

  13. vivavavoom
    4th October 2008 / 3:43 am

    that made me so hungry!

  14. Jen
    4th October 2008 / 4:27 am

    Fall is awesome!!

  15. Boy
    4th October 2008 / 5:35 pm

    I love these snapshot images, so quintessential Fall. Beautifully beautiful.

  16. Riot Kitty
    5th October 2008 / 2:26 am

    I never long for winter, but fall is my favorite season…a reason not the least of which is all of the holiday-flavored espresso drinks! I know, it’s nuts, but I’m so serious.

  17. robin bird
    7th October 2008 / 9:34 pm

    this is like a happy autumn post you sent out to all your friends! i am glad i came by to receive mine dear claire 🙂 beautifully evocative words.xo

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