It is the middle of September. I am not entirely sure where the beginning of September disappeared to, but here we are. October is just around the corner, and summer is slowly fading to a memory. Though most days are still getting fairly warm (and last week had a couple scorchers!), you can feel the autumn weather creeping in. The sun may still be warm when it shines, but as soon as the clouds arrive or evening comes, the autumn chill comes back. It’s always a little sad to see another summer disappear, but I also find it exciting. You see, I love autumn.
I love the cooler days and evenings. I love pulling out my sweaters, blue jeans and scarves. Don’t get me wrong, I’m almost equally excited to pull out my spring and summer stuff in April and May but autumn is probably my favourite season. Now I say probably because I can easily point out things that I love about all seasons. Whereas some people may yearn for the comfort of a climate where it stays relatively warm, sunny and predictable, I love my Southwestern Ontario seasons. I love snow, and vibrant fall colours, hot summer days and the gentle sunshine of spring that wipes away winter’s chill. But out of all of these, autumn is probably my favourite. I thought I would share some of the things that I love about autumn.
1. Cooler Days and evenings. As I mentioned earlier, I love pulling out my fall clothes. I have a minor obsession with sweaters and jackets so fall and winter are the times when I actually get to wear my collection of cosy wear. I also think that it is easier to put together outfits in the fall. During the hottest days of summer (especially when you don’t have air conditioner), you want to wear as little as possible. Sometimes you can create cute outfits with summer clothes, but I just feel like autumn gives me more options.
2. Baking. I love to bake. Though seasonal baking occurs year round in my house, the summer sees much less than any other time of the year. This is simply because of the heat – when it’s 30+ degrees outside and close to that inside, turning on the oven is just not a great idea. I have to really want something to endure summer baking. But autumn cools things down just enough to make baking bearable again. Over just the last couple weeks I’ve already made three types of cookies. This leads me into the next couple sections…
3. Pumpkins. Pumpkin chocolate cookies (which I just recently made), pumpkin pie, pumpkin spiced lattes (both those from Starbucks and the tea ones I make at home), pumpkin loaf, pumpkin stew… need I really go on?
4. Apples. I love fruit in general, but apples probably take the place of my favourite. Living in southwestern Ontario means that the coming of fall also indicates the coming of fresh apple season. I will eat apples all year round but they taste the best in September and October. There is absolutely nothing like tasting an apple that has been picked earlier that day. This year I am enjoying the apples even more since the weather last year led to a very small apple crop that ran out very quickly. Fresh apples, apple crisp, applesauce, apple cider… all of this talk of apples is making me want one. *leaves keyboard to get apple*
5. The colours. The world gets painted in beautiful colours in September and October. Vibrant reds, oranges and yellows. Autumn is the last opportunity for the trees to impress us with their beauty before they stand bare for the winter. And they do it so splendidly.
I could list more reasons in support of Autumn, but I think I’ll leave it there for now. Maybe I’ll share more with you in the coming weeks as late summer deepens into October and November. What are some of your favourite things about autumn? Or if there is nothing you like about this time of year, then what season do you prefer?
“[T]hat old September feeling, left over from school days, of summer passing, vacation nearly done, obligations gathering, books and football in the air … Another fall, another turned page: there was something of jubilee in that annual autumnal beginning, as if last year’s mistakes had been wiped clean by summer.” — Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose