Though we might no be able to live our lives as usual at the moment, there are still many small autumnal pleasures to be had that will not only help to bring us back to the present moment, but also help us reconnect with nature and those around us.
Go for a walk in the woods.
Whether it's a city park or the countryside, there's no finer time to take in the beautiful warm hues of autumn than amongst the trees in a wood. A post-walk pub lunch has also never hurt anyone...
Go for a wild swim.
The theory goes that the water has had the spring and summer to warm up so the early autumn is the perfect time for a dip! Being London based, I am slightly restricted by how "wild" my swims can get but I love the Hampstead Heath Ponds. I'm off there this weekend, perhaps see you there? If you're on the hunt for a wilder swim then the Outdoor Swimming Society is a brilliant place to begin.
Get seasonal in the kitchen.
As the temperatures drop, the kitchen calls us in and now is the time to make the most of our lovely local seasonal produce. The autumn brings pears, leeks, plums and pumpkins to our tables and if you're looking to while away an afternoon indoors then you'll love ourPumpkin & Chocolate Chip Muffin Baking Kit which guides you through the process from pumpkin roasting to oven ready!
Throw a dinner party for 6.
As the days get shorter and the nights draw in, what better way to enjoy the evening than lighting a few candles and inviting your friends and family over for an intimate dinner party. The perfect occasion for a pot-luck dinner? Where each guest brings a different dish.
Create a new habit.
The autumn is a time of shedding the old and making way for the new so why not take the opportunity to take up something new. I have committed to starting and ending my day by writing 3 things I am grateful for.