The summer is special. Being in the great warm outdoors is something I couldn’t live without. Bright evening bike rides, golden hour strolls, or just sitting on a bench somewhere watching the world go by, summer makes me feel as if there is life to live once work has finished for the day. And at the weekend, the world is your oyster.
But we have to be honest with ourselves. The sun has set on summertime. Soon the darkness will eat everything up before I even step foot out of the office in the evenings, and that is always a sad time of year. It limits my options. It also encourages me to simply go home and curl up in the warm comfort of home, which is not acceptable every day of the week; I am not a mouse. But instead of feeling miserable that it’s almost ‘that time of year’ again, I have put together 10 reasons to be happy that summer is officially out, and autumn and winter are in.
1. Hot bubble baths
Baths are one of my favourite things in the whole world, but they aren’t really acceptable in the summer. Why would you want to make yourself hotter and sweatier when it’s 20+ degrees outside? Ok, so that doesn’t happen a huge amount in the UK. But when that temperature drops, so do my clothes. An evening spent in a piping hot bath full of Radox bubbles and lavender oil is number 1 on my ‘How to Relax’ list. It’s also the place where I do a lot of reading and make pretty much all of my phone calls.
2. Cuddles in bed
No longer will Olly be able to get away with the excuse ‘I’m too hot’ when I climb into bed and transform myself into a limpet or demand to be spooned.
3. Scented candles
Despite their energy saving abilities, lighting candles just isn’t the done during summertime. But with dusk creeping up on us earlier and earlier, fire up those babies and fill your home with the scent of whatever takes your fancy. I’m a fan of musky and floral (but not overly sweet) scents and I have just purchased this wild jasmine scented candle tin. Has anyone tried it?
4. Considerably better TV
Common sense often escapes me. I mentioned to Olly the other day that TV had been rubbish recently and I couldn’t understand why. He kindly clarified that as most people are out enjoying the pleasant late evenings, a good gritty drama just wouldn’t get the audience. It seems so obvious now… So, I am looking forward to what the BBC and ITV have in store over the next few months. I sincerely hope the second series of Broadchurch will be as good as the first.
5. Guilt-free lie-ins
The guilt which I experience from lying in and effectively ‘wasting away’ my mornings decreases during the colder months. If there’s no sun to lap up outside, there’s no harm in rotting away under the duvet, right?
6. Soups and slow cooker meals
Thick soups and hearty stews are just plain wrong in hot weather. The word ‘stew’ is practically defined as ‘something you eat when it is cold and miserable outside’.
7. Full length pyjamas
I am one of those people who changes out of normal clothes the moment I walk in the front door. Off with you restrictive black chinos! Get back in your drawer denim jeans! In the earlier evening, I opt for joggers which are fluffy and cosy on the inside. But later on, the full length pyjamas come out to play. Ahh is there anything more comfortable? I’ve dropped a hint to Olly that I want a new pair of luxury winter pyjamas, but he just laughs at the words ‘luxury’ and ‘pyjamas’ together. Which leads me to believe that my current ones make me look like a pauper.
8. The chance of snow
The white stuff is pretty darn beautiful. I don’t want to drive in it, and I would rather not be out in it for too long because my fingers and lips turn blue, but I could sure look at it all day long.
9. Colour changes
My favourite thing about Autumn is the colour of the leaves turning to a rusty, golden brown and peppering the ground. And they are still a lot of fun to kick around.
10. Countdown to Christmas
It’s ages off, and I can’t stand seeing all the paraphernalia in the shops when it’s only September, but Christmas has a habit of creeping up on you. Now that I live quite far away from where I was brought up, and where my parents still live, the excitement of Christmas is all about family. And food, obviously.
Is there anything you would add to the list?