With the nights drawing in and the days getting that bit colder, it’s definitely starting to feel Autumnal. A friend recently found a conker so that feels like proof that the new season is almost here. I didn’t grow up with Autumn. In Trinidad and Tobago, we have dry and wet season. But over the past ten years, I’ve grown surprisingly fond of this particular season. Here are a few ways I’m gearing up to face and embrace an Autumn outdoors. Join me if you like.
1. Take a photo every week
Choose a nature spot to observe the change in season. It could be your garden. It could be a park you work past on your way to work. Taking photographs can help you to take a closer look at and gain a deeper appreciation what’s happening at this time of year.
2. Make sure you’re properly geared up
This is one I’ve made mistakes with too many times in the past. Not having the proper attire means that I either prefer to hide indoors or head out feeling miserable and a bit frumpy. No one’s saying you have to unleash your inner fashionista but if having decent layers and boots that are up to the task of dealing with the wind and the rain while making you feel cheerful about your appearance helps you to take more autumnal walks then the investment is very much worth it, in my book.
3. Book in seasonal events
Commit to local outdoor events happening this season. It could mean signing up to a term at a local forest school with your kids or getting a date in the diary with friends to go to a bonfire and fireworks display for Guy Fawkes Night. Last year, we loved walking around Westonbirt Arboretum (pictured here) with my brother and his wife to see the Autumn colours.
4. Make the most of the elements
I’m told this is a great time of year to go for a swim in the sea as it’s at its warmest – I’m actually intrigued to give it a go. It’s also fairly windy, so if you get a day that’s windy but not wet, it could be a great time to take your kids out to fly a kite. We bought the girls a brilliant kite at Bristol Kite Festival this summer so I’m hoping to get some Autumnal kite flying sessions in before we need to be fiddling with winter gloves.
5. Commit to outdoor exercise
This is probably the ultimate in refusing to be holed up indoors this season. It’s probably the weirdest time of year to be taking up running but I’m getting started this Thursday with local friends and really hoping to make it through the season.
Will you be doing any of these? Do you have any ideas to add to the list?
Post made possible by Leona S. Green of Interactive Media