With September in full swing, the autumnal feeling is in the air and I, for one, cannot wait for those grey cloudy days and knitwear weather. Evenings huddled by the fire, the sound of heavy rain hitting the roof, and an abundance of chocolatey treats, which always taste more delicious in the colder months, are just some of the things that I am looking forward to in the coming months. September has also always signified a fresh start for me – more so than January – and with my MA in Transnational Studies only a few weeks away, I’m ready to make some productive changes in my life. Before the leaves start turning red and our evenings greet us late afternoon, here are some of the first feelings of autumn that I’ve been enjoying…
A few days into September, on a rainy weekday, I finally felt that first autumnal feeling this year when browsing Waterstones for my latest read. When it’s grey outside and starting to get chilly, all I want to do is curl up on the sofa with a cosy book, preferably a classic murder mystery. My love for Agatha Christie started around this time last year and I have been hooked ever since. Favourites of mine for autumn include ones with settings in old manors and small villages, such as The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and the one that I am currently reading, A Murder is Announced, as well as the reimagined novels by Sophie Hannah, The Monogram Murders and Closed Casket.
Loose leaf tea
For me, nothing quite says ‘autumn is here’ like infusing fresh tea leaves in a porcelain teacup. It takes me back to two autumns ago in Durham, where I resided on the Bailey in a crumbling house opposite my college, on a cobblestone lane lined with sash window buildings, tucked behind the Cathedral. With few friends and an introverted nature, Saturdays were the definition of slow living. Coming home from a morning in the quaint city centre, I would make a cup of apple & elderflower tea and spend a cosy afternoon in my old-fashioned room. It was blissful and perfect in every sense. This year, I picked up some Persian Earl Grey from The Gilded Teapot in Lymington to attempt to recreate those cosy memories.
One of my favourite things is that time in early autumn when you can leave the house in just a jumper or cardigan and still be warm enough. In winter, knitwear gets buried under thick coats and jackets so, before the temperatures dip completely, I’m making the most of cosy knits, new and old. Last week I picked up a lovely, soft sweater from H&M and a thin rollneck from Zara kids (trust me, it fits) to start building my capsule wardrobe for this season. I’m aiming for lots of neutrals, as always, and as many natural fibres as possible. This checked cashmere scarf is from a visit to Edinburgh two winters ago and ever since then I have been dreaming of owning a cashmere jumper. Maybe it will happen this year.
With the middle of September approaching, I’m going to embrace all things autumnal, including cosy nights in with candles and rainy day trips to quaint places around the country. PSLs may take all the autumn glory but, for me, it’s all about the changing seasons and a fresh new mindset for what’s about to come. And maybe a cinnamon stick or two in my hot chocolate…
What autumnal things are you enjoying this month?