Is the end of August too early to start thinking about autumn? I’m not sure. It certainly doesn’t feel like it with all the windy, raining weather we’ve been having. Yesterday I went out for lunch and
because there were no seats left indoors in a gallant attempt to embrace the spirit of summer we ate our food outside. It was freezing! I’m not a fan of being cold, but it got me thinking about my favourite seasons of the year.
Despite the weather, autumn and winter make me happy: the tartan scarves, the warm coffees, and cosying up under the duvet. I’m going to live up to several blogger stereotypes in this post and I’m not ashamed; I love that so many of us get excited about the same stuff. It’s the little things, right?
Here are ten reasons why I can’t wait for autumn and winter to arrive.
1. No more hayfever
I’ve been taking two hay fever tablets a day for most of the summer and waking up at 3am just so I can sneeze. This needs to stop.
2. Going back to university
I’m going to be finishing the third and final year of my degree and I can’t wait to get stuck in and work my arse off. I already have some ideas for my dissertation, which I’d like to be a mix of biographical and autographical work, and I’m planning to continue a project about Susan Pevensie that I started last year. Is anyone else fascinated by the gaps in the Narnia stories and what happened when they went back to England?
3. Living in Wales again
Contrary to what some of my friends would have you believe, I don’t think I’m Welsh just because I’ve lived there for two years. I just happen to like it a lot and I’m such a sucker for the accent. Being in Wales makes me happy.
4. Eating stodgy food
I’m going to cook tonnes of soup to store in the freezer and learn some new recipes for pasta bake and risotto. There’s something very cosy about digging into a big bowl of carbs when it’s cold, and this year I have an actual table to eat at, instead of sitting cross-legged on the worktop in the kitchen like I did in my last student house.
5. Wearing winter clothes
My favourite: jumpers, skinny jeans, boots scarves… winter clothes are almost a uniform to me, in the best possible way. It’s so much easier to get dressed. Give me all of the tartan, please.
6. Trying different make-up looks
Bring on the berry lips. I’m also hoping to try out berry-coloured blusher this year and I plan to branch out and test different cruelty-free brands, too.
7. Warming up with Starbucks’ winter drinks
I salute whoever decided to open a branch of Starbucks in my uni’s canteen.
8. Completing another work experience placement
I’m spending a week at Media Wales and I’m equal parts nervous and excited — mostly excited to see what goes on in the newsroom.
9. Enjoying nights in
I feel less guilty about snuggling up inside with a book when it’s chucking it down outside and there are loads of novels on my ever-growing reading list. I’m guilty of neglecting my Kindle in favour of library books, so I’m determined to make my way through everything I haven’t read yet.
10. Moving into a new student house
With a bath. And a clean one at that. You know what that means… bath bombs! Perfect for the cold Welsh nights.
What do you love most about autumn and/or winter? Are you sad to see the end of summer or do you like the colder months? Let me know in the comments.
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Beth, 26, South East England.
Lover of books, dogs, yoga, travelling, and gin.
I write about ethical & eco-friendly living, minimalism, and mental health, as I muddle through one step at a time. Enjoy!