Today felt distinctly Autumn like. The temperature has dropped considerably, the sun in fits and bursts but the wind began to dominate. It's always a sad day when you finally have to wave au revoir to Summer, but Autumn is also an exciting time.
Leaves begin to turn to reds and golds, nights become longer, blankets come out of the airing cupboard, candles are lit and stews bubble away all day in the slow cooker. Crumbles, pies and warming sweet custard take over from Summer puddings. Apples, pears and plums replace berries and watermelons. Country walks kicking through the fallen leaves, the smell of wood burning permeating the air, cosy pub lunches and afternoons spent reading romantic novels in front of roaring fires.
Autumn also provides the countdown to Halloween, Bonfire Night and finally giving way to the big day itself Christmas.
Though most exciting of all is the start of the Autumn television schedules. As an ex agent I'm very pleased to see a whole raft of new British drama, ITV seem to be excelling themselves this year. Strictly Come Dancing is nearly back on our screens providing the best family Saturday night entertainment. The new line up was finally announced with some interesting celebrities which should make for interesting viewing. Matilda was fascinated by it last year, so I'll be interested to see how much she gets into it now she's that much older. I'm sure she'll love it and attempt all the dances herself as she was beginning to do last year.
So I'm not going to be sad Summer has moved on to pastures new, because Autumn has so much to offer and look forward to. Bring it on!
Image from the Telegraph.co.uk