I’ve read so many lovely Autumn blog posts recently that I thought it was high time I wrote one of my own. But this is a post with a difference, I’m going to list out what I don’t like about Autumn (spoiler alert: there will be pumpkins…)
- The constantly changing weather. Do I dress up like a husky or go out in a t-shirt? Should I even take a change of outfit?
- The mizzle (mist + drizzle) plays absolute havoc with my hair. I can go out in the morning with some nicely defined curls and by lunch time it will be a ball of frizz. And a hat with no coat is not a cool mummy look I aspire to.
- Slippery leaves. Leaf piles are all very well but I seem to spend a lot of time navigating compacted piles of wet leaves and slipping frequently on those I don’t see. Leaf piles = black ice for me.
- Demisting the inside of the car before I can drive anywhere. Peering through a small hole in the mist on a sunny morning is not an experience I enjoy or recommend, even though needs must on the school run.
- Spiders’ webs. I seem to walk into far more than my fair share of spiders’ webs in Autumn, most of which are at head height so I end up frantically wiping my face, neck and hair for fear of being bitten. Because spiders do bite, OK? I’m a gardener, I have the scars.
- Pumpkins. There, I said it. I don’t like pumpkins. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin cakes, pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, pumpkin candles, pumpkin toiletries, #sorrynotsorry
- Darker mornings. Getting up in the morning is hard enough, getting up in the dark just compounds the felony.
- Central heating. I actually don’t like having the heating on. My skin and hair react badly and I wake up with a blocked nose and slight headache in the mornings.
- No room in bed. We have three cats and when it gets colder they all pile onto our bed. So my husband and I end up perched on the extreme edges. And, no, we can’t shut our door because the little sods would wail and scratch the door all night.
However, to counterbalance my humbugging, Flora, my beautiful, poetic daughter, has asked me to list what she loves about Autumn:
- The changing colour of the leaves.
- Kicking the leaf piles.
- Harvest festival.
- The silk inside the chestnut/conker shell.
- Collecting conkers.
- Seeing her reflection in water droplets.
- The flying patterns of migrating birds.
- Bonfire Night.
So, now that she’s redressed the balance in the most beautiful way (OK, I’m biased), what do you like, or not like, about Autumn? Are you a fan like Flora, or a Grinch like me? 🙂