Welcome Lovely September.
The warmth of the sun still breaks through from time to time but Autumn’s slow steady knock is drumming at the door. September’s arrival ushers in a time of preparation, harvesting crops, storing up for winter and readying ourselves for the start of a new term.
I for one, have spent much of the summer months in what has felt like an eternal spring clean, purging anything and everything that fails to bring joy or purpose to our little brood. The peace and light it has brought my mind has been blissful but those shorter days are drawing in and it’s time to brace ourselves. Soon torrents of rain and damp dark mornings will roll into gloomy afternoons and, if you’re anything like me, it can feel a little depressing. That is, until Christmas begins to rear her beautifully twinkly head, of course!
Just as squirrel nutkins stores away his nuts for winter, here’s how I intend to prepare myself this harvest time…
- Bask in the light. Autumnal light is quite simply the most scrumptious of all the lights, that golden dappled glow is the stuff of fairytales. So absorb every last drop, pull on those welly boots and stomp through the great outdoors. Stockpile your vitamin D and take beautiful photographs.
- Bring the light in. String up fairy lights, pick up that lamp and place armfuls of candles around your home. Ceiling lights can feel a little harsh at times so fill your space with beautiful soft, twinkly lights and be sure to flick them on as those dark nights draw in.
- Feel good 4 o’clock. It’s 4 o’clock, dark and drizzly, one of the more depressing times of day. Take note of times of day that get you down, learn to recognise any patterns and devise a plan. For me those dark afternoons are a complete kill joy. So already we’ve begun to gather a stash of feel good films, the plan being that come late afternoon, the curtains will be drawn, milk shall be warming on the stove and all present shall snuggle under a blanket for the screening. I am so fortunate to have the time at home with Florence to trouble shoot rainy days, but whatever your circumstance find a little pick me up. Perhaps a timely cup of tea or cheeky chunk of chocolate will combat those beastly blues or even the promise of a steaming hot bath when you return home. Following Flossy’s arrival were the baby blues that would swoop in everyday around 3 o’clock. Fortunately I had the wisest of health visitors who helped me overcome these blues with compulsory cake. Never underestimate the power of well timed cake in your life.
- Drink all the tea. Even the spriteliest of morning people can’t help but struggle to leap from bed when the break of day greets us like the dead of night. Why not purchase a cheap kettle to keep in your bedroom, forgo the chilly walk to the kitchen and thaw your sleepy head with scorching hot tea from the comfort of bed. You may even be able to cajole yourself out with he promise of a second cup.
However you spend this Autumn term, I hope you find your own little light source to fuel your days.
– Fifi & Florence x