The first few weeks of Autumn has been a great reminder of how much I love this season. After the hustle and bustle of Summer with it's festive events, bountiful beach time, hot nights and seemingly endless social events I've felt somewhat relieved that the days are shortening and embracing some quiet time to reflect and make some plans. Here's what I have in mind so far....
Planting for Spring is a beautiful way to celebrate the seasons in a really literal sense. The entire process of those earthy, onion-like bulbs lying dormant through Autumn, harnessing their life force during Winter, to burst forth in Spring is almost alchemic. Spring Bulbs emerging from damp muddy soil can really give you something to look forward to after a long, wet and bone-achingly cold Winter. Plus I've always dreamed of a driveway lined with daffodils...Heaven!
Now that the temperature is starting to drop it makes cooking much more enjoyable, all those amazing slow cooked dinners are just begging to be prepared. Osso Bucco is one of our favourites and we can never wait to crack open some big ballsy Cab Savs to serve alongside.
The next Autumnal treat to start enjoying again is hot chocolate, and boy can we put away litres of that liquid heaven. Surely anytime is a good time for marshmallows, am I right?...Grounded Pleasures in Ballarat has an amazing range of drinking chocolates and chai to warm us up. I'll be trying out the Noir dark drinking chocolate or maybe the chilli, too many choices! You can discover all of their range by clicking HERE
Cool, damp weather also brings other gifts, some are definitely only for looking at but are spectacular all the same. Might be time to book into one of Alison Pouliot's very popular Fungus Workshops or Forays into the Forest to learn how to identify all these amazing mushrooms. You can find out more by clicking HERE
Now that the guilt of being outside in the sun has passed, we can start cosying up in our favourite chair with a great book by the fire. Or if you're like me you may have a growing pile of great books and mags next to the bed just begging for a cold, wet morning to catch up. What are you reading?...I'm always perusing Readings Bookshop's review lists, you can too by clicking HERE
But by far and away it's the changes in our surrounds that I enjoy the most. The magic explosion of colour, seeing just how vivid the leaves will become just before they drop for another year. The crispness in the air of an early morning brings with it the first signs of this gorgeous season, and I can't wait! So much to look forward to, bring it on!