Autumn, to do.

Manchester, last autumn

{Manchester, last autumn}

Today is officially autumn. I love the colours of the season and the crisp mornings, but I struggle when the nights set it.

So here are 10 things I’m going to do to enjoy the season. Long, dreary nights be damned!

  1. Make caramel apples, go on an autumnal walk and eat them
  2. Drink a pumpkin spice latte
  3. Buy flannel sheets
  4. Make a pumpkin pie
  5. Wear orange tights
  6. Make a quilt
  7. Do something haunted
  8. Make root vegetable crisps
  9. Star gaze, with hot chocolate
  10. Eat fondue

Historic Houses, Highest Hills

 

Bolton Walk - Manchester in the Distance

{Manchester, behind the clouds}

On Sundays, we walk. Or at least, these past two Sundays we have. We were actually supposed to go camping over the weekend, but stress and fatigue levels from the week got the better of us so we decided to stay in Manchester instead.

Bolton Walk - Winter Hill March

{Sunday}

We didn’t want the weekend to pass us by without a bit of adventure however, so we went on this walk. 

I forget how close we are to nature sometimes. It’s easy to get lost in the haze of the city, but a short 25 minute drive away found us surrounded by lush heather and only sheep for company. It rained the whole time we were out, but it was a satisfying rain. Cleansing, almost.

Bolton Walk - Friends

{friends}

 

The days are long, but the years are short

Winter Hill, Bolton

{Winter Hill, Bolton}

Is one of my favourite quotes. But recently, the days have felt short. Too short. My to do list remains incomplete at the end of the week. Our flat has been uncharacteristically cluttered. I have half written blog posts spanning the last few months, waiting to be completed. Sometimes, I feel so overwhelmed by the amount I have to do, that I get exactly none of it done.

We were supposed to go camping this weekend, but after a terrible nights sleep on Friday, we decided to spend the weekend in Manchester, just the two of us, instead.

I feel better for it. My job’s list is still full but looking more manageable. We went for a restorative walk around the country side today and blew away some cobwebs. Our lunches are packed for tomorrow and I’m about to settle down with a good book before bed.

Life is good, even when it’s a bit mental.