ABCs of Autumn

It’s the first official day of Autumn, and you know what that means! It’s time for my annual ABCs of Autumn post, where I round up all the seasonal things that I’d like to do this year. 

You can read past autumn posts here (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013)

abcs of autumn

Apple cider flavoured everything. It’s not very common but I love proper American apple cider (cider isn’t alcohol in America which is a shock to UK readers, sometimes), apple cider donuts with cinnamon sugar, apple cider cakes….
Bonfire Night. It will be our first Bonfire Night in York after years of seeing the Crystal Palace Fireworks. But Guy Fawkes was born in York, so surely it’s the perfect place to be for it?
Christmas shopping. That’s right, everyone. I’m one of those annoying people who likes to have it all done pre-December. 

Develop my social media channels more. I have a few goals that I’d like to hit soon. (1000 on Pinterest and 5000 on twitter and instagram.) Also to encourage more newsletter sign ups. 

Evenings in. There’s no better excuse to curl up at home under a blanket than the fact that the daylight is getting shorter and much colder. 

Foliage. I love when the leaves change colours and there are pops of vibrant reds, oranges and yellow around. (I just dislike when they fall off the trees altogether and we are surrounded by bareness.)

Go to a pick your own farm. And find some tasty apples and maybe a pumpkin or two.

Halloween! Usually my Halloweens in the UK are fairly low-key, but I love Halloween. (My favourite being 2 years ago when I did a ton of research and led Sam on a personal ghost-tour of the Highgate/Hampstead area and then we stopped at DumDum for ghostly themed donuts)

Instructing Harold in the ways of “being a good dog”. I’m desperate to get him housetrained before the winter sets in. (Mostly so that I can unroll our rug in the living room, which has been stored upstairs in the office since his arrival.) 

Jumping in leaf piles is still socially acceptable once you’re in your late twenties/early 30s, right? 

Kitchen-time is more fun. Baking and cooking becomes cosier and a lot more hygge the second it starts getting cold and I love spending a whole Sunday by the stove making a full-meal. 

Lock in a tattoo appointment. I’ve picked out an artist that I really love (she specialises in beautiful watercolour tattoos, now I just need to find an opening in her schedule.) 

Movie marathons. Scary movies around Halloween, and then after that the inaugural Harry Potter movie marathon. (To see how many times I inevitably cry.) 

New starts. Something about the school year starting back again always feels like more of a “new start” time of year than January 1st does for me. It’s a great time to set some new goals and habits. 

Open fires. One day Sam and I will have one of our own, but until then we’ll have to continue to find dog-friendly pubs with large roaring open-fires. 

Pumpkin in all things. It’s my inner-American coming out but I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin flavour. And luckily for me, I’ve converted Sam as well! 

Quiet time. Summer has been fairly full on, and nearly all my weekends are booked up for the autumn already but I’m looking forward to some quiet weeknight evenings at home.

Read ghost stories. I always love a good spooky tale or movie, but I especially love curling up with a creepy read whilst the rain is lashing against the window.

Scarves, jumpers, boots. Cozy clothing that makes me feel snuggly and safe, for the win! 

Thanksgiving. This will be my 8th Thanksgiving in the UK which seems incredible! That means nearly 1/3 of my Thanksgivings on this planet have been abroad. Last year we didn’t get to properly celebrate as we had just moved up to York, were waiting for all our furniture to arrive and have hoards of builders doing last-minute repairs (that were supposed to be finished well before we moved in – the perils of renting!) 

Uniform wardrobe. I’m trying to create my own semi-capsule/uniform wardrobe for the autumn/winter and I have my eye on a few new pieces.

Vacations to new and old places! I have a press trip to Berlin lined up, as well as a weekend in Bratislava and Faro to look forward to this autumn.

Walks outside. I like walking all the time, but there’s something especially magical about being out in nature in the crisp air and light mist. 

Xylophone band practice. You should hear our York group. We have a completely different sound from the old London affair. 

Yoga and dance classes. At the studio I love, there are no classes during the term holidays so I’m excited to get back into it!

Zzzz. Sleeping in the Autumn is so much more satisfying than summer sleeps. Just think about how hard it is to leave your warm and cozy duvet. 

“I’m glad to live in a world where there are Octobers” L. M. Montgomery 

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  • As ever these are some of my favourite posts! Bring on the cosy warm brightly coloured autumnal scenery! 😀 Alice xxxx

  • Crisp air? Light mist? Here we just have wind and rain right now! Haha.

    I loooove pumpkin everything. Not pumpkin-flavoured everything, but actual pumpkin. Soup, curry, risotto… give me the pumpkin!!

  • That’s one of my all time fave LMM quotes!!! <3

  • Amanda you have me so excited for the winter months. Apple cider doughnuts sound divine!


  • I’m so excited for these Autumn/Winter months! I’m happy to see the evenings getting darker, so evenings in are just so cosy. And I really want to go pumpkin picking this year too! Lovely post 🙂 x

    Kayleigh |

    • Evenings in are so cosy but then it makes it tricky to do blog photography after work. (Haha, the eternal blogger complaint, though – right?) Pumpkin picking is so much fun – it’s definitely a childlike joy for me! x

  • This is such a cute list! I used to make an autumn bucket list every year when I was living in New England and have totally neglected it since moving to London. But I want to do so many of the same things on your list – really looking forward to the next couple of months!

    • If you’re in London, Kelly – there’s a pick your own farm with lots of pumpkins not too far South of you. It’s called Garson’s Farm and it’s in Esher and it’s only about a 30 minute train ride to Esher from London Waterloo! The farm is about a half hour walk from Esher (or a quick taxi and/or bus). It’s where I used to always go when we lived in SE London xxx

  • This is the first of your ABCs of Autumn posts I have read and I loved it…it’s made me so excited for everything ahead! I also feel like this time of year is the time for new starts – and I cant wait for jumpers, pumpkins and autumnal walks xxx

    Sophie | Sophar So Good

    • It’s been feeling very crisp and autumnal in York over the past few days. I’ve cracked the jumpers out for the season now. I just wish it wouldn’t get dark so early! (A true blogger complaint though) xx

  • Zara

    I loved this style of post – how on earth did I miss your ABCs of Autumn last year?! I am so excited for more cosy evenings in, snuggled up with a book and some tea! Sadly I think most of my evenings will be spent in the library which is not so fun on a cold, wet night! xx

  • I love this post Amanda!
    So fun!!
    When are you off to Berlin? I booked some flights the other day for my birthday in early November and I’m mega excited!
    Holly xxx ///

    • I’m in Berlin the first week of October-ish. I went this time last year and LOVED it! I honestly can’t wait to go back! X

      • Any hotel suggestions? xx

        • I stayed at one of the Scandic hotels (because there was an amazing deal on) but for something a little bit more boutiquey I heard good things about Michelberger x

  • Laura Emilia

    This post made me so excited about Autumn! Apple cider donuts with cinnamon sugar sound especially good – I wonder if I can find something similar in the UK… <3

    I'm also very much looking forward to all the foliage and Autumn walks in the woods. xx

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

    • I have a recipe for apple cider donuts with cinnamon sugar on my recipes page if you are keen on trying them out for yourself (or have someone who’d bake them for you.) 😉 xx

  • Oh gosh, yes yes yes and yes! I also love the walks in the woods or park, with a cup of coffee in my hands.

  • This is making me so excited for Autumn!! It’s definitely my favorite season!
    Lucie, xx

  • Always love this list – it just gets me so excited for fall! (but isn’t the first day of autumn next week?) In any case, today certainly felt autumnal here.
    I never thought of watching HP movies at this time of year and it seems like just the thing! & we had to roll away our rugs too for the first month (sad face). Ohhh! been having house training success lately, by the way! Funny, it’s all been to do with US not him. We’ve been enclosing him more/watching him like a hawk and it seems to work (so far, so good).

    • We’ve been trying to watch Harold like a hawk too. We’ve cracked his routine and (mostly) know when he’s going to need the toilet and pre-emptively take him outside. Now to get him to let us know to take him out, instead of just going on the front door mat (his favourite place). i don’t know if Ferdie is like this, but Harold refuses to go on his leash. If we are out walking him and we know he needs a wee he won’t do it and will wait until we get back in the house. Like a little rascal 😉 x

      • Ohh man – I haven’t heard of that before….. I’m sure you’ve tried everything, but have you tried just standing around looking absolutely bored/not looking at him (but not moving) and see if he just gets bored and decides to do it? Hope that can help…. I know it’s something he’s going to grow out of, fortunately! Little booger.

        • He likes his privacy so we do try to look away/bored. But someone told us that some dogs need to see another dog relieve themselves on a leash first before they learn that they can so we’ve been stalking dogs in the park to see if we can get Harold to watch one with no luck yet! x

  • What a great list. Jumping in leaf piles is always acceptable! If you happen to find any proper cider, or have suggestions on how to make your own, please share. Fall isn’t my favorite season, but I do love cider and miss it every year. Cloudy apple juice just isn’t the same.

    • Cloudy apple juice 100% is NOT the same. I have the same struggle. I don’t have any recipes but I found a fairly good dupe: Ocado pressed unfiltered apple juice. It’s still not the same but it’s the best I’ve found so far. xx

  • Okay, this was a brilliant list and just about summed up everything I love about it being Autumn. Especially the cider bit, which immediately made me excited for mulled cider and mulled wine! x

  • I have a lot to say.

    1. I live for the Xs in these posts. Will you ever rent out the “x” to guest bloggers? I can write good x’s. They may be X rated… (did I say this last time? I’m very repetitive)
    2. I think I have a whole post worth on my thoughts about pumpkin and England. Best get on that.
    3. Jumping in leaf piles is always highly recommended, but make sure there’s not a giant rat hiding in the warmth of all the leaves. I once accidentally kicked an autumn leaf rat. It was worse for the rat than it was for me, but…
    4. Apple Cider. No alcohol? WTF is it? Just apple juice? I need a post just on this, I’m losing it here!

    • You have now ruined leaf piles for me. WTF. A leaf rat?! I’d die.

      It’s so hard to explain what apple cider is to non-North American people. It’s like fermented apple juice but not fermented to the point where it becomes alcohol. Then you add in cinnamon and nutmeg and stuff and it because the king of autumn drinks.

      Maybe I should farm out twitter suggestions for the winter x?

      Please write this pumpkin post immediately. Though if you hate pumpkin but you ever have the opportunity to eat pumpkin gnocchi you still have to as it is amazing.

  • So beautiful! I absolutely love everything about Autumn.

  • Miu

    Your list managed to get me a bit more into the spirit of autumn 🙂


  • I love that quote! And I think this is one of my favourite ABCs of Autumn you’ve made 🙂 I love the autumn in Scotland because it’s finally an appropriate time to bundle up haha