Oh how we love to moan about the long British winters. The rain, the cold, the long nights, the short days…Every year we talk about how we want to emigrate, we want summer back again, we need to go on a relaxing holiday. But this year I’ve decided I’m going to embrace all that the British autumn and winter have to offer.
Fancy joining me? Here’s my autumn/ winter bucket list and all of the reasons why I don’t care that summer’s over…
1. Treat myself to a new winter coat
Hands-down my favourite thing about the onset of autumn is the autumn/winter fashion. I just love investing in a new winter coat, a pair of boots, wool mini skirts and knitted jumpers. Shopping the new season at this time of year makes me giddy. I still haven’t really embraced fashion since having Taylor, but I feel like this is the season for some new wardrobe staples and treats for myself for a change.
2. Make time to read a book (or three)
In the 20 months since having Taylor and starting blogging I have read just two books. As a life-long book lover I’m pretty disappointed in myself. I’m looking forward to some nights curled up in front of the fire or in a hot bath getting into a good book this winter.
3. Fully milk my birthday
September is my birthday month and I’m fully intending to celebrate it this year. The last few years have been pretty low-key with being pregnant and having a sleep-thief. So far I have four different celebrations in mind including a date night with the hubs at a favourite restaurant in Birmingham and afternoon tea with friends in Nottingham. Well, why not?
4. Enjoy the scenery and improve my photography
I absolutely love the British scenery in autumn and winter. I’m not talking about the dull, rainy days but the ones with crisp blue skies, multi-coloured trees and meadows glistening with frost. For Christmas last year the hubby bought me a ‘big camera’ and I vowed to get better at photography. In truth I’m still stuck on auto and haven’t spent enough time understanding how to properly use my SLR. I’m planning to take my camera out a lot more often on those beautiful days and hopefully improve my photography skills, as well as being more mindful.
5. Calve pumpkins for Halloween
I’m traditionally a bit of a Halloween bore and haven’t really marked it since those crazy fancy dress parties at university. Last year I was totally unprepared and didn’t even have a Mars bar to hand for the local kids…So this year I really need to do better and get the best sweet stash in town. I’m even going to get crafty with a few pumpkins.
6. Wrap up warm for bonfire night
Last year we missed any firework displays since we had a 10 month old in bed for 7pm. Now that Taylor’s a little older we can get away with keeping her up past bedtime on the odd occassion and I’m determined to venture out this year and go to one of our local events. I love getting all wrapped up and tucking into a toffee apple at the fair – in my new winter coat of course.
7. Post Christmas cards
Most years I buy Christmas cards and they end up in the back of a kitchen draw unposted. As a stay at home mum I really feel like I should take responsibility for keeping age-old traditions like these alive – I really have no excuse.
8. Do all of my Christmas shopping on ‘Black Friday’/ ‘Cyber Monday’
I’m not naturally a super organised person, so always end up getting my Christmas shopping the week before and missing out on all of those great deals. My sister on the other hand is the total opposite and always tells me about the great bargains she nabbed on Black Friday. I’m planning on being smart like my sister this year and being very organised for a change.
9. Visit the German market
We always visit the Frankfurt Christmas Market in Birmingham every year to have a tipple and get in the Christmas spirit. I love Birmingham at Christmas and will be embracing the crowds, the crystal lamps, fairisle hats, and scented candles (all whilst munching on a German Bratwurst) again this year.
10. Celebrate New Year in Dubai
Okay…so perhaps this is a bit of a cop-out – it’s not celebrating the British winter at all. Instead we will be in the warm Dubai dessert having a barbecue and watching fireworks over the Burj Khalifa. We’re visiting my sister’s family and I’m pretty excited…
What’s on your autumn/ winter bucket list? Do you enjoy autumn/ winter or wish that it could be summer everyday?