- Get those candles going, darker evenings mean time to snuggle up and get cosy so treat yourself to some new scented candles to set the scene.
- Fill a flask with tea, wrap up and go for a long walk out to a local park, wood or drive out into the countryside - best time of day is misty morning when the autumn trees look just magical.
- Visit a pumpkin farm and pick your own to decorate!
- Cook a bloomin' great big casserole, stew or pot of soup - heartwarming food for the autumn months.
- Rainy day? Dig out the photos you have taken so far this year (or choose the photos from your phone or computer to be sent off to be printed) and make them into a photo album.
- Learn to crochet or knit! Lots of online courses if you haven't got anyone to show you ( Good crochet one here from Beautiful Things ) Then make yourself a ridiculously long scarf.
- Book a holiday! Great time to sit and dream up your next escape, spend an evening travelling around the world on your computer and find the perfect destination for your next adventure.
- Be inspired by the Great British Bake Off and get baking. Tis the season for apple or blackberry pies and let's face it, when isn't it a good time to bake some cookies?
- Get an open fire going - or a small bonfire/BBQ in the garden - and toast some marshmallows on sticks.
- Put away those summer beach books and create an Autumn book list, here are some perfect classic books and spooky tales or have a look at some of the best new books released in Autumn 2016
- Give yourself permission to have a lovely lazy dedicated Morning In Bed. So that's breakfast in bed, snacks, books or magazines, dozing, watching a film...time to just completely laze.
- Treat yourself to some new Autumn colour nail varnish.
- Finding longer dark evenings to fill? Choose yourself a box set to immerse yourself in, here's a list of some really fab ones. Treat yourself to an episode a night or do a Sunday binge watch snuggled on the sofa with blankets, a cuppa or a glass of wine.
- Borrow a kid or a dog if you need to have an 'excuse' but go on an Autumn walk and run, jump and kick your way through some piles of leaves.
- Weather forecast looks a bit rubbish for the weekend? Create your own personal weekend film festival, choose a theme maybe some scary films for Halloween, spooky but ok for kids films or films set in Autumn. Line up a list of films to watch with plenty of popcorn and snacks to sustain you.
- Make a Halloween playlist on Spotify or listen to the rather unsettling story podcast Limetown which has been a huge hit in the USA this year...it's really good!
- On a fresh clear night grab some blankets, drinks and nibbles and drive out somewhere where you can see the stars or overlook a city.
- Make a bird feeder and hang it outside a window so you can enjoy watching birds coming and going in the garden.
- Shop online for some lovely new funky thick socks.
- Get crafty! Lots of Autumn craft ideas to be found here on Pinterest.
I just love Autumn! What would you add to the list?
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