The start of autumn is here, and whether you love it or loath it, the colder weather is here to stay. We have compiled a list of cosy things to do over the next few months, all of which can be done at home or maintaining social distancing rules.
Bake a Dorset Apple Cake
A regional favourite, the Dorset Apple Cake is perfect for a crisp Autumn day. Here is a simple Dorset Apple Cake recipe to make this weekend.
Create a seasonal display
Create an autumnal display, such as a centrepiece on your table or on a mantlepiece. Go foraging for fallen branches and leaves, maybe add some pumpkins and pine cones to the mix too.
Just like a spring clean, sort through the cupboards and give your home a proper clean, you can then spend the rest of the season relaxing in your tidy and decluttered home.
Find a new hobby
Take up a new hobby to do in the darker evenings, something that you can do whilst watching the telly is a bonus. Why not take up knitting or macrame. Here are a few beginner kits to get you started!
Visit a park
Take advantage of the change in the seasons and watch as the landscape starts to change colour. Take a flask of something warming and head out for a nice walk on an autumn morning.
Get out throws and blankets
Get out your throws, cushions and blankets. Drape them across beds and chairs in the home to create a cosy feel and to wrap up warm in the evenings.
Make a hearty stew
The colder weather means we can enjoy our favourite soups and stews again. Make a big batch and freeze into individual portions for an easy lunch or dinner any day of the week.
Do some yoga
As the weather starts to get colder, don’t forget to keep active. A nice gentle way to do this would be some daily yoga.
Prep the garden for Autumn
There will be a few jobs to do in the garden before winter sets in. Head to the Gardeners World website to see your jobs for the next few months.
Swap over your wardrobe
Pack away the flip-flops and summer hats and get out your jumpers and woolly socks!
Visit the seaside
As the crowds have started to disappear from the holiday hotspots, take advantage of the empty beaches and have a trip to the seaside. Dress up warm and take a flask of hot chocolate or soup to enjoy whilst you are there.
Autumn brings with it an abundance of seasonal produce. Fruits such as figs, plums, blackberries and damsons will all be in season along with an array of vegetables. Take note of what is in season and head to your local greengrocers.