I’m happily walking into and through fall on my way to winter.
Actually I call it autumn, but what does it matter?
Fall and I think of turning leaves. I imagine the sound as we kick our legs and feet through piles of crackle. Fall and I long for cosy sweaters and puffer jackets; the coming of the cooler temperatures is a joy for me. Fall is the start of frosty mornings, cold cheeks and the lingering vapour of a chilly breath. In Europe it means shorter days and twinkly evenings. Some find the end of summer hard to bear; I am fortunate to find it rejuvenating.
I am a cold weather girl.
Cooler days put a spring in my step and make me think of long hikes in the countryside or through urban parks. This moment I can hear the sound of raking as the leaves are pushed from their scattered patterns into orderly mess. Fallen leaves make me want to run and jump, toss them all about and let them soar. Silly and childish I know; but that is what autumn means to me.
We didn’t grow up with the tradition of Halloween and while it gathers momentum as a time of celebration in Europe, it is not a holiday I actively engage in. Autumn for many conjures up glowing pumpkins and costumes, simmering spices and trick or treat candies.
I welcome the change of season for the activities and for the colour.
The fall season immediately brings to mind a stronger palette for our wardrobes, perhaps a foray into something golden, but also a re-vamp of the casual.
I’m in need of new walking boots; sometimes the all-round-best-friend, the sneaker, does have limitations – sodden feet for hours being one of them. A waterproof boot is essential in most country areas for long walks and they even have their place in the city. I am going walking this weekend – so while the clothing might be easy, the boots need some help.
They need to be first and foremost comfortable and they need to be strong enough but not make me feel and look like Frankenstein; they need to be Goldilocks right.
Not too tight, too loose, too hard or too soft; a tall call, you might say? xv
Walking Into Fall: Just Right
Today marks the return of a group of writers creating their spin on a chosen subject, “Welcoming The Change of Seasons”. Different styles, viewpoints, visions and ideas make for fabulous reads. You can find the By Invitation entries HERE.