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Welcoming in Autumn

By Sarah
18th November 2016

It’s official: November has truly arrived and Christmas is just around the corner. Signs of the seasons changing are everywhere as the trees shed leaves, we don our coats - and discuss whose house we’re going to for Christmas Day!

Although not everyone’s a fan of the darker evenings, I myself look forward to shutting the curtains, firing up the woodburner and hibernating with a mug of cocoa. A recent survey by cleaning firm Jeyes has revealed I’m not alone with Brits twice as likely to make excuses to avoid a social event than during the summer months.

Autumn means my favourite foodie flavour, pumpkin spice is back on the menu. I’m especially looking forward to trying Bailey’s new Pumpkin Spice Liqueur and have already checked out their (boozy) latte recipe. I’m also looking forward to my first mulled cider of the season - a great way to beat off any winter blues. Well, things are slowing down in nature, so I like to take it easy too…

In the garden, I’m enjoying the broccoli-like Autumn Glory display in the borders and the Pyracanthas and Cotoneaster are ablaze with orange and red berries, greedily being eaten by the blackbirds. I’ve switched my summer hanging baskets and tubs to clashing pink, red and purple cyclamen. I’ve also installed a hedgehog house to encourage a prickly visitor and I’m once again feeding the birds and love that my feathered-friend the robin is becoming extra vivid as the garden fades.

Autumnal days can be stunning from crisp mornings and quieter sunsets to chilly star-filled nights. It’s a great season to walk and if you fancy somewhere new, the National Trust has some bracing beach walks to gentle woodland strolls with their Autumn Colour Walk ideas. You may still be able to do a spot of foraging for apples and blackberries before the first frost sets in. Whip up a cobbler or crumble for the perfect autumn pud.

There are, of course some downsides to the colder weather. The great central heating debate kicks off and couples up and down the county argue over the temperature. The disagreements start in late October, reports Anglian Home Improvements and it’s usually the woman of the house insisting the heating goes on as early as possible. That sounds about right.

Keep warm - just don’t get caught near the thermostat!

Why not brighten up someone’s day during this season with our Large Autumn Mixed Gift Basket filled with a medley of seasonal plants including my favourite gerberas and cyclamen.

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