Three things I love about Autumn

Other than the dark nights, there isn’t much I don’t like about Autumn. The beautiful changing colours of the leaves, getting cosy in warm winter layers, and lots of comforting food, all feel just right when they come around again every year. Here are three of my favourite things about Autumn so far:

1. Knitwear

Jumpers are having a bit of a fashion moment this autumn so there’s plenty of choice out there (see The Guardian for  a few nice ones)  – from luxury cashmere, to quirky prints, to the polo neck which is making a comeback. I love getting a new jumper to signal the start of the cold seasons.

My jumper of choice this autumn was discovered in a little vintage shop in Stoke Newington. It’s by a small label called LauraLaura (how fitting) that takes vintage jumpers and transforms them into new, unique creations using hand embroidery. I snapped up a lovely camel-coloured jumper embroidered the slogan “good as gold” but I also really liked this alphabet cardigan.

LauraLaura knitwear

The other really sweet thing LauraLaura do is make Peter Pan collars from recycled wool. I’m a huge fan of this type of collar and the LauraLaura ones are some of the cutest I’ve seen.

LauraLaura collar

2. Anything with cinnamon

This weekend, I can’t get enough of the stuff. Homemade apple and cinnamon muffins (see recipe below), roasted butternut squash and cinnamon, a milky hot drink with cinnamon, the list goes on. It is the archetypal autumnal flavour – warm, comforting, versatile. I’ve gone through a jar of it already this month. Yum.

3. Wellies

Strictly for walking through leaves of course. I recently stayed at a gorgeous little hotel in the New Forest (The Pig) which provided an array of Hunters for guests to borrow, meaning that everyone could mulch through the forest floor carefree.  Such a brilliant idea.

Hunter wellies for guests at The Pig

Apple & Cinnamon muffins recipe (from BBC good food)

  • 400g plain flour
  • 4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp mixed spice
  • 125g caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 4 tsp sunflower oil
  • 350ml milk
  • 2 cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  1. Preheat the oven to 200C.
  2. Sieve the plain flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and mixed spice into a bowl and stir in sugar.
  3. Beat the egg in a measuring jug and add the oil. Continue beating until light and fluffy. Next add the milk and whisk together.
  4. Fold the egg, oil and milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Then fold in the chopped apples. Be careful not to over mix.
  5. Spoon the mixture into muffin tray lined with muffin cases.
  6. Bake for 25 minutes until risen and golden.

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