I’m writing this on a train, travelling from Dublin to the west of Ireland on a quick visit to my mum’s. It’s the day of the autumn equinox and, coincidentally, this is the first day in ages that I’ve felt a little chilly and put a jacket on.
The new season is officially here, and while lots of people seem a little sad that summer and long bright evenings are over, I actually don’t mind. I love the changing seasons (I would hate to live somewhere with year-round sunshine!) and there are so many reasons to be cheerful at this time of year.
As I’m passing the time on this train, I thought I’d make a list of my top five autumn/winter loves and share it with you; and I’d love to hear your reasons to be cheerful too, so please leave me a message at the end of this blog!
I much prefer winter clothes to summer ones.
I love snuggling up in jumpers, boots and faux fur coats. I love pub lunches in front of blazing log fires. I love walking along the canal on a cold, crisp morning.
I devoted the whole of my last blog to that though, so I won’t harp on about it again here!
Although summer is great for outdoor activities, there is so much we can find to do indoors when the weather gets colder; like going to the theatre.
Last week, I went with my niece to the Everyman theatre in Cheltenham to see ‘Footloose – The Musical’, starring Gareth Gates.
It was brilliant, and took me right back to my youth when my friends and I were obsessed with the ‘Footloose’ movie. I really need to go to the theatre more often, and this time of year is perfect for it.
I don’t eat porridge during the summer, but it’s a perfect cold weather breakfast, especially with a banana and some berries added.
I really enjoy my first porridge of the year… I might wait until October though, so it’s a bit colder! And soup too.
I’m a truly dreadful cook, but even I can rustle up a decent soup in my Cooks Essentials soup maker.
I just love Christmas, and the build-up to it, which at QVC has already started, with our monthly Christmas days. So much fun!
I’m working over Christmas this year, but I’ll still find time to enjoy it.
This may sound a little odd, but winter is my time to re-group, look back on the past year and start looking ahead to the next.
That could be planning anything really, from places I’d like to visit next year to what plants I want in the garden. I know we can’t always plan, as life has a habit of throwing unexpected things at us, but I like to try.
I also do a big wardrobe sort-out too – in fact, I’m going to do that in October. Always nice to enter a new season with an organised closet!
If you really want to hold on to summer though, I recommend the fabulous 10 piece Summer Shower Gel Collection from Philosophy. I am gradually working my way through this and it really has some of the most gorgeous, true-to-life fragrances. I love foodie and fruity aromas (in both candles, like Yankee Candle, and bath products) and these are divine – if you like the sound of Raspberry Sorbet, Vanilla Coconut or Passion Fruit Daiquiri, you will love this selection.
So I’m starting the new season with a positive attitude and a sense of excitement. Who knows what it will bring us all?
I hope it’s a good one, for everyone.
Love Jackie xx