Autumnal
nesting

Sand crunches underfoot – inside my house; towels, buckets and spades adorn the doorway and car. This is our summer picture, but this week/month I’m “nesting”, so the picture is a bit different.

Autumn is my favourite season. The days start to become cooler, the nights longer and nature transforms with a vibrant burnt orange colour palette.

It’s also because as the cold approaches I am drawn like a vacuum to clean, polish and pack away to prepare for long nights cosying up on the sofa in front of the fireplace.

Sadly, this also means no more sand crunching underfoot that has made its way home from the beach and squeals and splashes of delight in crystal clear waters. The towels, buckets and spades that have become a regular fixture in our doorway and the car boot are rinsed off and packed away until summer reappears.

Autumn has a calmness to it. The soft ruffling of leaves before they fall. The crackling of the fire as it warms up the house. Home cooked food stewing on the cook top with delicious fragrances exciting our palettes while we wait.

While outside nature is changing, I am driven to continue transforming our home as if the house is alive too. A need for nurturing, adjusting and fortifying to be resilient against the onslaught of the imminent cold of autumn and then winter.

Summer clothes are replaced with woolly jumpers, jackets and boots. Winter pjs and warm slippers are laid out after bath time. Our beds are layered with blankets and the couch set up for family movie nights.

I remind myself of a mother Robin Redbreast feathering her nest or a squirrel gathering nuts and storing them away for winter!

With this in mind, I do a series of grocery shops to stock up on essentials for the cooler months and start to prepare casseroles and our favourite Turmeric Latte (recipe below to try, it’s delish).

I remind myself of a mother Robin Redbreast feathering her nest or a squirrel gathering nuts and storing them away for winter!

½ cup of coconut milk,
½ cup of oat milk
1 tsp. of Vanilla extract
1 tsp. of turmeric powder
1tsp. of ginger powder
1/4 tsp. of cardamom powder
1/4 tsp. of cinnamon
Sweeten with maple syrup to taste.

Add all the ingredients to a pan and heat to desired temperature. Now relax and enjoy.

So, as I sit with a fresh cup of Turmeric Latte in our transformed house, I reflect on this ritual of packing away and stocking up as a means to reset and prepare for what’s next.

How do you prepare for the change in season? Do you have any ‘rituals’?

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