The days are getting shorter, the tips of leaves are turning brown and the wind has a slight nip to it. The return to school is on the horizon and memories of the family holiday, swimming in the sea and sunbathing on golden sands, will be slowly fading.
Yet, just because summer is coming to an end for another year doesn’t mean it’s the end of the world! There are plenty of ways to banish the summer blues and make the most of autumn – and here are some top suggestions which are ideal for those sat in their family home or longing the sun from the comfort of retirement homes for sale.
Film fest Fridays
Get in the mood for a cosy night in by renting a whole host of DVDs and settling down with the popcorn. Get all your friends or family to snuggle up under duvets and blankets on the sofa and celebrate the coming cold nights with fuzzy slippers and a cosy night in.
Autumnal BBQs and heart warming food
Just because its not hot and sunny, doesn’t mean you can’t get the BBQ out! One of the best things about the end of summer is the recent harvest and the rich hearty foods we get to gorge on: pumpkin pies, vegetable casseroles, butternut squash, macaroni cheese and tasty cuts of meat, it’s all seasonal produce for autumn.
Decorate the garden with fairy lights, get a chiminea and some wood to create a cosy fire and pop some burgers on the BBQ to enjoy a fantastic night out for all the family. You can even try some of these great BBQ recipes from the BBC Good Food.
Book an autumn break
Summer isn’t the only season designed for travel so why not look for those late autumn getaways and have a holiday to look forward to again? You can plan a ‘staycation’ in England by going camping or touring famous locations, museums and art galleries if you don’t want to travel too far but setting your sights abroad could even introduce you to some autumn and winter sun!
One of the best parts of a seasonal change is the new fashion that comes with it – giving you the perfect excuse to buy new clothes, big warm cardigans, jumpers, coats, hats and scarves. Stock up on a new wardrobe and enjoy being able to wrap yourself up in comfy clothes that keep you warm and cosy on those chilly nights.
Finally, don’t forget that the autumn has a lot more public holidays to enjoy than summer. Kicking off with Halloween before providing plenty of colour and excitement on Bonfire Night, autumn is the season that leads up to one of our favourite celebrations of all time: Christmas! Start planning for these occasions now and remember that autumn is not a season to sniff at!
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