For you autumn, with love.

While it may not be autumn in your part of the world, I hope you forgive me this seasonal indulgence. As many of you already know, I’m a cold weather girl – so autumn and winter are my favourite times of year. Perhaps that is why, of all the things learnt at high school, the one poem remembered is ‘To Autumn’ by John Keats.Β In particular it’s those first few lines that comes to mind more often than I’d care to admit:

‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness,

Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun;

Conspiring with him how to load and bless

With fruit the vines that round the thatch-eves run … ‘

These words tell of the beauty and bounty of autumn, and echo the feeling of possibility the season always brings to me (speaking of Keats, if you haven’t seen Bright Star please do … it’s one of my favourite films). With autumn visiting me once again, I can’t resist a little reflection on the things I most love about the season.

There are the multiple blanket layers to cocoon oneself within on a cold night or early morning … (while I love the cold, I don’t enjoy having to leave my bed on early mornings).

... multiple blanket layers to cocoon oneself within

… waiting pairs of slippers keen to warm the feet as their occupants softly pad about the house with a morning cup of coffee in hand. I wonder if you can pick which pair is mine?

... waiting pairs of slippers

… the changing leaves which move through an evolvingΒ paletteΒ of yellow, red and brown. They crunch pleasingly beneath the feet.

... the changing leaves

… but perhaps best of all, it’s the snuggles and cuddles. Just look at these two cuties holding paws while they nap together in the morning sun. It’s so adorable I may just die of cuteness overload …

... the snuggles and cuddles

Now I know the autumn and winter months aren’t for everyone, but my list of seasonal love for cold weather grows longer with each passing year. But perhaps I’d change my mind if I lived in a truly cold climate?

Wherever you are in the world, I hope the season is bringing you an abundance of joy and beauty. Maybe like me you’re a fan of the ‘keep yourself warm’ time of year? Or perhaps you prefer the hot summer sun to do the heating work for you?

34 Comments

  1. caren

    That photo of your dog & cat holding paws has made my heart go all aflutter! Sweetness!
    Same goes with the imagery of cozy blankets & slippers. I, too, much prefer the cooler weather to the heat of summer. Being in Canada, though, the winters are harsh, so my favourite seasons are Spring & Autumn – the in between (and far too short) seasons. Nothing, though, will ever beat Autumn. The colours, the perfect balance of weather, the way nature instinctively knows to get ready to slumber … that poem by Keats is divine; hadn’t heard/read it in ages. Thanks for reminding me!
    … and happy Autumn!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caren – Isn’t that dog and kitten photo just the sweetest?? I know my heart melts every time I look at it. I’m just so happy the two of them are getting on well enough to snooze with each other … it’s so cute! πŸ™‚

      There is something wonderful about the autumn and winter months for sure … I can imagine though, that the Canadian experience would be a lot more intense than the Australian one. Spring is lovely too … I think it’s probably just those horrible humid summers that I could do without! πŸ™‚

      You’re very welcome for the poetic reminder … it’s long been a favourite verse of mine.
      xx

  2. fairchildstreet

    It doesn’t get cold in Brisbane does it? :-)) Come to Melbourne where the chill goes right through to the bones. Hmmm are the red and grey slippers yours? I would love those. Lovely photos especially of your furry friends! Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – Haha, it does get a little cool in Brisbane. I think because we’re a city much better suited and designed for the hot months, sometimes we get cooler than we need to be. In any case, it’s any excuse for me to dress up in cardigans, tights and coats! πŸ˜‰

      Oh yes! I used to live in Canberra, so I know just how cool you southerners have it … Melbourne is a beautiful city. I think the husband and I are due for a trip down there again soon.

      The red and grey slippers are indeed mine! They are so comfy and warm.
      I’m glad you liked my photos … the two furry ones are very cute! πŸ™‚
      xx

  3. le@thirdontheright

    me too – love the cold πŸ™‚ we did -2 this morn at 8am – total frost πŸ™‚ now about 10 and sunny and fab …. have a great winter le xox

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Le – Another cold weather lover?? Excellent!
      Those temperatures you’ve been getting sound amazing … the only trouble I have in that sort of weather is that I struggle to get out of my warm bed! πŸ˜‰
      xx

  4. Signe

    Your pets are just the cutest πŸ™‚
    I love spring and autumn myself but now that we are moving up north both summer and winter is amazing as well! Aurora borealis and the midnight sun makes it worth wile!
    Happy Sunday πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Signe – I think my pets are pretty cute too (though I am more than a little biased perhaps). πŸ˜‰
      I think those transition seasons of spring and autumn are magical … the cold months just win for me due to my love of winter fashion … haha! πŸ˜‰

      Oh yes, I could imagine that Aurora borealis and the midnight sun would be incredible … both are on my list of must-do things in this lifetime.
      xx

  5. Rel

    Couldn’t agree with you more – definitely a cold season girl – when else can you cosy up knitting with a warm cup of tea and a cat curled up on your lap? And the light in winter is so much softer – love it love it love it.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Rel – That’s right! I love this time of year for all the cosying up and snuggling that can be done. The light is definitely beautiful in winter … especially in the morning when it’s a beautiful bright blue sky outside.

      Now we have a cat in the family we can appreciate how much warmth they bring to the winter house.
      xx

  6. danica

    i am with you all the way! autumn has been slow to arrive here and i have been relishing this last weekend of slightly cooler weather.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Danica – It’s just beautiful in Australia this time of year … while we’ve had some strange weather in Brisbane this year, it seems that autumn has settled in properly over the past week. So I’ve been enjoying every second of it! πŸ™‚

  7. Krystal/Village

    I think I am a total cold weather person too πŸ™‚ nothing like big warm sweatshirts and blankets!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Krystal – I love all the different layers and styles of clothes that can be worn in the cooler months … I just don’t cope well with the heat and humidity at all.

      There’s also something pretty wonderful about curling up under lots of blankets.
      πŸ™‚

  8. Valerie

    I love your slippers! Being from Texas myself, I always do a double-take as I see Australians talking about Autumn and Winter when it’s sweltering here. I’m always a bit envious. I think Fall is one of my favorite seasons – I love the relief from the heat, the leaves rattling in the wind, the first hot chocolate – but I have to live through about 5 more months of summer to get there.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Valerie – Thanks! I decided to go for a knit slipper this year in a longer leg … and they’ve been doing a great job at keeping my wonderfully warm. Autumn is just beautiful, it would be wonderful to experience that lovely season all around the world I think … it sounds like we all celebrate the best of that season in different ways.

      The colour of the leaves on the ground and all those warming drinks definitely help to make it a favourite season. Oh 5 more months of summer? Yuck … I hope it goes quickly for you!! πŸ˜€

  9. hila

    I really loath summer with a passion, so winter gets much love from me. oh my, that picture of your two pals sleeping together is so cute! Are they getting along well?

    p.s. thanks so much for the insight into Pia’s book, I can’t wait to receive my copy.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – Yes, I’m much the same way … summer is awful. Brisbane turns into a pit of heat and humidity and I really don’t cope at all with it. I’d love to escape to cooler climes at that time of year.

      Aren’t the kitty and pup cute?? They are getting along really well together … I couldn’t have imagined things going as well as they have. Though perhaps the opportunity to snuggle up together in this cooler weather has helped! πŸ˜‰

      As for Pia’s book, I look forward to hearing what you think about it too.
      xx

  10. ejorpin

    A gorgeous post! I was completely sold and then you hit us with the two paw photo – completely tipped me over the edge into love overload!

    Autumn is my favourite season too (I was just pondering this a few days ago, I’m a bit obsessed with seasons too). It’s spring time in Seoul and as much as I really, really love all the new green growth and the warmth and the blossoms I am not loving the hay fever and the gale force winds and the ‘yellow dust’ (dust that blows in to Korea from the deserts of Mongolia and basically plays havoc with your breathing apparatus!). Autumn has that lovely soft light and crispness, the colours of the leaves and yes! the joy of thinking about how to rug up for the coming winter (your slippers rock, btw). Enjoy your Autumn!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Emily – Nawww … you are so sweet! I’m glad you enjoyed this post. It seems there are lots of us autumn-winter lovers, so I’m happy to share the seasonal joy. The dog and cat are so adorable … I couldn’t believe they stayed still for long enough so that I could take that photo.

      Spring time in Seoul sounds lovely in appearance, but not so lovely with the winds and hay fever. Gee, that ‘yellow dust’ sounds like it would be tricky for anyone with a sensitive nose.

      I think autumn offers the best of beautiful days and crisp nights … and that gentle light is just glorious. If only I could potter about cafes and bookstores all day, then I’d really be making the most of the lovely season! πŸ˜‰
      I’m glad you like my slippers … they’ve been keeping me toasty and warm.
      xx

  11. Gabrielle Bryden

    So sweet – your two little beasties snuggling up together – my two dogs have been doing that a lot lately (so I had to go and by them both a coat each – haha). You should be a magazine editor Tracey – you have such a great eye for lovely stuff πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – Oh you are so lovely to say such kind things about my photos and goodies. Being a magazine editor would be delightful and close to the top of my ‘dream-but-probably-totally-out-of-my-league’ jobs … haha! πŸ˜‰

      The cat and dog are very cute together … and it sounds like your two dogs have been enjoying snuggling up against the cold. I hope they’re enjoying their new coats!! I’ve often thought about getting one for Baxter, but perhaps Jones will warm him up enough without one? πŸ™‚

  12. Sandrine

    Hello Tracey and thank you so much for your welcome back message!I am in adaptation mode at the moment, and getting easily lost when I get somewhere! :)Hope I get a better sense of directions soon
    I agree wih you, I think Autumn is just glorious here! I must admit I do not take the cold very well so the temperatures here are just fine chilly enough to snuggle up and comfort food… and look at that beautiful big blue sky!!!!
    Wishing you a nice week ahead.
    Sandrine x

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Sandrine – It’s lovely to see you back in the blogging world (you’ve been missed). I’m sure you’re settling in well and that your sense of direction is getting better by the day – it can take a little while to reorientate yourself in unfamiliar surroundings (been there, done that many times before). πŸ™‚

      Autumn is just beautiful … and even though it gets cool here, at least it never gets ridiculously cold like other destinations can. The sky is at its best in autumn – bright and blue, with that wonderful crispness in the air … who could ask for more?

      I hope you’ve had a lovely week so far.
      xx

  13. Meagan

    I do love Autumn, a lot. I’m not ready for it though, seeing as it’s supposed to be spring where I’m at (it was 85 one day then 45 the next, I kid you not). But I do know that the fact that it comes once a year makes it that much more exciting. And now that I know I won’t be spending another winter in Chicago, I can look forward to its arrival more this year πŸ™‚

    Thanks for your sweet comment about our good news!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Meagan – Autumn is delightful … but your spring seems to be all over the place (has it settled into a normal seasonal pattern yet?). Perhaps that ‘once a year’ idea is another interesting aspect of the seasons … we all have our favourite, and maybe the season we love most is made a little more special due to its fleeting nature.

      Oh I can imagine those winters in Chicago would be serious winters … we have things pretty mild in Australia.

      PS. You are very welcome about my comment. Have a lovely rest-of-week!
      xx

  14. Jan

    I got my own uggies out the other day – I have had them for a while now but I only wear them in the house and they seem to last forever. When my last pair were ready to be replaced, David unpicked them and they are great for putting in the cat cage as a nice soft snugly when they have to to to the vets! So they are a magnificent invention.
    Food for thought this year, I don’t remember winter coming on quite so quickly for such a long time and as I got out my doona I couldn’t but help think about the homeless people and how they would have been caught. Sometimes I think we need to remember just how lucky we are.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jan – It’s definitely the time of year for the uggies / slippers / warm boots to come out of hiding. That’s a great idea for using your old uggies to line the cat cage … it’s wonderful to reuse and recycle worn out things when we can! πŸ™‚

      It’s funny how some years winter takes a long time to roll around, but I must admit the cooler temperatures and windy conditions seem to have set in quite quickly this year. I seem to remember it being more gradual in previous years (not that I’m complaining of course).

      I just can’t imagine how homeless people cope with the cold at this time of year … it must be so difficult for them. All the better for us to donate old blankets and warm clothes to the op-shops and help where we can.

  15. bobbi

    look at those two snuggling! SOOOO CUTE!
    Being me a summer girl and you a winter girl look like we’re getting what we want at the same time, isnt’t it nice? We’re having warm and long days here and it makes me feel sooo good.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – I know! Aren’t they just the most adorable nappers you’ve ever seen?!?! (with the exception of your gorgeous cats of course). πŸ˜‰

      It is lovely that we’re each getting to enjoy our favourite seasons on opposite sides of the world at the same time … it’s funny how much our love of a favourite season can make us feel like a million dollars. Enjoy the warm, long days my dear! xx

  16. woolf

    i’m just as maddeningly mad about autumn, or september, as you seem to be… even though summer has yet to arrive here, way back in my mind i already smell the smell of freshly sharpened pencils… just like that : going back to school time happened, each and every single year, and newly bought dresses could be worn for the first time.
    as for bright star, as i was readng the lines, i heard the lucky and talented actor / mr. keats’ pleasant and dark voice ringing in mine ear… oh! for a draught of vintage…
    nβ™₯

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hello Woolf – It’s lovely how we all associate such precious memories, sights and sounds with particular seasons. Such thoughts and precious recollections should be held dear and near to the heart. πŸ™‚

      Bright Star is such a wonderful heartbreak and joy … I feel I must watch it again very soon. The visuals are spectacular (not to mention the costuming and poetry).
      Take care. xx

  17. Caz

    Thanks you for the ode to autumn, my favourite season. I still haven’t seen Bright Star yet – isn’t that terrible. Must remedy that soon.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Caz – Hello there fellow autumn lover! It’s such a wonderful season. You simply MUST see Bright Star, I’m pretty sure you’ll love it … it’s beautiful and heart-breaking all at the same time.
      xx

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