I love fall – and what’s not to love? I’m blessed to live in an area that has some of the most beautiful displays of fall colors in the world. The brilliant reds, golden yellows, and rich browns and oranges, all mixed in with the deep evergreens weave together to create a stunning tapestry upon which we can feast our eyes.
But it’s more than just the fall foliage that love – I love the sounds and smells of fall. I love the sounds of the Canada geese honking, and the crunching of fall leaves underfoot. I love the smell of the forest at this time of year, and the smell of the wood smoke from the fires that are burning once again.
So, I was excited when I saw that this week’s link up from Sweeping up Joy was to be on this delightful time of year.
1. Best fall flavor: apple or pumpkin?
For me, it is apple, by a landslide. We go apple picking every year and always bring home a bushel, from which I make apple sauce, apple pies and apple crumble. Plus, my children love to eat raw apples. I also love to grate an apple and add it to our morning oatmeal. Topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon and maple syrup – it’s delicious!
My one exception however is at Tim Horton’s – I love their Pumpkin Spice muffins!
2. The leaves are changing colors, and the air is crisp. What are you looking forward to about fall?
Enjoying the sights, smells and feel of our wood stove again. There is nothing more relaxing than curling up with a quilt in front of the fire, reading a good book. I’m also looking forward to our fall hikes and drives, where we just get out into nature to enjoy it’s beauty. From a female viewpoint, I’m also looking forward to fall fashion – there’s nothing I love more than wearing my jeans/jean skirt, a sweater and boots. I’m also looking forward to that first snowfall – there’s something so magical about seeing those first few flakes come floating down out of the sky, and the children’s excitement is so fun to watch.
3. Do you decorate for the season (and which is it: fall or autumn?)
Yes! Being in Canada, our Thanksgiving is celebrated in early October, so we always start our fall decorations a couple weeks before that, typically with fall mums, straw bales, pumpkins, and scarecrows. Indoors we don’t do as much, though I dress up our table with fall flowers, and whatever fall crafts the children and I have made.
This year, in conjunction with our Nature Study we went for a walk and picked leaves. We then used the leaves to make leaf prints in our nature journals, and then turned the leaves into “stained glass windows”, which the children really enjoyed.
Now, we do celebrate Halloween here, so we do decorate for that as well, but nothing too extreme. The children normally pick out a few cutesy window clings (pumpkins etc), and this year they picked out a few cute (friendly) monster decorations, but that’s about it. We carve our pumpkins on Halloween and set them out on the front porch. Now decorating for Christmas is a whole other story… that will have to wait!
And as for fall vs. autumn – it’s both here. I typically say fall, but my son, who has a love for older literature, prefers saying autumn. His little sister of course prefers to say whatever he says! So, autumn often wins out.