Reasons to Love October

October is a wonderful month in the UK. Come October, we’ve stopped pretending we might be blessed with an Indian summer; you know, like the one back in 2003. Nobly embracing the onset of winter with all the romanticism and naivety of a child that still believes in Father Christmas. Our memories tricking us into forgetting the absolute despair that the months of January and February bring.

Cusworth Hall in October

Cusworth Hall in October

It’s probably why October feels like one of the most positive months. The change of season seems to change our moods. It slows us down and we seem to enjoy lives little pleasures, that little bit more. It’s why I can’t help but love October in the UK.

10 things to love about October.

  1. Trees and leaves look absolutely sensational. A wealth of gold, bronze, greens and browns bestows the trees. Whilst the leaves on the ground look oh so pretty. Making it a beautiful time of year to get outside for a walk in the park – with the dog, the kids, or just to clear your head. Whilst you’re out take a look for…
  1. Conkers

    Conkers aren’t just for fun. They also help keep spiders away.

    Conkers. Surely finding the perfectly shaped or biggest conker is as exciting as winning a tenner on a scratch card? If you’re still not convinced did you know placing conkers in the corners of your home helps keep spiders away? It’s because they’re thought to contain a noxious chemical that repels them. I’m not 100% sure about the science but my Aunty June swears by it. Whilst you’re out conkering don’t forget…

  1. The winter wardrobe. Hurrah! After worrying that a) you look fat all summer or b) you’ll see loads of overweight people with their tops off walking the streets, it’s wonderful to have everyone wrapped up in jumpers and coats again. Not to mention the pure joy of wearing boots and scarfs. Then having to strip off 8 times a day because you’ve…
  1. Strictly Comes Dancing

    Staying in is the new going out thanks to Strictly Comes Dancing.

    Turned the heating on at home. With last years huge Gaz and Leccy bill a distant memory, we enthusiastically swap stories about who did it first – comparing notes on exact timing, duration and comfort with the same gusto we once shared stories about loosing our virginity or discussing Saturday night…

  1. TV. Which it has to be said is pretty decent all year round. Don’t believe me, go and live in Australia for a bit and you’ll never whinge about the BBC or ITV ever again. In October, TV is the best. With Strictly, Bake Off, X Factor not to mention sensational series like Our Girl, Victoria and Cold Feet it’s perfectly acceptable to tucked up at home in your PJ’s by 7pm. Eating….
  1. Hot Toddy

    You’ve got to love the first Hot Toddy of Winter.

    Cheese and drinking red wine. Nothing says autumn like a cosy night in and tucking into a good bottle of red wine whilst eating your body weight in cheese. This will likely be life on a Saturday night for the next 5 months, but for now it’s novel and pure heaven. Especially when…

  1. Warm drinks are flowing. You know it’s autumn when everyone’s daily warm drink intake increases ten fold. And no longer is it all about tea. It’s now socially acceptable to drink an extra coffee, a hot chocolate or hot toddy just because it’s cold. Good job it’s the perfect time of year for…
  1. Running. Running in summer is OK but you get hot and all sweaty. Running is winter is OK but it takes 30 minutes to get dressed appropriately. Running in autumn is perfect. The streets are quieter meaning you can pound the pavement in peace. Beautiful morning mist means no one can see when you walk for a bit. The air is cool and crisp but it’s not too cold that you freeze your tits or knackers off. Handy then we get extra rest with an…
  1. Running in autumn

    There’s no better time of year to get your trainers on and go out for a run

    Extra hour in bed. The clocks go back at the end of the month and we get an hour extra of weekend which is a gift almost as good as Christmas. Speaking of which…

  1. Christmas is only 10 weeks away. Meaning it’s close enough to get excited about. But far enough away to not actually have to do anything about, just quite yet.

BDx.

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