Our Autumn Bucket List


Happy Solstice!

What a lovely day this is. Summer has gone! At last. I know this is will be a wildly unpopular opinion but I hated this summer so much. It was quite literally like living through the Nicolas Cage film – The Knowing. I was wondering if we were all done for, if this beautiful earth of ours was about to ignite into a massive ball of fire. To be fair, the way we are treating the planet we probably deserve such a horrific end.

Autumn is the most beautiful of all the seasons. The colour changes in the trees have to be one of my favourite things of the entire year. There is a journey that we often take, a motorway surrounded by countryside. As you come down into the valley you are greeted by swathes of oranges, reds and yellows. If you’re lucky, there will be mist deep in the valley. It is quite magical. Even as a child I would try to take mental pictures every year. I’ll have to see if I can get a proper picture one day.

With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp’d, break from the trees
And fall.”

Autumn by Adelaide Crapsey (1878-1914)

The air changes. It becomes crisp and fresh with an earthy dampness to it. Temperatures drop but the sun still shines. Sun rises and sun sets glow like the sky is on fire. Red berries burst from bushes and creatures scurry about in preparation for winter. Pumpkins grow fat, hay is baled and harvest is celebrated. I couldn’t imagine a better season. Sure, I know by the time it comes around again, spring will give autumn a run for it’s money but after a long, dry summer, autumn is a refreshing reprieve.

Personally, I long for a woolly jumper, a wonderful cup of hot chocolate, lazy afternoons in front of our new log burner with blankets and Netflix. I want to make stew again, and bake apple pie. I want to scuff my feet around in the piles of leaves and snuggle down deep into my coat against the chill air. I long to climb into bed with a thick duvet and cold sheets, to stretch my chilly feet out across the bed and warm them up on my husband. I’m looking forward to creating autumn inspired pieces in my bullet journal. October is our wedding anniversary too, so we will also be celebrating that somehow.

A & M. Copyright of Chloe Lee Photography

As a family, we have many things planned for Zosia to experience. I am looking forward to picking our own pumpkins and taking cute pictures of her wandering around the pumpkin patch. I want her to experience walking through puddles and kicking up the leaves. I can’t wait to buy her some wellies. I want to see her amazement at all the wonderful things that autumn will bring us, the sights, the sounds, the smells, the tastes. I want to take her to her first fire works show and to create autumnal works of art with her. Being a winter baby, I hope she likes the colder seasons as much as we do. Having a child makes the seasons come alive. I cannot wait to explore autumn with Zosia, to teach her about conkers and learn about the creatures and animals.

Our top 10 Things to do this Autumn:

  • Visit a local farm
  • Make our own autumnal wreath
  • Go to a ‘Pick Your Own’ Pumpkin patch
  • Craft with fallen leaves
  • Collect Conkers
  • Make a pine cone bird feeder
  • Make apple or pumpkin pie
  • Explore a local woods or forest
  • Use the new wood burner
  • Splash in puddles and run through crunchy leaves

The best thing of all, is that autumn leads to Christmas and winter and I cannot wait for that this year! I’ve created an autumn bucket list and I hope to get as much of it done as possible. What do you like most about this time of year? How many things do you think you’ll get ticked off? Drop me a comment below.


Thanks for reading.

Peace and Love,

Monsterful Mama



31 thoughts on “Our Autumn Bucket List

  1. Wow that’s an awesome bucket list! I might steal it myself. I personally loved this summer, although I do also love autumn. I think I’m just a big fan of every season, as long as it’s at the right time of year, like snow in March was a bit too far for me lol. I also love the idea of picking your own pumpkin, sadly I don’t think we have any near us 😦 xx

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  2. I’m with you, summer was awful once it got above 30c! I’m from the north east but was working in hertfordshire over summer and that one day it got up to 35c I genuinely thought I was going to melt into a puddle! I’m used to the cold, autumn is my favourite season, the air smells so good =) x

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  3. Wow, only a couple of days ago my sister and I were discussing making our own Autumnal wreaths this year – I think she has already started gathering the supplies! I could get lazy on this and just buy one but I know she will push me to do them ourselves. And you are so right, children really do make the seasons come alive. Children have this lovely way of making everything come to life!

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  4. I’m with you on this one, Autumn is my absolute favourite season! Spring is a close second, I’m not a fan of summer and winter! I love the colours in Autumn and there is a certain smell in the air. Reminds me of the line from the stereophonics song, ‘there’s no mistake, I smell that smell, it’s that time of year again, I can taste the air’ 🙂

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  5. This is a great list, I made one last year but didn’t manage to get through them so that’s my plan this Autumn season. I’d love to visit a ‘pick your own’ pumpkin path and I’m looking forward to doing some Auumnal baking this year to. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I loved the Summer this year even though I have been pregnant for the duration. BUT, Autumn is my favourite season by far. Our log burner is being serviced on Friday, we collected conkers yesterday and I have made a crumble with the last of the apples from our tree. We are sooo ready, bring it on!!

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