an autumn to do list – 30 slow living activities from the Instagram community

…and not a pumpkin spice latte in sight! 😉

autumn slow living

1. Go scrumping. Ok, you don’t have to actually steal them, but in the absence of any pick your own apple orchards anywhere within West Yorkshire (or any with a web presence, at least), I’m resorting to picking fruit from trees of dubious ownership.

2. Make a leaf cape like Kirsten Ricket.

3. Collect kindling. We have our firewood delivered, but kindling comes from the local forests and woodland, gathered in canvas bags and brought home to dry by the AGA.

4. “For some reason I always feel like making chocolate (or truffles) as soon as autumn arrives. If I could I’d do nothing else all day but mix cacao butter and powder and think of new add-in combinations.. Buckwheat and cranberry? Cinnamon and caramel? Roasted coconut and pistachio? Oh the possibilities.” – aheartfullofhope

5. “An open log fire! We have taken to keeping marshmallows in the pantry for a little extra treat now and again.” dibonjo

6. Have a bonfire on the beach, or lakeside, or by a stream. Something about the combination of moving water, fresh autumn air and woodsmoke is irresistibly nostalgic and comforting.

7. “Porridge with maple syrup, an old fashioned murder mystery to read and sandalwood perfume all say autumn to me.” lostletteroffice

8. Have an autumn princess bath. Copyright Orla, 2016.

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9. Gather cozy things. You probably need new blankets. We all need new blankets, in case we get snowed in. 

10. Take an post-work stroll while the sky is still bright enough to do so.

11. “Crumble; with some oats (or muesli) in the topping.” – po_zu

12. “It’s all about those stunning sunrises and sunsets and how the low light transforms everything around us! Oh, and cake, hot chocolate, grey wools and crunchy leaves 🍂🌰✌🏻️” – @thefuturekept

13. “Mmm…. Homemade caramel to drizzle over all the baked apple goods. Or, you know, just a sneaky spoonful from the fridge.” – katexdesign

14. Switch the veg box produce. I don’t know if that’s a horribly middle-class thing to say, but it’s a helpful note-to-self if nothing else. In summer we get a weekly salad box to encourage us to eat fresh and crunchy things. In autumn, it’s back to potatoes, onions, cabbage and kale.

15. “Get up early and watch a foggy sunrise. We live right on the lip of a beautiful valley, so all I’d have to do is go out on the porch.” – breabird/

16. I seem to find it easier to sit and read in the darker evenings, so I tend to get through more at the library 😊 – makealongstoryshort

17. “A deer watching trip to Fountains Abbey to listen to the stags bellowing during the rut. (Obeying the warning notices and quietly and carefully sticking to the paths of course!)” – stoneflowerjane
“Making tiny acorn people using matchsticks for arms and legs. and painting their “caps” all different colours. autumn is so magical.” – oftheeveryday

18. “Preserving figs, drying figs, giving figs away (we have one fig tree but she is humungous)” – ottimade

19. “Locating places that sell made to order apple cider donuts…mmmm!” – cezvnne

20. “We like to collect conkers on the way home from school and roll them down our steep road, they bounce like a cricket ball. Watch out for parked cars though…” – misformake

21. “puddle jumping and then getting dry and cosy by the fire, wrapped in Welsh blankets and with giant mugs of hot chocolate.” – apolina_kids

22. “it’s all about cosying up – soft blankets, hot water bottles, crackling fires. Oh, and I love autumnal evening walks, seeing houses all lit up inside (nosy, me!).” – lollydorrington

23. “Stewing….apples, plums, damsons, meats….using lots of fragrant, warming spices. Wearing my granny’s knitted socks.” – sg_nutrition

24. “foraging and then making home made sloe gin, blackberry vodka, wild plum gin and damson vodka. Hopefully all ready then to give as gifts in small bottles during the winter season.” – krissmacd

25. “Making snow angels in the heaps of dry leaves but everyone does that! Right?” – javaholicandtheboy

26. “Spending more time at home cooking, especially on sundays.” – cocacece

autumn house

27. Press your favourite autumn leaves between the pages of your heavy dictionary.

28. Plant the first bulbs for spring.

29. Pumpkin Beer! – diannespanner

30. “Homemade minestrone soup or leek and potato. With some soda bread gently flavoured with caraway seeds. Or tomato soup (my mum has promised to make me some tomorrow)!” – abookishbaker

31. “fly a kite.” – liveotherwise

32. “Visit a pick your own pumpkin patch – we’re lucky enough to have one up the road!” – thehouseatnabend

33. “Quick, preserve something! It’s chutney time with big hunks of bread and cheese (ideally in a pub after a welly-stomping leaf-crunching walk)”. – gfreeb

34.” Lots of autumn inspired picnics in the woods or by the sea, any excuse for a flask of something lovely and home made cake (sarah ravens seeded caramel shortbread is lush!)” – pwlldu

35. “The only time of the year when I feel the need for packed, moody jazz clubs. Dimmed lights, clatter, hushed (and pretentious) conversations and music. ❤️ Off to check What’s On.” anna.et.astrum

house and tree pumpkin

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Feeling inspired? What always gets you in the autumn mood?

  • Paula Solar

    It isn’t autumn here until the little chestnut train is installed in a square downtown. It’s a little locomotive with a coal oven where they make roasted chestnuts and they sell them €2 a dozen (in a paper cone). This little locomotive announces autumn season, and it will be gone before the spring comes. So it kind of means “Christmas is around the corner, come warm up your hands and eat the delicious chestnuts”.

    Also writing seasonal ideas and inspirations in my little notebook. So thank you for gathering all of the above, and thank you to the lovely people who shared (and will add in the comments) their inspirational ideas.

  • So many lovely things to do this Autumn! I’m planning on making the most of it mainly by snuggling up in front of our fire and reading whilst eating lots of crumble! Post-Christmas winter just never quite feels the same!
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Life, Travel, Italy

  • Oh I absolutely love this post, not only because it is able to put me into that autumn state but becausr of the community vibe. Truly enjoy reading your blog and looking forward to your next post!:)

  • Ooooh Sara this post made me feel so warm and fuzzy inside! What a wonderful collection of things to do! 🙂
    Peta xx

    http://www.24hoursintoday.com

  • Kate X Design

    I find that November is the forgotten sibling to the hype of September and October, so this wonderful list will elevate it’s grey days. A big thanks too for including my suggestion. Totally made my day. 🙂

  • Love this post! I think my favourite autumn activity is foraging. Blackberries, crab apples, rose hips, hawthorn berries, chestnuts… There are so many delicious treasures to be found on countryside walks.

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