I’m not an outdoorsy girl. I like the idea of the outdoors. However, I don’t deal well with reality. During Autumn though, I always crave going outside and enjoying the crisp Autumn weather. Since moving to the rural side of Leeds, this desire to be outside and enjoy the outdoors has grown more. I think it’s because I’m finally surrounded by fields and nature. Something very much lacking in the city centre. And now that Autumn is here, I truly want to start embracing the outdoors more.
You’d think it would be harder to start embracing the outdoors in Autumn, but I find this time of year is perfect. It’s not too cold, but then again it’s not boiling hot like it is in the summer. It’s just that perfect crisp weather. There are some limits on what you can do. This is not exactly picnic weather. However, here are just some of the things that you can do during this Autumnal times…
Embracing the Outdoors This Autumn
Go to your local pumpkin patch. One of the best things to come over from America. The humble pumpkin patch. It’s probably my favourite activity to do during Autumn. It’s a whole day out of walking through fields filled with gorgeous pumpkins for you to pick and take home with you. Take to Google to find your local farm, but if you’re in the West Yorkshire area, you cannot go wrong with Farmer Copleys.
Dog walk around the park. A new activity, purely because we’re dog sitting. As our little four-legged friend needs regular walks as we don’t have a garden, we’ve found ourselves taking it in turns to get up early to walk her in the morning. I actually rather enjoy it. The wind is crisp but not too cold, so I’m awake but not freezing. Plus woofer is having a whale of a time. Seriously tempts me to get a puppy so we can do it more often.
Visit a country house. Yorkshire is full of country state homes and I’m horrified to say I’ve not really visited one since I’ve lived here. The houses are always worth having a nosy around but the grounds are perfect for a walk around. Take your dog, partner or friend and have a gander around the grounds. You won’t be disappointed. The first place on my list? Has to be Harewood House.
Go foraging. There are so many good berries growing right now. So many blackberries out right now. My colleague and I went and picked some from some bushes near work on our lunch break and it was one of the best afternoons. I made crumble with mine goodies. Hopefully, there are some sloe berries still available to make gin. If not, your local farm will have loads of different fruit and veg you can go and pick yourself.