British summers are as unpredictable as post-Brexit plans — those sun-splashed days are far too teasing and transitory.
So some of us look forward to autumn arriving because we know where we stand with slick pavements, turning leaves and cool breezes.
There’s something magical about the season of mists and mellow fruitfulness that makes us smile —here are four things that make autumn awesome.
The thought of getting wrapped up in cosy clothes with your significant other to wander through the forest really warms the cockles at this time of year.
Tree leaves look terrific as they transform from green to golden hues and cover the ground like wonderful waxy cushions and the cold air converts your conversation into smoky sweet nothings.
And once you get home there’s nothing nicer than snuggling up on the sofa as you defrost with a delicious hot chocolate.
The ambience of autumn in the great outdoors is hard to beat.
When you don’t have the luxury of hibernating until spring you need hale and hearty food to keep your energy levels high and combat seasonal colds and sniffles.
So sumptuous slow-cooked beef or chicken stews and apple and blackberry crumbles with custard are the autumnal order of the day.
You might rely on the restorative powers of tea and coffee more heavily than usual — but a seasonal cocktail like a hot buttered rum or Tom and Jerry provides just enough kick to warm up conversations.
And beer lovers might like to switch to hot apple cider for the duration — there’s an autumn alternative to every dish and drink.
The party season slowly grinds into gear from early autumn.
And there’s definitely something glamorous about attending elegant evening events in a graceful gown while the weather outside gets a little wild.
Picking the perfect party dresses for the office get together or charity ball is fantastic fun.
But ensure you’ll be chauffeured door-to-door to avoid making a grand entrance at your event looking like you’ve just returned from a gruelling artic expedition.
And if you do have to pound the pavements, wear a pair of tough boots to avoid trips and falls — swap them for a pair of spikes once you’re in safe proximity to the dancefloor.
Autumn also heralds the arrival of the new TV season and Strictly Come Dancing sashays into full swing.
And whether you love shouting at Simon Cowell or cheering him on, X-Factor is another iconic show that offers enough weird and wonderful moments to see you right through until Christmas.
But you can also curl up and cosy in for the second series of Victoria, catch your thrills with the third series of crime sage Narcos or watch Tim Roth wreak revenge in the terrific Tin Star.
So don’t get down while you’re packing away your suntan cream — these four things that make autumn awesome will soothe you until Santa arrives.
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