12 Things I love about October

It’s late October and while the days passed these few weeks, I kept thinking to myself  “Boy, do I love this month!”. To me, October is the epitome of cozy.  It already has a bit of  winter’s cold but is still buzzing with so much life, sunlight and warm colors. It makes me want to take long walks in the forest but also look forward to come home and cuddle up on the couch. So, here is a list of things that I particularly love about October:

 

 

Colorful October trees

Colorful forest of October

 

1. Enjoying the beauty of nature

It’s incredible how colorful nature has been around here this month. The hills are covered with glowing tree tops that look especially wonderful when the evening sunlight shines a warm light on them – it almost feels like being in an old photograph! I just love being outside and going for walks at this time of the year.

 

 

Decomposing leafs

Autumn leafs

 

2. The smell of Autumn

October is a great month to be in nature, not only for the amazing colors but also for all those musky scents that fill the air. It’s the smell of moist soil, mushrooms, moss, decomposing plants, cut wood and smoke. Wonderful!

 

 

Cozy afternoon setting

Cozy-couching with tea and cake.

 

3. Getting Comfy

As much as I love being outside in October, I love being at home (especially on those rainy, stormy October days). After the heat of the summer it’s time again to pull out the blankets and quilts, wear your favorite comfy pants, make tea and read a book. I love to simply enjoy the feeling of being warm and snug in my little refuge and listen to the pattering sound of raindrops on the window.

 

 

Hot Drinks

Hot Chocolate and Chai Latte

 

4. Hot Drinks

Talking about getting comfy… in October I want to have a mug with a hot drink in my hands constantly. Just thinking about it makes me feel warm and fuzzy. And there are so many options! In October I’m drawn to anything with chai, pumpkin spice, chocolate, orange, cinnamon, cardamom or ginger. I recently also tried Golden Milk for the first time (it’s with ginger and curcuma) and loved it!

 

 

Cozy Light

Candles, lights and fireplace

 

5. Cozy lights

The days are getting shorter so it’s time to turn on the light inside. I’m a big fan of lighting in general. With the right lighting you can create such cozy atmospheres in your home.  That’s why I love putting on candles and lamps with dim light and pretty patterns. Not to forget the fireplace, if you’re lucky to have one or know someone that will share their spot! I love sitting in front of a fire, feel the warmth and watch the flames. It’s almost meditative!

 

 

Squirrel and dove

 

6. Watching and Helping Hedgehogs & Friends

Comes October, we’re not the only ones who like to get comfy. Hedgehogs, squirrels, birds & Co are also looking for a warm shelter and food. In these times you see those cuties around quite frequently and it’s always fun to watch them. When living in an urban environment, they might have a hard time finding food and shelter, so it’s a good idea to give them a little hand. There are many small things one can do to help. Like piling up leafs, rocks or wood, making a small hole in the fence for hedgehogs to travel more easily, putting out flat bowls with water, filling feeders with nuts and seeds and hanging them on a tree or your balcony, installing an insect hotel or birdhouses… and a lot more. To me, the best part is watching the animals use those small spaces you created, which is why I like putting them in a spot that I can watch from the window.

 

 

Pumpkins in October

Swiss pumpkin hut

 

7. Hello, Pumpkin!

You knew this one was coming, didn’t you? ;-) Of course pumpkin has to be one of the best things of October (it actually deserve its own “things I love about”-list). They have something magical about them and come in so many different colors, sizes, shapes and flavors. And oh, do they taste good… in soups, baked, mashed or as pie. Pumpkin is always a winner! Here in Switzerland they have these little pumpkin huts at the side of the road. You just grab whatever you like and leave the cash in a little box. I think it’s so cute! Above you can see a picture of our local Pumpkin Hut.

 

 

October apples

Looove the apple season!

 

8. Apple Picking + Eating

When I was a child, we had a garden with lots of apple trees. And I remember that in autumn, we would sometimes pick apples early in the morning before school and take them to feed the deer in a near by forest. It’s one of those nice childhood memories that I often think of. Even now as a grown up, I still love apple picking and even more so the cooking and eating part that comes after! ;-) Thinking of apple pie, apple compote, apple chutney, apple rings, apple jelly, apple porridge, filled baked apple… Oh, it all tastes so delicious! If you have a favorite apple recipe, feel free to share it in the comments. I love trying new apple recipes!

 

 

Autumn Fashion

 

9. Autumn Fashion

Autumn fashion is my favorite kind of all! It’s the time of the year when you can wear layers and warmer clothes, but don’t have to hide it all under a big winter coat yet.  I love wearing skirts with tights, boots, checkered patterns, braided pullovers, warm colors, hoodies, folklore patterns, hats, fingerless gloves, scarfs… Not to forget the socks! Knee socks, warm socks, patterned socks, colorful socks… it’s sock season, baby!

 

 

Wild Geese and babies

 

10. Bird Migration

Living in this part of Europe you can observe lots of birds that migrate to the South in October. I love when I suddenly hear the sound of wild goose in the distance and spot them in the sky. Isn’t it so cool, how they fly in this V-shaped formations? Thinking of the great distances that they take on, I always feel like wishing them a good trip and can’t help but already look forward for them to revisit and bring life back to nature in spring! PS: I don’t have a pic of them flying but I try to make up for it with a cute baby geese picture ;-)

 

 

Autumn Harvest Food

Autumn Harvest Pizza & Bowl and Pumpkin Soup

 

11. Autumn Harvest Cooking

Going to the farmers market in October feels like being a kid in a candy store to me. It’s my favorite season of vegetables. I already mentioned pumpkin but there is so much more… kale, potatoes, brussels sprouts, chard, carrots, corn, zucchini, eggplants, chestnuts, hazelnuts, mushrooms, you name it! With those seasonal veg you can create the most wonderful dishes, like chestnut soup, cornbread, kale salad, brussels sprouts with cranberries, mashed potato with garlic, harvest pizza with pesto, lentil stew, pumpkin tagine… the possibilities are endless. Check out the feast we had last year with all those autumn foods (click here).

 

Cozy Café

Buddha-full Cafe in Vancouver

12. Going to Cafés, the Movies or Museums

Staying home on a wet and windy day in October is always a good idea, but I think it’s also the perfect time to go to town and meet a friend for coffee in you favorite Café, watch a romantic comedy at the movie theatre (plus lots of popcorn!) or take a stroll through a cool exhibition.

 

So these are the things I love about October but I’m curious to hear from you! What do you love about October?

 

MerkenMerken

4 Comments

  • Eva @ Four Leaf Clover

    16.11.2015 at 04:59 Reply

    Aww, I loved your animal post! Where we moved to, I’ve got a screened in patio and there’s a bit of green space between my apartment and the next one and there’s a squirrel that lives in the tree right in front of my patio so I love watching him and I’ve noticed a lot of birds in the bushes next to the patio as well and it makes my day! I think candles are one of my favorite things of this time of year, too. I’ve had a cinnamon scented one lit almost every single day for the last couple of weeks! I can’t think of anything new… you’ve covered just about all of it! Sorry for all the comment spam… wanted to make up for lost time! :)

    • Greenderella

      16.11.2015 at 09:50 Reply

      How cool that you have animals around where you live now (I’m so curious to see your new place btw!:) ). City life can also be fun, but nothing can top a home that has a bit of nature and wildlife!
      Oh yes, cinnamon is such a nice cent for candles. Especially around christmas time! :) I just bought a candle with red cedar scent and it has to be one of my new favorites. Such a nice and warm smell!
      No way, I love your comments! Thank you so much for taking the time to read and comment! :-* Hugs!!

  • Eva @ Four Leaf Clover

    16.11.2015 at 15:35 Reply

    I can give you a little tour if/when we FaceTime sometime :) The animals are a big reason I chose this place above others, hah!

  • cyclegirlblogger

    14.10.2017 at 21:24 Reply

    loved the inspirational photos- thanks for that post :)

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