seasonal living in autumn

As the days are getting shorter and winter time has begon, it’s time to prepare our home for the colder days ahead. I don’t know if you also feel this need to tidy up, to sort out,  to declutter and cosy up your home in autumn. But for me it’s like a seasonal version of a spring clean. A preparation for winter, to live more inside and make room for cosy corners to nest and rest.

I put this antique little desk, once gifted to me by my husband who restored it, in front of the window. A perfectly warm place to withdraw oneself to reflect, read, write or draw and enjoy the view outside.

A lovely postcard by the talented Maartje van den Noort combined with my porcelain botanical candlelight and a dried fennel root from our garden to make a delicate still life. A reminder of the beauty of nature.

I renewed our “wall of frames”; this time it’s a combination of soft green and rose hues, birds, flowers and leaves. It’s like I always want to have some spring and summer details in our home.

Now we’re living more indoors I have an unmistakable urge to have even more green in our home so I treated myself on some new plants. Having little green reminders around our home, makes it more peaceful and gives us the chance to simply pause, recharge and benefit from the healing and comforting effect of greenery.

 

Woollen and handknitted blankets to make yourself a warm nesting place on the sofa. I love to snuggle on the couch with a cup of herbal tea, burning candles and a good book in the evening.

Harvesting our first Jerusalem artichokes of this season. I came across a simple recipe that we all love, even our girls as it’s not their favourite vegetable. But they know their mum is so happy when it’s autumn because of all the root veggies I can finally harvest and eat!

We still have a big harvest of tomatoes! I’ve been trying out a new recipe for tomato chutney and it was a success. As soon as there were enough tomatoes again, I made it again to store for the coming winter. There’s nothing better than home baked bread with a layer of chutney and cheese on a cold winter day!

This season is also a perfect moment to plant new plants and flowers. To put bulbs in the ground so we can look forward to spring with it’s vivid colors of crocuses, narcissus and hyacinths. Isn’t it wonderful how these brown bulbs come alive in spring after a dark  and cold season in the ground?!

I want to share this beautiful passage I’ve read in the newest novel of Christina Caboni:

“Autumn is the time to prepare the soil, and our spirit for the splendour of blooming. Cultivating the earth and planting narcissus bulbs are actions that contribute to our general well being and make us feel satisfied. The bulbs don’t have to be completely covered with soil. Observing their growth in the weeks after sharpens our consciousness and enlarges our ability for contemplation.”

We recently have cultivated another part of the garden. This time it’s close to our home so we’ll look at it when sitting in the living room. I finally made up the garden plan with a list of flowers and grasses to order at the plant center. And now it’s time to plant them. I’ve been enjoying it so much and look forward to see them blooming next year! For me it’s such a happy luxury to work with plants and have my hands in the rich soil. I couldn’t feel happier!

After the hard but oh so rewarding and satisfying garden work I treated myself on a cup of tea and some pieces of home baked apple cake, prune crumble and other treats. One gets quite hungry after working in the fresh autumn air!

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