Cold Winter Mornings

There's a song by Guillemots which has the lyric "I think of you on cold winter mornings, darling they remind me of when we were at school". I think of this song on cold winter mornings because they remind me of when I was at school and imagining a future where I could live inside this lyric.

I love autumn. I love cooler weather. I know SAD is normally associated with the drawing-in of the evenings and the departure of the sunshine, but for me the Summertime Sadness is REAL. The autumnal weather we have had over the last few days has been a delight.

Here are some of my favourite things about autumn and winter:
  • Being snuggly in bed with a chilly nose
  • Wearing coats
  • Christmas sandwiches in the shops
  • Christmas music
  • Christmas in general
  • Bonfire night parties
  • Pumpkin carving
  • Stamppot season
  • Knitwear
  • Knitting new knitwear
  • Football
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • Not being constantly sweaty
  • Fairy lights, everywhere
  • Blankets
  • Cosier dark evenings
  • Spiced candles
  • Cardigans
  • A cool bedroom at night
  • Less holiday FOMO
  • Less wedding spam (friend and family weddings = wonderful, lovely; seeing everyone else's friend and family weddings on social media = yawn)
  • Being able to wear jeans, just at all
  • More likely to spot an urban fox on the way home
  • A chill in the air in September feels like school, in a beautiful, nostalgic, sad, happy way
I know it's a serious privilege to be able to enjoy Christmas because I am very aware it can be a difficult time for some people, for all sorts of reasons. I also know how lucky I am to be able to look back at my school days with a smile. School-aged me would probably have had a different version of the story, but that's what nostalgia is all about.

As the nights get longer and the days get cooler, I will be remembering how grateful I am that seasons always change and happier times can come back again. And that M&S have an incredible Christmas sandwich collection.


  1. I can just about hear the crunchy leaves 👌 Thank you for reminding me that there are good things about autumn! I'm almost excited. ALMOST.


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