Of darkness and light...

I'm clearly heavily "into Autumn" by now, no denying it. This time of the year feels like home to me and soothes my mind. Whilst I do like summer with its warm days, autumn feels less frantic than the glaringly bright days of summer and the darker days calm me down. I do like the crisper air, nature changing again, the rich colours and even the grey skies. It somehow seems to suit my natural disposition. The darkness that comes in earlier every evening doesn't depress me (at least not most of the time), it gives me the chance to step back and remember that it's ok to sit quietly, stare at the rain, read a book, drink hot chocolate and reflect on things. I don't feel forced to go out and make the most of the sunshine. I guess that must be the introvert in me...

Autumnal "carved" pumpkin

With autumn come of course the pumpkins. A pumpkin soup, pie, or roasted butternut squash, these are truly seasonal food choices. But my seasonal choices don't stop with the food. Bringing some autumnal touches into my home is something else I do. Always. Every year. Call it "celebrating the seasons" or whatever you want, I feel it's right for nature to be reflected in my home and fallen leaves, conkers, pumpkins and twigs all play their part. 

Autumnal "carved" pumpkin

And then there's of course Halloween... I'm not a massive fan of this particular event, I don't quite "get it" and it's not something that I remember "celebrating" or taking part in as a child. Maybe I should read up on its history at some point, but to be honest, I can't be bothered with it. The one part I do like about it though is the pumpkin carving. I like that I can use a natural vessel, make it my own with a knife and a little elbow grease and use it to hold a candle that will provide a warm glow. The light in the dark of the early evenings. Now that, I do like.

Autumnal "carved" pumpkin

So, this is my version of a carved pumpkin. Not exactly scary as that wasn't my aim. If you'd like to find out more about how I made this, then click here where you'll find my tutorial. Wishing you all a lovely, autumnal weekend. Until next time, feel free to check in with me on  InstagramTwitter and Facebook… xo