September 27, 2013

Are We Really Making The Most of The Fall Season?

St. James's Park, City of Westminster, central London, UK-the oldest of the Royal Parks of London.{Photo taken two years ago.}

So...I have a confession to make. I've become accustomed to just ignoring the beauty of the cooler seasons and I just pack myself around my TV and ignore the world around me just because it's colder. That's definitely not making the most of any season. So I've decided, in this fall season, to make it a practice to take in the season itself. Yes, it's that time of year again-time to welcome in a brand new season.

Since the first day of autumn was 5 days ago, here's a list of things I'm planning on doing this year.

1. Go for a hike.

Breath in the cool, crisp air. Listen to the sound of leaves crunching under my feet.
There's nothing better than a walk on a forest trail this time of year. As long as you have a way to be out and about, you'll be able to enjoy this new season.
2. Collect colourful fall leaves.

3. Watch geese flying south for the winter.

4. Make a big batch of applesauce or cider as the weather gets colder. There's nothing better than applesauce or cider to fit in the season's settings.

5. Bake an apple or pumpkin pie.

(Btw. I got up early and made an apple pie. Yeah. Apple pies have always been a fall favourite of mine.)

6. Throw a Halloween party.

Ready for Halloween yet? We sure are! We love the festivities of Halloween. Emily (Corpse Bride) Halloween Makeup is full of awesome. Getting this Emily (Corpse Bride) Halloween Look is super simple.

Here's an amazing tutorial,  Emily (Corpse Bride) Halloween Makeup Look.



By dope2111

7. Learn to make my own yarn pom poms.

This is a fun and very easy project that you'll really love doing! Making a pom pom requires some yarn (extremely cheap and also likely laying in the closet if your home is like ours.) Here's a detailed tutorial...I loved it so much. 



By creaturescomfortblog

8. Wear my favourite jeans and sweaters. I can't wait to wear this .

What's on your to-do list this fall? I'd love to hear.
Sunset Limited.

Orange Inspiration.

My dears, hope you have an inspiring weekend! xx
Autumnal Sunset.

Have  a great one!

83 comments:

Kelly said...

I love all your photos today, but that top one is stunning - I love the sepia look!

It's still shorts weather here, but I'm getting glimpses that summer is over. ;)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, Betty!

ΑΘΗΝΑ said...

Autumn has many fantastic sceneries!

Tamara Camera said...

I love your photos! So gorgeous. I've gotten much better about seeing the little nuances and beauties in the changing of the seasons. I can't stand winter, but fall is beautiful and as long as I embrace it, I tend to do ok when it blends into winter.

Karen said...

Hi Betty, thanks for stopping by my blog. Autumn is my favourite time of year! Lovely autumn photos, your sky shot is terrific!

It's me said...

Love autumn.....happy weekend...love Ria...x !

tinajo said...

Good inspiration, thanks for sharing! :-)

Debbie said...

an awesome group of photos!!

i printed a "fall bucket list" from pinterest. it's similar to your list about things you don't want to miss doing during this great season!!

it's pretty and colorful and it's hanging on my frig!! truth be told, i have two!!

have a wonderful weekend!!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Wonderful pictures. You have put in me the desire to head out into a park and find more beauty.Perhaps after lunch I can do that.

Sandra said...

i love the first thing, take a hike. that i can do here, and we are at 83 today not 95 so that i am loving.
my list for fall I will have to make a little different.
I can't bake, but I can buy a pie..

I can't wear jeans and sweaters until maybe January... so I will wear my capris and flip flops
I am trying to think of something i can do.
go to Jungle Gardens
go to visit my friend Rich in the nursing home
take my neighbor somewhere when i don't want to
thanks for the idea, i will be making a list

TexWisGirl said...

love the colors of fall, even as muted as they can be in texas.

i am looking forward to wearing jeans again - might be nov. before it is cool enough, though. :)

Giga said...

Myślę, że to dobre sposoby żeby polubić jesień i pogodzić się z tym , że ona jest. Pozdrawiam.
I think it's a good way to fall in love with autumn and come to terms with the fact that she is. Yours.

Elisa T. Campos said...

Betty

Obrigada pelo carinho da visita.
Também gosto de inventar coisas principalmente num dia de muito frio.
Esta maneira de divertir no outono eu adorei:
- caminhar numa trilha sobre folhas secas.
- ir á cozinha e preparar doces deliciosos. Humm, compota de maçã , delicia e para completar festa de Halloween.

Fiquei encantada com os pom pons do vídeo. Vou tentar fazer alguns para embalar presentes. Fica muito charmoso.

Lindos dias para você.
bjs

The Domestic Sweetheart said...

I love this post!! Fall is my fav. season. What great ideas to enjoy the change in weather :) Have a great weekend :)

Pat Tillett said...

Great photos Betty! I really do like fall, but I like it mostly because the desert cools off and it's easier to travel there. Where I live though, the primary difference between fall and summer is shorter days.

Craver Vii said...

I've missed some cool and colorful autumn opportunities as well. But I like the brisk season, so for me, I lose the opportunity to save the moment on account of I'm savoring the moment.

Our Neck of the Woods said...

These photos are awesome! Especially the running water and leaves. Just gorgeous! I love fall so I look forward to celebrating all season long :)

Bob Bushell said...

A beautiful autumn in pleasant dreams.

Ms. A said...

I love the autumn and cooler weather. Wish I had more time to get out there and enjoy it. Seems the only direction we go, is to the hospital.

diane b said...

Well count me out its Spring here. Unfortunately we don't have a big difference in our seasons. It is warm all the time. But that is the advantage. In summer we sometimes have to stay inside with the aircon and it curbs some outdoor activities like gardening. That apple pie looks delicious.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Betty, you have created a great list of things to do during the Fall season. Hiking and watching the birds will be one thing I like to do. The apple pie sounds yummy too. Wonderful post, have a happy weekend!

Starry Dawn said...

Hi Betty,
I am the new follower of your wonderful blog.
Thank you for visiting my poetry corner,and saying lovely things!
I am so glad to have you there.
Please, join me as a follower, I have just joined yours.
You take great photos.
I highly appreciate talents in all forms. Welcome Aboard!
Greetings from Poet Starry Dawn.

Leovi said...

Yes, delicious pictures, very beautiful colors in the leaves, delicious Fall!

Trac~ said...

Gorgeous photos as always my sweet friend - just like you! :). I am trying to get back to blogging but thinking of changing my blog name and starting a new one. I miss you and my other blogs friends terribly. Anyway I wanted to stop by and say hi friend. Fall is my most favorite time of year and your pictures are just beautiful. Where I live we don't get a fall season so I really miss it. Big hugs doll! Miss you!! Xoxoxo

Lisa Gordon said...

I am with you on the cold, Betty. Don't like it at all, but I am sure one (or more!!) of those pies would make me feel all better!! :-)

Have a great weekend!

Rambling Woods said...

What a fun post with lots of ideas. I like to bury myself until spring, but it has been beautiful here.. thank you for the lovely comment on my blog..Michelle

Randy said...

Great looking shots.

ladyfi said...

What glorious autumn shots. I love autumn!

HansHB said...

Great serie and your B&W contribution is perfect, like the first photos they made with a kind of brown touch!

Crissi said...

Wonderful weekend!
Crissi☺

ANRAFERA said...

Thank you Betty for this autumnal entry as well you show us in these nice photographies. Nice park and marvellous tarts accompanied of the jam. I wish you happy weekend. An embrace.
Ramon

....Petty Witter said...

Oh my goodness, what an amazing post and so beautiful. That first photograph should be available as a print so that I could have a copy to frame.

Steffi said...

Very beautiful set of photos!Have a nice weekend.

marijke said...

A post feeled with the most lovely photo's.
I wish you a fantastic weekend Betty.

Magia da Inês said...

Belas fotos de outono!
Aqui estamos na primavera.

¸.•°♡彡Ótimo sábado!
♡♫° ·.Bom fim de semana!
Beijinhos.
¸.•°❤❤⊱

Our photos said...

Beautiful photos!
Greetings, RW & SK

Lynn said...

Autumn is my favorite season. Love your ideas - especially the apple related ones. :)

Riot Kitty said...

I love St. James Park and fall. How did you get the leaves to look blue?!

Mandy Southgate said...

I absolutely agree with you Betty. In S Africa, we only really had two seasons - summer and winter - so it took me some getting used to to not only have a distinct spring and autumn but also to live during a long, pronounced winter as you can't merely exist for 5+ months. I'm truly enjoying this autumn - I'm enjoying wearing my autumn clothes and also enjoying the cooler weather.

Nevine Sultan said...

Dearest Betty,

It feels like forever since I last visited, and... well, it really has been a while. But I'm so refreshed by your thoughts about fall... and your photos are just gorgeous. I make it a point to notice even the smallest changes in my environment because... that's what makes me feel alive.

The mornings are getting a bit nippy here... the evenings, too! And, I like to use any moments of spare time I have to enjoy the beauty of life around me. So, that is how my fall is going so far.

I so enjoyed stopping in to visit, my dear. Hope your weekend is going swimmingly!

Big hugs,
Nevine

rainfield61 said...

Love the water, love the colours.

And love your list.

I am going to hike now.

Sandy Carlson said...

Fabulous, inviting, and beautiful!

Bi Ti said...

Thanks for stopping by our blog. I love your list of todos for the fall :) BTW, add some pompous to your sweater while you are at it, I think you'll get a kick out of it. You can check it out at:

http://www.pret-a-vivre.com/2013/01/what-to-wear-with-ivory-white-sweater.html


Cheers!

Tammie Lee said...

wonderful thoughts and ideas for Autumn. When we get out and enjoy somehow the spirit of the season seeps inside us and we become Autumn. There is something sacred in that. your photos are gorgeous!

Mersad said...

Every last bit should be drained form this wonderful colorful season. Great images Betty!

Diane AZ said...

Beautiful images for fall, I love your colorful leaves and apple pie. Happy Autumn!

Veronica Roth said...

Hi Betty, are you in England? I'm in OXON for part of the year. Nice job on the leaves; very beautiful photo. Oh, and those are Canada geese. Being Canadian for the other part of the year, I can safely say that they are only flying from St James's to Hyde park. They very rarely fly south any more. :)

Sharon said...

I'm impressed that you made a list of all these fun fall things. I'm not good at lists, but I would like to try making applesauce this fall. We did go apple picking recently -- that's my "must do" fall activity!

Ann said...

Great photos to set the fall mood. I like your list of things to do also. The pie one I should do because I always get hungry for apple pie this time of year.

Betty Manousos said...

riot kitty, i just added some colorizing effects to the image, usually this isn't the desired outcome, but sometimes the effect can be quite lovely;)

Catherine said...

Fall really is my most favorite time of year. I just wish it lasted longer!
Cool leaves!!
xo Catherine

Ida said...

Great post. I'll have one of those little Apple Desserts please!

Nancy said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I'm returning the favor, and have to say your post is thought provoking. Do I tend to ignore Fall because of the colder weather? Yes, I do. And it's not a good thing to do so. You've inspired me to enjoy this special, short season. Thank you. By the way, your photos are gorgeous and that apple pie looks scrumptious. Blessings, Nancy

Trac~ said...

Hey friend - I took the plunge and started blogging again. Same place, same name (for now at least). But the address changed - it's http://welcom2ourworld@blogspot.com. Not sure if you have it saved or how you get to it - but in the event you do it that way - there's the new address. If not, you shouldn't have a problem getting back into it. Miss ya! :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

What a great list. Many fun items. I love to hike in the fall.

Carolina said...

So inspirational post and breathtaking picture!
Enjoy your beautiful life, i think you are so wonderfully poetic *:)
Bisous.

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

I can relate. I like all the special things about the fall, but I live for sunny summer days. I like that you're dedicated to appreciate the season for all its gifts; I'll join you in that. Thanks for the inspiration.

I especially like this last photo. It's fantastic.

Be well, Betty.
xoRobyn

MastHoliday said...

Great series of the wonderful shots, specially I like the autumn shot!

Ajay Kumar said...

Interesting photographs with nice find the video...
Great post...

Nancy said...

Love that cute lil' apple-y pie you made. xo

Gail Dixon (LaBelle) said...

Fall is my favorite season! Cannot wait to enjoy the outdoors more and see the changing colors. Lovely images, especially the colored leaves. :)

Timur said...

Hello...

very nice photos ! Thanks for visiting my blog and the nice comment :)

Greetings from Germany

Ariel said...

Hi Betty,
good morning,
I do not like the autumn
but you and your post are changing my mind...

I loved the Emily's video
(halloween's girl)
she is beautiful! =D

Wishing you a beautiful fall
a fantastic week
and a wonderful day
a big kiss

Barb said...

Hi Betty, Your photos are an inspiration - they have such depth and clarity. I'll be joining you for the little pie. The leaf photo is super!

EG CameraGirl said...

It's a great plan to enjoy all four seasons. I sure plan to!

Teri said...

I love your photos but especially those leaves!!!! Beautiful!

Pantherka said...

Wow, those are beautiful pictures.
Great job.
Have a nice evening.

Mark said...

This post just jump started me into appreciating the chill rather than being saddened that summer is gone.
Enjoy the Fall

Rick said...

Superb fall photos Betty ! I've always loved fall for its beautiful colourful scenes. And right now we're having an Indian summer (~23C) which makes it even more enjoyable. Been picking apples and making applesauce too (but no pies. yet).

Enjoy it some more this week.

AmyLK LK said...

I am not ready to enjoy fall just yet. I'm still clinging to tank tops and sandals.

Jim said...

Hi Betty ~~ I like your post, it shows you have a lot of good ideas. It seems your ambition might match.

I like #'s 5 and 6. I would take an apple pie. I am glad you made one. Pumpkin is okay, it is my favorite vegetable dish.

# 6, throwing a Halloween party would be a lot of fun. You could stretch it out for Guy Fawkes Day as well.

We have a been gone from London over a month now. We were there from July 5 through August 28, taking a couple of weeks away for a cruise. Our daughter lives and works there and has her family there with her.

I am sorry to be so late. I too was sorry to hear how the Turks were treating those dogs. That was back in 1887. I think things are much better for the dogs now. But there were a lot of them layig around.
..

Starry Dawn said...

Hi Betty,
I am the new follower of your wonderful blog.
You are so creative, a real artist.
Your photos are awesome.
Thank you for joining my sites, Betty! Welcome Aboard!
Greetings from Poet Starry.

Cezar and Léia said...

I agree with your words dear Betty. I love Autumn season and all beautiful colors. In fact, it's my favorite season!Your pictures are wonderful, thanks for this beautiful post.
Happy October chérie!
hugs
Léia

Christa Mavropoulou said...

Ονειρεμένες φθινοπωρινές εικόνες Μπέτυ!!!!Λατρεύω την αλλαγή χρωμάτων της φύσης ....πορτοκαλί-κίτρινο -χρυσό.
Τα βιντεάκια είναι απίθανα.Στην Ελλάδα δεν έχουμε τα Halloween σε εκτίμηση-))))
Πολλά φιλιά και καλό μηνα

yonca said...

Autumn is colorful! Great pics! xx

michael said...

I love Fall and your picks!:D

Shirley Holmes said...

I really like your last photo.
Simply awesome!!;o)

Alice Miller said...

Awesome fall photos dear one!
Thank you:)))

Georgia said...

Fall for me means that it's time to pull out my boots and I'm a big fan of boots!

Georgia said...

Fall for me means that it's time to pull out my boots and I'm a big fan of boots!

ritsa said...

I love your Autumn photographs today- all of these!:-)

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Love your Autumn goals! This is the only seasonal change we experience nowdays, because we go to Florida soon until next summer. Your pictures almost make me want to stay here (almost;>)

Kiran palwasha said...

Such a lovely post. Some thing delicious, some thing beautiful nature capturing all interesting snapshots. Love your blog. Would like to follow you.

Sylvia K said...

Oh,how fun to be able to leave a comment!! I do love all your pics today as always!! Hope your week is going well!!