It's the last day of autumn today and the weather is perfect. There is a cool breeze but the sun is warm enough to make you feel like your cosying up next to a wood fire heater.
We love autumn at our place because our backyard is completely transformed thanks to a beautiful deciduous liquid amber tree. It was this tree that basically sold us the house. The original two bedroom house that stood here before we renovated was a run-down, cockroach infested, green and pink-walled shack. The carpets smelt like urine, the kitchen was rotting and when I would cook at least twenty cockroaches would clamber together for warmth on the kitchen ceiling.
But we survived. We lived in this house for two and a bit years before we renovated. Throughout that time it was this beautiful tree that added colour and vibrancy to an otherwise shabby home. We certainly added our touch to the inside of the house at the time – new paint, polished floorboards and photos—but it was always this tree that took centre stage. Even now with the renovations and extensions complete, it is the tree people still comment most about. It’s an artwork on its own.
So today being the last day of autumn I thought why not embrace it in our own backyard?
Too often I am too quick to pack our bags and rush out the door to enjoy a local park or find something better to do.
Yet it's often in our own homes where some of the best memories are made.
We put on our boots, clomped down the stairs and let loose in our own backyard. We trampled through crunchy, golden autumn leaves, gathering handfuls of colour and tossing them sky high. Isabella enjoyed smooshing the leaves into Fin's hair as he would gasp and giggle.
As we made our own fun on this fine, final day of autumn, I realised how relaxed I felt. I didn't have to drag the kids to anywhere in particular or try to entertain them. We can made our own fun. It was a simple day yet one to remember.
What do you love most about autumn where you live?