Autumn is by far my favourite season, bringing longings for slow-cooked stews, cinnamon candles, mulled wine and long walks in the forest. But with all its seasonal beauty – leaves slowly turning brown, crisp sunny mornings, acorns and conkers carpeting the ground – it doesn’t half bring its fair share of rainfall. Here’s my list of 20 things to do on a rainy day in autumn.
- Make an autumn playlist – At this time of year I always bring out my friend Alana’s ‘Autumn’ playlist on Spotify, it’s the perfect set of tunes for a gloomy, autumnal day. Bon Iver, Local Natives, Birdy and The Mountain Goats always get me in the mood for the colder weather.
- Make pumpkin soup – Lots of recipes are available online- try this one from BBC Good Food
- Get settled under a blanket and watch an autumnal movie – Good Will Hunting, 500 Days of Summer, Garden State, Rushmore and Donnie Darko are all excellent candidates. Also, TV box sets were made for rainy days – Netflix have an awesome selection and offer a month’s free trial for new members.
- Make teacup candles – You can pick up vintage teacups at a car boot sale or charity shop and teacup candle making kits for as little as £1.99 online. They make great Christmas gifts.
- Get some exercise time in – Dig out those exercise DVDs, or, there’s loads of amazing exercise workouts available on YouTube – try the Blogilates channel for challenges and tips.
- Dream of escaping to the woods and indulge in a little Cabin Porn on Tumblr.
- Make a photo book of recent memories – I make one every few months to document my favourite photographs. Try Photobox, or Blurb for something a little swankier.
- Go through old magazines and make a scrapbook or folder of inspiration for a project – Try making a recipes folder or a scrapbook of home decorating ideas.
- Take Gretchen Rubin’s tip from ‘Happier at Home’ and de-clutter ‘shelf by shelf’. Tackle that cupboard or shelf you’ve been pretending doesn’t exist for the last few weeks/months/years.
- Write a letter to an old friend. There’s nothing more satisfying than sending or receiving post and a rainy day is the perfect excuse for catching up on correspondence. Spread some joy by sending a postcard or a little present in the post to an unexpecting recipient.
- Get lost in a good book – Make some time to catch up on your reading pile, or get stuck into an old favourite.
- Have a pamper session – There’s nothing I love more on a rainy day then indulging in a long bubble bath with candles burning (and pretending to be a sea monster by donning a clay face mask and hiding amidst all the bubbles).
- Play board games – Gather up friends and family and have a Scrabble/Boggle/Cluedo-off.
- Make Jamie Oliver’s ‘epic hot chocolate‘
- Discover a new blog – Check out the recommendations or up and coming sections on Bloglovin and find some new favourite reads.
- eBay your old belongings – eBay is a chore but it’s the perfect activity for a rainy day – especially a rainy Sunday as items finishing on a Sunday evening tend to sell particularly well (in my experience).
- Make a fort – Gather up your blankets, cushions and chairs and make a fort. (Or even make your whole house fort-like)
- Learn how to make ‘a better you’ with this set of 11 talks on TED
- Dig out an old shirt and make a cushion cover with this DIY tutorial
- Embrace the rain – Don your finest waterproofs and wellies, and go outside and get soaked. Splash in puddles, ride your bike through the mud and then come home and do number 12 and 14…
What are your top tips for rainy Autumn days?
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