London Diaries: That fall feeling…

“Anyone who thinks autumn leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day”

Like my old (fictional) friend Anne of Green Gables, I’m rather glad that I live in a world where there are Octobers.


London might not be as picturesque as where she lived, but it’s just as just magical during autumn when an amber glow envelops the city’s environs… There’s a crisp freshness in the air and an inexplicable sense of bliss each time I go out of my way to step on that crunchy looking leaf.

I love everything about this time of year.

That fall feeling is perhaps best summed up by Danish way of living – hygge (pronounced hue-gah. I think). It’s a warm and cosy way of life, which is all about cherishing oneself and others and celebrating simple pleasures…

Like a cup of tea and comforting bowl of porridge, first thing in the morning.

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Miso oats by Maple & Fitz (recipe, here)

The return of all pumpkin everything season, from scrummy pumpkin scotch eggs (at Jikoni) to that evergreen favourite – pumpkin spice lattes.

It’s those same heartwarming feels I covet when reaching for a cinnamon bun, golden turmeric latte or torched frozen s’mores (my kind of campfire treat).

Hygge can be as simple as an evening walk – bundled up in a cosy oversized jumper – to catch the last rays of sunshine before that bewitching twilight hour.

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Or an engrossing book that has me burning the proverbial midnight oil (read: my favourite Diptyque candle).

Most importantly for me, hygge is about time spent with good friends and family gathered around good food, with plenty of food for thought on the table too.

I’m discovering new and delightful ways of embracing hygge each and everyday. It’s a worthwhile pursuit of happiness.


What are your thoughts on hygge?

What do you like most about autumn? 


15 thoughts on “London Diaries: That fall feeling…

  1. Heard a lot about this approach, I take it lightheartedly because it’s not exactly a new way of living. Just a simplified one. Look at the good things in your life, nature’s gifts, and cherish them. But out obsession with all things scandi makes it look like a revelation! Still I’m all for scandi, who doesn’t love a bit of minimalist design and crime noir 😉

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  2. What a beautiful thought provoking post! The temperatures seem to have dipped all too quickly this week – I feel as though autumn might disappear a little too soon! xx

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  3. I must admit, I’ll always prefer Spring and Summer and have never quite got into Autumn like others have but I’ll happily forget the progressing cold weather with a visit to that Domnique Ansel shop or a pursuit of the pumpkin scotch egg. I love hearing your foodie recommendations!

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