Travel theme: Autumn

This evening’s sunset (October 31st) marks the start of Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival that waves farewell to the harvest season and prepares for the darker half of the year – but more about that in my next post. In the meantime, before the sun goes down on autumn, here are a few of my favourite things about this season. The leaves, their blaze of colour while still on the trees; the whirl and swirl as they tumble to the ground, catching in your hair, softly brushing your cheek on their way down. Kicking through mounds of brown, almost transparent leaves along the street listening to the rustling and the brittle crunch underfoot.

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Orchards filled to bursting with apples and pears and peaches and plums, boughs creaking and bowed low under the weight of their harvest. That first luscious mouthful of the fruit you just picked fresh off the tree.

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Sweet and floury roasted chestnuts, dark and shiny conkers, happy orange pumpkin patches, pumpkin soup and pumpkin lanterns.

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Misty mornings and dew-soaked grass, great big bowls of soup filled with exotic flavours that chase away autumn chills.

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Hedgerow foraging, berries plump with juice, purple-stained fingers and lips, jams and chutneys bubbling on the stove filling the house with sweet and spicy scents.

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I adore this time of year, but how about you? Have you fallen under autumn’s enchantment? If you would like to join in this week’s travel theme by creating your own autumnal post (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

  • Create your own post and title it Travel theme: Autumn
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Get your post in by next Thursday, as the new travel theme comes out on Friday
  • Don’t forget to subscribe to keep up to date on the latest weekly travel themes. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS!

xxx Ailsa

The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves. – John Muir

Autumn is a second spring, when every leaf is a flower. – Albert Camus

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About ailsapm

Hi there! I’m Ailsa Prideaux-Mooney. I’ve lived in many places, and travelled to many more. I had a lot of fun getting there and being there, wherever there happened to be at the time. I climbed a castle wall in Czesky Krumlov, abseiled down cliffs to go caving in the west of Ireland, slept on the beach in Paros, got chased by a swarm of bees in Vourvourou (ok that wasn’t fun, but it was exciting), learned flower arranging in Tokyo, found myself in the middle of a riot in Seoul, learned to snowboard in Salzburg, got lost in a labyrinth in Budapest and had my ice cream stolen by a gull in Cornwall. And I’m just getting started. If you’ve enjoyed what you’ve read so far, I’d love you to follow my travelogue - wheresmybackpack.com - and remember, anyone who tries to tell you it’s a small world hasn’t tried to see it all.
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146 Responses to Travel theme: Autumn

  1. aj vosse says:

    Boooo hoo hoo… the spooks are roaming free tonight!! Careful where you tread!! 😉

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  4. suej says:

    Lovely shots, Ailsa, especially the first and second…I love Autumn!

  5. What a gorgeous header – the colors and textures are definitely fall. (Nice “stained glass” tree image, too!)

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  7. Tvor says:

    My favourite season! It’s a good time to travel too, not too warm.
    http://tvortravels.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/travel-theme-autumn/

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  9. Autumn is my favorite season of the year, but unfortunately it doesn’t exist in Nicaragua. Hope you enjoy my Yosemite photos of Autumn and my improvised Halloween in Nicaragua. http://retirenicaragua.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/travel-theme-autumn/

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  11. So many lovely examples of Autumn in your post. I miss it. Just making do with spooky crows over here: http://wrightouttanowhere.com/2014/10/31/travel-theme-autumn/

  12. By the way, those berries look so good! 🙂

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  14. Your photos are very colorful and yummy looking. 😉
    Here’s me after a bit of a hiatus. https://firstandfabulous.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/travel-theme-autumn/

  15. Ese' s Voice says:

    What a lovely gallery, Ailsa – various shades and moments of the fall! 🙂 A bowl of soup would be very much on time now…
    Here’s my contribution this week: http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/travel-theme-autumn/

  16. Angeline M says:

    I love your photos of autumn. The first one has such lovely colors. Autumn is my favorite time of year too, with the cool down, lovely colors, and hopefully rain.
    https://angelinem.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/meeting-autumn/

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  22. Love your shots. 😀

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  24. Tish Farrell says:

    Lovely shots, Ailsa, and great challenge. Autumn is my time of year, Ailsa, and today is my birthday, so here are pix of where I went today: http://wp.me/pKVAM-10N

  25. Leya says:

    Beautiful shots! My favourite is the first one – like a dream!

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  28. Heyjude says:

    I love autumn and so far it has been very warm here in the UK. My contribution: http://smallbluegreenflowers.wordpress.com/2014/10/31/festival-of-leaves-october-gave-a-party/
    Jude xx

  29. 2000detours says:

    Beautiful photos. And I’ve been wishing for weeks I could find a tree that holds fall color all year.

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  32. mickscogs says:

    That 1st photograph’s colour contrast is beautiful. I love the soup; I eat soup all year round.
    http://regionalcognisance.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/travel-theme-autumn/

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  38. Nurul Lubis says:

    Creative as usual, Ailsa..
    This is my autumn photos taken in Istanbul:
    http://jendelafitri.com/tema-perjalanan-musim-gugur/

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  41. Love the quotes you have chosen for this week’s autumn theme, Ailsa. They make me want to rush outside and bury my feet in leaves. Hence my contribution:
    http://drieskewrites.wordpress.com/2014/11/01/travel-theme-autumn/

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