One month ago, my friend Lou and I launched a new autumnal hashtag over on Instagram: #anatural_autumn. We wanted to celebrate the new season, with a particular focus on simple autumnal pursuits and pleasures: foraging and preserving; fruit-picking and baking; leaf-kicking and seed-gathering; misty mornings and cosy afternoons. We’ve been treated to all of this… and to so much more! The hashtag currently stands at over 2k images, and it’s an absolute dream.
There’s something about the beginning of Autumn that means the prospect of curling up with a book becomes even more appealing than usual. I’m slowly making my way through Anna Karenina. I find that it’s one that needs my full concentration, so not great for a sleepy end-of-the-day read, which means it may take me a little while, but that’s no bad thing!
I’m extremely excited about my October choice, the rather zeitgeisty ‘The Book of Hygge‘ by Louisa Thomsen Brits. I’m a huge fan of Louisa’s gentle and nature-infused Instagram feed, and I’ve been fascinated for some time by the Danish concept of ‘hygge’ (hue-gah), which seems to have entered common parlance of late, and although I am drawn to it, I know very little about it, and am keen to discover more. Not only that, but this book is utterly beautiful and is illustrated with stunning photographs by Susan Bell. I feel quite sure that I have a treat in store.
I am documenting the year with monthly photographs of my kitchen table. Capturing the jumble that accumulates here, at the heart of the kitchen, is also a way to record some of the domestic stories of our family life.