Let’s face it, when you’re busy balancing work, family, a social life, and any number of other things, it’s easy to let the seasons slip away. However, taking time to stop and smell the roses (or the pumpkin spice in this case) is important for both your mental and physical health. That’s why we’ve rounded up a few simple things you can do to slow down and really appreciate autumn in Jozi this year – even if it’s just for a moment.
Go For A Stroll In The Park
There are so many beautiful parks to be enjoyed in Joburg. Chances are, whichever one you choose to take a stroll through, you’ll have an opportunity to breathe in and admire autumn’s beauty – from the fiery colours of the fall foliage to the frost on the ground. If simply walking through the park doesn’t do it for you, why not channel your artistic side? Grab your camera and snap some artsy photos of the changing leaves or the misty morning air. Not sure which park to choose? Then check out our list of the best parks in Joburg.
Fill Your Home With The Smells Of Autumn
There’s something decidedly autumn-ish about the divine smell of cinnamon, apples and pumpkin spice wafting through your home, isn’t there? The cheapest, easiest way to fill your house with that wonderfully mesmerising autumn scent is to fill a small pot with water, toss in some cinnamon sticks, cloves, apple halves and orange peels, and let it simmer on your stove – sweet smells will be filling up your place in no time! Alternatively, you can whip up a skinny pumpkin spice latte, which brings smells just as comforting.
Indulge In Your Desire To Hibernate
As the days get shorter and the temperatures drop, you might find yourself wanting to curl up with a good book and a cosy, woolly throw. We say, bring on the autumn-inspired hibernation! Set aside some time each week (or day, we won’t judge) and get your cuddle on in front of a fire, or solo snuggle on your bed with your favourite book or movie and a cup of chai tea. Stuck on what to read or watch this autumn? Then check out our lists of top books to read and movies to watch this chilly season.
Fill Up Your Wardrobe With The Latest Autumn Trends
By this, we don’t mean go out and buy every burnt orange item you can find, just to clear that up. All you really need to do is simply take a moment to assess your wardrobe, and do a bit of re-organisation so that throwing together a cold-weather outfit is easier. Of course, you could also go shopping and fill your closet with some of the latest autumn trends, because a little shopping never hurt anybody, right? In that case, best check out our fabulous list of must-have autumn fashion garments and take it from there.
Visit A Farmer’s Market To Pick Up Some Harvest Items
Keep your eyes peeled for tasty seasonal goodies this season, such as paw paws, papayas, pineapples, sweet melon, quinces, aubergines, hubbard squash, parsnips and turnips. Adding local, seasonal fruits and vegetables as such to your everyday meals is a nutritious, environmentally-friendly way to add a little bit of autumn to your life. Just make sure you opt for raw, organic produce (to reap the health benefits too). To locate your nearest food market, check out our list of top weekend markets in Joburg.
Plan An Autumn Party!
Just because summer’s over doesn’t mean the fun has to come to an end. Why not plan a fabulous autumn party? Think pumpkin spice espresso martinis, fall-themed finger foods (apple and stilton Welsh rarebit bites, anyone?), and some festive table decorations. Nothing says autumn quite like catching up with good friends over extravagant cocktails, while surrounded by decorative gourds and the scent of warm spices! If you would prefer going out for a little bit of fun, check out our list of the top cocktail spots in Joburg.
Take Advantage Of That Extra Morning Hour
When the time change rolls around in the autumn, everyone complains about losing an hour of daylight, but you could also think of it as gaining an hour in the morning that you can make the most of before your body adjusts to the time change. Whether you use the hour to head to that early morning yoga class, or to simply enjoy the morning on your patio over a steaming cup of tea, the choice is yours. Struggle to get up on colder days? Then best you see our tips on how to make waking up easier in winter.
Plant Some Cold Weather Greens
Most people (especially us, Joburgers) think that spring and summer are the only times that you can plant produce, but this isn’t entirely true. Some veggies actually flourish as the weather gets colder. Swiss chard, bok choi, and the mightiest of greens – kale – grow exceptionally well when you plant them later in the season. Plant some of these beneficial veggies in a pot, stick it on your balcony, and reap what you sow (literally) come winter. Check out our guide to urban gardening if you’re afraid that your way of living may be curbing your green fingers.
Storm Full-Force Into Soup Season!
From butternut squash bisques to hearty potato and sausage stews, the time for soups is upon us. Dust off that slow cooker of yours and leaf through your mother’s recipes, or try a new soup recipe each week. After all, you can never have too much soup on hand when the temperature drops, right? If you want to try out something new and super-tasty, why not give our creamy broccoli soup with feta and fried basil a bash? It’s unbelievably quick and easy to whip up!
Sign Up For A Quintessential Autumn Activity
There are loads of exciting activities to do this autumn, from visiting harvest festivals to good old-fashioned apple picking, with lots more in-between. To keep up-to-date with all of the awesome things happening this season in Joburg, all you’ve got to do is keep following us – you know we’ve got you covered!
If you have any ideas you’d like to share on how we can all make the most of this autumn, feel free to leave them in the comments section below.
Happy autumn, Joburgers!
By Candice May