While it may not feel like it in most parts of the country, summer is over and autumn is upon us. Before long it will be too cold to go to the beach, but too warm to rug up in front of the fire with a book. So what exactly can you do in autumn?
This transitional weather is perfect for barbeques and other outdoor gatherings. The air is refreshing, the mosquitoes and other annoying bugs aren't as prevalent, and you can always say that you had to drink that bottle of wine to stay warm.
Once it cools down you might find yourself craving some piping hot comfort food. Casseroles and soups are always a treat. Carrots, pumpkin, and mushrooms are in season during autumn so make the most of these fresh vegetables by making a carrot cake, pumpkin soup or pie, or a rice and mushroom dish.
If your children are suffering from a raging case of the 'I'm boreds' now that swimming isn't an option, take advantage of the falling foliage with some craft activities. Leaf rubbings are simple and you don't need a lot of equipment – just some wax paper and a crayon. For slightly older children, try making animals using a pinecone for the body and toothpicks, pom poms, googly eyes and other materials for its head and legs.
But if you'd prefer to just kick back on the couch, grab yourself a copy of Dead Poet's Society (largely set during autumn) or 500 Days of Summer (and you'll understand why it's an autumn movie when you see the ending).