Autumn is simply wonderful! One of my personal highlights this time of year is walking in the Yorkshire countryside on a misty Autumn morning, surrounded by shimmering gold leaves that make a satisfying crunch when stepped on, and the gorgeous sunrise that leaves you submerged in an orange glow. You can’t deny that this time of year the Yorkshire woodland is a simply stunning place to be!
The season isn’t just one of beauty but could also be labelled the season of plenty with all the nuts, seeds and berries surrounding us. Elderberries, blackberries and hazelnuts are just a few of the easily identifiable foods you can forage for during the Autumn months. It’s the perfect time of year to get out in nature and gather the ingredients for a berry pie or an elderberry cordial! Or if you’re thinking ahead, blackberry jam and elderberry gin as a thoughtful homemade Christmas present! To get you kick-started BBC Countryfile have a great article on discovering the top nuts, seeds and berries to forage for during Autumn.
Time spent sat on a log, wrapped up in your favourite jumper gazing at a crackling campfire after foraging for your own food is the perfect Autumn activity, and one that our Campfire Conversations group loves! We love to be sat together under a canopy of bronzing trees, enjoying a hearty stew followed by a hot chocolate (with mini marshmallows of course!) that’s guaranteed to put a smile on your face! Campfire Conversations is a project uses nature, campfire cooking and peer support to help people to manage their mental wellbeing.
So the nights may be getting longer and the weather may be cooler, but don’t let that stop you enjoying time outside. Trust us you really don’t want to miss out on this beautiful time of year! Especially the crisp morning mist and the gorgeous sunset!
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