The last month of Autumn, but the beginning of a new adventure; time to take risks and do the unexpected.
Welcome to Wander Love Club and my first post! Today I am looking back at the glorious month of October, always one of my favorites- the changing of the leaves, the crisp air, walks in the woods, fires every night, fall festivals, pulling on boots and sweaters, pumpkin everything, and switching from white wine to red!
Even although it was actually the last weekend in September, I am including Bagpipes & Bonfires as it is our annual kick off to fall event! A grand Scottish celebration complete with a picnic feast, seasonal cocktails, traditional Highland games, the landing of kilted sky divers, and an impressive bagpipes procession that culminates with the lighting of the absolutely ginormous bonfire.
Tailgating was invented in the early 20th century at Yale, but I just attended my first homecoming tailgate this October at Northwestern University. Our home team got crushed by the Iowa Hawkeyes, but we sure had fun sitting around the fire in the parking lot, cooking up some Reuben Breakfast Sandwiches and if that didn’t warm us up, the coffee with Amarula (the spirit of Africa) sure did. Go Wildcats!
Our house is full of kids and dogs and looks great at Christmas with white lights and an ice rink, comes alive in Spring with flowers everywhere and birds nesting under the porch, Summer means dinner in the backyard, boys swimming in the pond, fireworks on the 4th, and long nights sitting on the front porch. But there is just SOMETHING about FALL that makes life around here extraordinary- we are surrounded by trees turning orange, yellow, and red, the sun warms up the house during the day and at night we open the windows to let the cool air in and throw some more logs on the fireplace. The scent of fall candles burns throughout the house, and Jim is busy in the kitchen all month cooking up fall classics and trying out new recipes.
“I am so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Anne of Green Gables