Autumn has always been my favourite season and this year is no exception, although it’s different. I’m happy to see the leaves changing but I feel slightly nostalgic…
For the first time since I moved to England, I miss home.
I’m not sure why homesickness is only hitting me now, or at all. Maybe because I finally have time to stop and think? Things have been hectic since I arrived and until now, I was probably too busy exploring my new country and settling into a new life.
Autumn in my native land lasts about two weeks. After that, November showers us in cold winter rain – and snow. Here, autumn takes its time… The leaves have started changing some time ago but many trees are still lush green; the temperatures dropped but most days don’t require more than a light jacket or sweater to keep you warm. The sun sets very early which gives us the perfect excuse to get nice hot drinks on a Friday evening café date, or lazy Sundays snuggling with a feel-good TV show.
Even though I’m enjoying the slowness of the British autumn, I still miss the Canadian fall and its many traditions: days out hiking the nearest mountain and the unbeatable view when you reach the top; going apple picking and spending a day baking everything apple, from pies to crumble; the family reunion to celebrate Thanksgiving; and going pumpkin picking before spending a rainy afternoon carving your finds and cooking the seeds to snack on later… Above all, I miss the flamboyant red and orange landscape across the St. Lawrence River.
I found the cure to my autumnal blues – beside hours on Skype with my best friend back in Montreal – is nature. These days, I’m enjoying long countryside walks with Edward or solo trail runs in the nearby parks and nature reserves. A hiking trip is also in planning, though we have yet to decide where we’d like to go… Too many beautiful places to explore!
While I’m still a bit envious of my friends when they fill my Facebook feed with photos of the colourful Québec fall, I’m truly enjoying this beautiful season and I hope you are too, wherever you may be!