Everyday Hygge

Real Fall

October 27, 2009

I have always been a fall kind of girl which is why, come every September since 2004 when I moved to Los Angeles, I’d start to crave a road trip out east. While so many dream of seeing Paris in the spring time, I always wanted to see the east coast in Fall.

And this year I was finally able to do that thanks to my move to Pennsylvania. Scarfs and woolly throws finally made sense once again and my camera had lots of reasons to click.

Standing in my yard, watching the squirrels prepare for winter (and listening to them crack and dump chestnuts onto the ground below), watching leaves literally fall for hours and hiking with my dog, Jack, in golden colours – well, it’s been amazing, comforting, inspiring… beautiful. Each day seems different which is something that I didn’t like about living in perfect year round weather (she says before winter comes – I’m not a huge winter lover) and being aware of that difference has helped me to feel more inline with the week and somehow relax against its rhythms.

I find myself looking for places to escape to each weekend; a train trip to see the foliage, a park to walk through the leaves, pumpkin patches, cafe’s with apple cider, nurseries, puddles to jump in. And during the week, I just take it all in.

Pink of Perfection has a great little post on cosying up for fall and This is Glamorous has some inspiring images, too. I think am going to try to do each one of them. What about you? Any fall favourites you have (outside of Halloween) that you love to do? And if you’re fall-challenged like I was, how do you deal with 80F/25C weather when sweaters are popping up everywhere?

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    Carla in TacomaNo Gravatar
    October 27, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your Philadelphia fall!

    I grew up in Lancaster County, PA and my Dad’s family is still in and around Philly; it has been almost three years for us in the Pacific NW and boy do we miss east coast autumn. Not that we have perfect 80F year-round weather here by any means but fall/winter near the Puget Sound is more of a slide into gray, wet, shivery days than a crisp, colorful change of season.

    Now, instead of putting on sweaters and crunching through leaf piles the return of the rain calls for pruning and seeding the garden with cool-weather crops and enjoying the return of greens and herbs that were too parched to grow during the arid summer. We will bake, eat many apples and cook plenty of squash and though the temperatures will remain mild for the next 9 months, come December I will ignore the stares of the neighbors and put on my bright green wool coat to commemorate winter.

    Thanks again and lovely work on the new banner and menu!

    • Hygge HouseNo Gravatar
      October 28, 2009 at 9:47 AM

      I lived in Seattle and totally relate to what you’re saying. The grey didn’t work for me 🙂 But I did take trips out to Woodinville for apples and that’s where I learned to drink coffee so, there are some good things. I like the idea of a bright green coat!

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    MichelleNo Gravatar
    October 27, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    welcome to the east coast! for a blink of an eye i moved to dallas, but realized i missed the fall too much. i’m a new england girl without doubt. hope you have fun exploring this side of the country.

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    trinaNo Gravatar
    October 28, 2009 at 11:15 AM

    Alex, as usual, these photos are incredible! I too am a sucker for Fall, though I didn’t know it until I went away for college. Orange County is gorgeous all year round, though I found a “Real Fall” to be simply delicous. I luv living in Utah’s Wasatch Mountains. When we have an Indian Summer of sorts, I find that I can still taste Fall by cooking up some of my favorite Autumn dishes: Creamy Zucchini soup, Pumpkin biscuits, Cinnamon Apple oatmeal, and Creamy Butternut Squash…Mmmm, is it too early to start thinking of dinner? 🙂 Enjoy! luv, trina

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    LorissaNo Gravatar
    October 28, 2009 at 12:21 PM

    Gorgeous photos as always. I am definitely an Autumn girl. It is, by far, my absolute favourite season. I experienced stunning Falls in Boston and I miss those. One thing I am definitely looking forward to with moving to the States is experiencing more New England Falls.

    With Autumn, by favourite things are simply kicking the leaves as I walk (I love hearing them crunch), wearing scarves (I have a thing for scarves), pumpkin soup and lighting our Yankee “Harvest” candle.

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    MonicaNo Gravatar
    October 28, 2009 at 12:39 PM

    I live northeast of Philadelphia and one of my absolute favorite autumn activities is apple picking. Solebury Farms is a wonderful place for apple picking – it is near New Hope, PA and Lambertville NJ – both fun little towns to explore.

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    KellyNo Gravatar
    October 28, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Reading blogs from all over the world has made me so much more aware of how different the seasons can be from one place to another. I’m an Autumn-lover in Los Angeles, so of course I feel a little pang of longing when looking at photos of your new city. However, this is my home for now and even though it’s quite warm today I still get my little tastes of Fall. LA isn’t known for fabulous color changing leaves, but we get a few. I know firsthand because I stopped to pick up some pretty red and orange ones just around the corner. I love to take drives to the apple orchards and gardens and other special places. By spring time, I will have worn all of my cozy sweaters and turtlenecks, sipped apple cider and hot chocolate by a fireplace, visited a pumpkin patch, walked in a chilly forest, and so on. In some ways not having a real winter out here makes me feel like Fall lasts twice as long (it just starts a bit later). It might not be as spectacular as in some places, but I figure this will be excellent training for me when I do move to the perfect Fall location. It seems to have worked for you. 😉

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    BeckyNo Gravatar
    November 17, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Beautiful! I grew up just outside of Pittsburgh, and these photos are so nostalgic for me. It’s such a wonderful area. I look forward to hearing about your adventures in Pennsylvania!

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