Glorious Autumn in London

Following a pretty good Summer this year, it has been such a pleasant early Autumn and only now can I sense that the season is coming into full swing.  There is definitely a chill in the air in the early morning when I leave for work and again in the evening.  The leaves are also starting to change colours and I can happily watch the lovely Vincent House garden and its foliage oblige from the cosy lounge.

I really enjoy experiencing the four seasons here and am particularly fond of Autumn.  I like the comfortable temperatures and feel like the sun shines down on London more than the rain bothers us.  It gives me a great chance to pull out my favourite sweaters, or jumpers as they say here in the UK, and put my scarves and gloves on and have a walk around Notting Hill.

We’ll be turning the clocks back one hour at the end of October, which signals the end of British Summer Time (BST), and we’ll be entering Daylight Savings Time or Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).  In the US we say we’re entering Standard time – isn’t it funny the different terms used for the same things.  I am enjoying learning British terms and expressions and fitting in.  I admit I don’t like the darker early evenings that comes with the time change, but that just means I need to find more indoor London pursuits to enjoy!

This weekend I think I’ll take in the parks to see the colours of the trees.  I suspect it may be peak Autumnal viewing time.  We residents are so lucky living at Vincent House as there are some lovely parks a relatively short walk away.  Hyde Park is a great place to walk and you can take a stroll around the Serpentine or cross over to the other side of the park and get up close to Kensington Palace.  Wouldn’t it be nice to see Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Katherine, Duchess of Cambridge, there one day with their gorgeous children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte?  I can also easily walk over to Holland Park.  I found the beautiful Japanese Kyoto Garden in Holland Park on one of my walks.  So much to explore around Notting Hill and so much colour to take in with the changing leaves.

So as you can see, I love this time of the year.  It truly is an indoor and outdoor season.  I think, though, I shall start planning some inside pursuits for the upcoming winter and colder nights.  A great excuse to get to the theatre don’t you think?

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