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An Autumn Tag

It would appear I have been tagged! By Autumn of all things!

autumn Tag

Okay not technically by Autumn, but by Graham from over on ‘Voice of a Ginge’ but I have been tagged none-the-less and that means, confession time.

“Yo Readers, I’m really happy for you, Imma let you finish but Spring is one of the best seasons of all time…one of the best seasons of all time!”

Despite the fact that all the memes tell me otherwise, Autumn is not my favourite season – but it is a close second with Summer, with Winter coming in dead last, because being cold sucks.

I will, however, answer the questions – it would be rude not to…

What signifies the start of Autumn for you?

Well this year it would be Twitter; I was buried by a deluge of gifs and leaf filled flat-lays advising me it was time to wear fluffy socks and dig out the jumpers.

Apparently, for Autumn, these are a 'must' - ard.

Despite being the tail end of October, it is still pretty warm here in Bristol – went out without a coat yesterday, and was still a bit toasty in just my jumper – so it doesn’t really feel autumnal, but the leaves are falling, the kids are hounding me about Halloween costumes and every one is wearing mustard, so it must be Autumn.

What is your favourite Autumn scent?

At the risk of sounding a bit like someone who should be kept an eye on… I love bonfires; I love the crackling noise and the smokey smell.


There is something special about wrapping up and seating round a fire outdoors. Reminds me of all the great camping trips I have been on as a Guide leader and as a student.
We have one of those incinerators, that looks like a bin, and my daughter and I enjoy chucking the weeks cardboard and burnable waste in it, probably enjoy a little too much to be honest…

Are you a fan of a PSL (pumpkin spice latte)?

Dear God no! I am a coffee fan, and I have experimented with some interesting flavours – Cherry Blossom latte in Japan was an interesting one.

But once was enough with the PSL thing for me; will be sticking to my standard order this season.

Apple pie or Pumpkin pie?

Is this tag designed to make me look like a right miserable bugger!

I can’t eat cooked apple following a traumatic forced feeding by a dinner lady in Infant school. I told her I didn’t like it, she told me to stop being stupid, I told her I would be sick if she made me eat it, she made me eat it anyway, I puked all over her. Wonder if she has a problem with apple now?… Needless to say, I do.

Pumpkin pie is just wrong, it is a gourd, like a squash, but it is used for sweet pies; I am not eating such a confused foodstuff – same goes for tomatoes with their ‘I am a fruit, but I go in salads and pasta dishes’ nonsense. Sort yourselves out!

What TV show, new or old are you looking forward to in the next few months?

I don’t really sit down and watch telly unless someone makes me. I have too much to do, and just sitting for a few hours stresses me out as I just stew over all the things I haven’t done yet.

Not even sure what is on at the moment, but I am catching up with Brooklyn 99 and re-watching Full Metal Alchemist Brotherhood on Netflix. However, if anyone knows of a K-Drama as good as ‘Black’ was, I am all ears. And also all eyes if this guy is in it…


What is your favourite Autumn fashion trend?

I have realised mustard is not for me. I had a shift dress in a gold type mustard once, but I looked like I was a wannabe Star-ship Commander. Getting out my woolly socks has been fun though, so I am going to have to go with ‘seasonal leg-warming wear’

What is your favourite comfort food to enjoy in the colder months?

It’s going to have to be stews; stews full of seasonal veg and dumplings. It doesn’t feel right to eat them before the weather turns a bit frosty though.

What is your favourite Autumn activity?

Scuffing, obviously, but that only lasts as long as it is dry. Walks are also nice, but my favourite thing is probably having an excuse to seat in and read stuff instead of being outside in the cold.

Are you a fan of horror movies?

I used to be, but now I am older I am finding my tolerance for gore and jump scares is pretty much zero. While I like a good psychological drama, or murder mystery, I cannot watch people being injured or hurting themselves – so YouTube fails are also out!

Do you ever do anything fun for Halloween?

The kids love it, so we get the house done up and get the sweets ready for the trick or treat squad to arrive, but it was never a big thing at our house growing up.

What was your favourite part about Halloween as a child?

As old people, I actually didn’t do Halloween as a child as it wasn’t really a thing. I can vaguely remember a party I held when I was about 13, and I dressed as a cat,possibly because I was able to fit into leotards in those days.

Are you a bigger fan of Bonfire night or Halloween?

In terms of nostalgia I certainly remember more firework displays and garden bonfires than I do Halloween’s. There is something more wholesome and British about using your Dad’s old clothes to dress up an effigy of a man who was tortured into confessing a terrorist plot to blow part of London up and then dumping him on a fire than there is about celebrating pretend ghosts and death… may not have thought about this enough.

Where is your dream destination to visit in the Autumn?

It is a long time away – but for Autumn 2020 I will be going back to Japan. I visited last in Spring and my friend Yumi has said the Kyoto looks amazing in the Autumn, so I am hoping to see it for myself.

Do you always forget about the clocks going back?


No,of course not! It’s Fall back, Spring forward! Looking forward to going to work in partial daylight for a few weeks. Will then be counting the days until I see the sun again.

When do you usually start preparing for Christmas?

Already started – about Boxing Day last year! Got all the cards, labels and gift boxes.
I am a master planner; I live for lists and finding new and inventive ways to wrap presents. I have got most of the kids stuff bought and as a minimalist I will be coming up with ideas to buy presents that take up no space at all…vouchers and gift cards, I just buy vouchers for people.

So what is your favourite season? Have you tried out a tag like this?


The idea is to tag fellow bloggers, but I was a bit slow off the mark with this and it’s seem most people have already done this tag.

If you haven’t, let me know. I can add a link to your blog and can go read your answers over at your Pad.



Mature (technically) graduate, vlogger, blogger, dreaming of travelling, mum of 4, K-pop addict, Japanese culture fan, and wannabe minimalist. And that is what this is all about... I am clearing, decluttering and "minimalising" with the long term aim of travelling and completing the adventures on my #kettlelist (Bucket list seems a bit final!) Come visit me on twitter and instagram @Pollyplaits , or on Youtube for my Polly put the kettle on (#PPTKO) weekly vlog that is DEFINITELY #NOTa50x50

23 thoughts on “An Autumn Tag

  1. What a fun post! So jealous of you guys having fall/autumn season! I’d love to travel to Europe when it’s autumn season one day 🙂 that Cherry Blossom latte sounds really yummy, Polly! I’ve never tried pumpkin spice latte, although I would really love to try it! Great post lovely, your answers are so fun to read. Xx


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