Autumn is without a doubt my favorite season.
Despite my severe hayfever (Claritin, Nasonex and saline rinse anyone?), and the pouring rain, nothing can put a damper on my love for this time of year.
The weather is perfect: not too hot and not too cold. Breezes are cool and gentle, the sun is warm and dappled by the vibrantly coloured leaves.
There is a freshness to the air that is never present during the oppressively hot, humid summers here in Ontario, and Thanksgiving and Halloween, two of my favorite seasonal events, are on the radar.
With the start of school it always feels like a new beginning, a chance to start over, an opportunity to grow and change, just like the weather.
And don't forget the juicy apples (this year's crop of Ginger gold are particularly sweet!!), pears, squash, pumpkins and the rest of the bounty of the season. So many delicious, comforting dishes can be enjoyed.
Yes, Autumn is followed by winter, which in this part of the world is pretty miserable (although I don't think it's as bad as our disgusting summers!), but on the bright side, it's followed by my second favorite season: spring :)