Shades of Autumn: A Fall List of Fun Things

It was one of those perfect English autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life.  P.D. James
It definitely feels like summer is hanging on by a thread as we’re heading into a  cooler fall season.  Kids are back at school, vacations are over and the threat of winter snow is looming closer.  Though autumn is my favorite of all seasons, it’s unfortunately often the shortest, most fleeting one .  Lately, I’ve been thinking of some of the things I’d like to do this fall to make the most of the season.  Check out my list of a dozen things to do this fall and hopefully you’ll find a few things on this list that you’d like to do too!

  1.  Go on a fall hike.   What better time to go on a hike than in the fall when the leaves are changing and the colors are breathtaking?  If you need some help finding great Manitoba hiking spots, feel free to check out these books on hiking.
  2. Learn how to can and preserve.  Of course this assumes that you were left with a bounty of fruits and vegetables from your garden, but if not, you can purchase some from an outdoor market.
  3. Pick apples.  I was hoping to do that this year, but my tree yielded NO apples!  If you had more luck than me, try out some of these great apple recipes.
  4. Head to a pumpkin patch and pick out your own pumpkin.  Then check out these books on cooking with pumpkin or carving pumpkins.
  5. If you’re a football fan, have some friends over to watch a game and try out a new chili recipe.
  6. Start thinking about next year’s garden and plant some mums and bulbs.  Get some ideas here.
  7. Make a Halloween costume for yourself or your kid(s).  Plenty of ideas to be had in these books, and some of these require more imagination than sewing skills.
  8. Do some fall decluttering and get rid of unwanted items around your house.  This weekend (September 8 and 9) is the City of Winnipeg’s giveaway weekend .  It’s amazing how quickly your unwanted items will become someone else’s newfound treasures!
  9. Try out some new slow cooker recipes, so that after a hard day of work you can come home to the aroma of a yummy, fully cooked meal!
  10. Explore a small town and enjoy a fall supper while you’re there.  Travel Manitoba has a list of fall suppers held throughout the province, most of them all-you-can eat suppers for a modest price.
  11. Check out a festival.  This weekend is Manyfest, a festival held in downtown Winnipeg from September 7 to 9.  If you need a break from all the activity, head down to the Millennium library and spend some time relaxing in the park, or borrow some DVDs, music or books from the library!
  12.  Register for a running or walking race. There are plenty to choose from this fall!  A listing of some races can be found here.  Who knows? This might even inspire you to enter the marathon next year. You can get some training tips here.
  13. If lists make you feel thoroughly exhausted, let’s make this a baker’s dozen and end off with a very relaxing way to spend an autumn day.  Pick a cool fall day, spend the day in your pajamas and read a library book or two!

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