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autumn homemaking

I was going through some of my old papers today and found my seasonal notes from a long-ago daybook. Although we are in spring here ... the plum tree is transforming from white gorgeousness into green, and the vine behind our house has begun to flower, and when it's not storming the sunlight is mellow and sweet ... but I'll share some of my autumn notes for those of you in the northern hemisphere.

October (April in the south) is the month we call shedding moon. Do you have your own personal tradition of naming the months/moons?

The winds of change ... prepare for winter.

Gather and make candles.

Knit blankets, socks, gloves, hats.

A good time to teach children how to knit. When teaching my daughter, I created a story which explained the different steps to basic knitting; I drew pictures of it and wrote a simple, colourful little book. My story involved a princess getting ready for a ball; I have heard others telling of playful sheep! The simple rhyme used in Waldorf knitting lessons is: "In through the front door, run around the back, peek through the window, off jumps Jack."

Make draught-blockers (an easy project to do with children, using scraps of material perhaps cut from outgrown clothes, and stuffed with filler from the craft store or scraps of those same old clothes.)

Preserve food. Make the best of seasonal fruit supplies and freeze or bottle as much as possible. We don't do this as our family is small, but we do make fruit muffins and loaves and freeze those.

Prepare winter bedding - take it from storage, hang it in the fresh air.

Make simple, pretty snuggle rugs by sewing one layer of attractive patchwork cotton and then stitching it to a low-cost polar fleece blanket from a warehouse store.

Wash curtains and hang them to dry in the brisk autumnal winds.

Make lavendar pillow sachets.

Sew patchwork cushions using old clothes.

Sweep away fallen leaves from beneath the trees and leave blessings for them so they will be strong over winter. You could crack open walnuts, write your blessings on tiny pieces of paper, and glue the walnut shells closed again. Then bury the blessing nuts beneath the trees.

Bring out winter shoes, boots, gumboots, raincoats, to clean and prepare, and see what needs replacing.

Need to keep the little ones busy while you're doing this seasonal homemaking? Have them make tiny dolls' beds from matchboxes. Cover the exterior with pretty paper or felt, glue on sparkles or lace, and add a tiny blanket inside. You can make simple teeny dolls from pipe cleaners and small wooden beads, dressing them in felt.

In the homeschool, learn about historic moments of transition, such as the English Civil War. The fall of civilisations would also be a timely autumn lesson.

What would you add to the list?


  1. Wonderful! I love hearing of your Winter preparations and I love your new blog.

  2. Lovely ideas for the season of gathering-in!

    Where I live, there is snow on the ground five months out of the year. During October we go on many outings and enjoying the last warm days of the year: we love to walk in the woods among the blazing foliage and tell ghost stories of people who lived long ago, we go to the fair and celebrate the year's harvest, and we prepare our home and hearts for months spent mostly indoors.

  3. That's a great idea about studying historical transitions and fallen empires in the autumn.

    It's actually still in the low hundreds here. So, when we do have fall, which we don't really, it will finally be the right temperature to take walks, hikes, etcetera for the next six months.


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