What needs to be done before the end of fall: 9 ideas


Visit an apple orchard

Autumn is the best time to harvest ripe fruits. Remember how many magical desserts, sauces, and other fantastic apple dishes there are - it's time to pick enough fruits in the garden and use them in your culinary experiments. Also, try making apple cider - it is quite possible that it will replace even mulled wine on your list of favorite drinks. If you are not a fan of apples, then just walk between the trees and breathe in the cool autumn air. This is a great vacation for the soul.

Have a literary evening

For some reason, autumn inspires people to read books. Perhaps we see in this activity some romance or notes of melancholy that are associated with the golden age. If you can safely classify yourself and your environment as bibliophiles, arrange a literary evening with friends or family members. Here are some ideas on how to organize it.

Pick up any book, ask friends for the page number and line number, and then offer to come up with an interesting story on a given topic.

Collect 5-10 items in the basket, depending on how many people are in the room, and have each one take out their item. The next step is to compose a short poem about this subject. If there are few poets among you, say that white poetry also counts.

Remember the famous fairy tale, for example, "Kolobok", "Beauty and the Beast", "Cinderella". The participant's task is to write a new version of the story. Events may well take place on another planet, and the characters may change roles. It is interesting that everyone will have their own version of the development of events, and you can look at your favorite children's fairy tale from a completely different side.

Warm-up with mulled wineIf summer is associated with lemonades and cold tea, then in autumn most people dream of mulled wine. An amazingly cozy drink that can warm you up and give you a good mood, even if it's freezing or raining outside.

We offer you a non-standard recipe for mulled wine from the book "Swiss Cuisine".


• red wine (dry or semi-dry) - 330 ml;

• white wine (dry or semi-dry) - 150 ml;

• cranberry juice - 250 ml;

• cognac - 70 ml;

• orange - 1 piece;

• cinnamon - 1 stick;

• carnation - 5 buds;

• bay leaves - 2 pcs;

• sugar - 3 tablespoons.

Cooking method:

Take a saucepan, pour red and white wine, fruit drink, cognac into it. Add sugar and spices, and the peeled orange slices. Cover the container with a lid and place it on the stove over low heat for about 4 hours. Make sure that the drink does not boil, otherwise it will instantly lose most of its taste. When the time is up, remove the pan from the stove, put a bay leaf in mulled wine, cover, and leave for another 30-40 minutes. During this time, the bay leaf will give its taste to the drink, add a spicy, delicate touch.

Take a trip

Unfortunately, now it is unlikely that it will be possible to go abroad, but travel to Russian cities has not yet been canceled. As Albert Camus wrote, autumn is the second spring, when every leaf is a flower, so you need to actively use the good weather and devote your free time to contemplating stunning landscapes and bright colors of nature. If you have a car, you can go on a road trip or hike in a tent. The slopes of the Caucasus Mountains or Altai will definitely not leave you indifferent. No way to travel to another city? It's okay, arrange a weekend in nature or rent a house at a tourist center for a couple of days. Such a vacation will bring no less pleasure.

Take a riding lesson

Golden autumn is the best time to learn to ride: foliage rustles under the hooves, the air smells fresh. And communication with horses is already a pleasure in itself because they are very smart and beautiful animals. Look for a homestead in your city where you can take horse riding lessons under the guidance of instructors, or simply ride a horse if you already have the necessary skills. Some owners of such estates offer to end the day with a picnic, or barbecue.

Discover new flavors

Pumpkin is one of the most popular autumn vegetables. If you are still not familiar with its delicious sweet taste, now is the time to do it. On the eve of Halloween, many cafes and restaurants offer a variety of pumpkin dishes, ranging from regular mashed potatoes to desserts. Also, pumpkins often decorate streets and premises, arrange contests for the best pumpkin flashlight. How about taking part in one of them? Even if you don't win anything, you can still have fun and have a great time. And don't forget to try the roasted pumpkin seeds. Who knows, maybe you will love them with all your heart and will be grateful to the autumn for discovering a new taste for yourself.

Spend a full day in the forest

If you feel mentally tired and in need of a second breath, take a one-weekend walk in the woods. You can go on a mini-trip alone or call your soul mate, the main thing is that nothing distracts you on this day. Take your phone offline and use it exclusively as a camera if you suddenly want to capture a beautiful landscape or forest animal. Bring a blanket, a basket of food, and drinks with you so you can have a picnic and enjoy delicious pumpkin pie, hot tea from a thermos, or your favorite fruit. If you want to add awareness to your walk, learn one of the special breathing techniques. And you can collect mushrooms or leaves, then make a herbarium out of them.

Sketch in nature

This item can be a great addition to the previous one. Art therapy is often used as one of the treatments for depression. And we suggest taking up painting to prevent apathy and blues. Buy a sketchbook and a good pencil, get out into the park, square, or forest - no matter where the main thing is that the place is conducive to creativity. Is it boring to draw with a pencil? Take the watercolor. Don't feel like spending time alone? Gather a group of aspiring artists. Even if the weather turns bad and it rains, you can move to the gazebo and draw from life there.

Ride a bike

Cycling is not only a great cardio workout but also a good option for an exciting pastime. Take a moment before the rains begin and autumn pleases with good weather. Go on a bike tour of the parks and squares with a lunchbox and a thermos with a hot drink. You can also invite your friends to make it more fun and arrange a photo session with them. So the warmest and pleasant memories of autumn will remain.