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Fall in Houston 

I make no secret of the fact that I hate Houston. But last Saturday there was a detente in our relationship as Autumn hit. The cooler, dry air may be playing havoc with Sam’s eczema but teamed with Houston’s bright blue skies it’s glorious for being out in. An ideal afternoon is now spent playing with the children in front of the house, biking and walking to the park, Ellie around our feet. It’s almost idyllic and helps me wrap up in my family and shut out the ugliness of the world. 

It’s the best bits of England made better – hardly any rain and it’s not cold but fresh. The dark nights roll in and it’s still nice to have a drink on the porch (or in the garage if, like us, you don’t have a porch. 

So why does it make me so homesick? It makes me crave those parts of England I thought I would be glad to leave behind: walking with the damp permeating your clothes, dying for that cup of tea and Tunnocks tea cake, hiding under blankets inside… I miss the too cold, the too wet, the too dark. Even in its perfection, Houston is not my home.

It’s Fall, y’all.

Not Autumn, but Fall, because this is the American way of doing the season (and man, do the Yanks get it right on this one). LOVE fall in the US. In the UK there is some nostalgia for conkers, and of course, Firework’s namesake Guy Fawke’s night. There is the odd toffee apple and the thought of walks in the woods as the leaves fall. But realistically: there are 3-4 months of dismal grey weather, the damp cold that chills you and ever shorter days. Plus no prospect of a bank holiday.

In America: not so. They go crazy for Fall, celebrating Thanksgiving and Halloween in big fashion.

Shops look like this:

Food looks like this:

Candy corn M&Ms

Candy corn M&Ms

or this:

Halloween Oreo

Drinks look like this:

Pumpkin spice latte

My baking looks somewhat more like this:

Jack O’ Lantern cake

And pets gotta look like this:

Dog in Halloween sweater

Walter’s ready for Fall y’all

LOVE Fall in the US 🙂