“Life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald

Isn’t that beauty of it? Autumn, wherever in the world you may be, is quite spectacular. It’s a time for change, for renewal and for new experiences. It’s a time to put away our cut-off shorts and sundresses, our bare legs will no longer see the light of day. Fall fashion is always the most enticing, encouraging experimentation with layering and new colour palettes. A time that resonates with ‘Back to School’, we often feel as though autumn represents coming-of-age, urging us to take responsibility.

As the weather gets colder, I feel myself more driven, more willing to pursue those activities I put off during the summer months. This year, I’ve started doing hot yoga again, as there’s a studio five minutes from my apartment. Throwing myself into this new endeavour, I can already feel my body becoming stronger and more agile. I am reminded of my years spent at the dance studio, committing to nightly rehearsals. Fall helps us remember, but aims to propel us forward into what’s sure to be a new adventure.

In Ottawa, it’s a thing of wonder. Upon arriving in our nation’s capital early September, I’ve witnessed the trees go from green to miraculous shades of yellow, orange and red. These burnt hues feel comforting as I bundle up in knit stockings, a wool scarf and my trustworthy trench coat. The changing of seasons is a remarkable time, and this year was extra special for me. Having spent the past two and a half years in Auckland, it felt as though I would never witness four seasons again. Luckily, the city I chose to move to is known for its glorious autumns.

So, what am I most excited for?

Harvest Noir, which is taking place this Sunday in Ottawa. A few days before the event, Harvest Noir attendees assemble for a mass shopping flash mob at farmers’ markets to buy the ingredients for their picnic feasts. The event combines an elegant “dress your best in black” harvest celebration with a picnic, plus pop-up parade, and a DJ dance party: www.harvestnoir.com

Haunting Season at Saunders Farm begins Saturday and is host to numerous fall activities and live entertainment both day and night. As a member of Savour Ottawa, Saunders grows much of the food they provide and believes in supporting local farmers: www.saundersfarm.com

Pumpkinferno will kick off Thanksgiving Day Weekend at Upper Canada Village and is sure to be a delightful time! Stroll through an all-new, hauntingly beautiful and spellbinding outdoor exhibit of thousands of hand-carved pumpkins, set against a stirring night-time backdrop just inside the gates of historic Upper Canada Village.  Marvel at this eclectic display of scenes from exotic places and historic ages, meet up with forest animals and sea-born creatures, see story book heroes, mythical characters,  cultural icons and more …. all carved from pumpkins! www.uppercanadavillage.com

Check out more events on www.ottawamagazine.com (A little PR never hurt anyone!)

xxx, Vanessa

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