At this time of year, it’s easy to become a little regretful that the long days of Summer (what Summer??) are gone.

You may already be reaching for the hot water bottle as the evenings draw in, and you’ve rediscovered the half eaten cough sweets in the pocket of last season’s coat.

But it’s not all doom and gloom – there are plenty of reasons to love Autumn, and here are just a few of them:

Seasonal fruit:

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It can take up to five years for new orchards to produce apples, but boy is it worth the wait.  Crisp, crunchy, red, green and juicy, apples are some of Mother nature’s finest treats.

Late-ripening apples such as Fuji and Pink Ladies are at their tastiest in October so hit the local produce markets this weekend and get your fill of the season’s yummiest red fruits.

Delicious as they are, or baked in a pie and served with fresh Cornish clotted cream – perfect for keeping warm on those darker evenings – apples are an essential part of this month’s menu.

And don’t forget National Apple Day (not an iPad in sight….) on 21st October.  Seriously.  National Apple Day.  Who knew?

Seasonal colour

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Crispy seed heads, dew on the grass and the colourful hues of Autumn leaves are just some of the reasons to make the most of the great outdoors this month.

Now is the time to plant bulbs for early Spring colour, so stock up on crocuses, daffodils, tulips and narcissus bulbs from your local garden centre and get planting before the soil gets too cold and hard.

(If this is your first time bulb planting, the general rule is to plant bulbs at two and a half times their own depth, and plant as many as you can in groups for maximum impact – then upload photos of your Spring garden display next year on our Facebook page – we’re looking forward to seeing it already).

Seasonal style

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A new season means new trends, and at Daisy Hill that means feverish excitement around the latest Autumn/Winter collections.

While we’re getting some funky new product photos taken, check out our organic Autumn arrivals or Minna Hepburn’s newest designs here (and we’ll share our new pics next month)!

2011’s key Autumn/Winter trends include:

The swinging Sixties – mini skirts, polo necks and knee-high boots

Be a manmasculine oversized jackets, pinstripes and tailoring (with silk blouses to add that feminine touch)

Prints and patterns – florals, spots, clashing tights and elegantly styled motifs on plain monochrome

Seasonal events

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Yes, there’s no escaping the fact that it’s Halloween in a couple of weeks, and not long until Fireworks night.

But did you know it’s also Winnie the Pooh’s birthday?  A.A Milne’s cuddly creation was first published on 14th October 1926 (happy birthday Pooh!).  What better excuse for a picnic with plenty of honey sandwiches and tea?

If you’d like something a little less chilly, Cornwall has some fun things to offer this month:

Falmouth Oyster Festival – craft & food stalls, cookery demos, live music, boat trips, from 13th until 16th October 2011

Story-telling and seed planing at Eden Project cafe, St Austell town centre – fun for little ones and their mummies, daddies and families, on 19th October 2011, 09:30-10:30am

Wine tasting at the Camel Valley, north Cornwall – all in the name of good taste, every Wednesday until 26th October 2011

Lantern making, Lanhydrock House – for the young and the young at heart, a crafting afternoon, from 12noon until 3pm until 29th October 2011

Hopefully Autumn is now looking less bleak and more chic – what do you love most about Autumn?  Share in the comments below.

PS Another reason to love Autumn: Daisy Hill is celebrating reaching 1,000 likes on our Facebook page – to thank you, our lovely readers and customers, we’re offering 20% off everything with discount code ‘celebrate’.  So forget the dark evenings and treat yourself to some eco-luxe right now.