How To Prepare For The Autumn Equinox

Here at The Basket Company, we are preparing for the arrival of the majestic Autumn Equinox, which takes place on 23rd of September 2019.

We can’t wait to dig out our wellies for fresh, crisp walks across blankets of gold and auburn tones and snuggling deep into the sofa, with a soft cotton blanket and a good book on rainy days.

We bet you didn’t know this…

The word “equinox” is derived from Latin and means “equal night”. On the day of an equinox, day and night are of approximately equal length all over the world. It is also akin to a spiritual experience, where New Age Tribes such as Neo-Pagans, Neo-Druids and Wiccans gather to celebrate new transition.

As we prepare for the new transition we have been thinking about our favourite ways to enjoy Autumn and how to be organised, so here are some special tips on how to prepare for the Autumn Equinox.

Forest walks and Pannage in the New Forest

We are located just 5 miles from the New Forest National Park, in which we are blessed with an abundance of incredible scenery across hues of autumnal heath lands and intricate, bewitching woodlands where ponies, cattle, deer and other wildlife can roam care free. However, Autumn is a particularly special time in the New Forest…

As the acorns, chestnuts and beech mast fall from the trees, around 600 domestic pigs will be released into the forest eating them from the forest floor. This is known as “Pannage” and it is a vital tradition in New Forest history. It is said that acorns in particular are poisonous to ponies and cattle whereas pigs are believed to spit out the toxic skins and they can simply enjoy gorging on the acorns!

Pannage in The New Forest Photography:Annie Spratt

It’s an incredible sight and not one to miss, so slip on your wellie boots and have your camera at the ready. The pigs can be spotted around 60 days after Pannage has begun. After you’ve returned home from your Autumnal walk, store your muddy boots away in one of our charming wellington boot baskets (There’s nothing worse than getting mud and puddle water all over the hallway)

Harvest Festivals

The harvest festival is an annual celebration that occurs approximately around the same each year however will vary depending on your region. At Harvest festivals, folk will gather crops and vegetables for a very special celebration, typically amongst friends and family.  Ample food and freedom from the necessity to work in the fields are two central features of harvest festivals and the most common way to celebrate includes eating, merriment, contests and music.

Attending one yourself this year?

Our Kew Antique Trug is simply great for harvesting and collecting everything you need for your harvest festival. Plus, it’s a gardener’s best friend and an ideal tool for collecting fruit for a September dessert recipe!

Out With The Heat and In With The Cosy

There’s nothing like an Autumnal rustic touch like one of these handwoven rattan wicker baskets. Our job here at The Basket Company is simply to create a serene lifestyle where relaxing becomes a priority and de-cluttering doesn’t, so forget rummaging around in cupboards and why not store your blankets and cushions in one of these next to the log fire?

Not to mention they’ll be easy to grab for those snug, hot chocolate moments and you’ll just look too comfy to be disturbed!

Crafting

Autumnal rainy days are made for crafting. Take a little time out for yourself, clear the living room floor and set up a workshop where you can immerse yourself in creativity and finish off that scrapbook you’ve been meaning to do for ages. Get the children off of their digital devices and into good, old fashioned colouring books or sticker books for perfect quality time together, whilst that pitter patter of the rain falls on the window behind you. When you’ve finished, keep all your crafty bits and pieces nicely organised so you can easily pick up from where you left off!

Our wide collection of wicker hamper trays offers the perfect storage solution for crafting, scrap booking and of course keeping those pesky loose colouring felt tips/crayons in.

How do you like celebrating Autumn? We’d love to hear about your favourite places to visit, delicious Autumnal recipes you love to cook and your favourite traditions or activities.

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