October 30, 2013

halloween pumpkins






I hadn't attempted to carve a pumpkin before last night. We set out the newspaper on the living room floor and set about creating our mini masterpieces. It turned out to be a surprisingly fiddly and lengthy activity, though great fun.

Our living room fireplace is now decorated with three of the little blighters, a couple of scary faces and a haunted house. I think this will become a tradition in this house going forwards. I do love a solid tradition... though for me the best traditions happen in the run up to Christmas. 

I love the onset of the cooler weather and the turning of the leaves, but Autumn has always lacked a bit of focus for me. In an effort to change this, in the past couple of years I've welcomed Autumn with sloe gin making. The terrifying rate at which the apples are dropping from our tree has also heralded the new season this year. 

Last weekend we also gathered rose hips from the hedgerow. I spied them out of the corner of my eye and requested that we stop the car immediately (one of my favourite past times, my husband will attest) to collect them. If the rosehip syrup I made a couple of days ago is tasty (which I am led to believe it is) this tradition will also continue on next year.

As we have just moved into our new house, I'm not sure what to expect on the 31st. I'm not sure if there will be trick-or-treaters, but I am prepared with a selection of sweets just incase. 

I am of course secretly hoping that no-one ventures past our gate so I can eat the sweets myself...


Joining in this week with Lou's 'nature in the home'. 

17 comments:

  1. Those are such cute jack-o-lantern pictures!

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  2. I can't believe you haven't carved one until now. What great faces!! I have been loving your autumn updates... it is really the best time of year xx

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    1. I know right?! I'm not sure how that happened... all put right now though x

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  3. Wow, those pumpkins have quite some dental work!! Great carving. Hope that you are enjoying the sloe gin making. I always hope that no trick or treaters will come so that I can eat all the sweets - is it terrible to say that? - but I think that the pumpkins on the doorstep give away the fact that there might be sweets on offer. xx

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  4. I haven't carved a pumpkin before either - yours look great! Bit late to try it now so will give it a bash next year. My son announced earlier that he wants to dress up tomorrow. Oh dear... think it'll have to be the easiest one I can think of: a sheet with 2 holes cut out for eyes :-) x

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    1. thanks Col :) hmmm... nothing like short notice is there?! x

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  5. impressive!
    good job..
    who knew this secret talent you've been carrying! :)
    loving all of your autumn posts-- it's such a great time of the year.

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    1. thank you for reading, glad you're enjoying the posts x

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    1. PS love your ETSY store!! And am now following happily along on your blog. xo

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  7. Cute pumpkins - I have to do ours tomorrow - oh the pressure!

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  8. Love the way you've cut the mouths on these.

    I do love cooking with hedgerow finds, and I buy pie pumpkins so I can make jam with the flesh I've scooped out. It's a family tradition.

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