In the garden, we are continuing to tidy up, cut shrubs and build a large bonfire of all the branches that we cannot shred and reuse. Large branches are cut for firewood, smaller ones shredded as mulch, and the ones left over are built up to be a large bonfire for November the 5th when it is Bonfire Night.
Tonight on Halloween, we carved mini pumpkins and put little lights in them on the windowsills. The larger pumpkins are still in the polytunnel and will be eaten as the season progresses. We do not celebrate as people do in the USA, Halloween is a smaller venture here but nevertheless it signifies a recognition that the dark days of winter are on its way, so a little fun and joviality is called for. We do celebrate as a family but do not actually buy into the commercialism of it anymore. I can look scary anyday if I put my mind to it! We did talk about what the children wanted to happen as we enter winter and the biggest request was for home made waffles when they return from school and it is dark outside. On days, when spirits need lifting, boys carrying schoolbags will be greeted with the smell of freshly baked waffles as well as large steaming mugs of hot chocolate. A feeling of coming home is as simple as that, and as easily created.