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From A Cynic- Happy Halloween!

The Best Pumpkins Are The Uncarved Variety!

The Best Pumpkins Are The Uncarved Variety!

I truly dislike Halloween, mainly because I really am scared by Trick or Treat!

For me the best pumpkins are the uncarved variety and I love these ones in this misty Umbrian garden.

For all those of you who love dressing up, carving pumpkins, eating sweets and scaring the living daylights out of people have a truly wonderful Halloween. Love scaredy cat Rocking Dog x

P.S. Be a kind to a pumpkin this halloween, it’s delicious roasted, in soups and tagines. However I have never really enjoyed pumpkin pie, a traditional Thanksgiving delicacy, sorry my lovely American kinfolk!

Halloween – My Own Scary Offering!

1. Luminous Mary

1. Luminous Mary


I’m such a killjoy I hate Halloween -so this is my own scary offering!
SPECIMEN 1. A romantic Birthday present from Andyman- Luminous Mary, she keeps real live Rocking Dog company at night.
SPECIMEN 2. A secret bookcase with the books our son liked best i.e… ones that
he legitimately couldn’t read! The skull -because a skull should be for life and not just one poxy Halloween night. SPECIMEN 3. The headless horseman. He was meant to have Bill Turnbull’s head. Shame that. It would have definitely been the master bedroom!
SPECIMEN 4. Get your lace edged Victorian hanky out- it’s a Charles Dickenesque paupers coffin plate.
SPECIMEN 5. Instrument of torture ? no a French bottle drier, who needs a dishwasher?!
SPECIMEN 6. The scariest specimen of the lot….my unopened bank statement….now that REALLY is scary! Please care and share! Happy Halloween if it floats your boat.

2. Secret Bookcase

2. Secret Bookcase

3. Headless Horseman

3. Headless Horseman

4. Coffin Plate

4. Coffin Plate

5. Bottle Torture

5. Bottle Torture

6. Unopened Bills

6. Unopened Bills

Spare a Thought for Pumpkins!

Pumpkin Soup
Spare a thought for pumpkins! The shops are full of pumpkins in readiness for Halloween. I feel sorry for this species, they are often carved into some ghoulish creation, stuffed with tea lights for one night and then simply discarded. Whilst in New Zealand we were guests of the ancestors of our current home. Our hosts served up roasted wedges of pumpkin with the traditional Sunday roast…. delicious! Pumpkins can be made into a lovely soup but I don’t think i’ll ever love pumpkin pie (sorry American kissing cousins!) The book is an American party book (1963) and I love the Halloween pages. The gist of the editorial goes.. Little Jimmy helps his father carve the Jack o’ Lantern with a really sharp knife. Meanwhile little Milly makes popcorn balls with her mother before doing all the washing up…. well I might be embellishing slightly but Grrrrrrrrr! Have a wonderful weekend and pick up a pumpkin!

Pumpkins for cooking

Pumpkins for soup, not carving!

Vintage pumpkin fun

Vintage pumpkin fun