Autumn bounty meets pumpkin patch party time!

Three weeks today my little girl will be getting her first taste of Halloween at a children’s Halloween party organised by a friend.  It is impossible to make a toddler look scary, so I am going for adorable instead, and I have started making a little tutu and pumpkin appliquéd outfit for her. I am no master crafter, so I’m hoping that the inevitable imperfections in the final product will be overlooked whilst people coo at the general cuteness.  That’s the plan! Fingers crossed!

Halloween isn’t something I ever marked before I came out here.  I know it is a big thing in America, but it isn’t a particularly British celebration.  Although it’s popularity is growing as it becomes ever more commercialised.  All that aside, the party will be an interesting experience for the children, and they get the chance to dress up and play together, whilst the parents socialise after a long week.  I’m happy with that, just as long as I don’t have to go down the fancy dress route as well!

For Ailsa’s ‘bountiful‘ travel theme this week, pumpkins were obviously already on my mind given that I’m currently up to my eyes in green and orange tulle netting and felt!  So here is a little English pumpkin bounty, fresh from the Warwickshire fields and on sale at a farm shop last autumn. Don’t they look amazing?  I’m always stunned by the variety.  I had to stop myself from buying one in every shape and colour so that I could taste test them all!  Such beautiful bounty.

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4 thoughts on “Autumn bounty meets pumpkin patch party time!

  1. Aileen Hunt

    When I was a kid in Ireland, Halloween involved dressing up and knocking at neighbour’s doors asking them to ‘help the Halloween party’. Helping involved giving nuts and fruit, which we ate later. When I lived in America, I loved Halloween and the endless trouble people took decorating their houses. Imagine my surprise when I returned to Dublin to discover Halloween had morphed into the American version, all pumpkins and candy and trick or treats. Still love it, but a little sad at yet another example of traditional celebrations dying out. At least the JackOLanterns originated here! 🙂

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    1. jenny Post author

      I didn’t know that about Irish tradition – thank you for sharing, Aileen! I’m with you; it seems sad when heritage and tradition is wiped out and papered over by generic commercialised custom, borrowed from somewhere else. I feel the same way about Christmas and Easter too. Still, living amongst a very diverse expat community out here in Brunei we get the chance to experience celebrations from all sorts of cultures and countries around the world. So I guess it’s a matter of going with the flow, enjoying it and taking the best bits from everything, whilst ignoring the worst! :o)

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    1. jenny Post author

      I miss them out here in the tropics. I think that’s why we go in so much for the kid’s parties and seasonal events – to remind ourselves! Thanks for visiting and commenting! :o)

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