Thursday, 22 October 2009
Pumpkins & parties...
My goodness it's been a bit grey round here the past week or so. No tantalising glimpses of sunshine and to make matters worse my youngest daughter, Little Sister, has gone off for a week on a school trip and we all miss her so.... I have visions of her gripping on to cliff faces, rope in hand and sheer terror on her face, the reality is, I hope, that she has spent the past week up all night giggling with her friends. Can't wailt till Friday to collect her. Poor thing, I sent her off looking like the Michelin Man buried under a mountain of waterproof clothing and fleecy hoodies! (she won't thank me I know).
Just over a week ago there was lots of sunshine. We took Big Sister and a group of teenage girls camping for her birthday (thanks to all of you for your lovely birthday wishes, she had a very, very special day). Back to the camping - We returned to our favourite campsite and had booked two yurts on different fields, allowing the girls some independance and us some space from the noise (in the event they were really good and quiet, or so I'm told).
The girls' yurt was beside a babbling brook,
complete with swinging hammock,
beautifully made double bed,
Welsh dresser and cooker.
Ours was the yurt we'd camped in before in the beautiful tree lined spot that looked even more glorious in the golden Autumnal sunshine.
So we spent the weekend climbing giant haystacks (there was a wrestler called that, wasn't there?),
eating, swinging from trees, trampling through the golden, crispy leaves, eating, breathing out, long, deep breaths, playing table tennis, eating, laughing, eating, enjoying each other's company and eating!
I know you may have seen many of these views before,
but the sunlight and the dappled October shade, together with the most beautiful coloured trees just begged me to take some more photos!
We really didn't know where to look first.
Hot air balloons flying above us and landing in the next field... Pumpkins dotted around the campsite...
beautiful sunflowers still in bloom.
Tunnels full of the most exquisite gourds,
squashes and pumpkins,
Strange, exotic shapes,
beautiful mouthwatering colours.
Just look at those blue crates and orange pumpkins together!
We bought a variety to bring home
and once we had recovered from a weekend of binge eating we enjoyed the delicious and varying tastes of them.
It took a week to rid the clothes of the smell of woodsmoke... and now a week later I somehow miss it. Especially when I look out of the window and see the distinct lack of colour all around.
However, there are good things to look forward to - my little rose will be home tomorrow, my two roses will then be on half term (hurrah!) and in our Emporium there are exciting things afoot... and we're not just talking gorgeous vintagey Christmassy festive goodness!