Monday, 31 October 2011

Which witch is which (or Smashing, pumpkins!)

Happy Hallowe'en!! The Witching Hour.

Every night when it is the bath and bedtime routine, we refer to it as the Witching Hour. The children become dreadful, some may say vile. And everyone knows NEVER to phone during Witching  Hour. My mum, my sister, the husband, my friends, market research people. 

By day my children are adorable. Pretty well behaved.


By night it's a different story. So everyone knows to stay away til I've settled the bairns and got them to bed after a trillion stories and a battle in the bath. 

Then I know Witching Hour won't be upon me for another 24 hours and I celebrate another hectic evening over, with wine or chocolate. 

Or both if it's particularly fraught! Tonight it's been an entire bag of Cadbury's Chocolate Eclairs and no I'm far from proud. Just rotund.

Hallowe'en here consisted of a little tea party for the Princess in fancy dress of course. A menu of Witches Fingers, Bogey Brains, Wizard's Ear Wax and Troll's Brain awaited them (in basic terms: golden chicken goujons served with broccoli, sweetcorn and lovely jacket spuds!!!)

We had games galore. Apple bobbing, a Treasure Hunt, What's in My Cauldron game and then we went Trick or Treating. 

These witches/cat definitely had the X Factor

Enough to put me off my Chocolate Eclairs (nearly)

Enjoying a cup of Bats Blood
 I can't get over how fast the children are growing. I've looked back over the past few Hallowe'ens.

The Princess in 2007

The Princess and her skeletal cousin in 2009

Butter wouldn't melt (2010)

One for her 21st

Definitely one for his 21st!!!
One very wicked witch...poor Prince

Pumpkin carving in Yorkshire 2011

The Princess and her cousins, Yorkshire, 2011

Perfect for pumpkin soup
Not so perfect for my kids who HATE pumpkin soup

I would like to thank you all for your very kind words over my last post. It is stressful but I am literally "all cried out" now in true Moyet style and am trying to pick up all the pieces. I know we will be fine, I was never destined to be homeless.

I will catch up with all blogs over the weekend I promise.
P.S. look at my Sunday lunch yesterday (which went in the oven at 9.30am as I forgot about the clocks!) 

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.......
So with Hallowe'en well and truly out of the way, it gives me great pleasure to crack on with Christmas. Where ever we may be.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

DAY OR NIGHT, your children are just beautiful, Gem!!!!! I knew that Halloween was not celebrated in France, but I had NO IDEA that you did celebrate it in the U.K.!!!! I KNOW that your situation about the house will be a hassle; having to move will be a mess, will find something, I know it. Peace to you dear Gem, Anita

April May said...

Sorry about house situation Gem, but I'm a firm believer in everything happening for a reason, who knows maybe there's an even better house in your future, fingers crossed! Awesome halloween celebrations! Bet the kids loved it!
Lotsa love x

Grateful4Crochet said...

these photos are sooooooo cute!!

Nelly said...

The witching hour, love it and also live a version of it...
Seem to have missed a post, off to catch up,
Nelly x

Anonymous said...

Hi Gem,
Beautiful post,i love the witches with the x factor,
I have been in the same position when we rented an apartment and it was just awful,i cried so much but we ended up living in an old stone cottage with a white picket fence :) so it wasn't all bad just a huge hassle, keeping my fingers crossed and sending good wishes your way for you and your lovely family to find a new home real soon xxxx

Anonymous said...

Lovely photos Gem,Lovely memories too,take care lovely,xxxxjulie.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...


Oh to see these darling faces again...I can only IMAGINE the energy here! Last Friday and then on MONDAY, my students were SUGARED-OUT and I am still feeling the effects of their energy!

Thank you so much for visiting me AND my Etsy shop. I am having fun, but working every night after school in my basement to keep up!!!

Many thanks, and enjoy the chilly weather!! Anita