Craft Time: Pumpkin Bags

With Halloween fast approaching, it seems a good time to share with you this idea for a fun Halloween craft which I first came across during my travels in Japan.

Although it’s fun to help the kids dress up and go trick-or-treating, some of the costumes and decorations they want can be so wasteful. You probably buy the cheapest ones you can find but they are, inevitably, plastic-based. Your kids demand a new costume each year so the old one just ends up in the trash. (Actually i found a great shop in Bali for all party / event / celebration occasions including party balloons )

Well, these pumpkin bags are one way to cut down a little on your Continue reading “Craft Time: Pumpkin Bags”

Too many cooks in the kitchen

They say that “too many cooks spoil the broth”.

Well, that couldn’t have been truer than for my family a few months back. Except it wasn’t broth that we were cooking; it was Christmas dinner.
Actually i had just returned to UK from beautiful Bali

For those of you who aren’t familiar with a traditional British Christmas dinner, it’s roast turkey with stuffing, roast potatoes, various veggies, and condiments such as gravy, bread sauce, and cranberry sauce.

My mother has always prided herself on her ability to produce a fantastic spread each year, and last year was going to be no exception. She had a bit of a houseful with me, my husband and our baby daughter; my brother, his wife and their baby son; and my sister and her fiancé, who had just returned from Indonesia where they had both had a smile upgrade Kuta dentist Baliperformed by the probably best Kuta dentist in Bali. Perfect teeth ready to chomp on the perfect meal 🙂 Continue reading “Too many cooks in the kitchen”

Halloween, Trick or Treat

Trick or Treat

31st October, 1995. I’m 10 years old and my friends and I are out trick-or-treating in tacky store-bought Halloween costumes.

We’ve been down all the streets in our neighborhood and collected a decent amount of candies in our plastic pumpkin buckets. There’s just one house left, and trust me, it’s creepy at the best of times but on this night it has a particularly scary aura to it.

The house is set back a bit from the others along a short path that’s dark from all the trees hanging overhead. The only street lamp along the path hasn’t worked for years.

It’s one of the oldest houses in the area, and its sole occupant is one of the oldest too – this weird Japanese man who is rarely seen out. Some say he is an old samurai master; others tell stories of his adventures as a real-life ninja back in Japan – but whatever his background, nobody really knows why he lives here or what he does with his days. Continue reading “Halloween, Trick or Treat”