Pumpkin Day at the Organic Riverford Farm!
Little L woke up asking, 'Is it Pumpkin Day? We need to choose the perfect pumpkin!'
Angelina's Halloween is a new addition to our seasonal book basket. The children adore this book! It tells the story of Angelina and her best friend Alice getting ready for Halloween, making costumes and then going out trick-or-treating. On Halloween evening, Mrs Mousling makes a 'bubbling witches' brew and delicious golden biscuits' while Mr Mousling comes home with 'an enormous pumpkin'. It is such a gentle book, capturing all the excitement of Hallowe'en perfectly, without being too scary.
(RSPB Garston Woods)
It was late and the sun was dipping low in the sky, it caught her hair and turned it to gold.
There were deer in the woods that day. We saw them flit across the path in front of us, before disappearing into the trees.
As the sun was setting, the children went chasing through the archway leading to the town market square squealing as they went. The Autumn fair lights shone as the light faded. As we waited to cross the road, Little L jumped up and down on the spot in excitement, her face lit up with joy. A little moment I would like to remember forever. Her sister grabbed her hand as they ran towards the fair, the smell of candly floss and sugared doughnuts filling the air. The ground was sprinkled with crisp, fallen leaves.
Apple day, pumpkin time, the fair, bonfire night... these are the high notes of our Autumn time.
(Early morning sunlight streaming in through the bay window)
It's getting colder here. I am dressing the children in more layers, they are looking for warm spots and retreating to cosy nooks around the home. Candlelight accompanies us during early morning breakfasts, the children munching on cereal while I choose strawberry herbal tea and a bowl of porridge to warm those first few minutes of the day.
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night by Anne Rockwell
Recommended reading age: 3-5 years old.
'Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night' is a beautiful book for the month of October celebrating the joys of pumpkin time. A mother and son go out to choose a perfect pumpkin ready for carving a Jack-O-Lantern and making pumpkin pies. Anne Rockwell captures the details of colour vividly for the time of year, 'I know it's pumpkin time when leaves turn red, yellow, and orange' and '...I want a pumpkin that is as big and round as the setting sun.' She also describes a homely scene where they both sit in the kitchen scooping seeds from inside the pumpkin and the 'nutty, yummy smell' that fills the kitchen as the mother roasts the pumpkin seeds. The book finishes with the young boy carrying his Jack-o-lantern outside in the darkness with a stunning illustration of the pumpkin glowing on the porch, the boy's house black against the dark, starry night night,
'My perfect pumpkin grins at the big round moon
white and bright way up in the sky,
while all the little pumpkins turn to pie.'
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The children went paddling in the river to cool off from the heat. I watched how the sunlight glinted off the water, heard laughter ripple through the air.
I wondered if the girls will remember this afternoon when they are grown-up, whether this slice of time dipped in sunshine will make it into their childhood memories.