I don't really go in for Halloween much. Sorry. It's partly because when I was a child we didn't do much for that day; instead all the fun, feasting and sparkle at this time of year was for Bonfire Night on the 5th of November. I have no Halloween references or traditions from my childhood to replicate with my own children now. And when it comes to the usual seasonal decorating reserved for the 31st of October...I have mixed feelings.The goulishness, the colours (black, neon orange, slime green, eugh) leave me uninspired. Don't get me wrong, I don't begrudge anyone else the fun, the fancy dress, the trick or treating, the sweets - please, have a great time!
But pumpkins I like. I like their soft autumnal shade of orange. It speaks to me of harvest and bounty, of preparing for the coming winter, of giving thanks. I like the tradition of placing a light inside the pumpkin, of the glow of light in all that darkness. I recently visited my local farm shop and bought a few squashes. Yes, not pumpkins, I know. Acorn, Harlequin and Moonbeam varieties, among others. They are all quite unlike your usual uniformly round fare, instead they are full of their own colours, shapes and interest.
Utterly beautiful in their own, unique, gnarly, knobbly way.
And they make perfect tea light holders.
So much easier than carving a pumpkin!
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All creative bloggers make stuff, gather stuff, shape stuff, and share stuff. Mostly they work on their own, but what happens when a group of them work together? Is a creative collaboration greater than the sum of its parts? We think so and we hope you will too. We'll each be offering our own monthly take on a colour related theme, and hoping that in combination our ideas will encourage us, and perhaps you, to think about colour in new ways.