Sunday, 1 November 2009

Hallowe'en

I hadn't been involved in Hallowe'en for many years, but today was the opportunity to be there, and yet not have to do too much about it.   I suppose I'm a party pooper,  but I've never enjoyed this particular holiday very much,  probably because as far as I'm concerned, it involves making multiple costumes,  dispensing vast amounts of candy and trying to manage dinner and the household at the same time....

Anyway,  today was Hallowe'en and and first we had the carving of the pumpkins that we had chosen a week or two ago at the farm...  a messy business,  but we did it....  Luna ate a little bit of the mush from the pumpkins.  Fiona's was painted rather than cut...  it has an "F" on it.



These are the results...
Louise had ears on her pumpkin ad it looked like an evil elf.  Mine had a happy face.

Fiona's painted pumpkin had an "F" on it for her name....


Devon's became known as the barfing pumpkin....


The plan was for Fiona to have a good sleep in the afternoon, so that she wouldn't be too tired and grumpy for the Trick or Treating which had to wait until after dark!

Louise and Fiona and I went for a walk at Pogonip to see the forest...  and here are a few of the things that we saw...  a california poppy...


...poison oak....  and no one touched it!


... the same red berry bush that grows in our yard at home.  Nothing eats the berries here... at home it's the galahs and other cockatoos and there are never any beries left!  These bushes are loaded.


As we walked along,  Louise pointed out this blue tarpaulin down in the valley.... someone's camp and I gather that a lot of people live here in the forest.


A banana slug,  mascot of the UCSC sports teams etc,  vying with the likes of cougars, bobcats and broncos etc.  This is supposed to reflect Santa Cruz's "laid back"  lifestyle.


His/her friend...



Eventually we made it to the horse trough where Fiona could give a drink to her horse, Scarlet.


And here she is in the creek, picking up rocks....

... and near the path and a big tree



On the way back to the car,  I took a picture of this tree, newly fallen and huge.  The stump is on the LHS an many of the branches ar strewn across the landscape.  The tree used to lean across the track.

Looking amongst my old photos from 2006,  when I was here last (for Fiona's birth), I found this photograph and I think that this is the same tree....


Back again and Fiona had some lunch and went to bed.  She slept for quite a while after the walk, and the last minute preparations were made.

Here is Louise with the first bowl of treats to give away...



... and Fiona practicing her "Trick or Treat" etiquette before venturing forth....




... with Devon (in Hawaiian shirt,  lei and a sarong)  imitating a movie character that I'm not aware of...

I was reminded of a particular Hallowe'en in Regina, Saskatchewan where it was -40 degrees (C and F is abut the same at -40) and blowing snow so that the Trick or Treating was restricted to a few houses.  




Devon's "barfing pumpkin" was looking the worse for wear by this time,  and had had another can of beer, apparently....



Our two,  the evil elf and the happy face were fine....



... but as it got darker, the barfing pumpkin started to take on the features of a monkey....  I'm not sure why,  but it seems to look like that...



... the evil elf looked sleepier and happier...



... and my happy face had a glinting gold tooth at my last viewing!



Inside and here are the "older" crowd (it's all relative)  preparing to go out...  they are, from the left,  The Tooth Fairy ( do you want me to knock your teeth out!)  a doctor from a TV program that everyone else but me recognised, and two robots from Flight of the Conchords....  pretty amazing!  (and they are even learning some NZ jokes.)  They are off to a party soon.



2 comments:

John L said...

What do Califorian galahs eat?

John L said...

Were the NZ jokes about getting sheep pregnant?