Compost bin at the start of November

I hope that my compost bin will benefit from all the pumpkin innards that have gone in there.  My Mum often mentions how disgusting she finds the inside of pumpkins and I have noticed a sort of gassy smell.  Plus handling all those stringy bits is a bit gross.

Compost bin with pumpkin insides added
Compost bin with pumpkin insides added

I’ll try to give my compost bin a stir before the end of the week, before I add the hollowed out pumpkins.

All Saints’ Day

There’s something rather delicious about having done Hallow’een (putting up scary decorations, carving pumpkins, getting in a load of sweets for the Trick or Treaters, getting the kids in costumes and taking them Trick or Treating) and then getting to the day after.  Bliss!  There’s nothing left to do, it’s now All Saints’ Day (I’m told it is a public holiday in most of Europe) and we just have to potter about, not really achieving anything in particular.

Here are our pumpkins right after we carved them
Here are our pumpkins right after we carved them
Here they are, all lit up and attracting Trick or Treaters (admittedly only one group of teenage boys but that is okay)
Here they are, all lit up and attracting Trick or Treaters (admittedly only one group of teenage boys but that is okay)
The pumpkins on All Saints' Day.  I'll wait a couple of days then sneak them into my compost bin
The pumpkins on All Saints’ Day. I’ll wait a couple of days then sneak them into my compost bin

Hallow’een

I’m sure you know that today is Hallow’een.  Our plan for today is to carve these pumpkins:

These were £2 each at the Co Op
These were £2 each at the Co Op

I don’t know how supermarkets make a profit on pumpkins – they take up loads of space and don’t cost very much.  However, when we were in the Co Op choosing these, we bought a load of other stuff so perhaps they are a loss leader.

My son was inexplicably excited about decorating the house but his enthusiasm waned after the first four decorations were hung.  He suggested that I might like to continue decorating the house in a spooky fashion while he watched James Bond Moonraker with Daddy and Grandad.  Ha ha!  No chance.

Decorating!
Decorating!

Post Halloween tidy up

Now that Halloween has been and gone, it is time to get rid of the pumpkins – something I have to do covertly or my children will be upset.  I’d already put the pumpkin guts on the compost heap (ugh, they don’t smell of baby poo after a couple of days, they smell gassy and disgusting).

The pumpkins look quite at home here
The pumpkins look quite at home here

Just don’t tell my children, yeah?