31 October 2005

pumpkin carving

When I was a child, I only ever saw big orange pumpkins on TV or in story books. The reality of Halloween was, for me, (and I think most other British kids) carving turnips (or swedes if you are from the south). Sometimes, we just used large potatoes!

Pumpkins have been appearing in the shops in Britain for a good few years now, and this year, for the first time, I bought one. I had no idea what the flesh would be like and was quite suprised to see how hollow they are - much easier to carve out than turnips! I love all the different designs at www.extremepumpkins.com but the Michael Jackson lantern was a bit too ambitious for my first attempt so I went for a plain old scary face.

On Friday night, it went on proud display in our front window.

18 October 2005

Leeds Castle

On Saturday Dom took a helicopter flight lesson that I bought for him last Christmas. It was such a beautiful sunny day and the Kent countryside was so enticing that on the way back from Headcorn Aerodrome we made a spur of the moment decision to visit Leeds Castle.

We spent a few hours walking around the beautiful autumn-coloured grounds, we had lunch outside overlooking the castle, we cracked the suprisingly difficult yew hedge maze and then wandered around the interior.

There was even a hot air balloon flight taking off, which was interesting to watch. It was a brilliant day and Leeds Castle is highly recommended.

17 October 2005


What an excellent evening. A red carpet welcomed guests which included Austin Powers & Felicity Shagwell, Homer Simpson, Cleopatra, Morticia Adams, Fred Flintstone & Betty Rubble, Braveheart, Daisy Duke... the list goes on. Everyone made such an effort and we were all still going at 4am.

05 October 2005


Over the last few weeks I have been training for the Great North Run, then I ran it on 18th September. It was very hard and I won't be doing it again!

Since then I spent many hours when I wasn't at work preparing for my legal study weekend, which was last weekend. It was intense but good and although I didn't get a rest at the weekend, I don't feel like I need one as much as I thought I would.

I am still taking this Friday off work to give myself a break, but also to prepare for our housewarming party this Saturday night. It is fancy dress in the theme of movie characters. I am really looking forward to it, we have a red carpet, movie posters to decorate the walls, pop-corn and hotdogs for food and awards for the best costume.

I am going as Julia Roberts when she is dressed as the hooker in Pretty Woman. I have got some wicked black PVC thigh length boots, a blonde wig, and am busy making the dress she wears.

Dom is going as Tom Cruise, when he plays Maverick in Top Gun. He is wearing a flight suit and we have got some Tom Cat fighter pilot patches to sew on.

It's all go - and I need a rest!