Releasing the negative

Samhain – My celebration

Pumpkin Carving!

One of our lovely neighbours donated a pumpkin that he’d grown, my step-dad sawed the top off (it was a hard core pumpkin!)

We had tried to cut the top off with a knife before, but it didn’t work! So the saw came out!

My mum then dug out the insides (I don’t think she enjoyed that bit!)

And then my mum carved it!

Initially it did look like it was having a stroke…

But it’s ok now, we acted FAST!



Soul Cakes

I made gluten free Soul Cakes for the occassion too! And here’s how (recipe adapted from the one you can find by clicking “Soul Cakes“):


  • 340g gluten free flour
  • Baking Powder
  • 170g sugar
  • 170g butter (softened and diced)
  • A couple of shakes of ground nutmeg
  • A couple of shakes of ground mixed spice
  • A couple of shakes of ground cinnamon
  • 1 beaten egg
  • 2tsp cider vinegar

Sieve the flour and put it in a bowl

Rub in the butter until the mixture resembles very fine breadcrumbsAdd all the dry ingredients (spices, sugar, baking powder) to the bowl and give them a good mix

Add the beaten egg and vinegar

Mix with a wooden spoon until you have a firm dough, a la mine:


Wrap the dough in cling film and pop it in the fridge for 20 minutes

While it’s in there, make a cuppa, grease a large baking tray and pre-heat your oven to 200c

Roll out the dough (apparently to 7mm thick, but I don’t do measurements)Flour your work surface

Grab a large, round pastry cutter and cut out the cakes and make a cross on the top of each

Pop them on the baking tray and whip them in the oven for about 20 minutes, or until they’re just going brown/golden

Et voila, serve warm or cold and enjoy!:

Autumn Walk

On the day itself we went for an autumnal walk in one of France’s forests, the “Forêt Domaniale de SaintSever.” It was a beautiful day and the trees had put on a beautiful display for us! But for photos of that you’ll have to pop over to see my Forêt Domaniale de Saint-Sever post!

Samhain Ritual

Letting go of the last year, all ready to move forward:

Hope you all had a wonderful day/evening/night! I certainly enjoyed myself!

1 comment

  1. Susan Mann

    Great way to start the new year x

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