Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Pumpkin judging…

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We were wandering around Ripon on Saturday and found that there was a pumpkin carving contest in the market place. There were some amazing pumpkins, obviously carved by very talented people.

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I thought it was a bit sad though that those ones would get all the votes and the ones done by the kids wouldn’t get as many.

I voted for this one!

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Isn’t it great! Excellent use of mixed-media elements.

Happy Halloween!


Sunday, 13 October 2013


They started quite discreet…

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But then they grew…

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And grew…..

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And grew…!

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I thought that fly agarics were rare, or only grew in foreign lands. A quick google tells me they are rife and everywhere. Still, I’ve never seen one except in a picture book so I was pretty disappointed there weren’t more gnomes. Or any gnomes.

Luckily the hens didn’t seem interested in eating them, but something was definitely having a nibble – I think our resident slugs are having a whale of a time at the bottom of the garden! Either that or they’ve all poisoned themselves.

Either way, I’m not particularly interested in eating them. I just think they’re pretty. A friend issued a warning when I put these pics on Facebook – you’d better pick them before they spore or your garden will look like Super Mario Land!

That sounds awesome!

Beccy Ridsdel