Sunday, 2 October 2016

October - Season of mists and mellow whats'its............ but not in town

The seasons really do disappear in town. Due to roadworks we came home from hospital last Thursday via a back road that took us out to the edge of Ipswich ( and even further out because there was a diversion and more road works!). It's only when we saw the fields ploughed  and the trees changing colour that we realised it was Autumn already.
So  I made a start clearing the dead stuff from the back garden, we've no colour out there now except for the orange berries on the Pyracantha. I'm cutting down lots of Golden Rod and if we were staying I'd dig it out because it's horrible, in fact the only thing nastier than live Golden rod is dead Golden rod -  all dusty and full of mildew!
 Picked up the newest Aldi leaflet......... full of stuff for Halloween, we haven't lived in town on October the 31st since the American tradition was imported by the shops, will we get trick or treaters in our quiet road? It seems strange now that back in 1975 when I worked on a mobile library van we used to go to a USAF housing complex in a village in West Suffolk and I had to ask the ladies who came to the van why on earth they had pumpkins and witches all over their houses.
So from no All Hallows-eve traditions to shops full of junky rubbish in 40 years. If we do get any ghosts/witches knocking on the door we will be out! Bah Humbug to Halloween!
( Although we did do well selling pumpkins at Fareacre, remember this from 2014)

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Sue


13 comments:

  1. It's the same down here in Australia - no 'trick or treaters' and all that jazz in '72 (the year we arrived) fast forward 40 years and we have weeks of shops full of cheap rubbishy stuff and countless door knockers on the night

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  2. Never got into this Halloween thing even with our 3 and last time some kid knocked on our door all I could offer them was a banana as we don't have sweets/confectionery in the house usually! Never got bothered again!

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  3. I just do not like it! In Leicester we used to offer the OAPs the chance to come for tea and cakes and a singsong at church from 5-8 [with transport] so that they were not at home when the T&T menace came to their doors.

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  4. We don't normally get any visits from halloweeners, but I always make sure I have some treats. because we once had 'tricks' played on us when I didn't have anything. The 'tricks' were broken eggs over the car and I knew someone who had a broken egg rubbed into her white painted pebble-dash. Made such a mess. I used to work in a supermarket and we had to ban young kids and teenagers from buying flour and eggs leading up to Halloween.
    I don't agree with Halloween, but a lot of people do and it's best to have something in just in case. You can always give the treats to some younger member of the family.

    Joan (Wales)

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  5. When we first came to Canada in the mid 60's from the UK I don't think we'd even heard of Halloween. We were told all about it so my mum got lots of candy ready to give out. Well, there were literally 100's of kids coming down the street and we ran out of candy in the first half hour. We had no idea what it would be like. My mum was then frantically making popcorn to give out and the kids were lined up at the door. I remember it was lots of fun and lots of good costumes and no obnoxious kids. Today we barely get 1/2 a dozen kids and they are usually the ones that are really too old. In the last 10 years the malls and community centres put on big events for the kids so the parents don't bother taking them door-to-door. Much better idea!

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  6. I'm not a huge fan of Halloween but it's my daughter in law's birthday so we did have a themed party last year and quite enjoyed it.
    Not sure I'm liking both Halloween and Christmas out together in the shops though this year.
    We don't get a lot of kids knocking on the door as around here all the young Mums put on a street party for them and it keeps them away from our doors-x-

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  7. Although I love Autumn and the abundance of root vegetables at great prices, the changing colours and fresh, crisp air, I am not a big fan of Halloween. And Halloween happens to fall just four days after my birthday, too. You have a lovely blog. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. :)

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  9. I was dismayed to realize a few years ago that Halloween is now in England. I live in the USA and am from England. Here at my house my husband loves to answer the door for trick or treaters. In past years when he has not been home I just put a bowl of candy by the front door and try to have a peaceful evening. A lot of money is made and it is very big over here.

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  10. Autumn is lovely with lovely changing colors on trees and pumpkins here in Oregon. I don't like Halloween at all. We keep our outside lights off til we go to bed. If someone knocks we don't open the door. Never had a problem yet.

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  11. A few years ago when there were many children living in our Close of 18 homes, we had many Trick or Treaters and I had to buy a shed load of sweets so that I could give them all some for the bags they carried around. Some were, very sensibly, accompanied by an adult but some little ones actually were alone which I thought was silly at best and dangerous at worst. What a pity that this American import, which I do not like - a lot of people simply won't open the door to these Trick or Treaters as sometimes, even if they are only 14 or 15, teenagers can be quite large and menacing and we've even had adults knocking on the door from time to time - our own traditional Bonfire Night has now taken very much a back seat. I expect many children now won't know who Guy Fawkes was. It must seem to Americans that we are a miserable lot, not enjoying Trick or Treat night - but really, with all the tat on sale for this one event, and the very act of going to strangers' homes and knocking on the door and demanding sweets, can it surely can't be difficult to understand why?
    Margaret P

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  12. I do remember that photo, I was very new to blog land and was very envious of your lifestyle. There seems to be a lot of road works at the moment, we had three diversions on the way back from Gatwick.

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  13. I enjoyed Halloween when my kids were little. Probably because - I'm originally from England - didn't have it when I was a child. It's a great excuse to dress up. Our neighbourhood used to have lots of children and it was fun to take them around.

    I have to admit to liking pumpkins. Silly of me, but until I went to a pumpkin patch over here, I didn't realise they actually did grow on whirly vines like in the Cinderella film. I have some growing in the garden now!

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