Thursday, 29 October 2015

Halloween with HDYGG?

I miss having seasons. This is our first autumn in Dubai, there aren't many trees around to watch the leaves fall from. The trees we do have lose their leaves all year round due to the heat and no rain.

In South Africa the seasons were the opposite than they are in the UK. It's spring now in South Africa. Take a sneak peak at the Jacaranda's, there will be a post dedicated to them soon.


It took a while to get used to spending Christmas in the middle of summer, yet last christmas despite us now being back in the Northern Hemisphere and Christmas being in winter, we spent the day on the beach.

Without kids at home and no job and the weekends being Friday and Saturday, I have no idea of what day it is, let alone season anymore. I like to follow the seasons and decorate the house accordingly. The garden is proving slightly more difficult in Dubai and I'm currently in South Africa where it is spring.

And before I go any further, yes, they do have halloween in Dubai.


So I've decided to revisit our last halloween in the UK, were we had autumn and leaves on the ground





 Kids still at home who appreciated the decoration of the house.



I still bake cakes to hand out at Halloween even though my children don't take part in it anymore


I've also been known to dress up when we were in South Africa and scare the kids who knocked on the door


Finding Pumpkins large enough to carve has been difficult in Dubai and South Africa, so here are my favourite two carvings from the UK

UK




Dubai
Carved out of a Pomelo, a large citrus fruit.


I love the colours of autumn in the UK also, I love getting my boots out the wardrobe, putting wellingtons on to go for walks and adding some colour to the garden. Sadly I won't be doing any of this for a few more years, until we move back to the UK, but it's nice revisiting.



Sadly there is no/little trick or treat in South Africa, as unless you live inside a security estate it's just too dangerous to be walking door to door at night (and in the day, some places)

14 comments:

  1. that jacaranda is gorgeous!! i think we had them in miami too. i know how you feel about missing seasons and spending christmas in a hot climate. i did it for over 10 years. i am now happy in seasons again. and i think it's pretty cool that other countries have adopted halloween as their own holiday. in portugal where i am from, they do it there too now

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    1. i can't wait to get back to having seasons, but in the meantime i've decided to just enjoy the one long summer i now have

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  2. I love the changing seasons - including all the autumn colours - but would love to have just a little time of beautiful hot weather. That Jacaranda tree is stunning.

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    1. the weather in South Africa is perfect, when we lived here i complained it was too hot, but compared to Dubai.....

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  3. Oh dressing up skills! I love that! I have a wig like that so will be doing that on Saturday here - thanks for the inspiration. Loving the pumpkins too, I always have great intentions and then just end up doing the usual scary faced one.
    The Jacaranda is stunning - is it scented too? I looks like it should smell really good (or maybe its a lavender colour association mind-trick!)
    Thankyou for joining in again!

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  4. do you know i've not sniffed a Jacaranda tree yet....lol halloween is busy for me at drop off but i will be carving pumpkins tonight and icing cakes for the kids who come in to drop off a santa shoebox

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  5. It's quite nice to see some spring pictures amongst the autumn ones. I can't imagine living without seasons.

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    1. it's very strange just living in summer

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  6. The Jacaranda - I have never seen a tree like it. Good job on the cakes, mind if I pinch one? ;)

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    1. the Jacarandas are in full flower over most of the southern hemisphere right now

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  7. Wonderful photographs and the jacaranda is simply stunning. Re carving - we have had success with water melons before. They look rather spectacularly spooky. I'll try and find a photo on twitter.

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  8. The jacaranda as other people have said is just stunning. I can't imagine living without seasons although at times they seem to roll into one another - this year though there seems to be distinct seasons, which means I'm not looking forward to the onset of winter! #hdygg

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    1. i miss having winters and seeing the leaves turn brown in autumn

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