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The Family Bandwagon

Our family is spread out across the country and across the world, and what better way to keep in touch than a collaborative digital journal?

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Autumn in the UK

ColoursI keep promising a Bandwagon update.. and here it is. It's been a busy few months - apart from work bring non-ideal we've had a few trips away - York for the August bank holiday weekend, Paris in early September, Manchester at the end of October for the Science Festival. I've got photos from each trip but haven't uploaded them yet - I'm not as quick as Glenn and Dee were.. but they didn't have the distraction of work either. :)

As you're all enjoying longer and warmer days, my days are becoming decidedly colder and darker. Daylight savings ended a couple of weeks ago so it's often dark before I get home. Many of the leaves don't  like the cold and have been getting their own back by jumping off the trees and making footpaths slippery. I didn't manage to catch a falling Autumn leaf so I'll just have to hope I don't get the flu. Mum, did your Easter catch work?


I carved my first pumpkin this year - a tiny little thing no bigger than my fist. Bruce made a regular-sized one and we watched Nightmare Before Christmas while we carved. It was good fun.

Oooh, pretty

To continue the Autumnal celebrations, last week was Guy Fawkes day so I headed up to Wednesbury for the weekend. We thought about looking for fireworks displays on Friday (Guy Fawkes Day) but it was fairly dismal weather - lots of drizzly rain. It didn't stop us burning a sparkler or two outside.  Bruce's folks also found some indoor fireworks in the loft. They were pretty funny - little pellets stuck on cardboard that fizzed, sparked or produced weird fluffy ash. Saturday was a completely different story - it was cold but clear and perfect fireworks weather. We joined several thousand others at Himley Hall for a giant bonfire (the stack of pallets looked as tall as a house and probably the width of the carport!) and firework display. The fireworks were set to music and made it easy to forget the chill. The hot chocolate with flake also helped us keep warm. :) It was definitely a good evening and well worth the entry fee and the wait to get out (we arrived early enough to miss the wait on the way in).

Pumpkin King

It's a bit worrying to think that the next public holiday will be Christmas - where did the year go?! Between now an then I've got quite a few projects to finish at work and some more jobs to apply for - it's certainly a busy time of year. Ooh and make sure you update kaboodle or send me wish-lists - I need to do my Christmas shopping soon!



  1. Great to read about all you have been doing. The year has gone quickly. I've avoided the flu so maybe my autumn catch did work. I need to sort Christmas as well. Maybe we can do a swap gift register.Nana and I are doing a driving lessons for Carolynn to cover her birthday and Christmas ($210 for 5 lessons) I need to start the Torana again too soon.
    Here I'm gardening when ever I get the chance. I've had a few days work and we've had some rain and some very hot days. Back to pleasant this week.
    Talk to you again soon. Love and hugs Mum

  2. Great update sisterino! Your pumpkin is brilliant.. here in Australia they had "halloween carving pumpkins" for $10.. which dropped down the $1 the day after Halloween. It was pretty funny :)
    Sounds like you've had an awesome few holidays, even if work is busy.. spare a thought for those of us who can't just fly over to Paris for the weekend ;) That being said, I will also spare a thought for you next time we're relaxing outside in the sun ;)
    I look forward to seeing more photos as you add them!

  3. Those Pumpkin's are freek'n awesome! Sounds like you guys had a great evening, spewing Glenn and I arent there... Why are you guys doing all this cool stuff now that we've left, or did I just take it for granted earlier? *hmm ponderous confused like look*

    Loves and hugs


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