Hodge Podge And now it’s over

The McLeod River Post - - Points Of View - by June McInnes June McInnes

I don’t know about you, but I en­joyed Hal­loween this year, it might be be­cause it will be one of the last few times we cel­e­brate it. Most, not all, but most of our chil­dren are grown up or too se­ri­ous for that cel­e­bra­tion stuff and have out grown it. For me per­son­ally that’s such a shame, I love the giv­ing out of treats and dress­ing up, go­ing out into the night air with a great sense of ex­pectancy, of see­ing all the dec­o­rated houses and yards, chil­dren smil­ing, laugh­ing as they go door to door. I even bake cook­ies to give out. We were one of the lucky ones that man­aged to get a pump­kin, I heard that there were short­ages in Ed­son again this year. But we did man­age to get one and will be carv­ing it tonight and put­ting it out on the deck. I’m not how­ever put­ting a can­dle into it, that just fills the pump­kin with toxic fumes and spoils it. I’m go­ing to use glow sticks, this way if I wish to re­cy­cle my pump­kin as an­i­mal feed it won’t be toxic and of course there’s no chance of it catch­ing fire. Can­dles are pretty, but you have to be so care­ful with the naked flame.

The seeds of our pump­kin I shall bake off in the oven af­ter care­ful re­moval and wash­ing, I’ve read that you can use melted but­ter and salt to sea­son then bake in the oven af­ter stir­ring, but per­son­ally I pre­fer to use a lit­tle oil, about a ta­ble­spoon or so, I’ve tried canola and olive, both seem fine to me and I spread the seeds out on a cookie sheet and bake them in the mid­dle of the oven at about three hun­dred de­grees un­til they are golden brown and I stir them through oc­ca­sion­ally. When cool, they make great snacks.

Our chil­dren en­joy them. And they make a change from all that candy.

So, now Hal­loween’s done and dusted for an­other year, AND I hope ev­ery­one had a good time and didn’t eat too much candy. It’s time, to put the dec­o­ra­tions away and tidy up a bit.

When you do that, think about this, Re­mem­brance Day is next, not Christ­mas.

Al­ready I see the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions go­ing out in the shops and su­per­mar­kets, its such a shame that these big chains do that. We need to show some re­spect and hon­our the fallen, not flash the tin­sel and hang out the baubles. In my opinion, it’s too early for that. Satur­day 11th Novem­ber, that’s not time for lights and tin­sel, baubles or ad­vent cal­en­dars, it’s a time of re­flec­tion and grat­i­tude, leave Christ­mas for De­cem­ber. Come on folks, let’s show a lit­tle re­spect and not put up any Christ­mas para­pher­na­lia un­til af­ter Re­mem­brance Day please.

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