All hallows eve

Adventures, He and I, Parties, Gifts & Crafts

It was only a simple gathering.

Dinner with friends
Outside by the blazing fire
A hearty lasagna

Halloween decorations scattered around
A spiderweb, a tombstone , skeleton , masks.
Pumpkins laid on table. Carving them
Funny faces , scary faces.

Rum for the ghouls
Painted faces.
Some witchy laughs and spells
And games , not for the light hearted

That is how our Halloween started.


Woodland Magic

Adventures, He and I, Parties, Gifts & Crafts

My best friend’s getting married soon, and the location is out of this world, it is a walk through woodlands to somewhere exhilarating. Just wait till you see where it is, mind you though, it will be a long wait (the wedding is next year, and I am not sharing pictures until then, it’s also probably a secret and she hasn’t told others yet).

So, there I was, on Pinterest, browsing through Woodland weddings. A picture leads me to a post, and then onto something else, after a chain of following one image link to another, I came upon this glorious art installation on this page Seriously, check it out for yourself. This made me want to throw my own woodland party. Isn’t it brilliant?

Maybe for my 30th? A wild woodland, wilderness party, wouldn’t that be lovely?  Lots and lots of lampshades hanging from tree tops. Lights in the dense forest leading the way.  Deeper and deeper you walk, until finally you come to a big plain. Away from all the chaos and racket of the world. Under the cover of the twinkling sky. You will find people sitting cosily wrapped up in blankets. Some are standing, drinking, chatting. Children dancing around the fire with fun adults alike (and hopefully some responsible adults minding the children of course).  Perhaps we will be visited by elves, fairies and gnomes. Goblins, imps and trolls. Perhaps even a unicorn. (Costume party, perhaps?)

It will be magical. We shall be singing, dancing, storytelling.


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This is a picture of us at one such magical place a few years ago.



Cosy Japanese Night

Adventures, He and I

My trip to Japan inspired me to have my own little Japanese themed dinner at home. We invited the sister in law and family and such fun we had.

Hubby made sushi and sashimi. Some plain moulded rice into various shapes. Fish, teddy, cars, stars. I chopped fresh veggies ready for the hotpot. Camping stove on the floor. Plates and dishes laid out. Cushions and sheets. Candles and dimmed lights. Cosiness. Conversations, funny stories. Quality family time.



He and I

There was this one time a while ago, when I discovered that the opposite of disgruntled is gruntled. How amazing is that? I don’t know about you, but, I sure am pleased by the fact. Ha! Gruntled.

Why don’t we use this word more often?

Hello, I am gruntled to meet you.

I am gruntled with life at present.

I am gruntled to learn that the opposite of disgruntled is gruntled.

Are you as gruntled as I am about gruntled?

First day of Autumn

Adventures, He and I

Today is the first day of autumn.  It doesn’t really feel like it, the days are starting to get colder, but I guess everything else will start kicking in a bit mid season.  Do you know that, autumn is my favourite season? I love hot chocolates, thick, woolly socks, creamy pastas, mulled rum (yes, rum, I will share my recipe with you in another post), and cosy sweaters. I also like to wear hubby’s oversized hoodies, even though he did buy me two of my very own. It’s just that something about it being his, which I love so much. They always smell like fresh spices. I love the smell of fresh spices. I think it makes it all the more ‘autumn-ey’.

I like the sound, the smell, and the colours of wood fires in the dark. I like to light up our fireplace and just stare at the gorgeous colours of the flame. I love to gaze out the window, especially in the mornings, and glimpse the beautiful orange-ness of nature. I love how all the leaves from gigantic trees, fall at our feet, and I love the ‘crunch’ they make as we walk over them.  I like to have candlelit dinners. I like to make casseroles and have live cooking dinners (my ever famous Miso Soup) with friends and family alike.

I like seeing acorns and pine cones on the ground. I love roasting marshmallow, I might even make s’mores this year. Did you know, hubby has never made s’mores before? It could be our first together.  I love baking and cooking and most importantly eating things with apples in them. I love the smell of freshly baked bread, which luckily for me, hubby loves doing. I love pumpkins. We did so well with Pumpkins this year, but alas, none grew to be massive and ripe and ready for Halloween. There is still time, I suppose, we will see how it fares. I love Halloween, and the mass of kids with their ‘Trick or Treat’.

I cannot wait to go walking around local parks and in parks in the middle of the city. They always look so splendid in autumn. I have seen mushrooms grow everywhere these days, and this year hopefully I will see the real red mushrooms with white dots on them. You know the ones, which you see in cartoons and children’s books. Did you know they were real? It blew my mind when I learnt that these pretty things were real and not just imagined up for children.

I may also start to keep a little journal about gardening, but I won’t make any promises. I would mostly do this for hubby, as he loves to garden and I love gardens. Hopefully it will inspire and motivate me to get the same level of energy and passion for gardening as he does, and most importantly, to have a beautifully planned out garden next year.  But like I said, don’t hold me to this one!

Wish you all a splendid Autumn!