It’s the night before our Annual ‘Pumpkin Party’. I say ‘Annual’ but the first one was only last year, so I don’t know whether it can be annual yet. I say Pumpkin Party, but the theme is much less visible than last year’s affair, mainly because I was a bit slow to get my act together this year. In fact I have a massive list of things that need doing, making and buying before 2.30pm tomorrow, when a small but distinguished group of two- and three-year-olds (plus assorted siblings) descend on the house expecting fun. But at the moment I am reclining on the sofa, nursing an aching wrist but remarkably pleased with myself.
This time last year I was struggling to get around whilst suffering the beginnings of what turned out to be quite a severe form of SPD. I couldn’t lift the Pocket Dictator, or supervise the ‘craft’ at the party because I couln’t bend over. I couldn’t carve the Pumpkin because I couldn’t stand for long enough. So this year, I carved two in celebration, and I am almost smug wit satisfaction at how well they turned out. You still have enough before Halloween to get in the carving spirit too. Here’s a quick photo breakdown of how to do it.