Friday, October 30, 2020

Have a Happy Halloween!


Chute for distanced trick-or-treat distribution.

UPDATE for those who asked: Yes, these are real pumpkins.
They weigh over 1000 pounds. A local farmer grows them,
and the neighbor buys them and carves them every year.
These are around 4 feet tall, but some years they are taller.

New trees being planted at a decorated house.

Another scheme for distanced candy handouts.

... and a perfect mystery story for just before Halloween, The Crossing Places by Elly Griffiths, recommended by my friend and fellow blogger Jeanie of The Marmelade Gypsy:

The amateur detective, Ruth, is an archaeologist, almost 40 years old, and quite overweight. The setting is a very scary salt marsh near a fictionalized King’s Lynn, England. The characters have spooky ideas about the Druids and other ancient peoples who lived in the area and built “henges” and held mysterious rituals in the marsh. The detective, Nelson, is a very English police detective, who needs help solving the mystery of two little girls who have disappeared. The ending is a surprise. There’s even occasional food that punctuates the fast-moving story: 
“Ruth, slightly ashamed of being so hungry, tucks into a ploughman’s lunch. Nelson eats sausages and mash like someone refuelling, not noticing what he puts into his mouth. He has insisted on paying. Ruth drinks diet coke—she doesn’t want to be caught drink-driving after all—and Nelson chooses the full-fat variety.” (Chapter 13)

Blog post and all photos © 2020 mae sander.


ashok said...

That's a huge pumpkin... Is it real?

Angie's Recipes said...

Have some fun, Mae!

Divers and Sundry said...

I get a kick out of all the Halloween decorations!

Tandy | Lavender and Lime ( said...

Some great voting posters. I really hope you get a new Potus!

Stevenson Q said...

Mae!!!! Innocent tropical guy here but are those giant pumpkins real!?!?! Oh my!!! I feel like I could live inside of it (okay I'm quite a big guy so I need a little more bigger one) But that is so cool! Plus love the decor with a child's writing!

Tina said...

Love the neighbothood decorations! That is something I do miss about not living in a neighborhood, walking sidewalks and seeing the decorations.

Jeanie said...

I hope you enjoy the Crossing Place. I like this series a lot. It's an interesting premise and characters. And all the signs. I think the one Mae showed was one of my favorites with the Covid instructions! But that first one is terrific. I couldn't agree more!

My name is Erika. said...

This is a favorite series of mine. Glad you enjoyed it. And I like all the Halloween decorations in the photos. Hope it was a happy and too spooky day! Hugs-Erika

Sherry's Pickings said...

i've read all the Dr Ruth books by elly griffiths. I really enjoy them. The writer has a different series with other characters too. I think it's called something else - i mean we have a different title for it here. Love those massive pumpkins!! incredible size.

pearshapedcrafting said...

Fabulous look at your neighbourhood - what a shame that COVID spoilt it this year! I love those huge pumpkins! Hugs, Chrisx