There were plenty of Halloween shenanigans in Governors Harbour this week …. When Bob and I left the UK thirteen years ago to come and live in Eleuthera not much was made of Halloween in the UK, but now I understand that situation has changed and it is quite a big thing there as well.
The party kicked off on Friday night at Bacchus Fine Foods – it was good fun with some delicious food as well as Happy Hour drinks….. Earlier that day – but not much earlier – Angelika was persuaded to go ahead with the plans to open up the shop into another room – for dining. Anyone who has been to BFF knows that it has been very cosy – but now with the new dining area and a newly proposed bar it is going to be more spacious. There were some great costumes, but actually – I know I am biased – none were better than Bob’s ! A little beard kit from Halloween City in FL , one of my scarves and a bit of make-up and Bob made a great pirate !
As I have had a lousy cough and cold which has left me feeling like I am walking around with my head in a bucket of water I actually only wore my inflatable bat headdress – I couldn’t cope with wearing a hot sweaty nylon wig. But it worked a treat – I may wear it more often !!
Halfway through the evening we popped out as I had been invited to judge the children fancy dress completion at a great little party organized for the local children in GH by the Harbour Boys Junkanoo group. It was a riot – plenty of music, lots of running around and scoffing popcorn and candy floss – or cotton candy as it is called in the US.
Judging something like that is actually a poison chalice – I could only pick one girl and one boy so there were a few very disappointed little ones – and even a few tears – I felt so sorry – but once the candy floss started being handed out it was all smiles again…..
Tuesday night was of course the big night up at Colman Towers – our skeleton pirate went down well again – even though some of the children were pretty scared …… I gave out vast amounts of candy – apparently it is a favorite stopping place for lots of the kids – they know we have funny things like the pirate and plenty of sweets – this year we had more than ever visitors – I have no way of keeping count of them but believe me there were loads ! If they are in costume they get more candy – but of course I can tell that a lot of them do not have any money for dressing up outfits so I can’t be too mean can I ? I told all of them that they had to clean their teeth after eating candy – or they would all drop out by next Halloween – I wonder how many took any notice if that little pearl of wisdom !
Rudge was kept in the house – I thought he would go nuts – but actually although he barked a few times he was really well behaved. He is growing into a lovely dog – still more training needed however !
My Mum -Mary – told me about an interesting article she read on line about the origins of Halloween – I always thought it originated in the US – but I was wrong – check out this link to the article and you will find that a lot of the origins were from the UK dating back to the 8th Century onwards – extraordinary ! The reasons why we celebrate today
One of the important things to remember in life is not to forget to make time for enjoyable lazy lunches with friends and on Saturday Bob and I joined good friend Frank Fatoric – visiting from Toronto – and Michele Johnson for a delicious catch up …… The setting was lovely and the food was yummy – and it was a real luxury to spend a couple of hours laughing and eating and generally having a good relaxing time. In the midst of busy working weeks a break like that is a godsend – so a big thank you to Frank for hosting a lunchtime treat……
OK – that’s all – sorry it’s not longer Marilyn !