We like to celebrate the seasons and Autumn and Winter are our favourites. Living in the countryside we are subject to the vagrancies of nature and the weather. Our thoughts go out to all in America who are currently suffering due to Hurricane Sandy. May you stay safe, warm and with friends and family.
The Emporium has some lovely Halloween decorations, we quite like these pumpkins and spooky plates.
|Halloween goodies at The Emporium, Hungerford.|
It has turned quite cold and rain is forecast but we do hope that it is calm enough for the little ghosts, witches and devils to come trick or treating in our village. We have made a Halloween wreath from the garden out of little lanterns.
|Vintage Fairy Illustration by Hilda Miller|
Zitella The Witch (a Katerine's creation) is in the window to welcome them. Mrs Black is a little shy of children but usually enjoys them in costume.
|The incomparble Lord Byron, a splendid Witches hat, the perfect shoe,|
and Helena Bonham-Carter in a magnificent swan adorment.
Perhaps one of the aspects of Halloween which appeals to us the most is dressing up, the ability to be, even for one night, someone else.
I think it gives children an opportunity to use their imagination - and why not continue as adults?
Once upon a time there were grand balls to attend where everyone dressed in costume.
These are just a few costumes we love, for both men and women.
Vintage clothes and costumes from the past are a great inspiration to the designers of today, and to the many people who like to wear vintage fashion.
Personally I am coveting this wonderful cape, it is an antique, one of a kind, and not for sale.
It is totally impractical, but that is the point. It is so special that few of us mere mortals will ever wear anything like it.
But we can dream. I may have to get the pins and needles out before next Halloween to make one of these.
Dark colours are traditionally associated with Autumn and Winter but also brights which gleam and glisten as stillness arrives. I'm always tempted at this time of year to re-decorate. The usual reds, golds and black work, but so do purple and even more surprising, a certain shade of pink!
|The Raven quote is available on Etsy.|
Whatever that we do in our costumes and decorations, nature always does it best.
|The Moon over our village last night.|
|The trees and leaves on our path.|