They just couldn’t wait

All five are now attired in various costume. Amritsar still enjoying her witch look, Tara now a pumpkin, Thor in a vampire cape, Caleb another pumpkin and Aaliyah in luminous spotty tights and the cat mask. My chapatti dough, now twelve lightly floured balls, waiting for me to roll out thinly, before cooking each for a minute or so. To be served up with the curry. I say curry, but it has now escalated to Channa, pea curry (mutter), chicken curry and a lamb curry. Each with a slight altered spice mix. Can’t wait. The children however are eating homemade potato wedges with hotdogs. Tara is now running around with her marshmallow stick – a long piece of bamboo that daddy is presently weaponising into harpoons with wooden skewers and sticky tape. I’ve told them to please leave outside as they look rather dangerous. Thor is asking for more toast with pear and fig Jam, his new favourite jam ever. And now he wants me to put on a little green monster mask, he’s run off to get it from the Halloween dress up box and come back resembling Jason Myers! The day can only get more mystifying as we light the pumpkin head and wander over to the woods for the bonfire and festivities, did I mention a ‘trick or treat’ thing happening? More to come later!

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A Gay Dad reflecting on life in the Shires of England with my not so famous five and two rapscallion Dalmatian hounds

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