"What a welcome!" Poppiholla smiled. Licking her lips and making a toast with her tea to everyone."Huge thank you" she said opening her arms wide and smiling again."Piccolo, my brother, sends apologies, we dropped by the North Pole on the way here and he decided to stay a while to help Father Christmas, but he will be here by Christmas." More smiles. Pip fidgeted a bit and looked at his boots, sneaking a sly peak at Poppihollas cart.
So the rest of the day was spent preparing for a Halloween/Welcome party. By the time darkness fell a bonfire had been lit, throwing spooky shadows up the tree trunks and across the grass. The spiders had spun yet more webs in the shrubbery, while the path was lit by chinese lantern flowers. The table was decorated with dried flowers and groaned under the weight of an array of scrumptious goodies - little pumpkin pies with roasted pumpkin seeds, tiny mushrooms filled with roasted sweetcorn, baby baked potatoes and tomato sauce, delicious pieces of apple covered in toffee, not forgetting Pip's favourite - dainty cakes filled with raisins, currants, nutmeg and cinammon. Moonflower had also been busy and presented her honey and ripe fruit punch in a beautiful glass bowl that she had found up near the house filled with milk. For music Poppiholla played her violin and Orla led the dancing.Pip carved his pumpkin and wore it on his head, jumping out and giving everyone a fright.
Me? I stood under the Elder tree with the cat ( who had her eye on that glass bowl ) watching the fairy host dancing on beams from the Shedding Moon, weaving their spells for Halloween. Moonflowers Garden - just up the road a bit and always welcoming ^_^