So on Wednesday, I headed out east to meet a dear little friend.

Unbeknown to us, the Dalston Eastern Curve Garden had been invaded.

A pumpkin invasion!

The pumpkins have landed!

“Take us to your leader!”

Some of the orange aliens were really quite cheeky.



There were cat pumpkins …

Marmalade cat

Marmalade cat

… Denis Healey pumpkins …

What fancy eyebrows!

What fancy eyebrows!

… and an obligatory Trumpkin (obviously).


“Make Halloween great again!”

Shedfuls of pumpkins!


Or perhaps it’s an interstellar pumpkin transportation device.

Can you spot my favourite pumpkin?

I'll take pumpkin #2 please!

One of these things is not like the others …

We wandered through the pumpkin-strewn garden …



… then time to defend ourselves against a Pumpkin Death Star!

"This pumpkin is fully operational."

“This pumpkin is fully operational.”

That adventure inspired Ted to carve a pumpkin today, as two more favourite pumpkins were coming for Halloween tea:

Halloween tangerines or spooky satsumas?

Halloween tangerines

<3 its Voldemort nose.

We had Nigella’s Lily’s scones with homemade blackberry jam (this recipe) and whipped cream; a pumpkin spice magic cake (I just added a teaspoon of pumpkin spice to this recipe); and cucumber, ham and cheese sandwiches.

The Halloween tangerines went down incredibly well.

So did the scones.

"Can I have another one with just cream please?"

“Please can I have another one, just with CREAM?”

Then after some early fireworks, as Zebedee says, it was time for bed.

I hope you had a lovely weekend too.