When autumn is in spring

I admit it, I don’t really go in for Halloween. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t raised with it. Maybe it’s because I’m not partial to strangers banging on my door all evening demanding sweets (sorry, I ate them all already. Also who are you?).

It’s safe to say Halloween and I have safely coexisted for 31 years now by me not taking much notice of it, and it doing likewise. But one thing I have really found strange in moving to Australia is the seasons being backwards. You wouldn’t think it would be so hard to grasp, would you? It’s just the other way around.

When it comes to Christmas, I’ve geared myself up for a hot Christmas where all the decorations are weirdly inappropriate (snow? pine trees? fair isle jumpers? we have none of those things here). But it’s the smaller holidays that I’ve previously ignored that have really surprised me.

Such as Halloween.

All that to say, I joined in Kristin and Becky’s Great Pumpkin Swap this year and was surprised at how strange I found it to be shopping for ‘fall’ type things in what is blatantly spring. So I went completely off piste and just bought fun stuff. I was delighted to be paired with Jen again, and you can see what non-seasonally specific things I got her here.

Jen and I have been paired together for three years on the trot now, and I couldn’t be happier about it. (You can see year 1 here, and year 2 here). I think we’re at the stage now where we’re just going to keep sending each other nice things every October regardless of the Pumpkin Swap. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, internet friends are amazing.

So yesterday I arrived back home from holiday to this parcel of joy, neatly helping me offset the post trip blues. Jen sent me some festive pumpkin tea towels (one with a streusel recipe on that I can’t wait to try) which I immediately hung up on the cooker, because coming back from holiday we obviously had nothing clean going:

Then there was a pumpkin cutter and the most amazing pumpkin sprinkles (how do they make them actual tiny pumpkin shapes??) to facilitate my baking endeavours:

A beautiful Essie nail polish in smokin’ hot which is going on my sad fingernails right.now. and is sat next to my desk ready for me to finish typing this:

And the piece de resistance; Jen has fuelled my addiction for another year with two bumper bags of candy corn – with their own special pumpkin shaped serving dish! Yes of course the dish is especially for candy corn. What better purpose could it have in life?!

My coffee table is now looking extra festive and inviting, although whether there will be any candy corn left when guests next come round is anyone’s guess.

And now I’ve typed the word pumpkin so many times it no longer makes sense.

Thank you to Kristin and Becky for hosting, and thank you Jen for all the pumpkin-y goodness! See you in the post next year 🙂




  1. 9th November 2017 / 17:48

    I love this swopping idea!! Must get involved in that next year!! I am not a big Halloween fan and in Mackay this year a tropical storm decided to make it a memorable one! It hit just as I was due to go out – 45 mins of wind thunder lightning and rain – and then the power went all over town! Not to be deterred as soon as was possible I ventured out in the dark promptly kicked a cane toad across the drive way whilst screaming in case it was a snake! Anyway made it to the restaurant with no street lighting or traffic lights working! Luckily across the river they had electricity and the restaurant cooked on gas so all ended well!

  2. 9th November 2017 / 22:00

    Ahh this is such a cute idea!! I think I might’ve read about your swap last year. It’s so fun that you got partnered with Jen again to keep the tradition going haha. I have to say you and I are total opposites – Halloween is probably my faaaaavorite holiday ever. I just love it! This year I spent it in France, where I made all the refugee children dress up in costumes, taught them to trick or treat and bob apples haha, it was hilarious and so fun. The few years before that were in England, and it just didn’t feel right any of those years because I’m used to the dry, crisp weather and SUPER colorful trees in Michigan from growing up. I’m sure it would’ve felt even stranger being in the southern hemisphere!

  3. Jen
    10th November 2017 / 12:56

    Yay! I am so so glad that you like everything I sent. I did go a little pumpkin crazy but I figured you would enjoy it. My husband laughed at me when I bought the candy corn but I knew it was a win. 🙂

  4. 10th November 2017 / 23:55

    Anyone who lays in a supply of candy corn for you is a great partner!

    Thanks for joining in 🙂

  5. 11th November 2017 / 01:06

    haha what a lovely haul! i love your love of candy corn. it really is the best isn’t it? i mean sugar – you can’t go wrong.and that polish is lovely. it’s ok you dont love halloween, especially if you weren’t raised to. i forgive you haha

    xoxo cheshire kat

  6. 11th November 2017 / 10:25

    What a fun swap! That nail color is so pretty 🙂

  7. 11th November 2017 / 11:44

    Lol, this is how my apartment looked for Halloween too. Just wasn’t feeling it this year. I’m ready for Christmas decor.

  8. 12th November 2017 / 13:30

    You two totally have to keep shopping for each other every fall/spring regardless of the swap. That’s kind of awesome you’ve been paired up the last three years though! You got some really cute items.


  9. Julia
    12th November 2017 / 20:02

    What awesome pumpkiny goodies! I particularly love the candy corn in pumpkin bowl. Save some for me…… And I loved the things you got for Jen too. Fun!

  10. 12th November 2017 / 21:58

    I really like candy corn, too bad they don’t have it around here! I think in a way it would be more disorienting to have seasons “swapped” rather than simply no seasons at all like we have around here. I quite like our sunny Christmas holiday but it’s true, when planning Christmas events and decor I have to studiously avoid snowflakes and snowmen and all that because it just seems silly. I do usually start drinking hot cider and hot chocolate during this season, though, regardless of the heat. Actually, with all the rain lately, it’s nice to have a warm drink!

  11. 13th November 2017 / 21:20

    I’m obsessed with all things pumpkin (just look on the blog and search “pumpkin” and see all the recipes come up!) but I can’t get into these candy corn, although I’m a huge fan of candy in general. I’m with you, by the time Halloween rolls around, I’d have eaten all the candy. Halloween seems to be getting bigger every year, I didn’t grow up with it either, but it’s growing on me! And if you think Halloween in summer is weird, wait til you try Christmas in summer. I’m sorry but nothing can prepare you for that weirdness!

  12. 16th November 2017 / 04:29

    I love that Essie color she chose!! You received such a great package – those dish towels are so cute 🙂

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

  13. 18th November 2017 / 19:47

    Oh my goodness! How funny that you’ve been paired with the same person 3 times!! That was actually something I thought about as I was pairing my half of this year’s participants. I don’t pair myself up with anyone I’ve already swapped with because I obviously already know that (and I’m assuming Kristin does the same), but we’ve never kept track of anyone else! You’re not the first post I’ve read that’s had the same partner either! Luckily, you’ve all been fine with it! 🙂
    Thanks for joining us again! What a great package! 🙂

  14. 26th November 2017 / 14:07

    LOL I died laughing at the first paragraph of this. It’s so true though. WHY HASN’T ANYONE THOUGHT ABOUT THAT? I know NOTHING about how that tradition got started, but it’s so peculiar. I don’t get into Halloween… it was fun as a kid, but I can’t do it as an adult. I’m amazed at the number of people who do though, lol. What a fun swap! I do love some fun cake sprinkles and cookie cutters… one of my goals this holiday season is to make use of my cookie cutters and decorate some cookies. 🙂

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