All quiet on the Dunlop front, no news of the gristly goings on up on the moor.
On a more lively note, the village pantomime is going strong. Idgy (my dancing sprite) has now learned five different dances and is scouring the house for anything that could be pressed into service as costumes. 'Do you have anything sparkly Mum?', get serious, do l look the sparkly type. She will have to make do with sequins and glitter and a d.i.y. (hers!!) job. It is great that so many of the village children are involved this year, it is all they talk about.
No l am wrong there, Halloween is high on the chatter list right now. I am in the joyous possition of having my little darling announce (for the first time) that she wants to go to her friends' house in the village and do their trick or treating there. I was beside myself with joy when l heard this. Every year another Mum and l have had to load a car full of over-excited children and drive them round all the neighbouring farms while they 'do their thing' and collect embarrassing piles of sweets and treats. I know l will sound like an old codger when l say 'it wasn't like that in my day', but l am afraid that l really am a bit of a misery on this one, l always feel such an idiot standing there with a gang of kids, knowing damn well that the farmer would really rather tell them all to push off than go raid their buscuit tin, only for the little darlings to hop back in the car and moan that 'he was a bit mean, only custard creams, don't they know it's halloween!'. So you see l am thrilled that for the first time she is old enough to be going round the village on foot with her friend and leaving her old witch at home.
Don't think l have got off that lightly tho, oh no, the village school has organised a Halloween Dance for adults and children on Saturday night. Luckily fancy dress is not required for us larger people, it is just the little ones who have to dress up. Can't wait……………