Monday, October 22, 2012

Getting [Halloween] Crafty with Mom


 Halloween is just not a huge deal in France.... comparatively speaking anyway.  The French like Halloween and there are a few places that you can find Halloween decor, but for the most part, at least in Normandy a true pumpkin is hard to find and don't even dream of visiting a pumpkin farm here.  (The glorious pumpkin patches of the PNW are a thing of the past for us!) There has been a little parade which is cute in Trouville but in no way similar to the events and festivities in the US.

Yes, I tried to grow pumpkins in my little potager and a cher-amie even sent organic seeds from home-- and to be honest mes amis-- BIG fail.  I am a terrible pumpkin farmer apparently.  Four times I got as far as cute gum-ball sized baby pumpkins and no matter what I did' left it alone or carefully pollinated it with a male bloom... nothing.  The poor little thing just turned yellow and rotted....so I finally gave in and bought one single very expensive small pumpkin at the local garden center--which I am sure was the only place within a 500 mile radius to have them.  

So with Mom here, we had to get little crafty and make decorations and she brought the supplies! And next week we will be the most popular family on our street because we will be the only ones throwing a little party!

French Guy looks at us strangely for indulging in such frivolity and I can't say that my in-laws were completely charmed by it when the came for Sunday lunch yesterday.... but we had fun, the children like it--and so does the 'Great Pumpkin'.... when he comes ..... if he can find us... with his GPS--here in France.

Happy Halloween {decorating} mes amis!

À bientôt!


5 comments:

  1. Love your Made in France Halloween decor (the Toile de Jouy is a nice touch!) -- I am glad there are a few places that still celebrate it in your neck of the woods. I hear that most of France gave up after just a few years... Happy Halloween to you, and fear not, the Great Pumpkin will find you: He knows you live in the place where crepes and the world's best hard cider are made! :-) Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

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  2. As far as we have found---no one does the door-to-door 'Trick or Treat' here which is disappointing, but even in the US I think it is decreasing in favor of small town parades and down-town merchant treating.

    Merci Veronique! Stay warm and dry there! We had sun and 70's today---in Normandie! Très bizarre! : )

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  3. hi! i'm your newest follower! i think i found you through kimberly taylor? i also joined the creatively home made course. we just moved our family of 6 to paris from boston! will you take me brocante shopping :) i need to decorate my flat!! looking forward to following alone both your blogs!

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  4. Bonjour Pam! Thanks so much for leaving a note! I have not been able to jump into the CMH course yet--my parents just left us after a two week visit (Back to Boston!
    ; ) and I am in complete catch-up mode now! Cheers on your move to Paris---it's such an exciting city! I would love to take you shopping anytime! Although the season has come to a screeching halt in Normandy! I think you can still catch a few brocantes in the city however until the end of November at least. Stay in touch! Lovely to meet a fellow American ex-pat! Hopping over to say hello on your blog as well!

    À bientôt!

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  5. Love the toile pumpkin...only in France!!!

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