Monday, 31 October 2011

Diary of a Pumpkin Carving

This year I decided I wanted to have a carved pumpkin for Halloween. Although I know it is not technically an Australian holiday, it is one I embrace because it is so much fun (and gives a witch a legitimate excuse to eat chocolate and watch Hocus Pocus!).

The first step is to pick your pumpkin. The supermarkets usually have them every year for Halloween so it shouldn't be too hard to buy one. I'm planning to take the seeds from my pumpkin and grow my own for next year!

The second step is to choose your design and apply to pumpkin. I chose a witch on a broomstick - I find the Jack-O-Lantern faces a little boring.

The third step is to begin the carving. It can be a hard process, a paring knife is a good knife to use but if you're really keen into it, there are proper Pumpkin Carving sets to be found online.

The fourth step is to clean off the pen/pencil stencil outline when the pumpkin carving is finished.

The fifth and most fun step is to stand back and admire your handiwork. Feel proud of your carving skill! If you think your skills leave a little to be desired, then enjoy the effort! I've put a ceramic pumpkin top on mine, it's from a totally cute pumpkin lolly jar.

The sixth step is to take the finished pumpkin into a dark room and see how your pumpkin will look at night. Mine looks fabulous doesn't it?

Round of applause for my stepdad who carved this marvelous pumpkin for me!

Sunday, 30 October 2011


Welcome to the Country Witch’s Cottage

 A place to relax, enjoy and partake in the reading of the ramblings of one solitary witch. I do think I will try and keep it interesting but I can’t promise anything…..

I am witch who follows no particular path, but I would say I am part green witch, part hearth witch, part kitchen witch, convinced if I actually knuckled down and gave it some effort a bit hedge witch but mostly I am just a witch albeit slightly eclectic and maybe a little bit bent.

My interest first peaked when I saw ‘The Craft’ at age 13 (yes, yes I know. Terribly clich├ęd but there it is.) I was one of the few lucky ones who had supportive parents. Most would flip their lids if their 13 year old announced ‘I wanna be a Witch’ however mine bought me my first spellbook and were quite encouraging.

I’m a mad herb lover (aren’t all witches??) so much so that I’ve finally discovered my need to properly study it and I like the thought of being a bonafide Herbalist with a diploma and everything. You may also discover that my interests are wide and varied and it may come across as though I have multiple personalities. It’s mostly the curse of being an Aries – a short attention span……….

I am also a lover of the written word. Books are my obsession and where most of my money goes. It’s a shocking habit but I tend to think that at least this one is educational…….right?

I love to garden and have recently set up an orchard at home; I’m also trying to go for the cottage garden look. I think I’m getting there…… just takes a little time. I also like to cook but I am a mood cook. If I’m in the mood I will bang out all sorts of yummy baked goods and even a great Sabbat feast or two.

I am an initiated Priestess in the Outer Circle of the Firefly Council of Elders. I am currently working toward being initiated into the Inner Circle by completing the Clergy Program. Its slow going, life seems to get in the way sometimes. It’s actually funny because a couple of years ago if you had of asked me if I could see myself being an initiated Priestess, teaching and working my way toward becoming Ordained I would have looked at you as though you had lost your mind. Funny how life turns out sometimes. Teaching is one thing I never thought I would do, I have a condition called ‘Lack of Patience’.

Hmmm so that is probably me in a nutshell. I tend to ramble (as is evident) and I do have a strange sense of humour which may be evident in this blog from time to time. I do try to regularly blog but unless I find something utterly fascinating I do tend to let blogs slide but who knows, with my new adventures into becoming ordained and starting a herbalism diploma I may have a boat load of fascinating topics to discuss.

We’ll just have to wait and see……