Carving a heart for World Vision

This week, we carved pumpkins at the pumpkin week event at Hatton Country World – we will be blogging about that later.

However this post is about carving a heart in a pumpkin, as a lantern of hope.

World Vision has, this Halloween, launched a campaign in support of the children of Syria.


They are asking you to carve your pumpkin slightly differently, and to carve a heart into it as a lantern of hope – to turn a night of fear into a night of hope.NIGHT OF HOPE

When you have finished your carving, they want you to share your pictures and donate £5 to the charity by sending a simple text  – Heart8 to 70060.

When I read about this campaign it really touched me and I thought that it would be a great way to support these Syrian children whose childhoods have been stolen from them by the terrible atrocities of war.

The money they hope to raise with this campaign, is to be used to pay for schools and educational equipment. Things that our children take for granted, but things that could make a world of difference to the Syrian people.

I had never carved a pumpkin before and was not sure how hard or easy it would be.

As it turned out it was not that difficult to make some kind of attempt at it!

On one side of the pumpkin I carved the usual scary monster face and on the other I carved our heart.

If you haven’t yet got tired of your pumpkins, it would be great if you could also get behind this campaign.

Here is our pumpkin heart!


Now I know it’s not brilliant, but it is the first time I have ever carved a pumpkin! And I have to say the photo I captured with the lights out and the candle lit are pretty impressive (to me anyway!!)

If you, like me are a novice at this, then click below to check out World Vision’s guide to carving the perfect pumpkin.

They also have some fab recipe ideas.  I mean what do you do with your pumpkin once it is carved?? Especially as we have somehow amassed 5 now in our house!!!

I am particularly interested in this one – mainly because it is cake and looks yummy!!
pumpkin recipe

Now go on, get carving and texting (Heart8 to 70060) to donate £5 to World Vision’s Night of Hope campaign.
Be part of something great!

Rachel’s First Story

One day, Zach, Mae, Rachel and Jack went to the beach because it was sunny.
They played beach ball, built a sandcastle and swimmed.(swum!)
The ball went into the sea. Rachel could not reach it, or (nor) could Mae or Jack. No one could, but a fisherman caught it and he gave it back.
Then they went back home for dinner and then they went to bed.
The end.

By Rachel age 6 1/2.

Not a bad start I reckon!

Storywriting for children

Last week, Rachel’s teacher pulled me to one side and told me that she had been very upset the day before.
They had been doing extended writing – making up stories – and she had become a little hysterical as she couldn’t think of anything to write.
As all mums do, I immediately panicked. Is this my fault? Am I not spending enough time with her? Do I mot encourage her enough to use her imagination?
But this isn’t about me, it’s about her and it’s a cry for help.
So I asked for advice. Of course Auntie Sarah, being a writer, gave some great advice, as did some other mums, teachers, writer friends and many others and so I set about tackling story-writing for children.
First of all, when you are lacking ideas or confidence it is easier to think of the story in little sections.
Continue reading


Fluffy Pompoms made with a Burger Slice!

We made some pompoms using a burger slice!

1.Firstly get a 20 cm length of wool.
Lay it on the burger slice long ways.

2.Get a different coloured ball of wall and start wrapping it around the burger slice and length of wool.

3.Wrap it round and round until you have a nice chunky ball of wool around the burger slice.

4.Take the length of wool and tie it as tightly as you can around the ball.

5.Turn the burger slice over and cut the wool down the middle.

6.Tie another piece of wool or string around the middle.

7.Then shake it out and you should end up with a really floppy, fluffy pom pom!


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