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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Holiday meals - Sepia Saturday

Despite having attending hundreds of conferences and training courses, I have no photos of delegates with name tags helping themselves to enormous plate-fulls that will put them to sleep in afternoon sessions.


The only photo that I could find on the flash drive I've carried with me to the States was from a festive meal sometime in the 1980s, I don't know the actual date.

Christmas Party, South Wales
Annie Scotney, my mother, is the lady on the left of the front row. Its the last photo that I have of her before she died well into her eighties.

Looking at the bottles of sauce on the table I can only wonder what they had to eat.

It has been an interesting experience to be in the USA at Halloween and to see pumpkins outside properties.


It was a bit of a shock therefore to also see the first scattering of snow at Halloween.

Halloween snow 'fall'
However that set us up for a festive meal, inside, in the warm.

Halloween spread
Food for four that would have fed twelve from a local Middle East restaurant and not a name tag in sight.

To see how other Sepians have fared just follow the links at Sepia-Saturday-252.



15 comments:

Deb Gould said...

Glad to know you're in the States, Bob; sorry about the snow (we're due to get it up here tonight/tomorrow). Seems a little early -- where ARE you, anyway?

Wendy said...

I hope the 4 of you didn't need a name tag! This has been a chilly halloween in Virginia too but no snow here. However, surprisingly there is snow in both of the Carolinas! Go figure.

Jo Featherston said...

I read that London had its warmest Halloween on record. I agree, seeing all those orange pumpkins in the States is amazing. Haven't been there for Halloween but we were there a couple of weeks prior, many years ago.

Jo said...

We had snow here in Kitchener, ON last night but it didn't last long. Just the roofs got covered. I had to look up the plural of roof there, apparently it is OK to have roofs or rooves.

Alan Burnett said...

Interesting old photo, Bob. As for your American snow - you should be back in Yorkshire : temperatures into the 20s and bright blue skies.

Sharon said...

We were lucky enough to experience Halloween in Canada in 2001. The kids got to go trick or treating. It was a wonderful experience!

Have a great time!

La Nightingail said...

Although we generally get a little snow here (3100 ft. elev.), we didn't have any on Halloween, just considerable rainfall. I felt sorry for the poor trick-or-treaters. We usually get around 300 of the tricksters, but only had about half that number ring our doorbell this year. Even as we realized the shortage for certain & began giving out handfuls of candy instead of the original 2 pieces planned, we still wound up with a giant bag of mini Milky Ways, Snickers, Three Musketeers, and Twix bars. Guess they'll go in the freezer till Christmas!

Cassmob (Pauleen) said...

Seems like you are having fun in the States ...seeing all the Halloween decorations is quite something. Glad you didn't need to resort to raiding the pumpkins because you needed food....name tags would have been a disadvantage. Lovely happy photo of your Mum...something to treasure.

B. Rogers, Living in Black Mountain said...

Decorations for Halloween are a precursor of a homeowner's bash of Christmas decor...lights etc. Yes we had a whole day of snow here in Black Mountain, NC...and cold winds the next day with sunshine. Your food looks lovely, and I hope you enjoy your visit, Bob.

Mike Brubaker said...

Food for thought, Bob. As for pumpkins you should look up "punkin chunkin" on YouTube for engineering fun with vegetables. And here in the North Carolina mountains we had 3 inches of snow on Saturday morning.

Alex Daw said...

Just look at those gorgeous trees in the first photo. Pumpkin colours galore !

Kristin said...

You must be in Michigan! We often had snow around Halloween. I miss the great Middle Eastern food we could get in the Detroit area.

Lorraine Phelan said...

Annie has a very sweet face, Bob.
It's good that someone thought to get the camera out.

Kerryn Taylor said...

great photos Bob, Halloween celebrations are only just beginning to catch on here in Australia mainly with school age children.

Little Nell said...

That’s Mason’s OK Fruit Sauce on the table, it went with all sorts of foods, both sweet and savoury, and was a favourite with the royal family so the ladies were in good company.