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31 October 2006 at 08:20

hallo E.N.T.

Tenuous title, I know.

While growing up I didn't often see the humorous side of my father, mainly because of the hostilities between us. But towards the end of his life we called a ceasefire, and I visited him at his wee island cottage.

Every evening he went out to the pub, while I would stay at his place until he returned after closing time. On Halloween, he disappeared to the pub as usual. Late that night, I was sitting watching TV when the electricity suddenly went off, the door opened slowly, and a turnip lantern appeared in the doorway, going "woooo" and swaying unsteadily in mid-air.

In some countries I believe it would have been a hollowed-out pumpkin, but in Scotland the tradition is to use a turnip instead. Cheaper too. You put a candle inside, and the light shines out through the eyes and mouth.

I enjoyed my father's little joke, and next day I insisted we take some photos.

My father didn't live long enough to see all the 3-letter qualifications after my name. Rob McJ, H.N.T., O.C.D., N.P.D. and R.D.D.

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Blogger JR's Thumbprints said...

I'll have to switch to turnips if they're cheaper. There's always next year.  


Blogger hotboy said...

Adolf! Heil! The top photie is a beaut! How did you get his head to go like like? Was it in the pickle barrel for a while? Did you chop it off when he was alive, or did you wait till he passed away? In any case, he still bears a striking resemblance to how you look now. It's uncanny! I hope this helps! Hotboy  


Blogger Lil Bit said...

Great pix, Mr. Taoist. ;)
Guess who's back... & throwing a Masquerade Party... and you're invited! =)

Happy Halloween!  


Anonymous alastair said...

Happy Halloween from the land of the tumshie  


Blogger Lee Ann said...

I have some of those same letters after my name Rob!


Blogger keda said...

i do love that picture!

though i'm having slighyly spooky deja vu ;)  


Blogger ion said...

Have any idea how laborious and dangerous it is to hollow out a neep? Pumpkins are born hollow, making the task so much easier. I bet Hallowe'en neeps put as many people in hospital as Bonfire Night.  


Blogger Suze said...

Great post and the images are wonderful. We also use turnips, they smell awful when you burn the candle inside them.

Happy HNT sweetie ;)  


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