Little Loves #6 – Rescued

Rescued Pumpkin Soup Post


It’s been a funny old week or two, which I would love to be rescued from. My back has been so poorly that I’ve hardly been out, and I’m going slightly stir crazy! It doesn’t make for great blogging when you can’t get out and do much either! Let’s see what I’ve managed…


Ready, Set, Relax book
Ready, Set, Relax book

A lovely HLTA at our school has given me a book to help Hugo with relaxation, as he’s had trouble sleeping. He also wakes up and then can’t get back to sleep again. So I’ve been reading this book which gives a lot of background into relaxation, self-esteem, and other issues. Hugo hasn’t taken the relaxation side very seriously, but I’m hoping he is at least taking some of it on board to use at a later date.


I’ve been watching  a series on BBC2 called ‘The Victorian Slum’. I was never interested in history at school, but now it absolutely fascinates me. I think it’s because it is brought to life in a much more interesting way these days than when I was in school. My kids love ‘Horrible Histories’ (and so does my Husband!).

Hugo was also fascinated by this programme where families have gone ‘back in time’ to live in the Victorian slums. We’ve enjoyed watching a few episodes together, and I’m so pleased he is taking an active interest.


Toby wanted to ‘introduce’ (!) me to the song ‘Half a World away’ – he put it on YouTube for me and sang along. I was absolutely blown away- he is such a good little singer. I really wish he would sing more often. Proper singing, not shouting or making up rude words to songs!


I had a great blog post ready, all about pumpkins – carving, preserving and what to do with the left-over bits. Unfortunately our brilliant vlog went awry as for some reason my phone seemed to video in a kind of stop-motion jerky way. So, the whole post was scrapped!

Carving pumpkins for Halloween
Carving pumpkins for Halloween

But I did make some delicious pumpkin soup in the slow cooker. I just threw in all of the pumpkin with some vegetable stock, some cinnamon and nutmeg, and an onion with cloves stuck in it (which was later removed).

Pumpkin soup in the slow cooker
Pumpkin in the slow cooker
Pumpkin soup

I also roasted the pumpkin seeds, drizzled with a little olive oil and salt.

Pumpkin seeds redy for roasting
Pumpkin seeds ready for roasting

Plus, I shared the pictures of the pumpkins on Instagram. So the post has been part rescued!


We went to a Halloween party and the whole family wore costumes and scary make-up. Toby insisted on having a zombie zip face, but unfortunately didn’t want to sit still long enough for me to do it properly!

Intent on being rescued from the Zombie family, Hugo wanted to be a Dementor from Harry Potter. He ended up removing the mask with all of the draped ‘rags’ I had attached to it very quickly though, so he could run around with his friends!

Zombie Family Makes at a Halloween party
Zombie Family Makes at a Halloween party
Zombie Boy Toby with zipper face paint
Zombie Boy Toby with zipper face paint
Hugo rejected the Zombie family in favour of Harry Potter's Dementor
Hugo rejected the Zombie family in favour of Harry Potter’s Dementor


Something else to love is that my new car arrived last week, but unfortunately I’ve been so poorly I haven’t even been out in it yet! I finally got out and about today, but my kind Hubby had rescued me by leaving me the automatic as it was easier to drive! So I’ll let you know what I think of the Nissan Pulsar when I finally get to drive it!

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22 Replies to “Little Loves #6 – Rescued”

  1. Looks like you had a busy week – sorry to hear about your video…it happens to all of us! All of you looked great for Halloween!!!
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  2. Sorry to hear you’ve been struggling this week. I do like the look of that TV show and my girl’s reading a book set in Victorian times at the moment, so we’ll take a look. Loving the costumes, that zip face looks brilliant! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x
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    1. Thank you Jocelyn, we’ve really enjoyed the programme – hope you do too.

  3. Lovely blog! Soup looks yummy Hope your back eases up soon x x

    1. Thank you Sue xx (I do too, lol!)

  4. Wow those Halloween costumes. You really get in the spirit. Your pumpkin soup looks delicious. Thank you for joining in this week’s #littleloves

    1. Thanks Kerri-Ann. Any excuse to dres up!

  5. Caught some of the Victorian Slums program last week, so I’m going to catch up with it on I player. Of course, Planet Earth 2 started on Sunday, so we’ll have a couple of good documentaries on the go 🙂 #KCACOLS
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    1. There’s some great stuff on TV at the moment!

  6. Your pumpkin soup sounds really tasty, and I’m so impressed that you made use of all the seeds too! x #KCACOLS
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  7. omg the ‘zombie boys zip face’ face paint is the best I’ve seen, its amazing!



    1. Thank you so much!

  8. I just love the format of this post. Breaks things down easily and reader-friendly too. AND I loved your pumpkin soup recipe. The onion-cloves idea is brilliant. I must try it!!

    I hope you feel better soon. Hugs.

    1. Thank you so much – that really means a lot!

  9. Oh no hope you are feeling better? I have made so much pumpkin soup it’s coming out of our ears! Rubbish the video broke… Thanks for linking up to #familyfun
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    1. Haha you can never get enough pumpkin soup Karen!

  10. Oh yay to a new car, but sorry to hear you are poorly, hope you feel better. Those costumes are absolutely amazing! I really have to try pumpkin soup – I have seen it everywhere lately. Thank you for sharing with us at #FamilyFun xx

    1. Thank you! Have you never tried pumpkin soup? It’s lovely!

  11. What a shame about your video! but your costumes look amazing though. I hope you are feeling better now xx
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday
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    1. Thank you Tracey xx

  12. Love your Halloween costumes! Sounds like you had a busy week considering, hope you’re on the mend soon #KCACOLS
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    1. Thanks Kerry, never a dull moment round here!

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