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We always seem to get asked the same questions about living somewhat off grid in a motor home, to which the answers seem to spark a dozen more questions! So (to give our voices a rest!) here's the answers to our most frequently asked questions...

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Seasonal Decorations


Halloween Apple Lanterns

They fit nicely on small ledges or positioned as the quarter candles on your magic circle. They fit nicely on small ledges or positioned as the quarter candles on your magic circle. I'm sure by now you're starting to realise I like to be different! So one year I thought what else could I use to make a lantern, that's available at this time of year, instead of the done over pumpkin? Apples! They're great for small spaces, cast an eerie green glow and a sweet aroma too (provided your candle isn't burning the edge!). They're a little more fiddly but I'm sure they must have been used in similar ways by early British and European witches long before the pumpkin was introduced here so it feels a little more traditional for me.

Step 1. Choose your apples. Cooking apples are best to work with due to their larger size as you need to be able to put a tea-light candle inside, pick ones that sit nice and stable on a flat surface.

Step 2. Remove the tops. Using a slender sharp knife, carefully insert it at an angle towards the centre until you feel it cut through the stalk and core. Ease the blade in and don't force it, else you end up with a knife through your palm or leg and that would definitely spoil the evening! :) Make several similar cuts around the top and on your final cut turn the knife, keeping the blade down in the centre of the apple, around the circumference joining the cuts to finally remove a cone of flesh from the apple complete with top and stalk. 

Discard this top part, it would be too close to the candle flame. I don't recommend coring the apples, although it would make scooping it out easier it would leak juice from the bottom and leave a sticky mess on your shelves!

Neaten up the hole with the knife and make sure it's large enough to fit the candle through.

Step 3. Using a thin edged spoon, excavate the flesh until the walls are just around 5mm thick. Be careful not to poke through the skin. The apple flesh browns very quickly so if you're planning on using it, and we do hate waste, pop it straight into a bowl with water and lemon juice. See our Autumn recipes page for some great appley treats!

Step 4. Carve your design. Of course you can carve anything you like into them but the idea behind carving grotesque or scary features on lanterns was to scare away any unwelcome spirits on Samhain - it also means you don't have to be an artist! Draw the features on first with a dry wipe marker pen if you have one, and make your first cuts chunky just in case you slip through. You can always make adjustments.


Pop your candle inside and light with a long lighter or taper and enjoy your unusual lanterns! Happy Halloween! :)

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My name is Sarah and in 2011 my husband Ryan and I decided to buy and re-fit an old motor home - we named it Waki and now live in it full time in the UK!

We live neither on or off-grid, rather somewhere in between, and are not the first and I dare say not the last to choose this way of life... read more>> 

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