When I was three years old, I stayed with my maternal grandmother while my parents holidayed in Europe. I remember crying every morning because I missed my parents and I think my grandmother was at a loss at finding ways to entertain me. I remember her taking me to a movie about a Tarzan like man who could shape shift into a crocodile (probably not the most age appropriate film) and buying boiled chickpeas from street vendors (I still like eating plain boiled chickpeas). The memory that stands out is a blue horse lantern my grandmother bought me for the Moon Festival. It was made from wire that was shaped into a horse, with blue cellophane stretched onto the frame. I was really excited about the lantern and looked forward to taking it outside in the evening so I could light the candle inside the lantern. Because of the breeze, the lantern caught on fire and half of it was burnt! I remember being really upset that the blue horse was burnt, and I only played with it for a few hours.
To celebrate the Moon Festival, I hand stitched this moon cake from felt from Joie Staff's My Favorite Sweets book. I think I over stuffed it as I get a bit zealous with polyester fibre! Now I can think about eating moon cakes all year round (and lament the loss of the blue horse lantern)!