Sooooo just over a week ago we all ventured out to a very muddy, very slippery, very quaggy field to pick our very own Pumpkins instead of buying them from the supermarket. I knew we were in trouble as soon as I stepped out of the car and my feet simultaneously sank up to my ankles in mud and slithered in opposite directions ... not a good start ...and not a particularly easy job trying to persuade two ginger-footed Angels to clomp along beside us ..in the mud ..with a wheelbarrow... and a very excited Grandbaby to go pick Pumpkins!!! Hahahhaa ...We know how to have fun! ;) hehehe We persevered partly because once in the field it was going to take us just as long to get back to the car with or without our wheelbarrow of pumpkins ...and also because I really, reeeaally wanted some chunky Pumpkin stalks!
Look at those big fat juicy Pumpkins ...with some pretty nice stalks attached too ! ;)
We made it back to the car, without falling face first or even on our bottoms into the mud...the inside of the car is caked in mud despite the precarious balancing job of taking shoes off before we got in! But we were happy little pumpkin pickers so all was well, it's only mud after all ..hahaha
Sooooo the Pumpkin catastrophe???
Because the Pumpkins we picked were soooo huge we decided to keep then outside, where it was colder and would hopefully keep them fresher before we carved them ....last night I thought to bring them indoors to clean up and ready for carving .... now I admit I was carrying the Pumpkins by their big fat chunky stalks..but I'm sure I can't possibly have been to blame ...I'd barely carried two of the Pumpkins into the kitchen when we had Whallop-Bang-Splatter and I was left with a stalk in each had and two splattered Pumpkins all over my kitchen floor ....boooohooooo :( My misery didn't end there either, once I'd sloshed up the mess on my kitchen floor, I went to carefully ..using two hands this time!.. to pick up another Pumpkin and bring it inside, only to have my fingers sink into the soft wet, mushy, flesh, underneath the pumpkin ...yuuucckk!! Upon further investigation another Pumpkin had sunk in on itself and lost its fabulous stalk (which I rather gruesomely scooped out! hehehe) I think we have 4 'field' Pumpkins left, which have stayed outside ...nobody wants to pick them up ...hahaha I'm hoping they add an air of joie de vivre to our garden ..hahahaha ;0 ;)
But I have collected some good stalks !! hahaha
Fortunately Angel Esther and I had been out shopping to Hobbycraft last week and stocked up on some Paper Maiche Pumpkins and paint and glitter ...
Don't they look cute ...
Anyways, after a mad dash to the supermarket this morning I managed to nab 5 small to medium sized Pumpkins so that our Halloween disaster was averted and we were able to carve away and cover everybody, everything and everywhere in glitter and pumpkin seeds :)
I think they all look quite good together ...and being smaller Pumpkins it didn't take as long to scrape and scoop out the flesh ...and I should have enough pulp to make at least 3 or 4 pies so all is happy and peaceful again in our mad little Pumpkin life :) hehehe
It sounds like my day was pure mayhem but once I'd purchased the Pumpkins this morning I was able to relax and I sat down for an hour or so to watch a seriously scary, new spooky series on Netflix with Jacob, when he came home from his morning lectures at University ... "The Haunting of Hill House" on Netflix is perfect Halloween TV watching ... I've only seen the first couple of episodes but I love it ...I love to be spooked...hehehe and it definitely spooks me ...I can only watch it during the daytime, I'm too much of a scaredy-cat to watch it at night in the dark ...hehehe
When I wasn't squeezing my eyes shut tight or hiding behind a pillow I managed to stitch a little whilst being spooked and I finished a few more of my Autumn/Halloween projects ...
I even pretended to be super-mum and rustle up a couple of batches of my Chocolate-Pumpkin-Patch-Muffins ...
So that was my very Happy Halloween dance today ...fun, fun, fun!! :) :) I'm absolutely pooped now, so I suspect I'll be fast asleep in the land of nod well before witching hour strikes tonight! I might be getting old! hahahaha :)
Wendy x x x