October 25, 2009


Sallie (FullTime-Life)

I was so late answering the last few comments that I sent e-mails to the writers. We learned something (that maybe we should have already known) about Halloween and pumpkins in other countries -- Scotland and New Zealand.

I told Pytashaw that I couldn't even imagine carving a turnip because the ones we see are so small. Here is her reply, which I am pasting in because it is so great to know:

"Thanks for your reply.
We always looked for the biggest turnips, or more properly "swedes"....some as big as pumpkins. We would rake around in the pile stored in the shed for winter cattle feed."

I love learning these things.


When I was young (some time ago now!) we only used turnips to make lanterns but for a few years now pumpkins have appeared in the supermarkets at Hallow'een. I think they are easier to dig out the inside.
I would love to see a pumpkin field--none here in Scotland.


I miss the big jack-o-lantern sort of pumpkins here in NZ. Halloween hasn't quite caught on like the US.


Thanks for the tour! I love this time of year.

I'm new to your blog. Nice to meet you! :)


Thanks y'all. Today it is gray and raining -- we can't tell the lake from the sky. Good thing we all went to the pumpkin patch before the weather turned. (You wouldn't enjoy it this week at all.)

Stella, we've spent a few Winters in Texas (on the Gulf Coast) but now it'll be Florida.

Margot  at Joyfully Retired

I'm with you. I love to look at the local markets and eat local whenever possible. I also like that there are still families who take the time to plant and cultivate those plants. I know it's a lot of work for them but the food seems to taste so much better from these places. And, in this case, someone worked to add beauty to the stand. Thanks Sallie for taking us along on the trip through the pumpkin patch.


Glad you you got to go pumpkin looking. So much fun and thrifty too. Where do you winter? We used to head for Texas about this time of year. Have a great week.

Chatty Crone

It looks like Heaven there. Love the real pumpkin patch. Again your pictures are awesome. The flowers beautiful!

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