Sanna's Bag

“I never seem to have what I need when I need it. I’m going to make a belt-bag that’s bigger on the inside than on the outside, and just carry everything with me.”

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Hunting the wily pumpkins

It was a one in a million day for the valley - late October with sunshine, and we had pumpkins to hunt down, so we packed our wallets and headed out to the country, to a quiet farming community where nothing big ever happens. The place is called, - if you can believe it- Boring. We passed the Boring Farmer's Market, which is held at the Boring Grange, took a right at the Boring Highschool, and foud our way to Liepold's Farm.

The giant conocopia only hints at the glories ahead.

This, is a hay bale. When I was a kid, hay bales were about three feet long and 2 feet by 2 feet wide and deep, and a strong 8th grade boy could throw one up onto the hay truck. No one in the world could lift one of these. It's about four feet tall and about four feet in diameter and could feed a single cow for a month.

And they have some giant pumpkins. That's me, behind this four hundred pound beauty! Does this pumpkin make me look fat?

Pumpkins to the right of us - This big one is about 350 pounds - at 27 cents a pound that works out to - a heckuva lot more than I had budgeted for jack-o-lanterns!

Pumpkins to the left of us!

Pumpkins already on their way to scarey faces with other families.

We chose these three. Aren't they a nice range of gordian beauties? Ben and Pepper, however, didn't trust these alien invaders. They spent about two hours peeking around corners distrustfully, assessing the situation and waiting for these new beings to make a move.

Still not moving, but still not trustworthy. I'm still thinking about patterns, so the pumpkins will live in the window for a day or two. Once they're cut, they go outside where it's cooler so they don't decompose before the big night - which is predicted to be cold and rainy. We'll put out three jack-o-lanterns. The neighbors have illuminated ghosts hanging from the tree and gravestones in the yard and bats with led eyes flying above the door . . . A few blocks away, the Davis family has set up a graveyard with about twenty different headstones, a couple of assorted macabre ghouls, a crypt with a dozen hooded and ominous beings surrounding it, and an antique glass-sided herse in the driveway. The street will be closed and the local high-school dance team will be performing "Thriller" on Halloween. On the way out to the farm, we passed a home that had inflatable ghosts, inflatable giant spiders, an five-foot inflatable globe filled with wildly flying bats, and about 4 inflatable pumpkins that are bigger than most trick-or-treaters. We are such pikers when it comes to holiday decorating! What are you doing for the 31st?


  • At 6:10 PM , Blogger Amy Lane said...

    The little kids painted punkins today, the big kids eviscerated one, and the lil kids are going trick'r'treating. We're decorating tomorrow or the next day:-) What a lovely day you had--I love the color of a fall sky:-)

  • At 6:25 PM , Blogger Alwen said...

    We'll be leaving our lighted jack o'lantern in the window and taking the child trick or treating from door to door in town.

    At a quarter mile to a mile between houses, it's too far to walk from house to house right where we live.

  • At 7:20 PM , Blogger Galad said...

    Sadly, we don't really do anything. No kids to take and our neighborhood doesn't have any trick or treaters. The last two years I've left the light on and didn't get anyone.

    I hope the rest of you take some pictures so I can enjoy them with you.

  • At 8:17 PM , Blogger Pat K said...

    Undecided so far as to whether I'm doing the holiday thing or not. BTW, I was counting on you to identify the bird for me and of course you came through. Thanks!

  • At 2:44 PM , Blogger Kate said...

    OOOOOOOH : (

    I miss the US so much at this time of year. We don't do Halloween over here at all. Even if we did, with the drought so bad we'd end up having jack o'lanterns banned as it's a total fire ban and some idiot would be sure to set a paddock alight with candle. I remember carving pumpkins as the best fun. Our pumpkin skins are too hard down here; you need a tomahawk to get through the skin of a Queensland Blue.

    I miss the graveyards, the spooky lighting in people's houses and the trick-or-treaters. We asked one for a trick and he looked non-plussed. In the end he assertively thrust his bucket at us a few times sternly demanding treats, omitting the 'trick' part of the threat. We giggled for an hour after that kid.

    Please give a kid some candy from me : )

  • At 3:06 PM , Blogger the boogeyman's wife said...

    what a great display! halloween sounds like fun in your neck of the woods. we're going to stay home and watch hold that ghost (abbott & costello), which is a family tradition from my side. it's fun to hear about decorated yards - nobody does that up here because the 7+ inches of snow would get in the way.

  • At 10:46 AM , Blogger Lucia said...

    Grant and Miss B picked our pumpkins out over the weekend. It is such a lovely autumnal thing to do.

  • At 9:31 PM , Blogger Willow said...

    Answer to your question: Nothing.

    I have the day off! I think I'll sleep in, ignore the noise coming across the miles from the elementary schools where children will be hyper and wired. I'll sit on my porch and eat pumpkin pie.

  • At 10:56 AM , Blogger Nancy @ the Jersey Shore said...

    What a great Autumn display! Sadly, we never got around to getting a punkin'. Time got away. I'm working but hopefully some costumed kids will make their way to my house Friday evening.


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