Wednesday 4 November 2009

Hooligans At Halloween

I was going to show you a photo of my son's elongated pumpkin which he managed to carve into something resembling Shrek (complete with ears) but unfortunately I didn't take a photo on Halloween. I had left it in the conservatory and intended to take a photo today, but when I lifted it up it had started to decay, and collapsed. So instead, here is a photo of my daughter's tiny Hooligan pumpkins which she instisted be carved for Halloween. They're only about three to four inch in diameter so you can imagine it was a tricky job. I think they are rather cute.

All my good intentions of having the allotment dug over before winter are dropping by the wayside. Time is ticking on and I'm getting nowhere. Family life has taken over and there's always something more important to do. Digging over the allotment seems to be way down on my list of priorities. I've got the next few weekends off work so I'll have to make more of an effort to put in some hard work.


  1. You and me both, apparently. Let's compare notes on progress; bet I've still done bugger-all this time next week...

  2. All things come to those who wait...
    In my case usually weeds!
    I need to get digging too but it keeps raining, maybe this weekend?

  3. At least you have your priorities right, family are more important and the allotment can wait a bit longer.

  4. I am still trying to find time myself, hence my blog silence!

  5. I think a lot of us are in the same boat Jo - with the early dark evenings its difficult finding time for gardens and allotments. I'm always playing catch up with work commitments too.

    Jeanne x

  6. Why do I suddenly feel so guilty that my plot is all dug over??? Oh well...I was in the same boat as everybody last year so the guilt will stop now and I will just smile to myself!!!...Sorry!!

    The hooligans look great...and I never got my pumpkins carved so you have that over me!!

  7. Oh aren't they sweet :) When I saw the title of your post I was worried that you might have had some problems at the plot at Halloween. I am quite lucky timewise as there's only myself and himself to cater for but the almost incessant rain has kept me away from the allotment this week. Still have some beds to prepare for winter but it will keep.

  8. You have to love the hooligans. As for the plot, don't worry it will wait, and the children really do grow faster than weeds.

  9. You have an award on my blog...I hope you come and accept it!!

  10. Lovely carving. The pumpkins do decay fast once carved - that's where the turnip lanterns of our youth had the edge.
    Busy family life is the story of autumn all round. Thankfully it's turned a bit colder now, so perhaps the weeds will stop growing while we're busy elsewhere.

  11. Thanks for visiting my blog, Soilman. I've made a start on the digging, but there's still plenty more to do.

    I know all about those weeds, Allot of veg. The weather has held up this weekend, so I've managed to get some digging done.

    That's what I think too, Maureen. It's all about striking that happy balance. Unfortunately the scales always tip towards the kids at the expense of the allotment. Still, it will get done eventually.

    There always seems to be something else more important to do, Steph. I haven't quite worked out how to extend the hours in a day yet.

    The dark evenings certainly don't help, Jeanne. It's totally different to summer now when I could go do some digging on an evening.

    Don't apologise, Tanya. You should feel smug. It must be a great feeling to be all done ready for the winter. I don't think I'll ever get that feeling. Thank you so much for the award. I really appreciate it and I'm pleased that you enjoy my blog.

    I love the name of these tiny pumpkins, Anna. I thought that 'Hooligans at Halloween' might conjure up something more sinister.

    Aren't they just, Simon? They're certainly little girl sized.

    That's true, Kat. I have to remember that the allotment will still be here long after the kids have flown the nest.

    Thank you for visiting, Linda. Yes, I remember carving turnips when I was a child too. You don't tend to see them these days, it's always pumpkins.


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