The Great Lanterns

Our beginner's luck in the garden has run out. I should have known better than to crow about the tomatoes and salad leaves so much!

Gareth had carefully nurtured three pumpkin plants from the seed packet with a view to carving his very own pumpkins this Halloween. They were truly thriving for awhile there but I think we started the process about 2.5 months too late so now we've run out of daylight hours for them to grow.

So here are the results of the pumpkin harvest with a matchstick for scale!


Maybe we'll draw some faces on 'em with markers and they can spook the sparrows.

I've never been one to apologise for not blogging because it sounds bloody ridiculous, like you're some sort of media baron with slobbering fans are hovering by the computer clicking reload all day long when in reality everyone has 100 other blogs to read not to mention jobs and lives and stuff. But my efforts this month have been shambolic and I just wanted to say it's not because I'm wildly busy and/or have nothing to say; I do, but I can't seem to get the words out in the right order. I've got three drafts on the go of equal rubbishness. I'll have another crack on the weekend.

Hope you all have a rockin' weekend!

32 thoughts on “The Great Lanterns

  1. I apologized. Once. For not blogging. But only because I apologize for everything. After all, it’s all my fault, right?

    Wish you were in NYC this weekend! Can’t you schedule an interview for Monday or something? πŸ™‚

    And yes, we say “Happy Halloween!” here. Not sure why, though. The Christmas ornaments are already up in the stores. ugh.

  2. I think you will start a mini jack o’ lantern trend. Martha Steward will feature “petite pumpkins” next year and explain how to carve them with an Xacto knife.

    That’s just the kind of media mogul you are. Congrats for getting ahead of the curve.

    Maybe you are using all your words on the podcasts?

  3. LOL they are adorable and beautifully photographed too πŸ™‚
    I’m getting comments on my blog from people who heard your podcast! How cool is the internet!!!

  4. Cutest Pumpkins EVER! Please post a photo if you do draw faces on them, that would totally make my day πŸ™‚

  5. Look, Shauna, we all owe you one all the time! You know blogging is like another dang job. I was sitting around with too much time on my hands the other day, and was thinking about stuff that I take for granted. Ready? The miracle of the mail system, (I put enough stamps on something, and it can see the world!) good music on the radio, the price of salt and matches, Google…For sure you are big on that kind of list, as you have the exhausting task of continuing to say something to us all 12 months out of the year. I do tend to clamor by your blog every day or so, just to see what is on your mind. And I do get curious when you don’t post, but I always assume it has something to do with, oh, I don’t know, LIVING YOUR LIFE! You are loved and appreciated for all your wonderful writing and sharing so much of yourself. Thank you!

  6. It’s okay, and I’m sure everyone totally understands. However, it was a happy suprise to find a new post. Yay! And your pumpkins made me smile. They are adorable. I am a relatively new follower and enjoy your posts immensely. Thanks for all your dedication to this site. πŸ™‚

  7. They’re so cute!
    Kind of match the size of the watermelon and pineapple I tried to grow a few years ago..

    You know you could always go buy a bigger pumpkin, and carve them both, and have the bigger one eating the smaller one, that way they still get to take part in the haloween festivities!

  8. Love your pumpkins – they’ll have me chuckling all day! I started reading your post and quickly glanced at the photo, thinking ‘Hey, they’re not THAT bad’… Until I read about the matchstick! I totally overlooked that at first and nearly split my sides laughing when I realised how small they really are. Thanks for the laugh!

  9. Supermarkets seem to sell baby vegetable for far more than ordinary sized one so in fact your bijou versions are probably very exclusive and expensive.

  10. they are absolutely darling – in their tiny little state!

    your podcasting does count (about ten times over for each one) for this month you know!

  11. I think these pumpkins save their energy for something else, if they haven’t spent it on growing… *insert spooky music here* If you hear a noise late at night or if you are SURE that one of them move while you just looked away, and wait, where did the match go? *spooky music becomes suspenseful* Hee hee hee! Oops, I mean of course: Mwahahaha! ;o)

    Please don’t apologize for not blogging :o) Yours is actually one of the very few blogs where I enjoy every post (unlike on some others where some posts are good and some are meh), so don’t feel guilty and only post what you want whenever you want. Also, just like Carolyn said, if someone doesn’t blog or write postcards home or doesn’t call, most of the time they are too busy having fun, so no news are good news.

  12. I love those tiny little pumpkins, they are ever so quite! Just to remind us all that sometimes big things starts out small. Next year your harvest might surprise you.
    Apologies all around. I have been following your blog faithfully since I read your entire archive. I come here often (more than I might admit) to see what you’ve been up to. But I hardly ever find the words to write a comment. I feels like ‘most everyone write such wonderful comments and that you are all one big family. I’m just the groupie hanging around. So mostly I’m just gushing and wanting to write, “Gosh, I just love your blog!!”
    Ok, I’m starting to sound so lame now. I just sign off saying that we don’t mind the suspense in between blogs all that much.

  13. Hee hee hee – those are the cutest wee pumpkins I’ve ever seen! I can’t stop laughing at the match for scale. Ohhh-ho-ho that is funny.


  14. If only you could carve them – they would look so sweet…

    I have been guilty of apologising for not blogging but I then I tend to apologise excessively (including once when I brushed past someone on the street and their cigarette burnt my arm!!!), my words aren’t coming out at the moment either so going to put life on hold today to read blogs and to put up my first proper post in a terrifyingly long time.

    Gemma x

  15. I just wanted to comment on lettuce leaves and snails from your fitness fantasy post before:

    If you have a problem with snails on your lettuce, simply put a can of beer in a bowl and set it out with your lettuce. This will attract and drown the snail population in your garden.

  16. Ooh I like that, “shambolic”.

    Yesterday I made your banana granola. Oh my goodness I love it. It’s perfect. So crunchy and delicious! I’m a big fan of the cinnamon so I think that next time I’ll be doubling/tripling it πŸ˜‰

  17. “like you’re some sort of media baron with slobbering fans are hovering by the computer clicking reload all day long”




  18. Oh Shauna, that is hilarious!! I was admiring your lovely crop and did not even notice the matchstick until I read the post. My husband and I got such a great laugh. I was just telling him tonight that my co-workers make fun of me for reading my blogs (not 100, only about 30) instead of watching TV. And when I was laughing so hard that I was releasing endorphins when I realized that matchstick was there, I told my husband that there is NO way there was anything on TV that was close to being as entertaining and funny as that post and the teeny carved pumpkins above.
    That was the highlight of my day. I just enjoy your blog whenever you do update and I am reading through your old posts since I read your book.
    Thanks so much for being you! You inspire a 54 year old mom of four to work on “lard busting 75 pounds!

  19. love it – i’m a london dwelling aussie and i cant even get my house plants to grow let alone pumpkins!!! well done, although now the daylight is gone it looks liek we’ll all have to get home to get some vitamin D!

  20. I was waiting for your posts!!!! But it’s OK, I forgive you, congrats on the mini pumpkins they turned out to be pretty cute jack o lanterns πŸ™‚

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