Friday, October 19, 2012


...the heady fermentation of apple cider wafting through the air... the sound of brittle leaves crinkling across the ground...the vision of red, orange, and yellow decorating spots of brown...the smooth roundness of a pumpkin....the intoxicatingly cozy briskness of autumn...



  1. OMG! OMG! OMG! I love these photos! They are so wonderful! We don't get to see these kinds of photos here in Australia as our Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkins are harvested in March/April and kept in deep freeze until now - Halloween - for us to carve! :D

    I love this! Honestly I do! :D

    So far I've bought only one... next Monday I'm going to buy another one from the market as they're $3.99 per kg.... very expensive here; but fun to carve.

    1. Thanks for sharing this, Mozette. I'm still trying to wrap my mind around harvesting pumpkins in March/April and deep-freezing them. I mean, I know the seasons are opposite from ours in Australia, but I can't imagine details like this.

      It might be even harder for me to visualize the pumpkin freezing because our family had a pumpkin patch for years. My stepfather planted the seeds in May/June and then we opened a Pick-Your-Own much like the pictures you see here. We also had hay rides, cornstalks, gourds, baked goods for sale, pumpkin and face painting, etc.. So for me, all the fall harvest activities and pumpkins are synonomous with autumn. I can't imagine it differently.

      btw - I love it when you point out the differences in our cultures. All the little details...fascinating! :)

    2. I love how you guys have the full Halloween experience; whereas we're coming into Summer here and - most times - sweat it out! I do love to carve my pumpkins and have found that the dopier and dumber they look, the scarier they appear to be when you light them :D

      Last week, when I was picking my first pumpkin at Coles, I had people coming up to me asking if I'd eat the whole pumpkin... looking at me totally surprised. I asked what they meant. One lady said, "Well, you can't possibly eat all of that on your own can you? There's so much flesh in one of those things." I smiled and told her they were especially grown and had not flesh inside, just a thin shell and pulp; and they were used for carving. She sniffed, "What a waste of money." then we had to stop her grandson from smashing one on the floor! She wasn't quick enough to grab it off him, but I was. Phew! Lucky or she would have had to pay around $25 for the size he had picked out.