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Tada! Thanks for indulging me in another Inktober, y’all.

This was the toughest pumpkin I ever cut, I swear. I had to bear down so hard, I was afraid I’d slip and gut myself.

Failure was not an option. This was a £3 pumpkin, a thing which made Onkle B turn pale and shiver. Look at that awesome stem, tho!


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: October 31, 2020, 6:33 pm


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: October 31, 2020, 9:01 pm

Oh, wait – you can’t see the stem! It’s about five inches long and twisty.

Comment from OldFert
Time: October 31, 2020, 10:44 pm

Three pound pumpkin? It doesn’t *look* that heavy.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 1, 2020, 12:02 am

Square hole? You cut a square hole?


And do you have a lee-sahnse for zat Ka-nife?

And did you salt and oven bake the pumpkin seeds for eating?

And are you gonna make Pumpkin Pie!?!!!!!
Tell Uncle B you’re gonna make a pie, or two, or three, that’ll make up for the 3 #’s ya spent (heh, hastag my hieny, THAT’s a pound sign! Hashtag, damn kids renamin shit all over the place.
Used to piss David Flood Page; that’s Flood SPACE Page, no bloody hyphen! every time we called that a pound sign.
Evil American Grin)

Ya done good on the carving by the way.
And thanks for artwork!

Comment from Armybrat
Time: November 1, 2020, 1:14 am

I don’t remember Halloween being a thing in Europe when I was growing up. Oh, it was on the US military bases. Those of us who “lived on the economy”- off base- had to drive into base for trick or treat. When I was young and lived far enough off base that I went to a boarding school, we Americans amused the rest of the school by dressing up in the costumes our parents sent us, but it was a very foreign (pardon the pun!) concept to the schoolmates.
So is Halloween now an accepted thing over there?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 1, 2020, 10:00 pm

No, Halloween is a ‘damned American impertinence’ to the old folks, but it involves candy and costumes, so kids are warming to it. Not this year, obvs.

I always cut a square hole, Durned. Makes it easier to get it back in the right way around. The seeds and all the innards go to the chickens.

I made pumpkin pie from a Haloween pumpkin one year. It was awful. I’ve since been told – not sure if it’s true – that the stuff we buy as canned pumpkin for pies is actually butternut squash. Can anyone confirm or deny?

Comment from BJM
Time: November 2, 2020, 12:21 am

@Stoaty…canned pumpkin is from an old heirloom called Connecticut Field pumpkin and it’s hybrid derivatives grown commercially for the purpose.

Pumpkins sold for jack-o-lanterns are really ornamentals, not for eating. I grow one called Magic Lantern from the Territorial Seed Co that didn’t do terribly well this year, but I still got a few nice sized pumpkins for the front porch pillasters.

In the late 1880’s Mr. Burpee created a small sweet hybrid known as a New England sugar pumpkin…those are the ones you grow to make the bestest pies evah. I have 10 sitting in my shed hardening off they vary from 7″-9″ in diameter.

IMHO butternut squash doesn’t have the right texture for pie, but it makes a faboo gratin. I grew a new variety from Baker Creek this year a Waltham cross…can’t wait to see how they taste.

Yeah I’m planning next year’s garden, can you tell?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 2, 2020, 8:29 pm

Thank you, BJM.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: November 2, 2020, 10:49 pm

Those New England sugar pumpkins are the BEST for pies!

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