We're still grinning from ear to ear, after hosting a fun session this evening for the delightful youngsters from "Go Wild in the Woods" who visited us from their regular base in Killisick.
We had a brilliant evening of pumpkin carving by candlelight, with everyone managing to carve at least one excellent face into their pumpkin, and a few even managing 2.
|Soaking up the spooky atmospher
We also invented something rather clever. To safely light the polytunnel, we hang candles in jars from the central pole. This year, we hung them lower than usual, to help put the light close to the carvers, but still slightly above them. We then realised that this makes the perfect system for testing out how your pumpkin will look. Simply place the pumpkin directly under a lit jar, then slide it up until the jar is inside the pumpkin!
|Tyler shows how the "windmill
pumpkin testing kit "works
Everyone tried Tracey's famous pumpkin pancakes, and most people had a go at making their own too. Several of the children demanded to take home some pumpkin to cook at home so they could help their families to have fresh pancakes too. We're also helping a church lunch club as the spare pumpkin flesh has been passed on to be used to make soup for them. Seeds will be collected and used for roasting or growing next year.
One last discovery - the "superfreak" knobbly pumpkins on sale at Sainsbury are very, very hard, and one of them was so hard, we literally couldn't carve it, even with a wood-carving chisel! So don't buy one of those if you are hoping to do a clever design. Maybe you could use a drill on it?!