Friday 23 March 2012: The Enormous Pumpkin
N. and Jonathan went out to the farm first thing this morning in order to spend the day splitting a huge number of logs to replenish their mother's firewood supply. Most of this came from a huge old cottonwood tree on the property (christened 'the snow tree' by Christina when she was much younger because of the white, furry stuff encapsulating the fruit of the tree that blows around in the autumn). A very large limb of this tree came down recently and had to be dealt with, which was a major job.
After picking Immy up from school, she and I headed on out to the farm and arrived at around half past four to find a rather sunburnt N. standing in a barn full of firewood, Jonathan having already headed back over the hill in order to return the hired log-splitting machine.
I had heard tell of The Enormous Pumpkin that appeared, rather unexpectedly, atop the 6-foot high trellis dividing the vegetable garden from a rosebed, and was keen to blip it. Apparently my mother-in-law planted these pumpkins in a corner of her vegetable garden, not quite sure of what to expect.
Last weekend when he was out here, my husband was looking out of the kitchen window and spotted something yellow nestling amongst the foliage on the top of the fence, so went out to investigate - it turned out to be a large pumpkin, balanced precariously on the 4-inch wide fence capping. Normally pumpkins grow along the ground, but these specimens seem to have climbed the fence! I was hoping to get a photo of the pumpkin still in-situ, but apparently it became so heavy that it tumbled down a couple of days ago. It's very amusing to glance out of the window and see it in the flower bed, looking for all the world as though a wave of the Fairy Godmother's wand could turn it into Cinderella's coach! It's so big that I could not lift it.