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I Deserve a Prize, I Do

I was once the proud recipient of the Pumpkin Princess Prize – awarded by Scotland’s pre-eminent herb-blogger, The Hopeful Herbalist.

Was Miss Hopeful smoking her own herbs when she did so?

Don’t know, don’t care. I took the title seriously.

Pumpkin photo of our tiny pumpkin and peach

Actually, what my lovely blogger friend said was: “Award yourself the pumpkin princess crown!”

Which to my deliriously happy state of mind, meant much the same thing.

And now I wonder: if my tiny imperfect pumpkin could win me that regal honour, perhaps the next thing is my cooking? Or baking? Or floral arranging?  

Let’s face it: It takes tremendous effort to be really bad at something.

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A lot of trial and error is required. Mostly error, mind you. 

Take my cooking and baking (please — someone has to).

I famously made a two-ingredient dish – cauliflower and cheese – and forgot the cheese.

The harder I tried, the worse my cooking got. I forgot half the ingredients, or doubled them — or burned the dish. Husband added ketchup, salt or spices to everything I cooked. Yegads! Ketchup!

I’d  perfected the art of  truly bad cooking.

But do you hear anyone giving me the title for worst borscht?

Perfectly pathetic pie?

Instead, they flock to stories of delicious dishes and beautiful bouquets. I’ve never understood it.

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 Meanwhile, we lesser folk never give up trying.

And still, our creations are catastrophic.

But consider this:

It takes a lot of work — and maybe even a strange type of talent — to turn out truly awful stuff.

So I think it’s time our efforts were acknowledged. Don’t you?

(Tee hee….)

 

 

A Good Home, Giant Pumpkins, Pumpkins

Delusions of Grandeur

Autumn is the season of pumpkins.

The Northern Ontario Agri-Food Education and Marketing folks have a giant pumpkin contest.

Here are their photos of two previous winners.

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Blog Photo - Pumpkin Giant and Children

So now I’m wondering if I should enter the pumpkin my husband and I grew this year.

What do you think?

Peach on left, Pumpkin on right

We planted 2 vines this year, and only this one pumpkin, above, survived. Next to the peach, it’s enormous.

It’s a matter of perspective.

And I’m declaring our pumpkin a giant.

Blog Photo - Pumpkin Giant from our Garden 2

If you’d like to grow slightly larger pumpkins, see Pumpkin Fest:

“July 1st-20th – watch for male and female flowers, cover these flowers with plastic baggies and when female opens (only for a couple of hours one day), pollinate the female by cutting male flowers from the plant and gently rubbing the pollen all over the segments in the female flower. (Re-cover to stop insect cross pollination). If you only have one plant and are not concerned about preserving the lineage of your pumpkin’s genetic line, you can let the bees do this work for you.”

Obviously, our giant pumpkin managed quite well without such advice.

But maybe next year….

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Dedicated to pumpkin growers everywhere.