It was all a bit of a kerfaffle really as the man who lent us the field was one of Ken's bosses and when he said we could use it for the year I - silly me- assumed that meant we would be the ones looking after it.
I was kind of right.
But the gentleman in question- who had thought he wanted to retire from the gardening thing- turned out to not like having so much free time afterall and kept 'helping' us.
When he 'helped' with the weeding and the slashing and there was some collateral damage to some leeks and cucumbers I thought hmmmm, oh well, I guess he has higher weeding standards than I do (not hard!) but when I turned up to find every pumpkin in the whole field missing and most of the vines ripped up I was a little less than pleased.
Got K to enquire (to stop me from inquiring!) and turned out the farmer/ boss had decided it was time to harvest.
All's well that ends well and we got our pumpkins back but I think that this is one free field that is a little too much work than it's worth.
Pity though as it's great soil and a really nice field. Sigh.
Anyway, even after their premature end we had enough pumpkins for me to take one to each of the schools for display, to give to friends to carve up and then for our own Halloween party as well!
I forgot to get a picture of them all together but here's the ones that were here at the end:
Meg and Amy carved the two orange ones, then Amy found an unripe green pumpkin and carved that while Meg carved an apple.
And the scary zombie two-tone one?
Kevin from Bastish net brought his daughter down from wayyyy up north for Halloween.
And he found this reject pumpkin and made this scary zombie pumpkin.
It deserves its own close-up: