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South Shields goes all American!

This is the Curly household’s pumpkin for 2007, we’ve become quite good at carving these American vegetables, and it’s far easier than hollowing out a turnip as we did when we were children! There are some secrets to know, of course, search Google for pumpkin or Jack ‘O’ Lantern templates, save to your hard drive, print, tape to your pumpkin, cut out lid, remove pith and seeds reducing thickness of walls, use a sewing needle to prick or “prog” around the outlines of the template, rub flour into skin of pumpkin, carve with sharp knife following white dots in the skin. There you are, easy when you know how!

The Americanisation of this religious day started about five or six years ago and it has become a big commercial opportunity for retailers, pumpkins are now readily available in the UK, and getting cheaper every year, yet we still refuse to eat them!

We even had a party in our street yesterday full of ghouls and ghosts and other shocking souls, we ate food that was black, orange, or blood red (and close to rotting, yeah!) Such fun!

After looking at pumpkins for the past week on American DCP sites, I thought I’d join in today!

Here are some additional thumbnails.


Written by curly

November 1, 2007 at 12:01 am

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  1. He looks really menacing!


    November 1, 2007 at 6:14 pm

  2. This looks a good one, Curly!


    November 2, 2007 at 10:01 am

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