Transitioning to Deepest Fall

I didn’t get to the garden this weekend. There was too much going on Saturday, and Sunday was wet and cool. But I thought of some photos I took in late summer that I never shared because I wasn’t blogging.


The zinnias, joy and scourge of the garden, were such a lovely restaurant for birds, bees and butterflies.


The figs, not mine, were ripening on their tree.


And who can resist a sunflower?


But it’s fall now, and although it sounds like November outside with the wind and rain, it is still not Halloween. I had read about people carving all manner of vegetables, including turnips, for jack-o-lanterns. I did not have a pumpkin, but I did have a small acorn squash, which I thought might make a good little lantern. I cut the top off and carved out a good sized hole, emptying the innards. I gave it a nice face, plopped it over a votive candle in a saucer, and behold! A pointy-headed jack-o-lantern.


I gave it a little vent at the back, so the candle wouldn’t gutter.


And in the deepest dark, it really does gleam. I expect to enjoy it for a couple more nights!


Happy Halloween!

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42 Responses to Transitioning to Deepest Fall

  1. Happy Halloween to you too, Lisa!


  2. That is a very cute Jack’o’lantern Lisa. We don’t, as a rule, ‘do’ Halloween in this country – except for the kids who have climbed on the commercial bandwagon, but I’ve learned to appreciate it through my American friends enjoyment of it. I like looking at the books in your book case – such a wide selection! 🙂 And the zinnias and butterflies are gorgeous. The thought of fresh figs made my mouth water – wouldn’t that be something! ❤

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  3. Eliza Waters says:

    How clever of you – a original style jack-o-lantern!
    I’m sure the zinnias made many bees and butterflies happy. 🙂

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  4. Sylvie G says:

    Great lantern! I admire your dexterity,.It is raining here too, but I do not mind it for now (providing it stops tomorrow )

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  5. Mary Tang says:

    Those zinnias sure earned their keep if they are attracting butterflies! There are figs on my trees too but they are still green. Happy lantern 🙂

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  6. Great improvisation, Lisa

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  7. I’ll take these scenes/pix any time of year. Happy Hallowe’en to you.


  8. Lavinia Ross says:

    A Happy Halloween to you, too! Our autumn has been relatively mild. We had a couple of hard frosts, but nothing below 30, yet.

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  9. Beautiful dear 🙂


  10. Lisa, I love your acorn squash carving. What a clever idea. Your summer photos are gorgeous. I never get tired of looking at sunflowers. Have you seen this Irish carving from the 19th century?

    That would scare anyone away. Happy Halloween

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    • arlingwoman says:

      I had heard a version of that story and seen some of the turnips. It used to be a much scarier holiday… As for that sunflower, I’ll be revisiting it for occasional looks in the next few months.


  11. Robbie says:

    That is creative!!! I just ate mine for dinner tonight. I had a late meeting, so got home and it was still warm in the year, I should carve it-Great Idea.

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  12. Brenda says:

    I love the zinnia photos. And your little squash-o-lantern (although I admit my eyes were drawn to the books and I browsed your shelves).


  13. Happy Halloween. In my youth (we are now taking fifty years ago) we used to carve swedes. That’s a rutabaga to you I believe, rather than a Scandinavian. Apart from American TV programmes I didn’t see a pumpkin until the mid-70s.

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  14. That should read “talking fifty years ago”. 🙂


  15. Maria says:

    Happy halloween to you too!

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  16. Cammie says:

    Ah, yes! The Lemon Jelly Cake! My mother read that book from a rolling cart when she was in the hospital when I was born. She later gave me a copy.

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