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All the Pumpkins

Sunday, September 22, 2019

I finally made it to the annual Pumpkin Exhibition in Ludwigsburg. I've been meaning to go for years but this is always one of the busiest seasons for me with new English classes starting, the new semester at the Bible school kicking off, the October retreat to Switzerland, and new programs getting underway at church.

Yesterday, though, the weather was perfect for an outing and one of my former students invited me, so the weekend to-do list got put aside, at least till late afternoon.

The castle park is decorated with pumpkins, there's a market where you can buy lots of pumpkin products like pumpkin oil, pumpkin chutney, pumpkin pasta, pumpkin catsup and, of course, pumpkins (or squash as we'd probably call them in English) of just about every size, color and variety. Some edible, others decorative.



"Little crowns" with the castle in the background.



Of course the concessions sell everything from pumpkin burgers to pumpkin seed ice cream. I had pumpkin soup for lunch, my friend had the pumpkin pasta with cheese. I brought home some pumpkin oil which will be great for drizzling on my own homemade soup.

There are special events every day - yesterday, we saw a bit of the pumpkin boat races. Yes, folks, they take huge pumpkins, hollow them out and "race" in them.



This young man looks pretty skeptical himself!


The theme was "Fantasy" - Fair Tale Stories. I was a little disappointed by the big sculptures that formed the majority of the exhibit. A lot of them had elements that were made of carved wood which seems a little like cheating. Some of them, like this Puss-in-Boots fellow were pretty ugly, I'm afraid!



Here's me and the Frog King:



There were some wonderful, whimsical carvings, too. Thought of my Spark buddies when I saw this one:



This grumpy guy was one of my favorites. I love how the artist used the twisty dried pumpkin vines for the arms and legs.



We had a good time! I'm slowly accepting the fact that the summer is gone and fall is upon us. I like the season, but I'll miss the long summer evenings of light and, of course, the warmer weather. I'm glad we took the day yesterday because it's supposed to rain and get colder this week.

I also ended up with over 16,000 steps for the day. emoticon I've lost about half a pound this week which means I'll be breaking through that 140 wall again soon. I do need to be more "vigilant" than I was this past week, though. There were too many treats happening!
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What do you do to leave summer behind and get into the fall mood?
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