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Wednesday, 31 October 2012


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Jacky S

And they look stunning,Alexa.....a new tradition,I'm sure....though I must admit I don't remember ever carving turnips.


Wow! They look beautiful Alexa. It was mangel wurzels for us as children. They were so tough to carve! I remember the blisters too and the smell of singed lid, once the candle was in there burning.

Jen Hart

They are beautiful, I started the carving in our family in 2002, so fairly new to us. Hope you are enjoying this seasonal day too :)

Deb @ PaperTurtle

Oh my gosh, these are beautiful, Alexa. And I love the layout you created to document them as well - it makes for such a lovely blog post!

I have never heard of carving a turnip before, and I do like the idea of decorating the outside of a pumpkin rather than gutting it and cutting it. Well done!


They are so beautiful!! You must have the patience of a saint!

Paul B

They are GORGEOUS Alexa. I'm stunned by how much work has gone into them. Love all those patterns. You have incredible patience. And I remember carving/hacking out turnips as a boy too. My family had an allotment and turnips were in plentiful supply. I would proudly carry mine down to watch the firework display at the park on bonfire night. Pxx


I've never carved turnips either. They look awesome. Nicely done.


Fiona, I thought mangel wurzels were imaginary - how wonderful to discover they are not!


I liked Alisa's, but I LOVE yours!


No apple pie today but tons and tons of candy that my child collected! I LOVE your pumpkins! They are so creative and unique! Great colors and texture!


oh yes that strange smell of turnip as you carved it and then the other strange smell when it had the candle inside. But yum mashed turnip with dinner

Missus Wookie

Gorgeous - autumnal patchwork or stained glass windows. I was astonished to discover that not everyone had pumpkin soup with the scraped out bits for dinner after carving.

We did it for many years with the kids - this year we just ate 'em (the squashes that is not the kids....)


Who needs candy for Halloween when there is plenty of the eye variety on your blog. Love how all the colours blend together and the beautiful page you have designed to show off those pumpkins. Definitely too good to eat.


My silly blogroll isn't updating properly so I nearly missed this post! What a treat to stumble across it now :) These are beautiful!


Your pumpkins look glorious with their painted and decorated coats. What a great use for your lovely maple leaves. I hope you get to enjoy them for a while yet.


Yes, of course we had turnips round here, but nobody here liked the taste so we used big baking potatoes instead - lit with birthday cake candles


So nice to hear 'argy-bargy' from your post.....took me back to my childhood......and home.....and Autumn....and - then - a descent in to nostalgia. A few tears may have been shed. Only a few, and all happy ones....promise.

Love your pumpkins. We failed, spectacularly, to find one yesterday, much to son-son's horror, after driving for what seemed like 30 miles, around all the shops, so I'm off pumpkin hunting now. Now I have "You can't go over it, you'll have to go under it" ringing in my ears....!!!


What a fun way to "dress" a pumpkin. So different, colorful and classy.



We have never done anything to do with Halloween here and not just because it is my birthday - it's not big in Australia though there are signs of the commercial side creeping in gradually.
Your decorating today is very clever - and a beautiful page to match!


Carved turnips?... Hmmm... Have to ponder that one. Different than pumpkins? LOVE your pumpkins! They remind me of Mexican crafty objects.


Carving turnips . . . I've never heard of such a thing! :>) Your decorative pumpkins are great!


What a great job you did on those! I've never heard of carving turnips.


Oh yes, turnips (and I loved to nibble on the slivers of raw peppery, cabbagy tasting flesh) and up here of course, turnips are swede which confused me! My pair of fine Tesco pumpkins are still sitting entire on the kitchen table, where do the days go, but somewhere I have some puffy paints...


It was most definitely turnips (swedes) with us...and they WERE a nightmare !
Alison xx


Your green pumpkin is thrilling my heart.

Andy Lean

Hello Alexa, You have used such a wonderful selection of colours for your pumpkins and you have presented them beautifully on your digital page.
Thank you for your recent comment on my blog. I am glad you like the Raven. I am intrigued that you mention it would look good as a stamp. I have never thought about that and wouldn't know how to go about it. Would you? Andy


Wonderful wonderful pumpkins - such a variety of clever designs and colours - and so beautifully, crisply, elegantly presented to us. Awesome!

DH had carved turnips as a boy. I was abroad where Halloween wasn't quite the thing.


What gorgeous pumpkins and another beautiful layout.


Your pumpkins are works of art! Amazing!

I really enjoyed reading your post as well. I had never heard before about carving turnips instead of pumpkins or of the tradition of hiding a coin in a pie. The phrase argy-bargy was new to me too--all in all, a fun and informative read!

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