There's been some alarming rumblings about a pumpkin shortage this year. Bad weather, mumble mumble, too cold, mutter, they don't like it wet sort of talk.
But that's not why I got my little ornamental gourds early - they are just so cheerful on the shelves outside the back door, that I like to have them there for as long as possible.
Though when I compare them to the shelves of years gone by, there seem to be fewer mini-pumpkin types. Perhaps the stories are true after all.
(the same shelves in 2009)
Actually, the shape of the pumpkins aren't the only thing I notice about these photos. It's the pictures themselves. DSLR verus lazy phone Instagram shot - I feel ashamed of my efforts of late.
There's no real reason behind not picking up my proper camera. No excuse for failing to make the effort to think about how to make a photograph look more interesting. But somehow it has happened. And when I see the results I feel a little bit sad.
Clearly, there's a photography mojo shortage round these parts. Must do better.