"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."
Henry David Thoreau
I seem to have a lot in common with Mr. Thoreau.
Autumn is officially a day away and the farmette is awash with pumpkins.
Even the Lady of the Yard is not immune to my decorative arts.
When Halloween arrives, a few of these beauties will be carved into Jack-o-Lanterns.
Based on the Irish legend of, "Stingy Jack", carving pumpkins has been around since the 17th century. According to one version Jack invites the Devil for a drink, as of course he would. Jack did not want to pay for the drink, so he persuaded the Devil to turn himself into a coin.
After which, Jack pocketed the coin. As, of course he would. Jack later set the Devil free if he would leave his soul alone. Jack had later run-ins with the Devil, only to end up being banished from both Heaven and Hell.
A tough gig, with only a piece of burning coal inside a carved turnip to light his way. Hence he became forevermore known as, "Jack of the Lantern".
Irish and Scottish children used turnips, beets, and potatoes to light the way during Gaelic Halloween celebrations, known as Samhain.
You can find a couple of the traditional turnips versions of a Jack-o-lantern here.
I find them rather ghastly and will stick with my pumpkins, though I suppose the ghastly look was the point.