So, the lovely pumpkin we picked last weekend went rotten! Really quickly too. I thought we just had a duff, until I spent 4 hours trying to find a replacement, commenting on it on Facebook and finding others had the same problem with their pumpkins too.
Our local fruit and veg supplier, where we usually get most of our fruit and veg from, had a delivery of 70 pumpkins and promptly sent them back again as they were already going mouldy. Yesterday I visited the three large supermarkets in the town, plus two small local ones in our village, then a huge supermarket in the city, along with two posh food shops, surely M&S or Waitrose wouldn’t have supply issues with pumpkins? Oh but they did! Waitrose Lutterworth had only had a delivery of 10 yesterday and they’d sold out in minutes.
I hadn’t heard about the national pumpkin shortage until we were “caught short” ourselves. I thought our plans of a Cinderella carriage were not to be. Littlebit was devastated, we’d been collecting craft supplies all week and she had even won herself a Cinderella sparkle doll by being super good and filling her marble jar this week, ready for the arrival of her carriage.
I put an appeal out on Facebook for anyone who might have a spare. Two lovely mummy friends, who each have two children, offered for their kids to share so Littlebit could have her pumpkin. How nice was that? People are so kind.
Luckily I didn’t have to deal with the guilt of depriving one of those kids of their pumpkins though as this lovely lady came to the rescue and donated one of her pumpkins. Thanks Charlie!
Littlebit had gone to bed last night truly believing she’d done something wrong to make her pumpkin go mouldy and make all of the many, oh so many, shops we visited run out, despite my reassurances it wasn’t her fault. Bless her, she was so upset.
But she woke up to this waiting for her on the dining table, and I showed her the photo of Charlie with it. Charlie isn’t just another Mummy from play school, she also works for them and teaches Littlebit phonics each week too. She was so chuffed that “one of my ladies saved me a pumpkin”.
Then another friend brought us another pumpkin this morning too. She tried to drop and run but I caught her in the act. This experience has really shown me how beautiful human beings can be.
So, here is our carriage.
We carved, and glued and glittered. Such fun!