Sunday, October 25, 2015

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!

. . . or in this case, the little pumpkin.

Autumn is pumpkin season in the United States. I have never been the biggest fan of pumpkin. Well, I enjoy it. I think it's yummy. I like pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, etc. But it can get a little excessive in the States. It's like a pumpkin fetish with some people and it can be a bit overwhelming. So I guess I'm saying that I am not a person who is obsessed with pumpkin.

All the same, I started craving pumpkin as soon as I got to England. I guess I was craving the smell of pumpkin bread more than anything, since the smells of nutmeg and cinnamon go hand-in-hand with the bright leaves, dropping temperatures, and Daylight Savings Time.

However, they don't sell pumpkin-flavored things in the UK. At least, they aren't sold at the local Sainsbury's or Tesco.

So imagine my joy when I went to the Farmer's Market at Gloucester Green this week and saw a local baker selling mini PUMPKIN TARTS FOR ONLY A POUND:

Me (looking like I've just found buried treasure): I would like one pumpkin tart, please. 
Baker: One pumpkin tarrrt? (imitating my American accent)
Me: Yes.
Baker: That will be one pound. 
Me: I didn't think that I would find pumpkin tarts or pumpkin bread in England. Do you often make this? 
Baker: This is our first year making pumpkin tarts. We've sold about ten of them this morning. And they have all been bought by Americans. 
Me (laughing): Well, yes. They remind us of home. 
Baker: We'll be bringing pumpkin-walnut bread next week. 
Me (looking just a bit insane with joy now): Oh, you can bet I'll be back next week. 
Baker (afraid that I am now a stalker): All right, then. Well, have a nice day. 

That's basically how the interchange went. The baker thinks I am a crazy American (he is right) and that I want to be BFFs with him because he makes pumpkin-flavored goodies (he is also right). 

Anyway. I had my pumpkin tarrrt. And it was delicious. 

Linus could not have been happier to find the Great Pumpkin than I was to find this little one. 


  1. So do Brits like to speak with an American accent? How do they do compared to us when we try to have a British accent? I feel like it's easier to take 'r's out than add them on, but that's just a guess.

    1. They like to speak in American accents when they are making fun of us. :) Usually they sound like they are trying too hard to sound like people with a heavy Texan accent. I think it is easier to take out r's, too. But I also find that if I try to speak in a British accent, I have to think of someone I am imitating--it makes it easier to have a model to follow. :)