Ode To Autumn
(It’s Pumpkin Time!)
‘Seasons of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness’
I love this time of year, the smell of autumn in the air, the sight of leaves turning from yellow to brown passing through gold and the foraging for free fruit and berries to make those sweet jams and chutney that see us through the winter.
Of course now is also the time to get the last of your summer crops from the garden/allotment; the small tender beans, the last of the squashes and courgettes and of course the pumpkins!
I LOVE pumpkins. I know it’s a bit odd, but I really do; their shape, colour and versatility in the kitchen make them one of my most favoured crops. Last year I seem to recall waxing lyrically about how to cook them, so don’t worry I’m not going to repeat that again, HOWEVER, they do make a great curry and some are great for roasting… sorry I’m getting carried away again!
Anyway, now is the time to do a number of things; picking those last crops, clearing the ground for next year, feeding the boarders of the garden with a good layer of well-rotted manure or compost, letting the winter rain and worms do the hard work and don’t forget to get your overwinter onion and garlic sets in (cover them with netting to stop the bird pulling them up!). It’s also time to get those little grey cells working and ready for this year’s EGC Quiz which will be held at the AGM, on Friday the 9th of November in Eynsford Village Hall. Doors open 7pm with a glass of wine and bite to eat and possibly the quickest AGM’s you have ever seen so that we can get on with the fun. The quiz mistress herself, Jo, will be setting questions on and around the garden - but don’t worry if you don’t know the Latin names for things or what a dibber is really used for, the quiz is fun and open to all, did I mention the wine?
On a more serious note, we do need help!
This club is over 100 years old and to keep it going we need people to put themselves forward to lend a hand. A small group of people currently run the club and although we only have to meet a few times a year (usually over a glass of wine or two)(see a theme emerging here??) we need one or two people to step forward and join us take the club forward. If you feel the urge to get your hands dirty (not literally) and don’t mind having to drag yourself into a local pub, only to drop off the odd poster or program of course, then please let us know by emailing us at
I look forward to seeing you at the AGM and have a good harvest!