A Day In The A Blue Mountains.

Thanks for visiting my blog. I welcome you to take your time and browse , visiting my bush garden and discovering the wonders of my city within a national park; Blue Mountains National Park. Via my blog you will travel with me through the successes, trials and tribulations of gardening on a bush block. I share with you my patchwork & quilting, knitting, paper crafts, cooking and life in general.

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Life Is A Pea, or is that Pumpkin?

Excuse me while I have an "It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents" purple patch of writing!

On the stove, I have pumpkin soup cooking.  Thai Spiked Pumpkin Soup actually, which has brought me to wanting to write about how I named this blog.

My original intention was to name it Life Is A Garden, but, you guessed it, there is already a blog by this name. Well almost...but with a few more words tacked on.  Despite this the world wide web address for that blog is actually those very words.  Nothing, as far as I can ascertain has been blogged there since November 2010 but neither have I posted anything on my second blog since I created it in early May!

Picture me then, sitting at my notebook computer, eating left over pumpkin and peas, wanting to name my not yet commenced blog, Life Is A Garden, and the computer says: "No".

Once I set my mind to something, it has to be done instantly, no dilly-dallying, no waiting until tomorrow while I have another brain-storming session on suitable blog names; it must be done now.  

As I was spooning another mouthful of day-old peas (or was it days old?) into my disappointed wide-open-sagging jaws, the idea came to me that I could call it Life Is A Pea. Which, as you can tell, I went ahead and did.

Next, I had to nominate a blog address/URL and; wait for it...lifeisapea is taken too.  So as you're now probably guessing, as I was about to shovel my next mouthful of food, this time days old (or was it day old) pumpkin, I though; "what the heck, lifeisapumpkin is as good as anything else!"

So there, now you know.  In my case, the pea came before the pumpkin and there's no way I'm going back and changing my blog to Life Is A Pumpkin to match my URL. That just sounds like too much hard work to me...and I have heard (or is that read) along the (Internet) grapevine that changing a blog name is not as simple as one might think.

But making pumpkin soup is pretty simple.  It is even more appealing to make when Kent pumpkin may be purchased at one local supermarket for fifty nine cents a kilo (whole) and seventy nine cents a kilo (whole) at another.  Who would be stupid enough to pay seventy nine cents a kilo when it's available for fifty nine I hear you say?  I was, because I usually only shop at one of the local supermarkets.  Yesterday, in the pouring rain, I had to walk, so went to the closest supermarket, and it was the one I don't normally shop at, and saw it cheaper. (I'd already purchased a whole pumpkin, more expensive, from the other supermarket.) I wasn't going to carry a whole pumpkin in the rain either. Oh well, as I discovered while trying to name my blog...you win some, and you lose some, such is life.

While I'm at it,here are some interesting facts about pumpkin.
Is listed as a 'super food'.
Is low in calories.
High in fibre.
Has the ability to ward off cancer and heart disease due to high levels of carotenoid.
Originated in Central America.
Possums in the Blue Mountains of Australia love its young fruit.
Its flowers are edible.
The largest known pumpkin weighed over five hundred kilograms.
Is a fruit, not a vegetable. (Have I already said that?)
Is over ninety percent water.
Pumpkin soup is my family's favourite soup.

I am most interested to read about your adventures into blog land and how you came about naming your blog.  Feel free to leave a comment with your story.  Thanks for dropping by.

20th October, 
Linked to:
As Sweet As Cinnamon where you can read other bloggers' stories on how they named their blog.


  1. Hi: I am a new follower of your blog. I have enjoyed your story of the pumpkin and your blog name. My is not as interesting. I starting to sell on Ebay about 8 years ago. Had to find a name and just decided that what I was selling just things that were my favorites, at one time. So Martha's Favorites was born. I kept the name for my blog as well. Have a wonderful week. Blessings, Martha

  2. Hello Martha, thanks for following and for sharing your story.
    Eight years on Ebay is a long time! I still have a phobia about selling on Ebay...perhaps one day.
    I adore your blog design...it's very elegant. Well done. I still have a lot to learn re blogging!

  3. Wow.... great story, thanks for joining in with us
    Hugs Dawn x x x

  4. Thanks for the chance to share my story Dawn. It was fun, and I'm still reading other people's stories.


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