I am a total sucker for crisp autumnal days so imagine my delight when, after two weeks of solid rain, the sun was shining on the day we had designated to visit the pumpkin patch! Not only that; the weather was so mild it could easily have been a hazy summer’s afternoon…amazing.
It’s been a hot minute since we’ve made it to the Pumpkin Patch as a family. Poor weather and poorly behaved children have meant we’ve had to cancel a fair few planned trips so this year I was determined that everyone (seemingly also the weather fell line) was going to behave themselves. We opted to go on the first day of the kids half term break too, so we were minus James but still. It was a gorgeous day, there was basically nobody else there when we arrived and the kids had the pick of the place.
Pumpkin patches seem to have grown in popularity over the last few years. I can remember when it was quite tricky to find a decent PYO for anything, never mind our orange friends and you were relegated to hunting through the offerings at the local supermarket before paying an arm and a length for a teeny thing. I’m quite pleased that there are more and more patches springing up, with many of them offering other activities for the kids to enjoy at the same time.
There’s a fairly large and popular one near to us which also offers maize trails, Halloween activities and an on-site cafe…but it was heaving the last time we went so this year we went for a smaller and more local patch and I’m actually glad we did. There wasn’t too much else for the kids to engage with but really, at 10 and 8, they are more about getting to choose their own pumpkins and then come home and carve them. We are all also partial to some roasted pumpkin seeds so that’s the real draw!
We had the choice of the large pumpkin field (£3 each) or a smaller ‘mini’ pumpkin patch where each pumpkin was just £1. My children are ever savvy and saw an opportunity to carve themselves a family of pumpkins each so went for the smaller ones.
“If you say we can have one big one each, that actually means we can have three smaller ones instead, right?!”From the mouths of babes…apparently.
Having actually tried to carve them since, I’m quite glad they shook me down for the smaller options as it would have taken us an age to make any kind of image on the big pumpkins. Next year send us your carving tips because this mama’s arms ache.
And you know the creator in me absolutely adored the blue skies, orange pumpkin combination. Add in Meg’s curly blonde locks and we could have spent the entire day just posing for photos but as we were the only family there it did feel a little awkward by the end…I didn’t want them to catch on and start charging me for the privilege of an interesting autumnal backdrop!
So there you have it. A simple but beautiful afternoon with my babies; picking pumpkins.