The Pumpkin Patch

October is one of my absolutely favourite months.  I love Autumn, and October in particular, as the weather starts to cool and the scarves and hats can start to reappear.  And the absolute highlight of the month is Halloween, which means the search for the perfect pumpkin is on.

My room-mate from university is American and for the past couple of weeks my Facebook timeline has been filled with the most gorgeous pictures of her and her beautiful family amongst the Pumpkin fields in Westchester (it always makes me smile that she moved there, probably living next door to Monica and Chandler), so when our local farm advertised to come along and pick your own pumpkin we had to go.

Our local farm shop is fantastic and great for kids but sometimes, because it is so close to home, I tend to forget about it.  On Sunday afternoon we took a little family trip out to go and choose this years pumpkins.

The trip to the pumpkin field started with a tractor ride, what little boy isn’t going to love that?



We got dropped off a very short walk away from a field full of pumpkins.


They completely covered the ground so we needed to be careful where we stepped as the roots were everywhere. O was a little bit nervous and made sure he had hold of my hand the whole time (apart from when I left him stranded whilst I took photos!)


We needed a pretty big pumpkin so I can have a go at a decent carving but O also wanted a little pumpkin of his own and picked out this little cutie.


He only managed to hold it up long enough for the photo as, apparently, it was far too heavy!

We seemed to have got our timing just about right as not long after picking our two pumpkins the rain started to fall so we started to head back. O had en extra special treat on the tractor ride back as he was allowed to sit in the drivers seat, although I think he was more nervous than excited.


As we rode the short journey back the sun started to reappear and brought with it this gorgeous rainbow.  A perfect way to round off the afternoon!


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  1. October 24, 2014 / 11:32 pm

    Thanks for opening my eyes to a whole new activity! Didn’t even know you could go and pick your own pumpkin here! Lovely photos and glad you found the right pumpkin(s)!
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  2. October 24, 2014 / 11:46 pm

    I do wish we had a pumpkin field near us, it looks so much more fun than choosing one at ASDA! What a treat to ride on the hay bales and sit in the Tractor driver’s seat too. Happy carving on Friday, I hope you come back and share an evening pumpkin post with your carved pumpkins all lit up.
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  3. October 24, 2014 / 11:49 pm

    I’d love to find a pumpkin patch near us. I’m not sure how long it would take my children to find the perfect pumpkin. Nice riding in the tractor too. #CountryKids
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  4. October 24, 2014 / 11:57 pm

    it looks like O had a great time choosing his own little pumpkin 🙂 Great rainbow photo as well. 🙂 We haven’t ever done pumpkin picking or carving with our two little ones, but maybe we will get around to it over half term (if I can convince daddy to do the carving!!).x#countrykids
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  5. October 25, 2014 / 12:53 am

    We haven’t made it to a pumpkin patch this year, although we were able to pick up pumpkins at the school pumpkin festival instead 🙂 Looks like you had a lovely time, ending with a rainbow is just perfect x #CountryKids
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  6. Notmyyearoff
    October 25, 2014 / 5:11 am

    He looks so cute with his little pumpkin. Hope you have lots of carving fun with it. Westchester always reminds me of Friends too. 🙂

  7. Beth Twinderelmo
    October 25, 2014 / 7:03 am

    We are going pumpkin picking next week. I’ve never been before! Lovely that the rainbow came out too for you all. How cute is the dinky pumpkin?!? xx
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  8. October 25, 2014 / 10:31 am

    Aw wow i’ve always wanted to go to a pumpkin patch but we don’t have any near us here in n.ireland! gorgeous pictures 🙂 #countrykids

  9. October 25, 2014 / 8:47 pm

    Lovely photos – I love pumpkins. We went to a new local pumpkin farm today….. it was closed as all the pumpkins had been picked! #CountryKids
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  10. October 26, 2014 / 7:29 am

    I sound an idiot. But I don’t get how they grow? It is like magic. I know I am a teacher but I just do not get it bab! I don’t!!! Sad you’re not at Mumsnet 🙁 xxxxx
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    • October 26, 2014 / 9:25 am

      I’m really gutted I’m not going now, would have been lovely to see you again.
      We tried to grow our own pumpkins once, it was a disaster and it’s only confused me more as to how they grow!! Must be witches magic! x

  11. October 26, 2014 / 8:00 am

    Wow what a fab day!! Little O is going to love looking back at these pics when he’s bigger….especially the one on the tractor!
    The little pumpkin he picked is just so cute 🙂 xx
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    • October 26, 2014 / 9:23 am

      He was so funny on the tractor, he loves them but was a bit overwhelmed by the moment xx

    • October 26, 2014 / 9:22 am

      It’s the first year we’ve gone to pick our own, although last year I got ours from a local farm, it is much nicer than getting it from Tesco! x

  12. lifeatthelittlewood
    October 26, 2014 / 8:48 am

    Oh, what a lovely day! This is the sort of thing that I love every bit as much as the kids. In fact, more so most of the time!! 🙂 Little O is too cute Jo – I love that picture of him with his very own pumpkin. Adorable! Xx

  13. Potty Mouthed Mummy
    October 26, 2014 / 9:14 am

    I actually really enjoy how much more the UK seems to be embracing the US way of celebrating Halloween. I definitely plan to spend a bit more effort on the whole thing next year and will see if I can find a field. Love O’s mini pumpkin xx
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    • October 26, 2014 / 9:20 am

      It’s cute isn’t it? We didn’t bother for years but I love how in our village all the local kids go trick or treating with their mums and dads. O’s too young but we do dress him up and he hands out the treat bucket! He loves it xx

  14. October 26, 2014 / 3:14 pm

    Oh Jo such cute photos. I have been desperate to find a pumpkin patch but there doesn’t seem to be any around here. We are away for Halloween this year but I do love it, we always dress my girls up, I don’t actually like trick or treating but we always go to a party. We made Halloween cupcakes yesterday to get into the spirit of things too! x
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  15. Emma T
    October 26, 2014 / 6:14 pm

    Lovely photos. N would be very jealous of yours getting to sit in the front of the tractor (even though he gets to do that at home!).

    We’ve been out today picking a pumpkin. Great fun although hard work carrying it back…note to self take tough bags or choose a smaller pumpkin next year!
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  16. October 27, 2014 / 10:19 am

    I so wanted to do this but I didnt know about it until after we had got ours from the shop! Boo. We are going to make sure we do it next year.
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    • October 27, 2014 / 9:17 pm

      That’s an excuse to go out and get another pumpkin 😉 xx

    • October 27, 2014 / 10:04 pm

      Haha, well obviously I think so 😉 At the moment I think he’d be quite happy being a train driver, or a stunt man, or anything that involves either vehicles or throwing himself around a lot! xx

  17. Heledd
    October 29, 2014 / 10:02 pm

    Beautiful photos! I wish we had a pumpkin patch near us, I’d love to take the girls for a run around. We did some pumpkin carving yesterday and will have a Halloween party on Friday. I love October too, especially this year with all the beautiful sunny days we’ve had.
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