Pumpkin picking in October seems to have become as big an event as picking up the Christmas tree in December. I can’t help but feel it’s a bit of an Americanism that’s making its way across the pond thanks to the power of social media trends but I’m certainly not complaining as frolicking around in a field of orange before taking home home grown pickings to decorate the house with (and turn into tasty treats) was a great way to spend an afternoon.
Like me, I’m sure your Instagram feeds are awash with images of pumpkins, people picking pumpkins and (holiday card in the making) cute as a button babies sitting atop a wheelbarrow full of pumpkins. Therefore I hope you’ll forgive today’s post for featuring all of the above, and forgive me for being the ultimate cliche… I couldn’t resist.
Last year we’d only just moved house when I saw PYO Pumpkins in Kent popping up across my social feeds. A farm practically on our doorstep, I was beyond disappointed when the reality of moving, being six months pregnant and having a busy work schedule meant October flew by without us getting a chance to visit (will forever wish I’d got a bump-kin shot alongside the pumpkins to then compare with a shot of our own little pumpkin sitting amongst them this year!). This year I wasn’t going to let time get away from us, and so last weekend with Hubs home from work, the weather rain free and me with a new mustard jumper that needed debuting, we set off in the direction of the Pumpkin Farm with an excitable baby in tow (who I couldn’t resist also dressing in mustard) to get our Halloween haul.
What resulted was possibly one of my favourite family days out so far, we popped E in the sling with her Dad so I had hands free for photos and with her all wrapped up against the windy day and thoroughly enjoying the fact that she could get bounced and chased around constantly while being permanently cuddled by Dad, she was one happy little… er… pumpkin. I’m not sure if it was the colours, the new sights, the running around or just the fact that she ADORES being outdoors but she was full of massive grins and fits of laughter all afternoon (she’s always such a happy girl at the moment – this 6 -8 month stage has been my favourite so far) and it just made my heart burst to see.
I try not to share too many photos of her online (it’s tough) but this day just felt like one that had to be documented and therefore an exception made. As her first Halloween, I hope these photos are ones she’ll look back on when she’s older and smile at, they’re certainly making us as parents smile a lot as a reminder of lovely day.
Now to plan what to do with all this pumpkin meat – I’m considering a simple pumpkin bread that E can eat as well as a Pumpkin pie that I can eat! 😉