Half term: PYO pumpkins

On Sunday we started a new family tradition. 

I know a lot of people do it every year but all 5 of us have never been before. 

On Sunday we went pumpkin picking! 

We attempted to grow our own in the garden but I'm not sure they were in the best spot. 

And I've heard it's not been a great year overall for pumpkins so I'm sticking with that excuse. 

We did however, out of 3 plants (one for each child) produce one teeny tiny pumpkin in the baby of the family's plant. 

It is perfectly formed. 

Just very small. 

But the perfect size for him. 

So to make up for the lack of pumpkins in the garden, we hunted out a local patch. 

We pulled up into a muddy field in the middle of know where, wellies on, coats on and grabbed a wheelbarrow. 

4 year old BB loved it. 

He immediately filled the wheelbarrow with every pumpkin he could find. 

We walked 5 paces behind offloading the bad ones as we went. 

5 year old LL wanted just one pumpkin. 

Not any old pumpkin. 

THE best pumpkin. 

To win a competition with her brother that only she was entering. 

BB was obviously in a competition for quantity over quality. 

The littlest, 9 month old LB, was just happy too be freeeee. 

He's just learnt to walk and thinks he's as old as the other two. 

He hates that he spends most outings in a pushchair. 

He toddled around, pointing and squealing with excitement at everything. 

In the end we settled on 5 pumpkins. One for each of us, going down in size accordingly. 

After paying up, the kids went on a little tractor ride around the field. 

We then went to a pub 5 minutes away from the patch for a yummy carvery and then back home, into our Jim jams and ate Ben n Jerrys whilst watching a film. 

It's what October half terms were made for. 

So I have now declared that every year, on the first Sunday of half term, we shall repeat this very day. 

From picking pumpkins to the carvery, ice cream and movie. 

Our new family tradition. 

And of course, we'll try to grow our own again next year too!


  1. Looks like such fun. Shame your pumpkins didn't grow. Better luck next year :) #WickedWednesdays

  2. We went for the first time on Monday, and we'll definitely make it a yearly tradition. We ended up with a white one, green one and huge red/orange one. I'm in the process of carving! Sarah www.kippersandcurtains.com

  3. Aww, so cute! Love the photos and well done for growing at least one of your own, ours wouldn't grow at all, most our veg was rubbish this year and so you've done well to grow something. I am definitely going to go to a pumpkin patch next year, they look fantastic fun as a family outing to collect your pumpkin, better than going to a supermarket.
    Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather :) x
    P.s. Could you please grab the #Whatevertheweather badge to put on your post or add links to our blogs at the bottom, as per teh linky rules. Thank you! :) x

  4. Aw lovely photos :) we went to a pumpkin patch a week ago and Monkey was very particular about the one he wanted to. Great that you grew your own too, we had the same problems with ours and managed one small one :) #toddlerapprovedtuesday & #whatevertheweather

  5. I absolutely adore LB's yellow wellies and blue coat! So, so cute!!! I love your photos. It sounds like such a lovely family day out. I love that their individual personalities shine through on days out too. I hope LL managed to find the best pumpkin. Thank you so much for linking up to #whatevertheweather xx

  6. Aah I keep meaning to find a pumpkin farm to do this — such a lovely family tradition :) Fab photos too — you'll treasure these in years to come :) #CountryKids

  7. I do love the idea of Pumpkin fields, though I've not yet found any in Cornwall, much more fun than buying one in a supermarket, it turns it into a real occasion and with a tractor ride and ice cream this sounds like a wonderful tradition to continue. Thank you so much for sharing with me on Country Kids.

  8. Ahh lovely shots! Thanks so much for linking up! Hope to see you again on this weeks Wicked Wednesdays! x

  9. After seeing so many people going pumpkin picking this year I think it really has become a thing here in the uk, I really am going to find somewhere for us to go next year! Thanks for linking up with #toddlerapprovedtuesday xx


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