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PUMPKIN PICKING 2018

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It’s generally about this time of year that I realise I never posted our Pumpkin Patch photos from the year before. So in true fashion, here they are from 2018. Note that THIS year, I’ll be able to edit and post them after we’ve been as all of the boys are at school now and so I actually have time in the day [more on that in another post]. I’m telling myself that anyway.

My favourite photograph of me and the boys at the Rogate Pumpkin Patch 2018

The boys have visited a pumpkin patch every year since the first October they were on this planet. I’m quite infatuated with gourds – there’s something magical about them – maybe it’s because I was pulled by adorable white ponies to my wedding in the most legendary pumpkin of all [Cinderella’s] – but I look forward to pumpkin season so much each year.

I’ve tried a few patches – five to be exact – and nothing has come close to the one we call ours now – Rogate Pumpkin Patch. I can’t remember how we found it, but we’re glad we did and we’ve been for the past three years because it’s been so much fun – every year they get better and better at hosting the event.

ROGATE PUMPKIN PATCH – THE PICKING

2018 Pumpkin picking was a bigger event than ever – Rogate pumpkin patch was really becoming THE pumpkin patch to go to from far and wide and it was crammed with people in bright bobble hats and striped wooly scarves hunting for the perfect pumpkin to take home.

The pumpkins are scattered over the fields carefully and you can walk amongst the stems and leaves to find the pumpkin of your dreams, and pop him into a wheelbarrow to take home. They have really big wheelbarrows, which is great, because there’s nothing small Joneses like more than a lift in a wheelbarrow.

A PUMPKIN FILLED WHEELBARROW RIDE

Why take one pumpking when you can take 11? Yep, we eventually ended up with 11 pumpkins. ELEVEN. But they were all so different and some of them we’d never seen before and, well, you need a good gourd or 11 in your home in Autumn. So we had the most impressive looking porch in our neighbourhood on Hallowe’en, and the local birds had five different types of pumpkin to feast on afterwards. You’re welcome, winter birds.

LYOTO IN HIS PUMPKIN PATCH DUNGAREES. HE GETS IT FROM ME.

There are so many reasons I love the Pumpkin Patch, and it’s not just because I’m a diehard Snoopy fan in search of the Great Pumpkin like Linus. It’s the only time of the year that I manage to get a family photo whilst pumpkin picking – and I like that time of year best because firstly, there’s a blue sky and orange pumpkins [my favourite colours] we’re outside, and there’s no end of props and photo opportunities for the boys to have fun with and they forget that Mommy is snapping away because they’re running free and hunting for the best pumpkin they can find.

The Corn Maze

The corn maze had moved to the bottom field this year which wasn’t as fun because of the good summer we had – everything was still green and healthy instead of yellow and brown and crunchy. We need hard crunchy corn plants for a good maze! Nevertheless, I still managed to get taken down by corn roots whilst I was pretending to be a raptor in the maze and stalk the boys. haha. There is nothing like falling on your face in front of a crowd. Lyoto had fun shucking corn though and looked so cute sat on the floor with his kernels spilled everywhere.

Hero was mainly concerned with hunting down people in the corn maze.

HERO IN THE CORN MAZE AT ROGATE PUMPKIN PATCH

I also managed to get an Autumnal photo of the boys whilst pumpkin picking. All smiling – which is still a rarity at the moment as Hero has a whole thou-shalt-not-smile-near-a-lens thing going on. Lyoto was happy as a clam because he got to wear his pumpkin picking dungarees, Jensen was running free and yelling, “Expelliarmus!’ with his corn cob wand whilst Hero was excited on two counts – firstly that they had mini wheelbarrows at the patch this year and secondly, his cousin Baby Fox met us there with Uncle Garth and Aunty Ginny.

rogate pumpkin patch hampshire

HAY BALES

Yeah, I know no one apparently likes their photo taken from below – but when you’re stood on hay bales piled to the sky, it’s hard to get them taken from anywhere else – and I love ours.

Hero loved the scuffed bits of hay he found and was throwing them at everyone in our family. I looked like Wurzel Gummage by the time he’d finished.

DAY OF THE DEAD FACE PAINTING

The face painters were amazing. Lyoto and Jens went for sugar skulls, and then Hero sat down. What did he want? He wanted to be Danté from Coco. The face painting lady looked so confused and so we had to google a photo for her. She did an amazing job though, and Hero was on top of the world that he was Danté for the day.

LYOTO’S SUGAR SKULL DAY OF THE DEAD MAKE UP

Only a couple of weeks until the patch opens again!

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  1. I have never in my life been Pumpkin picking but no I am going to find out where we can do it locally.

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