What’s fall without a visit to a pumpkin patch? Well, apparently my autumns have been nothing before now! The UK is only just catching on with things like pumpkin patches, pumpkin spiced lattes and autumnal home decor, but I’m so glad we’re finally making it there. I mean, we’ve always had pumpkins to carve, but before now, they were just for that single Halloween week, rather than the seasonal decor they’ve now become. Our house is now decorated with pumpkins in all shapes, sizes and even colours – they had options for “blue” and white pumpkins there too!
It’s not difficult to see why we’re seeing pumpkins everywhere lately. Pumpkins just have that Instagram glow – the bright orange hues alongside the crispy burnt shades of the autumn leaves are just made for Instagram photos, aren’t they? And, of course, I jumped on the bandwagon – or should I say hay wagon?! We haven’t quite got there yet in the UK though! – and grabbed my sister for an outing to a local, recently opened pumpkin patch with ulterior motives of snapping the perfect Instagram photos. It also helped that my 21 week bump at this point was resembling some of the smaller pumpkins!
See more of my maternity outfits here:
And with less than a week till Halloween plus that pumpkin sized bump (bumpkin?!), I decided it was time to break out the costumes! Or if not the costumes, at least the slightly Halloween themed outfits – of which I currently only have one, but it’s a good’un. Who doesn’t need a pumpkin bump when they’re pregnant around Halloween?!
This T shirt was a quick, last minute purchase on Amazon when I decided I needed a “pumpkin body” rather than a “bikini body” this season, and the number of comments I got on it at the pumpkin patch was amazing! Technically this isn’t actually a maternity T shirt even though it’s listed as a “Pumpkin pregnant bump T shirt” on Amazon, which is a little bit annoying – it doesn’t have the ruching at the sides to allow for growth, nor a longer length at the front. It means it’s stretched prettttyyy tight over my 21 week bump, and I’d say I don’t have a lot of room left to grow in it – just a week or two and it would definitely be too small! Nevertheless, I’ve got a pumpkin bump at a pumpkin patch and that’s all I’m bothered about!
The rest of the outfit was not so carefully planned – it consisted of my trusty maternity jeans, a plaid top I bought when I found out I was pregnant and would be over autumn (I’ve worn this as a “cardigan” several times already) and my old Clarks boots that come out every year. I basically just swap between one pair of knee high boots and one pair of ankle boots all autumn and winter, so you’ll see these (ie. I wore them here the other day) and these ones a lot, I’d imagine!
This pumpkin patch made for an absolutely wonderful day out, even in spite of us not having a child in tow! I’d spotted a bench covered in pumpkins appear outside a local farm on my drive to work a couple of weeks ago, then a hay bale suddenly became a giant spider. By the time Ben and I went there the other weekend to take these photos, there were signs everywhere for Yorkshire Pumpkins, and I decided I needed to go.
My sister and I arrived expecting maybe a barn with some pumpkins to choose from that had already been picked, but we were astonished at just how gloriously autumnal and pumpkin-filled the place actually was – my sister actually gasped in awe when we walked out the other side of the playbarn (there were indoor and outdoor play areas for kids which I was sad I couldn’t partake in!) and we saw a field tumbling down the hill absolutely overflowing with pumpkins. We’d literally never seen anything like it in the UK!
We actually ended up spending a good couple of hours there despite not even having a child with us. We wandered the pumpkin field for ages picking out the best pumpkins – my sister, of course, picked the two biggest, most perfect pumpkins she could find! – and taking photos. The pumpkin field is located out the back of the farm that you have to walk through, and this also made for some excellent photo opportunities with the autumn leaves and vine covered walls. The autumn sunshine was perfect this day too meaning it was really very mild temperatures and nice and dry too. Beth ended up absolutely boiling as she had to push the wheelbarrow filled with pumpkins back up the hill – my excuse: I’m pregnant, I can’t!
We were also impressed with just how reasonably priced the pumpkins were. We ended up taking home 8 or 9 between us (including Beth’s two “oversized” pumpkins!) for only £18 – so much cheaper than the supermarket, and we also had the whole pumpkin patch experience of choosing and picking our own plus the day out under the price of what we paid for the pumpkins! The only thing I’d say is to make sure you take a pair of gloves as pumpkin stalks are spiky! Yes, okay, I may have cut my hand on one.