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Picking My Own Pumpkin

26th September 2016

I’ve always wanted to go to a pumpkin patch and pick my own pumpkin like you see on American films and TV, so internally jumped for joy when I saw that Hendrewennol -our local pick-your-own fruit farm- would be having pumpkins this year. The majority of our renovation work is going on throughout October and I’ll be completely without a kitchen for weeks, so I decided to do a little pumpkin cooking in September.

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The pumpkins at Hendrewennol were ready early so we headed on down and were actually the first people there, giving me first ‘pick’. Whilst all the pumpkins have been homegrown on the farm, they were picked and placed on vines so they can be chosen, as they’re grown somewhere less accessible.

It was early morning and the lighting was so golden, it really felt as though Autumn had arrived. We wondered around inspecting the pumpkins before settling on two small orange ones for cooking and a massive green one we would ripen at home and carve on Halloween. We were given a great tip for helping ensure the pumpkin stays fresh for Halloween; Inspect it regularly and patch up any holes or breaks in the skin with duct tape.

Living in the city, it’s a nice escape to drive for half an hour and be in a rural farm. I love picking my own fruit, it always tastes better and makes for a nice walk.

The smallest pumpkin has already been sacrificed – he was used to make pumpkin and sage butter cannoli which I made with Jamie Oliver inspired truffle oil and cheese chips. So delicious I didn’t even stop to photograph it for the blog!

  • Rhiannon
    26th September 2016 at 12:34 pm

    Hendrewennol is the strawberry picking place that do the Halloween event, right? This makes me kind of sad I’m not home right now! I’ve always wanted to do the whole American picking pumpkins thing!

    • Amy
      26th September 2016 at 12:51 pm

      That’s the one! It was a fun experience 🙂

  • Serena
    26th September 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Your photographs are absolutely gorgeous! I love pumpkins 🙂 This is such an autumnal post! I wish we also had picking pumpkins trips here! xx

    http://www.serenbird.com

    • Amy
      28th September 2016 at 9:58 am

      Thank you so much! I was surprised to find one in Wales but excited as it’s something I’ve always thought looked fun x

  • Claire Cavanagh
    26th September 2016 at 1:23 pm

    This looks like the cutest day out ever!

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

    • Amy
      28th September 2016 at 9:57 am

      It was, I’m so glad they’re doing it in the UK now too x

  • Louise Hunt
    26th September 2016 at 3:00 pm

    Omg, total blog envy I LOVE IT! I love this post too! Your pictures are amazing. They give me such a cosy feeling haha! I can’t wait to get my first pumpkin! Xx

    http://louiselovesbeauty.blogspot.co.uk/

    • Amy
      28th September 2016 at 9:57 am

      Aw thanks Louise!! 🙂 My kitchen is being renovated so I’ve got the remaining pumpkins on my desk … I think the workmen here think I’m really weird haha x

  • Abigail Alice
    26th September 2016 at 5:58 pm

    I have always wanted to go pumpkin picking this is SO cute!

    Abigail Alice x

    • Amy
      28th September 2016 at 9:56 am

      Same here, it was really fun x

  • Alice Red
    26th September 2016 at 7:07 pm

    This whole blog post just screams Autumn, I’m so happy. I’ve never been pumpkin picking but it looks like so much fun! Lovely photos, too!

    http://www.alicered.co.uk/

    • Amy
      28th September 2016 at 9:56 am

      It made me feel really Autumnal. Thanks Alice 🙂

  • Nishi V
    27th September 2016 at 12:38 am

    This looks like so much fun!
    – Nishi x
    http://www.nishiv.com

    • Amy
      28th September 2016 at 9:55 am

      It was 🙂 I would definitely do it again next year x

  • LizzieBee
    28th September 2016 at 7:56 am

    This sounds so exciting! I’d love to go pumpkin-picking, but I’m not too sure if they do that in the UK… Shall have to have a look!

    Lizzie Bee // mysticthorn.com

    • Amy
      28th September 2016 at 9:55 am

      I’m in Wales 🙂 So hopefully they do in your part too. It was really fun xx

  • Rachel Stinson
    28th September 2016 at 10:05 am

    OMG I would love to do this especially with my mum. She loves pumpinks 🙂 This looks so gorgeous 😀 Also good luck with the renovations, I bet everything will be gorgeous when it’s finished. xx

    • Amy
      28th September 2016 at 10:22 am

      Aw I think she would have loved it! Thank you 🙂 xx

  • ISA Professional
    28th September 2016 at 11:20 pm

    This looks very fun, we love how you kept the day stylish with those cheetah print boots! We would use our pumpkins to make soup!

    ISA Professional

  • Emma (Fluff and Fripperies)
    3rd October 2016 at 10:00 am

    What a cool activity! *Immediately googles pumpkin farms in Ireland*

    Emma | http://www.fluffandfripperies.com

  • Mel Eaglestone
    12th October 2016 at 10:18 pm

    I’ve been looking for somewhere to go Pumpkin picking for ages – deffo saving this!

    Mel ★ http://www.meleaglestone.co.uk