After seeing countless photos of pumpkin patches on Instagram for the third or fourth year running, I decided that it was nigh time I visit a patch myself, now that I'm the proud owner of an inquisitive toddler.
I dragged Ruari, and a wellington-boot-clad Joseph, to the nearest patch I could find on Google which turned out to be Pick Your Own Pumpkin in Sevington near Ashford in Kent (just five minutes from his parents' house).
It was unsurprisingly busy, as it was a Sunday, with cars parked for what seemed like a mile along the side of the patch. I loved that the staff, who were directing the cars where to park, were wearing bright orange gilets and scarves with a pumpkins printed on them!
Ruari said to me, as we stepped out of the car; 'don't think I don't know why we're here. This is an Instagram trip isn't it?'
'Yeah, and what?'
I definitely didn't go there to take photos for the sake of social sharing, as I'm still feeling a bit weird about Insta (and social media in general) but I definitely wanted to try and take some nice ones in the pursuit of trying to take better photos to have up around my house and trying to be good at something. But perhaps if it weren't for Instagram I'd be ignorant to the amazingness of pumpkin patches, and I'm glad that I took Joseph to see one.
I found the whole thing really magical and was trying to stay focussed on enjoying the moment whilst constant thoughts of 'Return to Oz' and 'The Nightmare Before Christmas' were running through my head, as was the determination to take a half-decent photo. I don't quite have this whole mindfulness thing nailed yet.
I loved the pumpkin patch and I think Joseph will come to appreciate it more as he gets older and it becomes an annual tradition to visit. For now, he was just kind of bemused and thought they were all 'balls' on the ground for him to run around and touch. It was very sweet to see Joseph explore, but I think I had more fun than he did!
The pumpkins were priced from £1-£5 (I think) depending on size and we went for a modest, lone, green pumpkin for £2 in the end which is yet to be carved, or photographed for that matter.
Not that I've been to another patch to compare this one to, but I'd recommend the Pick Your Own pumpkin patch in Sevington if you're local and want to visit one this October. Check their Facebook page first for opening times and travel tips (it gets super busy) and ENJOY!
Have you visited a pumpkin patch this year? x