Advice from a pumpkin

Advice from a pumpkin

Be well rounded.
Get plenty of sunshine.
Give thanks for life's bounty.
Have a thick skin.
Keep growing.
Be outstanding in your field.
Think big!

Ilan Shamir

Pumpkins are becoming increasingly popular here in the shire and all over the UK.  Below are some fun ideas you may want to try:

  • Take a day trip to a pumpkin patch and choose your own pumpkin.  You may need to book beforehand, so don't forget to check!
  • Try your hand at pumpkin carving, e.g. you could carve out a pattern, a famous cartoon or film character, or even an autumn theme.  You could stage a fun event by getting together with friends and family and holding a competition to see who comes up with the best carved pumpkin design.  
  • Craft an autumnal table or door display to really get into the autumn vibe. 
  • Treat yourself to a Pumpkin Spice Yankee candle or similar and fill your home with a gorgeous seasonal scent.
  • For all you foodies out there, why not cook up a satisfyingly yummy recipe like spicy pumpkin soup, or pumpkin pie, etc.  
  • Instead of the usual coffee latte, why not see if you can find somewhere that serves up pumpkin spice latte (e.g. Starbucks) or better still, make your own - pumpkin spice latte recipe - BBC recipe

I like to photograph pumpkins in still life set-ups. They make fab props, and once I'm finished I turn the pumpkins into spicy pumpkin soup.  What will you do with yours?