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Sunday, 25 October 2020

Pumpkin Picking at Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Autumn is one of my favourite seasons. The falling leaves, the changing colours and of course- pumpkin picking! I've found the best kept secret when it comes to pumpkin patches, nestled in Lincolnshire and know as Bell's Pumpkin Patch.

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

I've been to Bell's Pumpkin patch a couple of times over the past few years and felt I had to share it with you. With covid ongoing, this year they have made the patch ticketed to ensure people stay safe and this popular patch doesn't become over saturated. Tickets are £4 or £15 for a family of 2 adults and 2 children. 

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

So what can you expect from Bell's? The pumpkin festival has certainly come on leaps and bounds over the past few years, with more areas to explore and more beautiful displays.

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

As you can see the displays are just beautiful! They make for the perfect photo opportunity, with lots of families posing in front of displays with their families and even couples with their doggos! I loved seeing the grey and white display too which gave me lots of ideas on how to add some autumnal decor to my grey home!

As you're led through the displays, you then enter the patch so Harry and I grabbed our wheel barrow to get involved .

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

The outside area is lovely and large with plenty of space to social distance but also just enjoy some fresh air. This is where the atmosphere is with singing pumpkins, a pumpkin cannon, hay bales to climb , obstacle courses, face painting, a Halloween shop, plus further displays and photo opportunities.

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Another big plus to the patch is that it's dog friendly so you can get that lovely family photo and pick a pumpkin with your favourite four legged companion. Harry loved the smells and exploring in the mud. That's another thing- bring your wellies!!

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Once we'd picked a perfect pumpkin, we stopped for some food. The food trucks had some amazing choices and even baileys hot chocolate for us adults- the perfect way to warm up. And if there's a small rain shower? There's shelter dotted around to take cover too which is a plus!

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Having warmed up I went and met "Harold" the pumpkin blaster! If you fancy practicing your target practice, you can do so with aiming a pumpkin at the target in the next field. I was shocking but we'll gloss over that...

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Having thought we'd done the patch I then saw this area and realised they have a maise maze!


She's A Gentry

It took us a while to get our bearings, with lots of twists and turns but soon we found the exit!

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Our final stop was the shop. With lots of pumpkins and gourds to choose from! It was set out like a little autumnal market and even had recipe ideas dotted around for inspiration on how to cook your squashes. I hadn't quite realised the amount of different types of pumpkins and squashes! Bell's Gardening Outlet have around 1 million pumpkins produced each year for their festival too!

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

Bell's Pumpkin Patch

I was blown away by Bell's Pumpkin patch this year. They have put an incredible amount of hard work and effort into making the patch fun and accessible for anyone and any age too! It's a lovely place to take the family for an afternoon or go for a date with your other half, before heading home to carve your pumpkin ready for Halloween. From a 2020 perspective, it's also a lovely place to get outside in the fresh air and get some head space away from whats been going on this year which I think everyone can appreciate.

Bell's Pumpkin Patch


Will you be heading to Bell's Pumpkin Patch?














Thursday, 3 September 2020

Shopping Small & Indie Businesses I'm Supporting


This year I'm trying my hardest to shop and buy local and/or from independent shops rather than chains, especially as its been a tough year for many and I'd rather put my money into small businesses than large corporate chains. With that in mind, I thought I'd share some of the shops places I've recently purchased from. 



GobSnacked

If you're local to the Brampton/ Huntingdon area you should definitely buy some cookies from Gob Snacked! When they say they're not your basic batch they mean it because honestly these cookies are insanely good. For £10 you can get a box of 8 cookies in a range of flavours which can be delivered locally or for collection. Naturally Chris and I couldn't choose what to have so we went for every flavour and doubled up on one. So we had: Double Chocolate Chip, Triple Chocolate, Carrot Cake, Oatmeal and Raisin, Lime Coconut and White Chocolate, Dark Chocolate and Ginger and Milk Chocolate and Orange.

I think my favourite is a toss up between Lime Coconut and White Chocolate or Triple Chocolate. I've also never come across a lime coconut and white chocolate cookie or a carrot cake one either and they're both amazing flavour combinations. As for the sizes of cookie they are huuuge so you get plenty of cookie for your £10!




OxMail Studios and J Welton Illustration

I've been looking for some new stationary for writing to my penpal and had thought the market was pretty limited until I looked on Etsy and found a hella load of designs! I got a selection from each, first starting with Ox Mail Studios. The shop owner Jade hand creates these writing sheets on her ipad and is looking to create more snail mail products in the future so watch this space. I love Jade's style and cannot wait to put pen on this gorgeous paper and write away to my hearts content. 

I then bought some mystery misprints from J Welton Illustration. Buying this pack prevented these designs from becoming paper waste as well as giving me a mystery gift of assorted paper designs as they were prototypes and misprints from the letter sets. I love them and I'm pleased to have rescued them being wasted or thrown away! Based in Cambridge, Jame's prints are lovely and definitely worth checking out to pimp out your pen pal kit!






Little Bee Factory

Little Bee Factory is one of my favourite small businesses to shop at. Partly because its owned by one of my best friends! Lucy creates the most gorgeous personalised gifts. From clothing to water bottles, gin glasses and canvas totes, Lucy can design so many things to your request and her attention to detail is second to none. I've bought various pieces from her but my most recent purchase was this tote bag which I adore!


Panda and The Prince

Another gorgeous Etsy seller to check out is Amanda from Panda and The Prince. Her shop is full of hand drawn cards with witty slogans and puns that can also be customised. I picked up this awesome card for my upcoming wedding anniversary and yes...the treatments are customised...poor Chris!


Treasure Your Gifts

Treasure your gifts is an Etsy store that prides itself on not being massed produced and has an array of lovely personalised pieces. Again for our upcoming anniversary, I picked up this monogrammed scarf for Chris. It's our 7 year anniversary and the traditional gift is wool so this seemed kind of perfect! 




Dandelion Dreams with Charlotte- Body Shop

As you've probably guessed if you've read my previous posts, I love Body Shop. I also love that I can contribute to Charlotte's small business by buying my products through her and can get exclusive discounts and prizes through her group too! I've discovered some lovely products through Charlotte and can also have products delivered straight to my door. 


So those are just a few of the businesses I've been buying from of late and I'm chuffed to have purchased from people passionate about what they do, make and create rather than buying from a chain.


Where have you bought from that's independent of late?



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