Pumpkin patch with a toddler: expectation vs actuality

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Taking a Toddler to a Pumpkin Patch: Expectation Vs Actuality

Keep in mind two years in the past, once I randomly determined I used to be going to turn into an Autumn Particular person by diligently working my manner by a bucket checklist of healthful sounding autumn-activities, completely none of which sounded even remotely like one thing my cold-hearted, autumn-hating self would do? (The submit about it’s right here, simply in case you’re questioning…)

Then, keep in mind how I completely did not do ANY of these issues? 

Properly, put together to be amazed, folks, as a result of final week I managed to cross, not only one, however THREE objects off my autumn bucket checklist, with a visit to Craigies Farm, close to Edinburgh. 

Pumpkin Picking At Craigies Farm, Near Edinburgh, Scotland

Now, the excellent news is that Cragies is completely great. In addition to the pumpkin patch, which was satisfyingly enormous, there’s additionally a large orchard, plus alternatives to choose numerous totally different fruits, relying on the season. Oh, and so they have goats. You gotta love a spot with goats, proper? 

The dangerous information, in the meantime, was that we’d unwittingly booked our tickets (Resulting from Covid security restrictions, they’re limiting entry in the meanwhile, so it’s important to e book first…) for what was to turn into generally known as The Day the Water Died: as in, not simply our bathe this time, however ALL of the water provide, to our whole avenue. By the point we set off for the pumpkin patch, Terry and I had been trying to take care of this case all day, so we have been feeling just a bit bit fraught. (And in addition sort of grubby, actually, because of the entire ‘no bathe’ scenario…) Max, in the meantime, had determined that this may be a superb day to fully skip his afternoon nap, after which point-blank refuse to depart the home, and that, I suppose, was the second I realised that my expectations for this outing have been going to diverge considerably from the precise actuality of it. And I used to be proper. As an example…

Pumpkin Picking


Crazed pleasure from Max on the prospect of attending to run round in a subject crammed with pumpkins. Like, critically, WHAT COULD BE BETTER?


A sand-pit, apparently. A SAND PIT might be higher, and, simply to make this level extra-clear, Max spends the period of the automotive trip speaking about how a lot he needs to go to one, whereas Terry and I trade nervous glances, understanding that the farm has many, many sights, however, sadly, a sandpit will not be certainly one of them. Gulp.

Visiting The Pumpkin Patch


Nonetheless, when he sees the pumpkins, he’ll neglect all in regards to the sandpit, received’t he? 


WRONG. On the best way to the pumpkin patch, we move a small playpark. It instantly turns into Max’s life purpose to go to it. He deeply resents our makes an attempt to pursuits him within the pumpkins, as an alternative. As a result of, I imply, positive, there’s an entire subject of pumpkins proper there, but it surely’s inferior to the exacts similar slide we have now in our personal again backyard, and which he refuses to go on, is it? 

Visiting The Pumpkinn Patch At Craigies Farm, Near Edinburgh


Everybody likes goats, proper? 

Feeding The Goats


Properly… nearly everybody. To be honest, Max did spent a few minutes attempting to speak to them, earlier than being as soon as once more diverted by the considered the playpark. I very a lot loved the goats, although, so I’m calling this one a win.

Max And Daddy Go Apple Picking


He’ll love apple choosing, although, certainly? 


Terry has to hold a loudly protesting Max all the best way to the apple orchard, with the promise of a go to to the playpark afterwards getting used as a dangling carrot. Er, apple, fairly. I tag alongside behind them, smiling apologetically at passers-by, in a bid to reassure them that Max will not be, actually, being kidnapped and tortured, although it very a lot sounds prefer it. 

As soon as there, nevertheless, I’m happy to say that he did really get pleasure from choosing the apples, which have been enormous and plentiful:

Apple Picking With A Toddler In Autumn

Apple Picking At The Farm

Toddler Max Picking Apples At The Farm

How Do Ta Like Them Apples? “NOW can we go to the playpark?” he requested, as soon as he’d stuffed a basket with apples, and began munching his manner by one. Resigned to our destiny, we headed within the path of the playpark. We had only one cease to make on the best way, although: the massive second after we would choose our pumpkin!

Visiting The Pumpkin Patch With A ToddlerEXPECTATION: 

Max would actually get pleasure from inspecting the pumpkins, and would spend loads of time choosing out the proper specimen, which he would most likely identify, and speak to all the best way residence, as is his manner.


Max has discovered a keep on with play with, and remains to be having fun with his apple, so I select a pumpkin myself. I identify him Invoice. Nobody cares. 

Picking Out A Pumpkin

Lastly, Max’s purpose is achieved: we make it to the playpark!


I’ll now get to sit down down with a pleasant scorching espresso, whereas Max performs on the tractors and different tools.


Having been relentlessly sunny all afternoon, the heavens open as quickly as set foot within the playpark. As a result of we’ve promised Max he can play there, we have now to remain anyway. Nonetheless, at the very least it makes up for the dearth of a bathe? I suppose? 

Red Hair In Autumn

And so ended our journey to the pumpkin patch. Right here’s what I discovered: :

01. At 2.5, Max might be nonetheless just a little bit too younger to completely admire the finer particulars of the pumpkin patch. Just like the pumpkins, say. 

02. We will certainly be going again subsequent 12 months, although, and, tbh, I’d return once more tomorrow if I might. I imply, goats, apples, pumpkins: what’s to not like?

03. It’s at all times, at all times a good suggestion to decrease your expectations earlier than embarking on a time out with a toddler. 

04. It doesn’t matter what you THINK you’re going to be doing with a chid this age, you’ll, actually, find yourself in a play park. You can save your self loads of money and time right here by simply going DIRECTLY to the playpark, actually. 

05. You received’t, although, as a result of, should you’re something like me, you’ve seen so many Instagram pictures of joyful youngsters choosing excellent pumpkins in smooth, golden mild that you simply’re now WAY too invested in #makingmemories, and making a enjoyable childhood custom, and also you WILL do it, it doesn’t matter what. 

06. Instagram is completely pretend, by the best way: hth.

07. Goats, although!

Oh, and as for my three autumn bucket checklist objects, I wish to submit the next: 

ITEM # 1:  Go to a pumpkin patch – CHECK

ITEM #4:  Go apple choosing – CHECK

ITEM #6: Take some lengthy walks – OK, I’m together with this one purely as a result of, even when strolling across the farm doesn’t rely, taking lengthy walks is just about ALL we’ve carried out this 12 months, so at the very least certainly one of them HAS to rely, proper? 

Lastly, I’m additionally joyful to announce that working water was restored to our home later that evening, so we have been lastly capable of bathe, and really feel like people once more. So at the very least that’s one thing…