Orange is the New Black: Happy Halloween!

1-015It’s no secret that I love this time of year. From it being my birthday month to the beautiful colours even through to the name of my blog, October (and Autumn itself), is pretty wonderful in my eyes. I even wrote a post about it, so it must be true love! There’s just nothing quite like crisp, fresh air, foggy mornings, fiery colours and leaves crunching underfoot (again, I wrote about this when we went to Winkworth Arboretum last year). I love the chance to layer up in jeans, jumpers and scarves again after the warmth of summer has faded, and to look forward to those drawn in nights curled up on the sofa with blankets and comfort food, good books and boxsets. I think it’s safe to say I am pretty geared up for hibernation mode this year!

1-022This year has been pretty rushed and manic. I barely seem to have time to stop and breathe at the moment, let alone enjoy my favourite months of the year as I would like to. Every corner of the internet seems to be talking about blush pink, khaki, embroidered clothes and berry lips. It’s all passed me by in a bit of a blur, and my promises to get back on track with blog work have fallen a little by the wayside. However, I did manage to squeeze in a visit to Crockford Bridge Farm in Surrey to collect a pumpkin for my annual carving sesh last week, and I thought I’d share my photos with you here.

1-0181-0081-020Crockford Bridge has become my go to place for seasonal produce like pumpkins and Christmas trees, and I will be dragging Tom there with me in December to get our hands on a real Christmas tree for the flat! When I visited last week we were blessed with bright blue skies and warm sunshine, and I was amazed at how popular this event had gotten since last year. There were hordes of small people there because of the half term holidays, and I think I was one of the youngest people not accompanied by a parent…however, the actual children (many of them in tiny Halloween costumes) were kept entertained by a Wizard of Oz-style set up in a separate enclosure, and I was free to wander and get my fix of autumnal photography.

1-0201-030Now I have never been a fan of the colour orange (think TOWIE-tastic tan and you may understand why…), but there’s something about the vibrant orange shades of pumpkins which just seem so cheerful and cosy, especially at this time of year when the nights are drawing in and the leaves are falling. There were all sorts of shapes and colours on offer, from a pale, luminous white through to burnt marmalade orange. I eyed them all in turn, and after careful deliberation, I went for a rather tall pumpkin rather than the traditional squat, round one.

1-018I could have quite happily let this beast sit on my shelf as an extra ornament alongside my copper pineapple and various prints. But today I finally got round to a carving sesh this morning. And it took flipping ages! It’s only the second time I’ve ever carved a pumpkin in memory, and it took me two episodes of Made in Chelsea to hack through the thick flesh, scoop out all the squishy flesh (which was so slimy it gave me the shudders), and finalise the design. And this was the result…

037038044He’s a little wonky, but I’m pretty proud of my handiwork! He shall be my Halloween Direwolf…

1-013What have you been doing to celebrate Halloween this year? Do you love Autumn as much as I do?

  • Wow! That pumpkin came out so great. I am seriously impressed. I can’t believe it’s Halloween already. Autumn and the holiday season just fly by but I really try to slow down and just focus on one or two things that I can do to celebrate. I went to a fall festival in Hawaii which was a lot of fun! I miss autumn in New York and it’s not quite the same here, but I am looking forward to all things cozy when I go home in November for a visit!

  • cool pumpkin!:)

    • Sophie

      Thank you! I’m quite pleased with how it turned out 🙂