"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Sunday, 17 October 2021

Pumpkins at Stoneleigh


D and E have been keen on going to a pumpkin event at Stoneleigh for some years but the year they planned to go when it was held outdoors it was cancelled due to heavy rain. The event is now held in a big exhibition hall at Stoneleigh Park.

Fortunately, being in the middle of the week the event was fairly quiet with just a few dozen people although we were among the few wearing masks!  

There were thousands of pumpkins for sale of different colours and sizes and varieties and also various Halloween displays which were fun!

This animated wolf was activated by motion and made me jump out of my skin!

A really cool dragon!

There was also a shop selling Halloween items.

This is what we purchased (the price was reasonable). The large pumpkin is for carving and the others will be used for cooking - pumpkin soup, wizard's hat pasties and pumpkin ravioli.

I hope everyone is staying safe and well.

All photos taken by me with the Panasonic Lumix FZ330 bridge camera.


Bovey Belle said...

Gosh, plenty to choose from and some good displays too.

I like your selection. What are Wizard's Hat Pasties please? (e.g. ingredients apart from Pumpkin!)

Ragged Robin said...

Bovey Belle - Thanks - yes a great selection :) I will post a link for recipe Wizard's Hat Pasties although you may have to copy and paste.

Rustic Pumpkin said...

So happy to see pumpkins taking off in this country. It was like this in America over 30 years ago when I lived there and I missed all the pumpkin fun when I moved back home. My friend recently set up a sunflower and pumpkin farm which I'd love to visit, and several pick your own here too.

Ragged Robin said...

Rustic Pumpkin -Thanks so much. I think these pumpkins all grown on a local farm. We saw fields of them when we visited Bagot's Castle which is nearby recently. Sunflowers AND pumpkins how lovely!!!

Pam said...

This looks brilliant, my daughter would love it!

Ragged Robin said...

Pam - Thanks so much. My two loved it there.

Rosie said...

It looks like great fun. Pumpkins are so cheerful and always make me smile. We must have a go at carving one again this year, we haven't bothered the last two and it's always a nice festive thing to do. Like the sound of all the things you intend to make with your non-carving pumpkins. I have had pumpkin ravioli once and it was delicious:)

Ragged Robin said...

Rosie - Thanks so much. Carved pumpkins are fun. Interestingly son on about making pumpkin ravioli this year - has a recipe in one of his Vegetarian Cook Books. Pumpkins are very versatile for cooking and baking. Must also remember to toast some of the seeds :)

CherryPie said...

I love to see all the different shapes and sizes.

Ragged Robin said...

Cherry Pie - Thanks although sadly we failed to find a Turk's Turban which I was keen to buy to make soup :)

Millymollymandy said...

Ha ha, like country zombies! Scarecrows coming back from the dead! That must have been a lot of fun, especially as you get to come home with goodies to turn into yummy food! I still have a tin of pumpkin puree in the cupboard to make pumpkin pie with - of course in the past I used to make my own puree and freeze it. Oh well, at least in a tin it won't go off like a pumpkin eventually will. :-)

Ragged Robin said...

Millymollymandy - Thank you - lol yes country zombies I like Scarecrow Festivals too in villages. We've made pumpkin pasties, pumpkin and stilton soup, pumpkin with ravioli and next week son plans to make a cake! The big one and one small one were used for carving. Son made a savoury snack by roasting some pumpkin seeds the other night and that was good! Enjoy your pie when made :)