Pumpkin Carving

 

pumpkin carving notice

Carving a pumpkin is now an essential part of childhood.  We have always carved a small pumpkin at home.  When I say we I mean hubby has usually using tools from the toolbox with the chisel featuring heavily.  We manage a standard type of scary face, the pumpkin has never been able to better some of our neighbours, who go to town with cats and witch carving presumbaly with the help of a pumpkin carving kit and template.

scooped out pumpkins

scooped out pumpkins

I was therefore really pleased to see that the National Trust were holding pumpkin carving session at Claremont Gardens in Esher.   Not too sure whether it counts as one of their 52 Things, but if it isn’t it should be high on the list.  We weren’t too sure what to expect andIi think I was hoping that it would all be created for us.  So we chose a larger pumpkin than we usually would and went into a very busy Claremont Gardens.  It was great to see so many families outdoors and enjoying themselves.

pumpkin teeth

It was an DIY activity and it was great fun.  We were in the open air, surrounded by a beautiful landscape garden, in the company of other families madly scooping and carving  I learnt that simple metal spoons and ice cream scoops work well to help empty the pumpkin of all the seeds and soft material.  My 8 year old went for it big time so much so that I did not have to do a thing.  All the work on our pumpkin was undertaken by him.

pumpkin with face

Using a template certainly helped.

pumpkins Claremont

We didn’t manage pumpkins looking quite as grand as those located in the garden, though I have logged scrapping the orange skin off to reveal the whiter flesh as something we may try next year.

lit up pumpkin

Our nightime effects were suitably spooky.  Hope everyone had a great Halloween.

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

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4 Responses to Pumpkin Carving

  1. Charlotte November 2, 2013 at 7:50 pm #

    Sounds like lots of fun! We went on a pumpkin trail yesterday but there wasn’t any carving so we did that at home. x x

    • Lynda November 3, 2013 at 8:18 am #

      Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed your pumpkin carving

  2. Coombemill - Fiona November 4, 2013 at 8:16 pm #

    I love the teeth, that is a new one on me leaving the white showing. Our kids spend hours perfecting their designs in the garden too. Halloween just gets bigger each year! Glad you had fun and in a lovely safe place for carving too. Thank you for sharing on Country Kids.

  3. Sam @happyhomebird November 9, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    They look lovely, I’m a bit sad that Halloween been and gone x

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