Blogtober 2022 : Day 27

It rained overnight so I decided it would be a Welly Day when I went out with the dog this morning.

To be honest, I was surprised that the brook wasn’t higher than it was as we’ve had a fair bit of rain this week but it was really quite low – and I saw some steps that I’ve never noticed before.  I wonder why there are steps there?  I couldn’t see an obvious way to get to them, or even why you would want to.  Anyway, something else that I’ve discovered this month, like the canal overflow which had been exposed when the brush was cleared, and I like it.

A bridge with green railings over a brook.  There are steps under the bridge leading down to the water.

I also liked wading through the puddles!

A photo of Christine's reflection in a puddle; she's wearing purple wellies

I usually try to avoid the puddles when I’ve got my usual walking boots on but today, I was straight through them all! 🙂  I didn’t like down in them like the dog does, though.  I thought that might be a bit much.


This afternoon, I went to meet a friend at Kenyon Hall Farm which is a farm shop with a cafe not far from Winwick.  I’d forgotten that it was half term (how?  I’ve got my girl at home for the holidays!) and it was really busy with families visiting for the pumpkin festival.  It’s Hallowe’en on Monday and there were barrow-loads (quite literally as you could borrow a wheelbarrow to transport your purchases) of pumpkins leaving the big polytunnel where they were displayed and heading out to the car park.

There were small pumpkins in lots of different colours …

Boxes of small pumpkins on display on tables.

ornamental gourds of all shapes and sizes …

A large box of ornamental gourds in shades of yellow, green and white

and pumpkins, masses of orange pumpkins, as far as you could see down the polytunnel.

Orange pumpkins of various sizes displayed on long table

I bought pumpkins for my girls to carve the other week and I’ve been driving round with them in my car ever since as that seemed like the coolest place to keep them.  There’s also been a bale of straw and a 20kg bag of duck food in there – it’s a good job the dog has decided that the back seat of the car is more befitting for a gentleman of his advancing years than the boot as there’s no room for him!

And if there weren’t enough pumpkins for sale, there were pumpkins on display everywhere.  So many of them!

A display of pumpkins around a vintage tractorA display of green, yellow and orange pumpkins and gourds on a vintage hand cart

If you live close enough to Kenyon Hall and you’re short of a pumpkin for this weekend then they had plenty left today!


Right, I’m off to wrestle with my laptop again … it’s on it’s last legs and I have a new one that needs my files transferring to it but do they want to transfer over?  They do not!  I’m going to give it another go tonight before phoning the support line tomorrow – and I need my computer to be up and running (or at least, for this old one not to give up the ghost) so that I can write my blog post – I’ve got something exciting to share with you!

See you tomorrow!  xx


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18 Responses

  1. Laura says:

    That all looks like so much fun! Especially the walk in your Wellies as that’s something that’s right up my alley. Such a beautiful area you live in. Thanks for letting us have a peak at your daily adventures. I think I’ll miss it once Blogtober ends. I hope you’re able to fix the issue with your laptop without too much trouble. Looking forward to hearing your exciting news!

    • winwickmum says:

      I think the laptop issues might have been the wifi so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I can do something different today to make it work. I can’t recommend jumping in puddles highly enough! 🙂 xx

  2. Charlotte says:

    What a nice walk. Great place to visit and see a variety of pumpkins.

  3. Simon says:

    I really don’t get the whole Pumpkin thing. Never have. I tried to crochet one last year as a decoration, never did finish it! I do like your mysterious steps! Perhaps it was a popular bathing spot in days of yore? Computers can be such a pain! Especially when they start doing something you didn’t know they could do, or why they’re doing it! Can’t wait to see what you’ve got to show us!

    • winwickmum says:

      I think the pumpkins have come over from the US – they do like to decorate for Hallowe’en! When I was little, we used to carve faces in swedes and they are not nearly as compliant as a pumpkin for being hollowed out! 🙂 xx

  4. ChrisG says:

    Love a sploshy puddle in my Daisy wellies (I can pretend I’m just keeping up with my 4 yr old grandson)! There’s a lot of pumpkins about this year. Never been tempted by pumpkin pie I must confess but there’s some great carvings appearing in windows already. I’m just creeping in to bed to read this before midnight, having spent all evening finishing my rainbow sock, yay.
    Hope your laptops play ball and looking forward to a surprise 😊 xx

    • winwickmum says:

      No, I’m not a fan of pumpkin pie either, and I don’t drink coffee so pumpkin spice latte has never been something that tempted me either. I like to see them, though, and they are much easier to carve than swedes! 🙂 xx

  5. Gillian Edwards. says:

    The pumpkins are so colourful. So love reading your blogs. I started knitting a pair of your boot socks yesterday for my hubby. I loooovvve knitting socks.
    Can’t wait to hear what you have to tell us !!!

  6. Lindsay says:

    I love the purple wellies, mine are a very bright red! I’ve ever eaten pumpkin and pumpkin pie sounds so weird, a vegetable with sugar? I do love the huge variety of shapes, sizes and colours, especially the Turks Turban ones.
    My sock knitting isn’t going well, I have an enormous stash of sock yarn but the oomph is absent at the moment. I’m hoping it returns soon as I really enjoyed watching then grow on the needles.
    Good luck with the laptops, technology and me are light years apart 🙄, thank heavens for the grown up children being tech savvy!

    • winwickmum says:

      You can’t go wrong with bright wellies! There are some amazing pumpkin and gourd shapes around, it was quite an experience to see so many of them all together yesterday! I hope your sock knitting mojo returns – maybe you just need to find a new pattern or start with a yarn that calls to you on a basic sock and see if that kick starts it. I am not a fan of pumpkin pie … it’s not happening in our house 🙂 xx

  7. Caz says:

    The steps are interesting. Perhaps they were a safe way into a boat for maintenance? Our castle lake was over a foot down last weekend but all the rain this week has filled it back up. I asked and they said it had risen by 17” in one day!

    • winwickmum says:

      I have no idea. I had another look yesterday when I came up a different path and there’s no obvious sign of what they’re for – to me, at least! 17 ins of rain in one day is a lot of rain! We do need it though, don’t we? It’s a bit of a worry to know that some of our reservoirs are still down by 50% xx

  8. I love Kenyon Hall Farm. It’s great fun doing their corn maze. Looks like you had fun. I can’t believe how much rain we are getting but it’s still warm.

    • winwickmum says:

      It’s really warm, isn’t it? I think it was 18 degrees on Thursday when I was at Kenyon Hall which is crazy for October! I was still glad of their outdoor heater when I sat outside with my brew, though 🙂 xx

  9. Helen says:

    I’ve never had pumpkin pie but have eaten carrot cake so…

    I’m near the centre of Stockport and often shortcut along the river. There are odd steps there too that I’ve wondered about. I’ve assumed the river was used more in years gone by although it doesn’t seem deep enough.

    • winwickmum says:

      I’m pretty certain this is an overflow brook from the canal but the steps look fairly modern so who knows? Maybe I’ll find out one day – and maybe you’ll find out about your steps too! 🙂 xx

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