Pumpkin picking isn’t exactly something you hear about much in Scotland but randomly something I have always wanted to do. For some, this sounds mad because why not just go to the supermarket and grab one for a pound, which I do every year. But after my recent trip to Arnprior, pumpkin picking is now something I will be doing yearly!
On driving home from university in Stirling last Friday, my sister passed Arnprior Pumpkins on its opening day. Strangely I had been talking about wanting to visit a pumpkin patch just the week before, so right away we knew we had to go.
The patch itself was picture perfect, with hand painted signs guiding us up to the farm. Although clearly well loved by many visitors over the past two days, there were still loads of pumpkins available in many shapes, sizes and colours! (yes there were white pumpkins and I got just a bit over excited). On first entering the patch we were told about all the different activities they had going on including picking your own tatties and turnips, wood carving, facing painting for the little ones, a kale maze(!) as well as a food and hot drinks stand which served fresh soup, coffee and cakes. Adorable. There was no entry fee and you could buy as many beautiful pumpkins as you wished, each priced by size. Obviously buying from the supermarket is much cheaper, however, the whole experience thrown in with the fact it is a small family run business makes you happy to pay that bit extra.
For me, Autumn and Winter are just thee best seasons. Wrapping up in layers of clothing, walking in the cold air .. add some pumpkins to the mix and you have the perfect Autumn Sunday. Top tip though – WELLIES are a must! Although picture perfect and adorable we do live in Scotland … and that means rain … which in a field means mud!
I think everyone should add – eat more brunch – to their list of resolutions this year. I definitely got my fix this weekend whilst through in Edinburgh. The city has an abundance of lovely places to eat, especially when it comes to brunch, so there are loads of different options.
On Saturday morning we decided to head to Montpeliers, situated in Edinburgh’s Bruntsfield. Montpeliers has the perfect atmosphere for a chilled morning brunch along with amazing food and service. Both starting with a refreshing mint tea, I then went for the pancakes with bacon and maple syrup whilst Michael opted for the potato stack with black pudding, haggis, bacon and homemade potato scones with a fried egg. Yumm. We were both very impressed and will definitely be back!
When it came to Sunday morning, it was dark, cold and snowy so we felt we deserved a nice filling meal by going for yes, another brunch. This time we went to TriBeCa, a restaurant I have been familiar with in Glasgow, which has fairly recently expanded itself, opening a restaurant in Edinburgh. Also situated within Bruntsfield, TriBeCa has a completely different felt to that of Montpeliers. The restaurant is themed on all things New York with a menu aiming to reflect that. We lucky arrived just as a table were leaving so were seated pretty quickly however a que quickly formed out the door shortly after. The restaurant was packed with a buzzing atmosphere, not everyone’s cup of tea on a Sunday morning but I enjoyed it. When it came to ordering there was so much option it took us a while to decide. I opted for the Varick Breakfast which came with french toast, bacon, sausages, hash browns and eggs (I’ve never been a great egg fan so they were slid to Michael’s plate). He went for the Eggs Benedict, also adding bacon, sausage and hash browns. Its safe to say we were full for pretty much all day, the portion sizes are massive! Again we were both very happy with our meals and although not managing to finish it all, were fully satisfied. If your in need of a good feed then this is your place!
I will need to stop writing now as this is making me hungry but if your looking for a good brunch in Edinburgh I would definitely recommend either of these places. No doubt we will be back at both again soon.
… Diet starts tomorrow …
By this time in the month your presents should be bought and ready for wrapping. But lets be honest, this probably won’t be the case for most! The week of Christmas is full of last minute Christmas shoppers, rushing around the shops, which is normally where I find myself. However, this year I have manage to get it all done and wrapped before the week of Christmas even began! Not bad if I say so myself.
Wrapping presents has always been a highlight of Christmas for me. Pop on a good Christmas playlist and your good to go! I thought I would share some of my wrapped presents with you for some wrapping inspiration and where to get some nice finishing touches to make your presents just that little bit more special.
Wrapping paper – Next
Gift bows – Next
Mini bauble present toppers – Marks and Spencer
Ribbon – Next
Gift tag – Next
Alphabet gift tag – Marks and Spencer
Pine cone present topper – Marks and Spencer
Good luck with the shopping!