Silent Sunday / Project 52

May 11, 2014 at 12:00 AMCoombeMill

Tractor race tug of war

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May 9, 2014 at 11:42 PMCoombeMill

An Epic Birthday Party 

After last week's aborted birthday party this week was hotly awaited. Within minutes of finishing the morning feed fun excited classmates began to arrive. Each child came armed with spare clothes and a water pistol; the triplet's parties are becoming legendary! Having said this I removed every single water gun promising they could all have them for a water fight at the end but that I wasn't going to have 3 hours of soaking wet children; with water guns confiscated they piled onto the trampoline.


 Triplets Birthday on the trampoline

Excitement was running high and I felt it was best to channel that energy into the first game. My older three children all hid three sets of pre prepared clues for a treasure hunt. Team Guy, Jed and Clio eagerly accepted their starting sheet and raced off to the first place. It was all I could do to keep up and advise them along the way as they dashed from one end of the farm to the other. I deliberately set the clues apart to keep them running and busy.

Triplets Birthday Party Treasure Hunt


There was seconds between them when they came back and that certainly took the edge of their energy levels!


Triplets Birthday time out

Next up the highly successful game from last year; everyone has played Pinata, but make your own girls vs boys recycled Pinata is amazing fun, ecological and cheap as chips! Each Team had a ready prepared milk bottle filled with sweets attached to a string, a pile of recycling and a real of sellotape. They then had ten minutes to make the biggest most indestructible Pinata they could. The shouting through their team work reached fever pitch as they taped and wrapped to a countdown finish.

Triplets Party Pinata making

Then I was grateful of the help of my teens in rigging them up to the veranda while the party members searched the farm for suitable sticks. The aim was for the girls to beat their way into the boys Pinata before the boys beat their way into the girls one; huge excitement bringing out the competitiveness in all.  


Triplets Party Pinata Fun


Thankfully I had a couple of Mummy friends who stayed to help me police it all and lay out the party lunch, thank you Fiona and Mandy, after all the running around everyone was hungry.


Triplets Birthday Party Lunch


Next up Farmer Nick's inspiration; down on the train lawn he set up two tractors both attached to a long rope. We mixed and matched the teams to race the tractors to the finishing post. It did remind me of something out of the old Iron Man TV series, but so perfect for our farm kids!


 Tractor Pulling Challenge

I had one more game up my sleeve before I let them loose on their water guns. This was a game I remembered from my own childhood but which must have become forgotten over time as one of the children had played it before. It involves trying to eat a bar of chocolate with a knife and fork in silly clothes when you roll the dice to a six. However if someone else gets a six they take the clothes and knife and fork from you; frantic fun in the afternoon sun on a picnic blanket.


Triplets Party with Chocolate Game


Finally we sang happy birthday and there followed a huge roar of "yessss" as I said they could go wild with the water guns.


 Triplets 10th Birthday Cake

Of course they were wet in seconds but at least I had held off the moment until their parents were due to take them home!


 Triplets Party Water Fight

Apparently this was their best ever birthday party and well worth waiting for. It was certainly helped having the space and fun of the farm as a base. I was pleased I remembered to warn our guests it would be happening as the noise levels during the games would have been quite a disturbance.



Joining in with Country Kids

Country Kids is all about taking time out from the comfort of the sofa and screen entertainment and enjoying time outdoors. Active kids are healthy kids and the same applies to us grownups. A little time away from the day to day chores enjoying quality time together doing something fun, from as close as the back garden, is good for mind and body. Please join me, grab the badge and add your outdoor adventures to the linky. Crafting, learning, playing and discovering are all Country Kids activities when they are outside. Please do check out some of the other posts here, everyone loves a comment and it could be the inspiration for your next post.

A few of my favourite posts from last week:

Bod for Tea Came to stay at Coombe Mill and shares some wonderful photos, no wonder she is shortlisted for a BIBs photo award

Taming the Goblin goes crabbing, this post reminds me how long it is since we did this, such a great seaside activity.

Le Baby Bakery finds success on a beach fossil hunting expedition

Chelsea Mamma takes the family Kayaking, an activity my children love too, though the choopy sea made this time a real challenge

Mama Mummy Mum gets the Geocaching bug and if this is new to you Chantelle gives a great explanation of how to get started

Can I walk Mummy?  takes advantage of a great outdoor Education Cantre to learn with the kids

Dear Mummy visits a farm and totally fires up my imagination with tales of sheep racing.


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Enjoy a Healthy Lifestyle

May 6, 2014 at 9:04 AMCoombeMill

Keeping Active

Everyone loves the idea of being fit and active and enjoying a healthy lifestyle. Here on the farm the fun starts early in the morning with feeding the animals and extends all day for parents running after busy fun loving children. We need to look after our bodies from the inside to stay healthy on the outside. A healthy balanced diet is always the best way to achieve this but sometimes we cheat on our intended diet and still expect our bodies to respond when we go chasing after the children!

 Keeping up with the children

Omega 3

The health benefits of taking Omega 3 have been well publicised in recent years. The so called "brain food" to help children to learn and adults to maintain a healthy heart and sense of well being. However not everyone has a taste for large quantities of oily fish where they are most commonly found and so a plethora of omega 3 supplements can be found on the market for those days when you just fancy pizza and chips! Finding one that is safe, affordable and high quality can be daunting. I have found myself squinting at the small print on bottles more than once trying to establish what I am paying for.

Nordic Oil

Nordic Oils are a modern Irish company with a straight forward website that makes things clear. They formed to provide a high grade of omega rich fish oil carefully sourced and turned into a consumable product range at a sensible price. All the products are third party tested and the dose, usage and suitability all clearly marked.

Here at Coombe Mill we are testing the High Grade Omega 3 Capsules with added vitamin D, something many of us are running low on thanks to the success of modern high factor sun creams reducing natural vitamin D from sunlight entering our bodies.


Nordic Oil supplementing a healthy breakfast at Coombe Mill


The oils are easy to take in the capsule form and leave no unpleasant aftertaste unlike products I have bought previously. I can't say it has worked magic and turned me into a genius or made me as fit as my children but I can say it feels a small step in maintaining well being. They are suitable for children too although mine found the capsule too large to swallow. There is however a liquid format available for those capsule. The tablets are much smaller and easy to swallow.

If you feel your diet could do with an Omega 3 boost Nordic Oils currently have a great offer on their website to buy the High grade oil, capsules and tablets all for £39.99 reduced from the usual £46.97 including free delivery in the United Kingdom 


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I was sent the Omega 3 capsules and Vitamin D tablets for the purpose of this review. The information here can be found on the Nordic Oil website, the opinions expressed are my own. 


Silent Sunday / Project 52

May 3, 2014 at 11:39 PMCoombeMill

Train ride on the Coombe Mill railway

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May 2, 2014 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Turning Disappointment into Adventure

Last Sunday was the triplet's birthday party. We had plenty of outdoor fun lined up with some fun organised games, plenty of Pizza at the triplets request and I had made and iced a huge cake. The sky was looking heavy, the forecast was poor and drizzle was in the air but we had other priorities first thing as our first ever farm triplets had just been born! In view of this we waited until the end of the morning tractor feed run before finally calling round to postpone the party in light of the continuing rain. The triplets were understandably disappointed and I wanted to do something fun to brighten the day for them, not least because the sun was now peeping through the clouds and laughing at us.

Remembering a recent conversation with a friend about an amazing graffiti wall inside the old closed down Wenford Driers along the Camel Trail I suggested a Sunday walk. This was not met with any enthusiasm until I suggested they take their new birthday Penny boards, roller skates and that there was an amazing graffiti wall in a secret place we were going to visit.

Theo and Jed cycled off to Nick's shed and returned triumphant wielding 2 cans of spray paint left from creating last year's Carnival float! I had to admire their thought process and packed the cans for them forgetting to mention they were empty!

Theo finding spray paint

We parked up on the trail just a mile from Coombe Mill. It would have been easily walkable but very hilly and not suitable with the boards and skates.

There is a new cafe there with all sorts of tempting treats, bike hire and even a kids corner, a perfect way to start or end your journey. We had birthday treats at home so didn't indulge on this occasion but will be back.

Wenford Bridge Snails Pace Cafe & Bike Hire


The children immediately began skating in earnest, laughing and racing each other.


Penny boards & Roller Boots on the Camel Trail

A muddy puddle from the rain earlier was a magnet for some Penny Board fun.

Puddles & Pennyboards on the Camel Trail

In no time we were alongside the old driers. These dried clay from Stannon China Clay pits up on Bodmin Moor, somewhere we visited on bikes last year. The clay came by pipe through Coombe Mill and on downhill to Wenford Bridge where it was dried into clay blocks and finally loaded on goods trains for Padstow for export, until the famous Beeching cuts closed all the small lines in the 1960s. Then it travelled by lorry to Fowey or for the UK market. It is the old railway line that now forms the 17 miles of Camel Trail cycle way from Wenford Bridge to Padstow. The driers were operating right up until 2002, the year we moved to Coombe Mill. 


history of Wenford Driers


Now they are listed buildings sadly going to ruin and fenced off. The children found a gap in the fence they could hop over and I followed them. Now we were on an adventure. Jumping up to the first level the teens then helped the triplets and me up. Nick of course had found a much easier route which didn't require any clambering!


Adventurers at Wenford Bridge


Inside was vast, as we moved from chamber to chamber the scale of the building became apparent. It is rumoured to be the longest building in Europe!


Exploring Wenford Driers


It took us a while of passing less than impressive spray painting before we found the walls we were searching for.  I have to say it really was incredible. Truly works of art and on a scale so large it is hard to convey.

Graffiti at Wenford Bridge Driers

Even if you didn't approve of all the content!

 Shocking Farmer Nick


Having gawped and admired the children remembered the cans they brought and were only momentarily sad to discover they were empty; I was quite proud of not mentioning it before and having a teen sulk on my hands. As it was they were so fascinated with everything they found from the art work to understanding the history that the fact they were unable to leave their own mark was soon overlooked. I know we weren't really supposed to be there, but that added to the adventure and we certainly weren't the first! 



I love this photo of Nick explaining the history of the driers to the oldest boys on the journey back.


Explaining the history of the Wenford Driers

All in all a day rescued from doom and gloom with Pizza and birthday cake for tea! Hopefully next week I will be telling the tale of the triplet's party having baked another cake!

Joining in with Country Kids 

If you have been enjoying the great outdoors with the children recently please come and join the Country Kids linky. Country Kids is all about spending some quality time with the children away from all screens and sofas. Get active and get outdoors. Adventures, crafting, learning and playing from the garden to the beach are all welcome. Please add the badge or a link back here and take a look at some of the other posts. Country Kids is a lovely growing and friendly community built on inspiration from one another, please help support this. 

A few of my favourites from last week:

I love the Easter happiness in the photos from Emily Beal Photography from their family meet up, the scavenger hunt from Daisy Broomfield and forest school experience from Chelsea Mamma

An activity based Easter from Touchline Dad kept the kids away from screens while Mummy Constant took the Family to a National Trust Abbey for some Easter Fun

No one translates a book into a real life adventure quite like Mummy Mishaps. Who wouldn't adore this Bear Hunt?

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