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April 11, 2014 at 11:54 PMCoombeMill

A little sun and my kids go wild

We had a weekend with some wonderful sunshine. It puts everyone in high spirits and brings out the adventurous side in the children. We were hard at work on the farm preparing for the Easter holidays, the children had been working hard on the farm and deserved some free play. Thank goodness for a ready made playground here at coombe Mill, except that they declared it too hot to be running around. I'm not sure how they will cope when summer really arrives! In true Coombe Kids style they took matters into their own hands. I followed the sounds of shouting and laughter this is what I found:


By the Lake


I looked up and smiled at my adventure seekers who were cooling off in their own way. 

Fun in the Lake

Needless to say it lasted just minutes before they were frozen and made a dash for home. However the idea had inspired the others and I suggested if they wanted to play on the lake wearing their wet suits might be a good idea. This prospect appealed to Guy and Clio too. Jed ran off to collect the quad bike having struggled carrying the surfboard back and forth and they all suited up.

 Of to play in the lake


The island at the far end of the lake became the target with the surfboard acting as a Ferry. Quite a lot of teamwork and a few squabbles along the way and a plan was hatched. 



Still keen to continue their adventure they all piled aboard the surfboard. There were a few man overboard episodes along the way. Their destination was the Coombe Mill crocodile for more imaginary play and fun.


Crocodile play


Finally chilled to the bone I pealed their wet suits off on the doorstep and ushered them all into a hot bath while I rinsed off their suits. Another happy day here on the farm and a hungry bunch for dinner. 


Chiiled after fun in the lake


It turns out their adventures had not gone unnoticed by our guests who were quick to follow their example the following day borrowing our wetsutis from the shop and playing in the river. My own soon joined in with the surf board and laughter and shouting reached epic proportions as they jumped, surfed and dared one another until well into the evening, cementing some great Easter holidays friendships.  


River fun with friends 

Joining in with Country Kids

Country Kids is all about enjoying some fresh air in any shape or form and giving children time away from screens and sofas. Keeping active is good for mind and body and the outdoors gives the freedom and space that children need. Please join me here on the linky with family days out, crafting, playing or any other outdoor adventure. There are some wonderful posts each week and a thriving community on Pinterest and Google Plus. If you are not already part of these please join me there.  Please grab the badge and showcase your fun here on the linky, be sure to stop by others, it could inspire your next adventure.

Just a few of my favourite posts from last week

The Reading Residence share a Coombe Mill Feed Run.

City girl gone coastal shares some stunning photos of a beach walk at sunset while Mummys Memories shares holiday day time fun.

Redpeffer show how much fun at day at a National Trust property can be while and then the fun began shared a great family day out at Hobbledown.

For preschool adventure this trip to the forest has it all going on by Takoma Park school


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Coombe Mill Beauty in April

April 9, 2014 at 9:55 PMCoombeMill

A Splash of Colour on the Farm

Spring is such a happy time of year. We have baby animals born on the farm giving cuteness overload and delighting all our holiday makers, our farm stories are dominating the blog at the moment with a drama a week. It is easy with so much excitement to overlook the natural beauty of the farm itself at this time of year. Buds are springing into life at every turn, colours are vibrant and already the Camellia are turning and falling. The grass is greening up giving fresh nutrients for the animals in the meadows after a long winter of hay and Farmer Nick delights in the bills saved in animal feed as he zips around on his tractor mowing the formal garden spaces which are not munched into shape by the animals.  

The children have been off from dawn to dusk playing with newly found friends on the farm over the Easter Holidays and I found myself with an hour to spare. I grabbed my camera inspired by the photos from One Dad 3 Girls who is staying with us this week and wandered round the farm to capture some of the beauty. With time on my hands I was keen to dabble in manual mode on my camera. Despite having my DSLR nearly a year I have been hesitant to try manual after my early attempts were a poor replica of that which I could achieve in automatic mode. Furthermore, if I am following a farm story or the morning feed run, I rarely have the luxury of time to capture the moment and fall back on the safely and speed of automatic mode. Today something clicked with me *excuse the pun* and I am really chuffed with the close ups here. I really want a macro lens too to take things one step further, but for now I am sharing some photos I am proud of for How Does your Garden Grow, The Gallery & Savouring the Season 


Hyacinth in bloom at Coombe Mill


Spring Daffodil



Camillia just on the turn


 A lone Tulip

What a difference a day can make when the sun shines, I had to capture that lone tulip again:


Farm Tulip open & enjoying the sun & breeze 


Leaves of farm colour


Springing into life on the farm



A fusion of colour


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Surprise Farm Twins

April 7, 2014 at 8:30 AMCoombeMill

A Busy Changeover Saturday

Last week I was marvelling over our star of the farm Ebony, the little rejected lamb, who is now enjoying nights in our green house and days in the field with the other lambs or accompanying us on our farm jobs. She was out with Theo on his farm duties on Saturday, the only day where there is no tractor rides for the guests, since everyone is busy packing to leave and we are all deep in our changeover jobs.


Saturday jobs on the farm


Theo and Ebony were just passing the "naughty goat" field with Billy goat Gruff, Bully and Naughty when he spotted Naughty preoccupied in the field shelter. 


Twin kids a lovely morning surprise


Farmer Nick and I had suspected she might be pregnant as her usual slim body had swelled in the past month, but we have been fooled like this before with pigmy goats, feeding them up believing them to be pregnant only to discover they were simply developing little over fed fat goat waddles! This time it turns out we were correct and it puts to bed another fear, that our Billy goat of two years was a dud. We bought in our last goats already pregnant due to Billy failing to deliver any kids with our lovely nanny goats last year, so these twins are a double bonus! 


Billy Goat Gruff: Proud Father

Theo ran back to tell Farmer Nick who was on the glamourous job of changing all the general bins and recycling bins ready for the new guests. Sometimes rubbish just has to wait. I continued to check out the last guests then grabbed my camera to see what they were up to. I knew Nick would want to move them, baby pygmy goats are no larger than our adult rabbits and could easily be prey to a circling buzzard above. Nick's Farm shed was the obvious answer but we had long since dismantled the old section we had for our January goats and then the new donkeys. They needed something fast to protect the kids and so that Nick could return to his rubbish collection before the new guests arrived. They agreed on a plan utilising the old stock trailer which Theo lined with straw and together they manoeuvred it into a clearing to one side of the shed.


Farm Trailer turns into Goat house


Theo commandeered some help from one of the guests staying for two weeks and together they brought some of the portable field corrals to make a safe "garden" area around the trailer while Nick used one of the logs we left behind from making stepping stones in the play area to jack up the front of the trailer. A bit of baler twine, every farmer's essential fix it aid, and a little help from Jed, who had appeared to return fishing equipment, and the shelter was complete.


Farm Trailer Shelter in Farmer Nick's shed


Ebony thought it might be a cosy new bed for her!


Ebony carried away from the new goats


Meanwhile Nick brought an unwilling Naughty, who was as feisty as ever, while Theo carried her adorable twins over to their safe new home.

Goats on the move with Farmer Nick and Theo

A bucket of fresh water from the stream and some food and hay and they were ready for farmer Nick to dab a little iodine on their umbilical cords to keep them infection free. This gave me a chance to see that they were a boy and a girl.


Tending to the new Kid Goats & Mother


Ebony looked less impressed with the new arrivals, I'm not sure she is ready to share the farm limelight just yet!  


 Watching the goats

I took a quick peep later that night when all the guests were safely into their properties and was reassured to see both the twins feeding well from Mum.

Mummy Goat with Twins Feeding


They were of course the highlight of the morning tractor feed run, along with Ebony of course!


 Kid goats & Ebony are the stars of the morning Tractor farm ride


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Silent Sunday / Project 52

April 5, 2014 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

Twin new born Kid goats


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April 4, 2014 at 11:55 PMCoombeMill

Logs of Fun

Back in the storms of winter I mentioned that we lost several trees. Nick has been gradually chain sawing these into manageable chunks ready to be dried and chopped for firewood. However I was keen to divert a few to the play area after seeing a Country Kids post from Misplaced Brit a few weeks ago and thinking how perfect this would be for Coombe Mill.


 Farmer Nick Making Logs

The older boys loaded Dad's chopped logs into the trailer and drove them to the far play area while I supervised. I was very glad of their help as they were way too heavy for me.  Farmer Nick looked on in dismay as his future log store supplies disappeared before his eyes!


Logs to play area

Once at the play area we decided on a stepping stone path around the perimeter of the chippings. The teens made it look so easy throwing them out of the trailer.

Teens making stepping stones for the play area


The heavy work done it was time for big kids to be small kids as they tested out their work. Ally had a wobble and when they challenged me I fell right over much to their amusement.

Our little play demonstrated the logs were spaced perfectly for lanky agile teens but too far apart, too tall and too unstable for our younger guests and so Theo and I began operation stabilise. We dug each one down to a stable base and trod the chippings back around, which I was much happier about.


 Toddler Friendly Stepping Logs



The triplets during this time had been at the village football match. I collected them with the usual crushing defeat from the away team but Guy was happy being crowned Man of the Match for saving one of their opponents nine goals!

 Guy as Man of the Match

When I told them about the stepping stones they were quick to give it a try. They added planks from the builder's leftovers at Tree Roots cottage and made a course to race around.


Kids with initiative

Theo led the way on the stepping stones before the triplets added their planks and created their own timed races. Then their imaginations were away; Clio practiced her gymnastics using a plank as a beam replacement, they swivelled a plank on a beam to create a see saw and Guy made a catapult for his foot ball kit by jumping on one end of the beam and sending his kit flying high in the sky.


Watching children make their own entertainment from something so simple is always a delight.  There is imagination in every child, give them the opportunity to use it and you will be surprised what they come up with.


Joining in with Country Kids 

Country Kids is open to everyone. There is a new linky every Saturday which remains open till Thursday. It is all about leaving technology and sofas behind and finding a little time for some family fun outdoors. Everyone feels better for a breath of fresh air and the freedom offered from outdoor spaces. The linky is all about sharing that fun and being inspired by the activities of others. Whether it is a family day trip, a crafting activity, learning, exploring or playing please grab the badge and share your love of outdoor fun here on the linky. 

There is a Pinterest Board and Google Plus community too to share your posts as well as here. Every week I gain inspiration from all the wonderful posts I read, here are just a few of my favourites from last week:

The Reading Residence who stayed with us here at Coombe Mill

Dairy of the Evans Crittens and Chelsea Mamma both spent a perfect Mother's Day on the beach with family 

Over here to there for the most exciting looking night time Salamander hunt

I would love to be able to see the frozen waterfall The Usual Mayhem shares

The simple things in life are often best as Keep up Jones Family show on their day in the woods.

Charlie Moos joins an inspiring Sea School day.

The Mummy Diary had a double trip of weekend fun making the most of some great local attractions.


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