Silent Sunday / Project 52

August 2, 2014 at 10:40 PMCoombeMill



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August 1, 2014 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

The Annual Scouting Duck Race

I am a huge fan of the scouting movement. All my boys have been through Beavers, Cubs and Scouts with the triplet boys now both sixers at Cubs. I have such respect for the leaders who give up their time each week to give the boys some amazing experiences, engaging them in learning and play in a way that is totally different to schooling and Nick and I try to support them whenever we can. Sunday was the annual fundraising duck race. 1500 ducks were sold in preparation for the big race from one bridge upstream to the other as the tide came in at Wadebridge. Even the Mayor of Wadebridge came to support the event in full costume.


Scouts Banner 


I spent the morning baking and decorating more cakes and biscuits than I care to mention in preparation for the cake stand. Everyone lends a hand with something to make it a family fun afternoon on the town playing fields. 



We took the triplets and a friend for Clio and left the bigger boys to mind Coombe Mill and run the evening train. Straight away they began to spend their money on the games laid out by the scouts and parents. The DIY coconut shy really captured their imagination made with old tin cans. I think I will be copying this idea for the Coombe Mill activity hour this summer. I'm not sure I shall be giving a packet of haribows for every try though! 


Can Game


Sporting leaders were dressed as life size ducks to match the rubber ducks scattered around. The adults chatted over a pint or two and children continued to play while a cricket game progressed on the main green creating a very English backdrop to the day. 


Playing Football

Once the children had spent their money they made for the play area

Playing on the Park

Hunger brought them back and we treated them to supper from the BBQ tent which gave me an evening off cooking as well as supporting the scouts.  


BBQ Burgers


As the race was announced everyone crowded along the river bank and onto the finishing bridge. The scout boats were in the water to steer any stray ducks back on course and scoop them up once over the finishing line.


Duck Race


We didn't win but it couldn't matter less, it was a lovely relaxing afternoon and a great way for the cubs to help raise money for next terms activities.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

MummyPinkWellies shares a post on her family stay here at Coombe Mill I want the whole world to read.

Lakes Single Mum makes Blackpool beach look like a great family day out.

Find out all about a Bio Blitz event with 3 Kids and a Gluestick 

You Baby Me Mummy takes dressing up into the wild.

Liquorice UK shares the Greenwich Book Bench Trail, what a fabulous invention for our city.

Keitha's Chaos goes wild sledging in the sand dunes.

Grumpyishmum sends Daddy and son off on a wild camp with RSPB spotting and more



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Fairy wands

July 27, 2014 at 10:30 PMCoombeMill

Coombe Mill Activity Hour

At Coombe Mill we have recently started an activity hour at 4pm on a Friday afternoon as a fun way to round off a holiday here at Coombe Mill. We usually do something crafty with the kids, often with an educational bias to aid imaginative play and to help with fine or gross motor skills whilst also having fun. The results are used to decorate areas of the farm or for the children to take home with them as keepsakes.

Coombe Mill ‘How to’ Series

Quite a few people have asked me how to do certain activities that they've seen on my Country Kids posts in which I've posted about the activity hour, so I have decided to start  a ‘How to’ post series to accompany the crafts that we have covered so far. 

DIY fairy wands

You can see the fun we had making these on Country Kids here


Fairy Wands

What you’ll need:-

  • Stick
  • Ribbon
  • Feathers
  • Leaves
  • Flowers
  • Sticky tape

What You'll Need


  1. Find a wand in the wild, the woods is often a great place!
  2. Cut lengths of ribbon (I use floristry ribbon) and tear it length-ways to get thin strips. 
  3. Secure your ribbon at one end either by tying a knot or using sticky tape. Then wrap it around your stick till you get to the bottom then secure it again.
  4. Wrap your second piece of ribbon around the stick the opposite direction to get different patterns. 
  5. Tuck some decorations like flowers leaves and feathers under the ribbon (it might be best to use some sticky tape to make sure they don't fall out). 


Wand Making Steps

A few fun additions you could try:-

  • You could add ribbons that hang down like streamers
  • You could paint the sticks to make them more colourful
  • Try going all eco and green by winding reed instead of ribbon round your wand.
  • You could cut out cardboard stars to place at the end of your wand to make it a fairy wand like this:-

Tin Foil Star

What you'll need:- 

  • Star shape stencil (you can use our template or draw your own)
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Tin foil
  • Duct Tape


  1. Get your star shape ready, if you want to use ours click this picture How to make a star for a wand to enlarge it, save it to your computer, open it in word and then print, it should be about the right size then cut around the star so that you've got your template.
  2. Lay it onto your cardboard (to make it more eco you could cut it out of an old cereal box) and trace around it.
  3. Cut the cardboard around your outline to have the basis of your star.
  4. Place your cardboard star over some tin foil and make sure that you have enough tin foil to cover the star. 
  5. Wrap the tinfoil around the star, we cut into it to save ripping it up too much.
  6. Put the stick on top of your covered star and use duct tape to attach
  7. Wrap a small piece of tin foil around the back of the star to cover up the duct tape. You could secure it with clear sticky tape afterwards.

Searching for items and making the wands was a good hour of fun here on the farm. It would also be prefect for a birthday party activity or a play date idea.


 Fairy Wand Making


This is the first post in my 'How to Make' series, but watch out for more to follow. They will all be in my Farm Crafts category.

I'm linking our How to Make wands up with Tuesday Tots Tuesday Tutorials Pin Party & Handmade in July What's the Story and Magic Moments


Silent Sunday / Project 52

July 26, 2014 at 11:48 PMCoombeMill

A fringe for Clementine the donkey

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July 25, 2014 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Strawberries, Play and Enterprise

Every summer we love to go fruit picking at Pencarrow House and Gardens. It is only 15 minutes drive from us and we all love the raspberries there.  However this year they are not tending the fruit or opening for PYO to the public. I have loved all the strawberry picking posts coming in each week on Country Kids and felt we were missing out. Then I remembered Trevathon Strawberry Farm which we pass on our way to the beach. Nick was keen to visit here too as we knew the owners breed wallabies and Nick was after some companions for our Bruce and Shelia. We set off with the triplets and one of Clio's friends after an early lunch to give ourselves a few hours before the afternoon train ride.

We had no idea what to expect having never visited before and were delighted to discover free parking, a busy shop with farm goodies and gifts and a lovely looking restaurant where you could eat inside or out and which lead  onto a play area and open meadows.

The children each took a punnet and listened to directions to the PYO fields. However it took us a while to get there as they ran off to play first.


Listening to the Directions

The zip wire was huge and left Nick wondering how on earth they had passed this with their insurance company as it was bordering on dangerous with the huge spring back at the end. Thankfully there was sand and tyre chippings underneath as the triplets did fall, partly as they had ignored the instructions to go one at a time and all bundled on together!

The tunnel slide was equally popular; I rather fancy one of these for Coombe Mill

 Fun on the Park

Finally we picked up our punnets and headed passed ripening fields of wheat to the strawberries, blackcurrants and gooseberries. We sampled them all before the children all opted for strawberries and Nick for gooseberries. There were plenty of strawberries to go round as the field stretched out for acres and each row was teaming with fruit.


Gooseberries, Stawberries and Blackcurrants

Nick and I had time for a coffee in the sun and a look at the wallabies while the children continued to fill their punnets.  

Finally they returned and we loaded our haul onto the shop counter. It came to £25 but we had a full afternoon's entertainment and a lot of fruit to show for it so it felt like good value.

Picking Strawberries

Back at Coombe Mill we set to work making strawberry muffins.

Designing creative posters in the sun the children planned to take these with the muffins to sell them at the train ride and round the properties after. Three trays of tempting warm muffins sold in no time.

Cake Making 2

The children stopped along the path for their own little feast, just to make sure they were as delicious as they looked. The strawberry chunks in the cake mixture tasted like chunks of the finest strawberry jam.

They happily shared their profits and requested the remaining punnets be made into another batch just for our family the following day.


Cakes for sale

I think we may just be returning to Trevathon farm next year.

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A few of my favourite posts from last week

Mummy Pink Wellies shares her first few days on holiday here at Coombe Mill

Sophie Is totally had me sold on doing a festival with the family from the photos here 

Dining In made me smile with Grandad who is a big kid at heart

Let's Talk Mommy has plenty of family fun in the sand and sea 

Adventures of Jack  discovers the magic of sun and water in the garden 

Mummy vs Daddy make a picnic in the park so much more with a little improvising and props

Would Like to be always makes me smile with beautiful photos of her country girls 

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