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July 11, 2014 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

Pirates and Fairies

Quick DIY Pirate & Fairy Crafts

 

We had one of the great British downpours just before our Coombe Mill activity hour began. Everything was drenched even though it had actually stopped raining by the time everyone had assembled by our reception. Given the soggy state of my garden bench and table we headed in to the kitchen leaving the doors open as it was still muggy and warm. Thankfully my kitchen table is big and there was plenty of space for everyone. Here we delved into the land of make believe creating simple pirate swords cut from card and covered in silver foil,  eye patches from black card and string and for the younger girls they chose to raid the dressing up box for fairy costumes and make simple wands from sticks and cardboard stars covered in silver foil. Kym had cut the templates out in advance to make it easier so the children just had the fun task of coating and assembling their play props.

 

Fairy wands and Pirate eyepatches

 

By the time they finished the sun was out and the ground drying up enough for us to head back outside. We handed out tick sheets and pens in preparation for a little hunting challenge for our pirates and fairies.

 

Tick Sheet

 

Excitedly we trooped off to the fairy garden to see if we could find the lovely decorated stones from Lisa Bailey Brown marked on their sheet of paper.

 

Off to the Fairy Garden

 

Each animal on the stone had the corresponding hoof / paw / foot print associated with it. The children took the task very seriously shouting in delight whenever they spotted an animal print stone from their list, I think the parents quite enjoyed joining in too. Kym had rearranged the stones in advance so no one knew where to look and as I had just added some new items into the gardens that day there was plenty to discover along the way.

 

Finding the stones

 

Once everyone had found the stones we headed over the road to our pirate play ship to hang out some Cornish Flags in preparation for a spot of play before Guy arrived to run the afternoon train.

 

Hanging out the flags

It was lovely to watch the children continue in their make believe world clutching their swords and still wearing eye patches and fairy dresses as they sailed down the slides and steered the ship.

 

Play Time Fun

 

Another successful activity hour making the most of what we have here at Coombe Mill.

 

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A few of my favourite posts from last week

Chocolate is not the only fruit explores Cornwall from a holiday base here at Coombe Mill

Joys of the journey discover an exciting national forest far away while Over there to here enjoy the woods of England 

Over 40 and Mum to One takes some amazing photos on a most successful nature walk

RollerCoaster Mum treads in the footsteps of Winnie the Pooh

Lets Talk Mommy tells of no place like home and makes me want to visit too. 

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April 10, 2012 at 9:05 AMCoombeMill

New land with a plan!

Back in the winter we purchased and cleared a strip of land between our cottages and the river Camel. It has opened up the whole of the cottage lawn. In the process we found this lovely old stone wall. I blogged back in Novemeber http://www.coombemill.com/blog/post/2011/11/16/Bob-the-Builder-Can-We-Fix-It.aspx about the suspected world war  2 origins and said then that Farmer Nick had grand ambitions for the site.


Old World war 2 wall

 

Ship Ahoy

This has been quite a project, from clearing the land to building the ship. Originally bought on ebay for just short of £1000, Farmer Nick drove all the way to Birmingham to collect it. I did wonder if it was worth the effort, but he had a plan! If you have been watching facebook you will have seen the building process. It did come with instructions, but in true farmer style, when taking the equipment out of his shed to install the plans were missing! A real jigsaw it became with all the children and friends helping out on the build. Here are some of the highlights:

I have to confess the finished ship is really rather special and fits perfectly into our walled garden. Even the newly seeded grass is now beginning to take and all the children staying are really making the most of the area.

Playing in the shipPlaying in the shipPlaying in the ship

Playing in the ship

 

We moved the little tikes climbing frame across to another play area and a new trampoline has now accompanied the ship.

Play equipment on the movePlay equipment Ship and Trampoline

Anyone remember this surprise purchase? http://www.coombemill.com/blog/post/2011/11/15/Daddy-Bought-a-Cannon.aspx well it is now coming into its own out from the shed and next to the ship for some imaginative pirate play

Cannon in Nick's shed waiting.... Jed testing the new Cannon with the shipCannon ready for play

Next to be converted is this little treasure: 

World war 2 bunker

I can just see it with some camo paint and a ladder and platorm and some safely rail turrets around the top. It will make an awesome look out post for pirates! I love the view from the river looking back at the new land with the ship and the old bunker and can't wait to get it all complete. 

A beatiful view

play ship from the river

And Next.....

As always we still have further ideas brewing for this side of the farm, so do keep following as hopefully some of them will come to fruition and I will be sure to update all on the blog!

 

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