Ahoy the Pirates are Sailing

Posted on May 27th, 2016 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

I do like to be resourceful and rethink our activities on the farm using nature and whatever I have to hand. This week I had an inspired idea to reuse my box of treasures from a previous activity hour based on pirates, combined with the Maypole and cardboard boat from the previous two weeks. We would have a pirate activity hour with a colourful pirate boat. It was a great way to reuse things from before and create a whole new afternoon of dun on the farm.

Pirate ship and Map at Coombe Mill Family cottage Holidays. Cornwall

 

Creating Pirates

We began by raiding the dressing up box; we had a mix of traditional pirate gear and some pretty fairy pirates. All were welcome. Now all good pirates need an eye patch and cutlass and this was our first task to begin our adventure.

If you are interested in making these I am making downloadable printouts for my upcycling linky #Trash2Treasure which will be published on 6th June.

Making pirate crafts at Coombe Mill Family Farm cottage Holidays. Conrwall

With cutlasses and eye patches ready, I taped a huge chunk of wallpaper to the pathway adding dollops of pant. The children were tasked to turn this into a giant treasure map. They eagerly worked as a team painting islands, palm trees, a big sun and of course some red crosses to mark where the treasure would be. Meanwhile Guy had run off to the pirate play boat with my box of treasure to hide.   

Making a Giant Treasure Map and Studing the Treasure Box at coombe Mill Family Farm Cottage Holidays. Cornwall

The children declared the map complete and we were ready to make our pirates a ship. With a hole in the centre for the mast (previously a maypole), the children gathered sticks for oars while I tied the maypole ribbons to the handles of the boat to act as rigging. We laid the map ahead of the boat and the pirates climbed aboard. Taking up the oars we sang:

“Row row row your boat

Gently across the sea,

If you see a pirate coming

Don’t forget to scream! “Ahhhh”

A new take on row row row your boat for our Coombe Mill pirates! #kids #fun #imagination #trash2treassure #dressingup #holidayfun #cornwall

A video posted by Coombe Mill (@coombemill) on

 

Arriving on our treasure island, the pirates disembarked and quickly picked up my clue for the hidden treasure on the pirate play boat.

 

Pirates enjoying a Treasure Hunt at the Coombe Mill Family cottage holidays Pirate Ship

Pirate treasure was swapped for sweets and a Coombe Mill badge, and my little pirates returned home via the Coombe Mill Train. Still in imaginary mode, they waved their cutlasses and shouted shanty anthems as the train departed.

Pirate Train at Coombe Mill Family Farm Cottage Holidays. Cornwall

 

It was a wonderful activity hour with plenty of imagination and a great use of many of the resources I had gathered over the last few weeks.

 

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky. All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out. All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air. I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

Join the Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish Wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month.

My May winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

A few of my favourites in with a chance of the May Rockfish Boots:

 

It's festival and fair time of year. there are some lovely country fairs around that make a lovely family day out. I really enjoyed this one from Would Like to Be

I can never resisit a good beach. This remote beach in Pembrookshire was perfect for a day out for Dairy of the Evans Crittens

From tree top walk to science fun Westonbirt Arboretum has it all for Stopping at Two

Fairies and Grottoes are close to my heart, Teddy bears and Cardigans found them all at Dewstow Gardens

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun

25% Off Rockfish Wellies Week 17

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 Loading InLinkz ...


Win Capture the Flag on DVD

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 -

Capture the Flag

Paramount Home Media Distribution and Universal Pictures have done it again; they have come up with an animated family adventure film design to capture the hearts and minds of children everywhere. Space travel is something that really appeals to children, discovering the unknown and being part of a great adventure. Capture the Flag is a chance for space fans to indulge their imaginations in a gripping fantasy tale to protect the American flag installed by the NASA Apollo 11 team.

Boys watching film at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation Cornwall, England, UK.

Follow the enchanting tale of a 12 year old boy called Mike, his astronaut father and Frank, his estranged grandfather who narrowly missed out on being part of the original Apollo 11 team. Together they team up on an incredible space adventure to try to protect the legacy of the original moon landing and the American flag against an eccentric billionaire who is set on a moon mission of his own to claim its vast, valuable mineral resources, and destroy the American flag.

Will Mike, teamed with his grandfather, best friends Amy and Marty, and a clever chameleon, be able to thwart the billionaire’s evil plan, capture the flag, and reunite his divided family? This entertaining Space Adventure is Suitable for ages 6 to 14 and available on Digital HD from 23rd May and on blu-ray and DVD from 30th May. Catch a sneak preview on the clip below.

capture-the-flag-phei-CaptureTheFlag_DigitalClip1IntlCard_ENG_VAM_prores from ZeroDegreesWest on Vimeo.

Special Features

Blu-ray

• Beyond Capture the Flag (25:32) • Making of Capture the Flag – Part 1 (14:48) • Making of Capture the Flag – Part 2 (14:43) • “I’ll Reach You” Music Video by Auryn (4:25)

DVD

• Making of Capture the Flag – Part 1 (14:48) • Making of Capture the Flag – Part 2 (14:43)

Here at Coombe Mill we are all for inspiring creativity and imagination in children with our weekly crafts. From fairy parties to pirates we like to encourage roll play and creative learning. Why not inspire your child further on the Capture the Flag theme making a rocket from a toilet roll, as shown below.

How to Make a Rocket from a Toilet Roll supporting Capture the Flag DVD

There is also a lovely downloadable activity sheet here to support the DVD.

Capture the Flag Colouring Sheet

A chance to WIN 1 of 2 Capture the Flag DVDs with Coombe Mill

Capture the flag at Coombe Mill self catering farm holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

Win 1 of 2 Capture the Flag DVDs

Disclosure:

I received a copy of the DVD in return for this review. My copy can be found in our Coombe Mill Games room for our holiday guests to borrow. 

Family Fever 


How to make the most of visiting Fowey

Posted on May 22nd, 2016 -

The Pretty Harbour Town of Fowey

We had an unusually quiet Saturday changeover, the weather was beautiful and we decided to take advantage.  Leaving Amber and the boys in charge we took Clio and her friend to Fowey.  Located on the south coast of Cornwall, Fowey is a pretty harbour town just over half an hour’s drive from Coombe Mill.  That said we haven’t visited in years, but the girls were it easily bribed with the prospect of shops!  The town centre is so narrow you have to park at the top of the hill and walk in.  I had forgotten just how beautiful it is, especially with the spring flowers out and blue skies.

Pretty Houses & flowers in Fowey

Exploring the Estuary by Boat

The town itself is very small and leads down to the Harbour front.  It was quiet despite being a beautiful spring day and we were pleasantly surprised to see the ferry running and the self drive boats on the water.  We bagged ourselves a boat and in no time had life jackets fitted and a quick lesson in driving.  Farmer Nick clearly remembered how things worked from years ago and instantly took the wheel.

Boarding the self drive boat at Fowey Harbour

It wasn’t long before Clio wanted a turn at steering.  It was lovely to see her and her dad enjoying driving at the helm together.

How to Make the most of Visitng Fowey

Heading upstream we passed the clay works.  This is where clay, mined locally,  is pumped into purpose built cargo ships and sent all round the world.  There was one ship from Russia waiting to load while we were there and Nick explained the “plimsoll line”.  This is where ships can only load until they sink to the special line within a circle mark.  

On the opposite bank we saw the tugboats, these are used to steer the large ships into the harbour. The cute little boat house caught my eye too.

 

Clayworks, Ships & Boathouse at Fowey

 

Turning the boat around and heading downstream towards the sea there was plenty to watch and we now had the wind with us making it feel surprisingly warm.  The girls sunbathed, giggled over selfies and asked questions of everything we passed.

Blasting round the harbour in Fowey

 I was quite taken with the canoes and kayaks moored up and have stored this as an idea for another day.  We passed Dawn French’s summer house, sailboats and dodged the splash back from other motor boats.

Boats in the harbour at Fowey

I couldn’t believe how quickly an hour passed on the water, all too soon we were heading back to the quay. It took me a couple of goes wobbling around to successfully throw the rope to the boatman before and handing back our life jackets. 

Fowey Harbour

Back on firm ground we ate pasties from one of the many bakeries looking out to sea and admiring the view.

From Fowey Harbourside

Seaside Shops You Can’t Resist

The girls indulged in their favourite past time of shopping amidst the quaint lanes,  culminating in fudge and ice cream purchases all round.

Shopping in Fowey

Just as well there was a long hill to climb back to the car to wear off those calories, though cheeky Clio decided her legs were tired and she needed several pit stops on the way and a fireman’s lift from her dad by the end!

Fireman's lift in Fowey

The boat trip was an unexpected bonus to a beautiful day out.  We did think to book online first but drew a blank on the phone numbers and twitter given on the self drive boat hire website. Steve the owner admitted he has no mobile reception and doesn’t use his twitter. It’s just goes to show not everyone is online and sometimes it pays to just turn up and take a chance.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


An Enchanting Cornish Longhouse

Posted on May 21st, 2016 -

Researching what you value

I have been looking to make a few improvements to the website and as part of this Nick and I undertook some valuable market research in East Sussex. We met with a group of Mums and Dads last week. One of the findings coming out was a desire to capture more of what we offer in an initial glance at the homepage. As part of this I was out taking property photos this week and rather fell in love with this photo from the front of our old Cornish Longhouse: Millers House.

 

Millers House bathed in sunshine today. A great family 5 bedroom cottage. Still limited summer availability before 23rd July. #sun #Cornwall #holidaycottage #palmtrees #shrubs #pretty #gardens #summer #sunshine #bluesky #countryliving

A photo posted by Coombe Mill (@coombemill) on

 A focus on Millers House 

All the summer colours are bursting forth and I thought it was worth a close up on the wisteria growing around the windows at the far end.

 

Wisteria outside Millers Cottage here at Coombe Mill. #wisteria #flower #summer #cottage #pretty #holidaycottage #Cornwall

A photo posted by Coombe Mill (@coombemill) on

With 2 lovely photos on this one property I decided to turn my weekly photos into a focus on this lovely Cornish Longhouse.

The cottage is one of two remaining original buildings at Coombe Mill; the other being Water Mill. They date back to the 16th Century when Coombe Mill was a working market farm and most likely a Mill using water from the River Camel that flows through the grounds.

 Inside Millers House we have kept all the period features whilst converting the old Cornish Longhouse into a luxury family cottage with 5 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms.  What is now a fully equipped kitchen was most likely the hub of the house with its huge inglenook fireplace.

Kitchen in Millers House a Cornish Long House at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

The giant hallway with old beams and the original front doorway was most likely used for animals with sleeping space above. Now it makes a grand entrance way with ample toys stored in the under stairs area.

Grand Hallway in Millers House Cornish Longhouse a farm cottage at Coombe Mill

To the back of the cottage we have landscaped the originals moorland scrub to make a family friendly outdoor patio and garden all enclosed to be safe for little visitors.

Millers House back Garden and Patio. A Coombe Mill Self Catering Cottage

More about our Cornish Longhouse 

If you fancy staying in this old style cottage you can find more about it on our website page for Millers House.


How to make a Cardboard Rowing Boat

Posted on May 20th, 2016 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

There is no such thing as rubbish in my world. We had just taken delivery of a new running machine for the gyand while I helped Farmer Nick and the teens unpack it, I was already thinking of uses for the cardboard box it came in. It didn’t take me long to come up with a cardboard rowing boat and fairground games idea for my enormous box. Stimulating imagination and creativity in young children is a great way for them to develop and learn.

Practising Counting

My little group was age 2 to 4 and I wanted to weave some basic number work into our cardboard rowing boat adventure. I knew I had to keep things fast paced with little ones and took every opportunity to practise counting during the hour.

We began with a counting book in the games room, where the children counted, pointed and answered questions.

From here we moved on to one of our Early Years farm counting sheets from our website. The children needed a little help with the higher numbers but were great on the 1 – 5 range, matching farm pictures and numbers.

Reading and counting games to start Activity Hour at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

Let’s make a cardboard rowing boat

There is only so much number work little minds can take on board, so we broadened our learning with imagination and role play. It was time to brave the drizzle outside as each child was tasked with finding two sticks to use as oars in our boat.

Stick hunting for Activity Hour at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

We used a pair of scissors to make holes in the cardboard just big enough to push a third of the stick through to form the oars.  Then the children climbed aboard and to a chorus of “row row row your boat” we set off to the fair in our cardboard rowing boat.  

How to make a cardboard rowing boat. Fun at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

At the fairground

The fairground had a game of skittles all waiting for the children. The other half of my cardboard box became the skittle alley with toilet roll inners as skittles and a soft ball to roll. The children soon got the hang of the game, taking it in turns to count how many they knocked down. With support and cheers from parents and help with counting, each was keen to improve their score.

We moved from knocking down skittles to throwing a ping pong ball into cups, after a week of farm fun and with imaginations taking hold, this soon turned into throwing the toy animals into the cups and I was delighted to watch them embellish the game.

Fairground games at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

 

Finally, the rain cleared and we were able to go back outside. The next challenge I’d set was a nature hunt to make a paint collage. The children searched around for twigs, leaves and flowers to make prints with while I set up a sheet of wallpaper with paints under the veranda of the games room.   

 

nature hunt

 

I started them off with a quick leaf print and then left them to explore with paint and nature, sticking on any pieces they wanted. I was thrilled with the enthusiasm of the children for their task, each of them doing something and progressing from nature prints to hand prints, watching colours mix and the collage grow.  

Making a nature art collage

When everyone was finished, I left the artwork to dry and hung it up on the games room wall, while Guy led the children over to the front lawn for the last train ride of the week.

Guy running the train at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK

It was an involved challenge for my little ones this week but they coped really well. I even had one ask his Mum after if they could make a cardboard rowing boat at home. I’ve saved the boat as I have another idea forming in my mind for next time.

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky. All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out. All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens enjoying some fresh air. I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

Join the Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish Wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month.

My May winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

A few of my favourites in with a chance of the May Rockfish Boots:

It isn't often I favour an urban post on Country Kids but this look at New York had plenty of walking, outdoor fun and sights galore from Mum turned Mom

A little imagination can turn beautiful gardens into magical fairy gardens as Little hearts big Love did with her girls

Mommy's Little Princesses found the perfect relaxing park for a family outing with her girls 

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun

25% Off Rockfish Wellies Week 16

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 Loading InLinkz ...


Create a Magical Indoor Fairy Garden

Posted on May 16th, 2016 -

Wild Adventures Matter

We love to encourage imagination and creativity in children.  Our wild adventures will take you through to a world where imagination is a key.  Take an enchanted tour of our fairy gardens, mix up an amazing recipe is in our mud kitchen, build a camp in our purpose made den building zone or follow our welly walk challenge and discover our hidden tree swing.  Whichever you choose they are all designed to encourage imaginative play.

Wild Adventures at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

We often explore the wild areas of Coombe Mill during our Activity Hour, making new editions for the fairy garden or embracing a nature hunt. We also try to have something that children can take home and keep indoor too, like the spider plants we made last month.

Making Spider Plants at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

Creating an Indoor Fairy Garden

When the lovely folk at Prezzybox asked if I wanted to test out their new magical indoor fairy garden I was thrilled.  This is a gift after my own heart.  Let your imagination run wild building a fairy garden to your own style. All the magical accessories are included, though there is always scope to add your own too, all you really need to provide is compost.

Whats in the box Indoor Fairy Garden at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

Clio helped me build ours; we had compost left from planting our greenhouse this season. It was super easy to follow the picture heavy instructions to build our fairy house and fill the garden.

Making the Fairy Garden at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

It takes a steady hand and there are lots of small parts so I wouldn’t recommend this for under 4 years, the older your child, the more detail they will add and care they will take. The part I really love is the grass seed to scatter around the garden.  This needs to be carefully watered had on a regular basis.  When we finished creating our fairy garden we had fun choosing different places to play with it in the Coombe Mill fairy gardens.

Fairy Garden in the Fairy Garden at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

As this is an indoor fairy garden I we took ours into the greenhouse to grow between the tomato plants.  the children have a rota for watering duty each evening that now includes the magical fairy garden.

Fairy Garden in the Green House at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

If you don’t have a greenhouse then a window ledge or sunny space indoors is ideal just remember the garden needs a little moisture to grow and you may need to turn it every few days so your grass doesn’t all grow pointing to the window. Sit back and watch your indoor fairy garden develop.  The grass will take a couple of weeks to grow and can be trimmed with a pair of scissors and the garden rearranged and recreated to your heart’s content.

What we Love

This is the ultimate gift for any child wishing to explore imagination, be creative and who is ready to accept a level of responsibility to make their indoor fairy garden grow. That’s a lot of benefits and all for just £12.95 from the Prezzybox website.

Fairy Garden with grass at Coombe Mill

Create Your Indoor Fairy Garden with Coombe Mill

Win a Create Your Own Fairy Garden with Prezzy Box at Coombe Mill Self catering farm holidays, Cornwall.

For your chance to win one of these beautiful gift sets just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Create Your Own Fairy Garden

Disclosure

We were sent our create and play indoor fairy garden to review for this post.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Celebrating Greek Easter 2016

Posted on May 15th, 2016 -

The family name 

Farmer Nick is Nikos to his family and with a surname like Cambouropoulos it is no surprise I have married into a Greek family. One of the huge benefits of this is enjoying the biggest celebration in the calendar, Greek Easter. The dates are worked out differently to English Easter and this year it fell at the beginning of May. It is the one time in the year when we try to get all the Cambouropoulos family together with another close Greek family to celebrate.

Greek Easter 2016

Greek Easter

In the past we have hosted Greek Easter at Coombe Mill, but this year Farmer Nick’s brother was hosting the event at a scout hut near his home in Winchester. It was going to be a long drive from Cornwall and back in a day and I can’t say I was relishing the journey. However it is an important date and everyone goes to so much trouble I knew we had to go.  I had been tasked with Keftedes, my speciality Greek meatballs and Greek Red Eggs which Felix made for me.

Greek Easter Christos Anesti

After a long three and a half hour journey we arrived to discover the most amazing scout hut I have ever seen. Acres of woodland and meadow leant themselves to the outdoor celebrations with bluebells and blossom abundant.

Blossom & Bluebells

As always there was a Greek feast accumulating as everyone brought their designated dishes to the table and greeted each other with the Greek Easter welcome “Christos Anesti”

The centre piece of any Greek party is a spit roast lamb which has to be started early in the morning and is the duty of the host. It is such a welcoming smell basted in olive oil and rosemary.  Everyone takes a turn at turning the spit over a drink.

Greek food at Greek Easter

I have to say the day was idyllic and I was so pleased to have gone. My triplets played football with their younger cousins in the meadow.

Football at Greek Easter

The seniors reminisced over old times

Seniors at Greek Easter on our travels from Cornwall.

The teens ‘hung out’

Greek Easter with Teens

Clio made me feel guilty she never had a baby brother or sister

Clio looking after the little ones at Greek Easter

And the food and wine flowed as we all exchanged news and celebrated one of the cousins’ birthdays.

I really should explain the ‘red eggs’. They look so impressive all died red and really it is a terrible waste of our Coombe Mill eggs as they all go in a big game rather like conkers where the aim is for your egg not to crack when hit against another. From young to old everyone unites in the challenge and anyone could be the winner. It is the traditional end to any good Greek Easter party.

Game of Red Eggs

 It was a perfect family day and one that makes me so glad I married a Greek; even with the long drive home again I’m pleased to have joined in the festivities.

Do you have any family traditions like Greek Easter that just have to be attended?

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays CornwallKeep Calm and Carry On Linking Sunday


Toddler Farm Adventures

Posted on May 14th, 2016 -

May  is the time when toddler farm visits come into their own. The school children are deep in SATS and more, whilst here on the farm it’s been toddler heaven. There is something quite magical watching little ones explore the farm, seeing their instant reaction to the animals and all that we offer here to keep them busy from dawn to dusk. Now that my own children are so far passed this point, I can look back fondly and appreciate this wonderful stage through the eyes of our holiday guests.

My favourite toddler farm captures from the week. 

We had just one chick hatch from our last batch of Rhode Island Red eggs, a dear little ‘Billy no mate’ apart from of cause some toddler farm cuddles. I love the gasp of amazement here on this little boys face on discovering the chick on our morning animal feed run.

Toddler Farm Adventures meeting a new born chick

Lambing may be finished, but watching our lambs frolicking in the field is a great time waster. We had a mini Farmer Nick this week who was very happy in the field playing shepherd rounding up the lambs and ewes for breakfast at the grand age of age two!  

 

We have a little shepherd helping Farmer Nick today

A photo posted by Coombe Mill (@coombemill) on

The goats are always popular, whether in the field on the feed run or visiting in your own time, they are always up for a handful of food and being pygmy they are small enough not to intimidate even our youngest toddler farm visitors.

 

Always time to stop and feed a goat here

A photo posted by Coombe Mill (@coombemill) on

However Queenie our hand raised kid goat remains everyone’s favourite on the farm this May encouraging even my own grown up kids to go out of their way to cuddle, walk and feed her.

 

Queenie is fast becoming the most adored animal on our farm. #goat #farm #farmlife #animallovers #Cornwall

A photo posted by Coombe Mill (@coombemill) on

Holidaying with us

If you are thinking of a holiday with us do have a look at our prices for May next year which have been reduced for early bid bookings together with a few tempting September offers. Both are great times to visit the farm with preschool children.

  

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Maypole Dancing and a Fairy Party

Posted on May 13th, 2016 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Mayday is quite a British Tradition from Maypole dancing to Morris dancers. Here in Cornwall Padstow really go to town for May Day and I’ve taken the kids to enjoy the festivities in the past.  Back at the farm I really wanted to capture a little of the May Day party atmosphere in our Activity Hour.  

Creating Maypole Dancing and a Fairy Party

Maypole dancing round a windbreak!

My biggest challenge was in making a Maypole. I hunted high and low before spotting the perfect solution whilst moving our boot room; an old Windbreak that was about to be thrown out. I took the best of the poles and Farmer Nick knocked it into the ground for me. A little coloured floristry ribbon and some Duck Tape Colours and my party theme was taking shape.

 

DIY Maypole for some party fun at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

We began the session with a gorgeous Orchard Toys jigsaw. I love this puzzle as it is of a woodland party and full of imagination and make believe. We made the puzzle and talked about all the fun going on at the party. I explained that we were going to have our own party and set one up for the fairies in the Fairy gardens too.

Making the Orchard Toys Woodland Party Jigsaw at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Every party needs cake and the children helped me fill the cupcakes and decorate them. They would have just enough time to cook while we put on our dancing shoes.

Making Cupcakes at Coombe MillFamily Farm Holidays Cornwall

Guy and Clio came to help me and organised the music for our dancing. I have to say Maypole dancing is harder than I remembered and it took all of the parents helping me to get a good pattern going round our maypole. It’s fair to say we were far from perfect but it was a lot of fun and took me back to my school days.

Maypole Dancing at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

By the time we stopped the cakes we cooling and everyone was ready for a party snack. Refuelled we set about making mini Maypoles from sticks and floristry ribbon for the fairy gardens along with painted bunting.

Making fairy maypoles at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

There was just enough time for the children to choose their location for the fairy maypole dancing party and add their decorations.

Creating a fairy party at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

While the children enjoyed a ride on the train with Guy I hung back just long enough to see the first gnomes tentatively stepping over to try their hand at Maypole dancing!

Gnomes going to the fairy party while the children board the Coombe Mill Railway at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

A great afternoon of fun and games here on the farm with plenty of fresh air and sunshine all the way.

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky. All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out. All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air. I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

Join the Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish Wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month.

My May winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

A few of my favourites in with a chance of the May Rockfish Boots:

Exploring the South West Coast reveals some stunning tucked away beaches. Domestique found a beautiful spot at Sandymouth.

 Craft Invaders shares some fascinating facts while foraging for edible plants in the countryside.

A few puddles made fun by Ups & downs, smiles & frowns

I can't get enough of the lovely bluebell posts at the moment. This one from Walking Talking Polly Pocket is beautiful.

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun

25% Off Rockfish Wellies Week 15

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 Loading InLinkz ...


Play to Invent with Engino

Posted on May 9th, 2016 -

Engino: for kids who love to create and build.

Kids the world over enjoy making and creating things. Here on the farm the children love making camps, dens and creating games in the mud kitchen. My own have grown up with this lifestyle  and now help their Dad around the farm with DIY or even taking the initiative themselves as Guy did with our new bunny hutch. We are eager to support farm learning with our farm crafts too where the children make things from nature, recycling and more.  For all of you with children who loved Duplo and now Lego or Meccano there is now a new product on the market perfect for indulging those creative minds called Engino.

Play to Invent iwth engino, a great educational toy reviewed by Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

Imagine Lego but with a snap and click system on up to 6 sides simultaneously, rods that are extendable and a motorised battery too. This is what makes Engino unique. Buy one design and invent many more from the same kit. There are 30, 60, 90 and even 120 model sets all starting from under £30. It really is a case of play and invent as you go. the range is already a hit on the continetn winning numerous awards and is now available in the UK at www.enginotoys.co.uk 

The age range on Engino is from 6 to 16. This is because some of the pieces are very small and careful reading of the instruction manual and patents is needed.

Engino Range as reviewed by Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

My 11 year old triplets really enjoyed building the 3 base models we had. They began with a friend late one afternoon at the end of a long sleepover day and really needed something to focus on and calm down after hours out on the farm. When I brought the boxes and a tray outside to them I wasn’t convinced they would take to it but just popped it down as a suggestion. Whether it was having a friend round, being physically tired or just being competitive I’ll never know, but Engino captured their imaginations they became quite absorbed.

Engino building fun at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

Their friend left and I thought that might be the end of building for my kids. To my delight they carried on at the kitchen table well into the night determined to complete them all.

Building with Engino at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall, UK

Engino has shown a new side to my triplets I have never seen before and I’m keen to encourage this further. It is great for developing dexterity, problem solving, imagination and more. I’m sure if you have a child who enjoys this style of challenge Engino will be adored. The models can be built, played with, taken apart and rebuilt in any number of ways. The limit is only your child’s imagination.

Engino toys built at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK

The kid’s perspective

My kids found they needed a fair bit of strength to click the pieces together but then they do hold allowing you to play without it falling apart again. There is a handy tool provided to help with disassembly when you are ready to recreate. The instruction manual is very easy to follow and picture heavy which suited them really well, though there is an interactive download for the instructions if you prefer. Quality is not compromised in building these sets to a great price so you can use and reuse without fear of breakage. Everything you need is provided in the pack except batteries for the motorised models.

Play to Invent with Engino. The creative construction toy my triplets love.

A video posted by Coombe Mill (@coombemill) on

 

Win your choice of Engino model

If you fancy starting your child off on the educational Engino range to fire their imagination, and build their creative problem solving capability just follow the instructions below.

Engino

Disclosure

I was sent my Engino kits for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions on the product are my own. 


Page 1 of 10012345...102030...Last »