Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 26th, 2016 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:

“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids: A special Cousin bond playing together at Plymouth Hoe

The kids have had their younger cousins to stay over the summer and  seeing them all playing together has been wonderful.  More on this special cousin bond and a lovely relaxed day out  in my post this week.

Please come and share your adventures. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Link posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

Thank you to my top 3 commenters from last week:

1st Sandy from Mommy’s Little Princesses who commented on 40 posts this week

2nd Steph from Mummy Plus 3 Girls who commented on 33 posts this week

3rd Cheryl from Time to Craft who commented on 32 posts this week

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Do check out their posts linked above too. 

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

I’m disappointed to say that our ‘link dump and run’ culprits more than doubled this week to 7 whole people, if you could pop back and share a little blog love that’d be fab, thank you.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

Your 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. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of the August Rockfish Wellies:

Sandy from Mommy’s Little Princesses is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a massive 40 post comments last week.

Chococlate and Wine and I’ll Be Fine had a magical day at Castell Henllys taking part in some Fairytale Fun.

Owl displays, fairground rides, face painting and play areas make a great family fun day out for Little Hearts Big Love.

Country Kids 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

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A special cousin bond at Plymouth Hoe

Posted on August 26th, 2016 -

It isn’t often these days that I have a full family outing. However when you mention lunch out and shops they are all interested. May be it is growing up in the countryside and being surrounded by nature, but the thought of a trip to the city really excites them all. The added bonus was having my niece staying with her young family too. The cousin bond is a special one and it was a trip that suited everyone.

A special cousin bond at Plymouth Hoe

 

It was a quick change after the Sunday morning feed run and into the cars heading for Plymouth. Having missed breakfast our first stop was lunch. We have a favourite all you can eat Asian restaurant with everything from freshly cooked seafood to well known regular dishes. Even the hungriest teen can come out full without breaking the bank so it works well for us. My thanks to Jed for the photos I didn’t know he’d taken on my phone!

 

Lunch at the View in Plymouth

 

With tummies full the kids headed for the shops, I was keen to sort some of their school uniforms out for the new term but was also determined it wouldn’t take up all our time as the sun had come out and it was turning into a gorgeous afternoon. As soon as we had the necessary purchased we headed out towards the Hoe leaving the older ones to continue their shopping.  My triplets were totally taken with the huge Olympics big screen and deck chairs in the centre of town. There was even free table tennis there and an outdoor bar so we stopped to join in for a while.

 

Chilling out watching the Olympics in Plymouth city centre on the big screen. #city #Plymouth #olympics #sun #relaxed #deckchair #outdoors #bigscreen

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Continuing to the Hoe the kids had a chance to run free along the water features and up the banks. Thankfully no one fell in!

 

Going the interesting route to Plymouth Hoe

A special cousin bond

Once we arrived we left the children to play. The whole area was full of family groups enjoying picnics and soaking up the summer sun. It was wonderful to see my three playing with their cousins.

 

Cousins at Plymouth Hoe Playing

 

There is a special cousin bond within families and it’s lovely to have a chance see that flourish even with cousins they don’t see very often thanks to us living at the end of the earth in Cornwall.   

Plymouth Hoe Lighthouse

I left them playing together down on the Hoe to take a walk up the old lighthouse with Farmer Nick. I had wanted to do this on previous trips but never had the time. It was well worth the £3 entrance fee with plenty of plaques and a TV playing to help fill in the history. How anyone lived there is beyond me with the tiny kitchen stove, little beds and winding stairs.

Lighthouse at Plymouth Hoe

 

Once at the top the views across the city and out to sea are amazing. I stood a while watching the cousin bond developing down below.

 

Views from the top of the Lighthouse at Plymouth Hoe

 

Back with the family the teens had returned from their shopping spree and were showing off their purchases. I could have happily stayed longer but with the train to run back at Coombe Mill we had to head home. In any case the little ones were looking quite exhausted from their play time with the triplets and more than ready for a little nap in the car. Plymouth is still a city I love to visit and I’m sure we will be back before too long.

 

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Who Tooted Own Up Now

Posted on August 22nd, 2016 -

If you have children who enjoy a little toilet humour then Who Tooted could be the family game for you.  We played it here to peals of laughter and much bluffing and double bluffing with accusations flying.  It is one that keeps you coming back for ‘ just one more round’ to get your own back on the other players.

What's in the box for Who Tooted

The object of the Game

Choose your family character and see if you can make it first around the board and back to home. That may sound easy but there is cunning and trickery involved. Press the button to start each go and wait to see if your hidden whoopee cushion is the one to light up. If it is you have the “fart power” to press your cushion secretly to let out a rip roaring fart noise while everyone tries to guess “who tooted”. Guess correctly and your character counter moves forward a place.

Who tooted game set up and ready

Fun and skill

Not only is this game a belly full of laughs, but you will soon find the natural actors in your group, those who can hide their secret and those who can’t help but give themselves away, be it in a glance, a guilty look or not being crafty enough at pressing the button.

The girls having a fabulous time Playing Who Tooted

Need to know facts for “Who Tooted”

  • Suitable for 3 to 4 players
  • Recommended from age 5 upwards.
  • 2 x AAA batteries needed & small screwdriver to fit the batteries
  • Easy to assemble
  • Easy to follow rules book.
  • RSP: £19.99
  • Available from Smyths Toys

Our View

This game is a real party one, My children enjoyed playing it over the summer holidays whenever friends came to stay. It would be a great Christmas game and a fun birthday present. The game is really very well thought out and the toilet humour appealed to my kids.

Win your Who Tooted Game with Coombe Mill   

Win Who Tooted for your very own family fun

If you fancy getting your hands on this fun games to make your family chuckle and reveal the top bluffers just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Who Tooted

Disclosure:

We were sent our copy of “Who Tooted” for the purpose of this review however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Our game can be found in the Coombe Mill Games room for our holiday guests to borrow.

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Butterflies Adorning the Lilac Bushes

Posted on August 20th, 2016 -

Butterflies and Bees on the farm

Late summer brings a flurry of activity with butterflies darting hither and dither in the Coombe Mill gardens. As soon as the sun comes out, so do the butterflies and they are attracted to our plentiful lilac bushes. I was actually out mowing the lawns in the afternoon and couldn’t resist returning to home from the furthest point on the farm just to sit and capture the buzz from the bushes behind our far play area. The scent of the lilac was as wonderful as the site of the butterflies drawn to it. Sitting there balancing my camera on my knees, and regretting not bringing out the tripod, I breathed in a heady cocktail made up of the smell of freshly cut grass mixed with the scent from the lilac. I watched the stunning array of colour flashing before my eyes as the butterflies and bees moved from flower to flower; all this to the musical rhythm of the buzz of wings, against the flow of the river and accentuated by children’s laughter.   

From where the children are playing here you can just see the lilac trees forming a backdrop to the play area.

Free Play at Coombe Mill

The peacock butterfly has always been my favourite, the trademark peacock circles on the tips of the wings have beautiful colours that smudge just like a wet painting.

Peacock sunbathing on the granite by the lilac at Coombe Mill

Even looking up at the wings from underneath the circles are still obvious.

Underwing of a Peacock Butterfly on lilac at Coombe Mill

My second favourite butterfly is the Red Admiral; both were out in abundance and even vying for the same flower.

 Butterfies chasing each other on lilac at Coombe Mill

I think the local honey producers will be happy this year; the bees here were really filling up on the pollen from the lilac.

Bee on the butterflies licac on the farm

At least if the bees are happy with the lilac, the children are free to play unaware of their presence behind as they go about their business.

Sand pit play at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Although we did go butterfly spotting for activity hour this week as part of our summer nature study.  

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 19th, 2016 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:

“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

River Swimming Adventure on the Farm

Last week our Nature Raft Races  had everyone enjoying playing in the river. This week has been the same with some great friendships and plenty of soggy clothes! More on my Country Kids post.

 Please come and share your adventures.

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Link posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

Thank you to my top 4 commenters from last week:

I had to change my top 3 to 4 this week as 4 of you have really excelled:

1st Steph from Mummy Plus Three Girls who commented on 50 posts this week

2nd Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 47 posts this week

3rd Melody from Domesstique who commented on 46 posts this week

4th Helena from Queen of Collage who commented on 43 posts this week

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Please Do check out their wonderful posts linked above too. 

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

 ‘link dump and run’ culprits climbed back up to 4 this week so please go back and share the blog love if you didn’t last week.

A big warm welcome to Country Kids newbies this week: Laura from The Seasonal Child and Alana from Burnished Chaos, lovely to have you join in, I hope you enjoyed the link up and will come back again.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

Your 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. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of the August Rockfish Wellies:

Steph is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a massive 50 post comments last week and goes through to be in with a chance of winning.

along with my favoured posts that also met the Country Kids guidelines:

I loved this fairy Festival from Are we nearly there yet?

Retro Birthday fun from Great Yarmouth looks like a day to remember from Him, Me, Three

Country Kids 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

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