Win Christmas 2016 at Coombe Mill

Posted on June 20th, 2016 -

Christmas 2016 is near!

It may feel too early to be planning Christmas in summer, but in fact it is only 26 weeks away. If you have family to bring together and arrangements to make sorting where to host your family Christmas with which extended family members this is the part you’ll want to sort early.  

Here at Coombe Mill we would love to make your Christmas special.  We’d like to take away the stress of planning and entertaining the children over the holidays and replace that with a magical week of family time together joining in with all we have to offer here on the farm.

 

Win Christmas 2016 at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation #CoombeMillXmas

 

Making Christmas Special

Join our Christmas train each day and meet Santa in the Grotto on Christmas Eve.

Help us make Christmas decorations in our Activity hour

Tractor rides everyday on the farm  to help feed the animals including Christmas Day

Join our Christmas Eve party with drinks and nibbles for all the family

We offer 10 nights for the price of 7 for those booking to stay

 

Win Christmas 2016 photos from the farm & accomodation

 

What Other’s Say about Christmas on the Farm 

Karen Whitlock 

Christmas at Coombe Mill was something very different and very special, and yet still very Christmassy. The girls still talk about their time at Coombe Mill, and I am sure this will continue over the years to come. It really was an unforgettable experience with memories we will always treasure.

This is Karen’s blog post from Christmas 2015

Pamela Agar

We all adored our Coombe Mill Christmas – the festive activities, treats and decorations made an already perfect family holiday destination even more special. We are dreaming of going back!

This is Pamela’s blog post from Christmas 2015 and another from around the farm

Maggie Hill

Each of Maggie’s children age 10 – 5 had their own message to share

“I loved seeing Farmer Nick dressed up as Father Christmas on the Christmas Day feed run”

“I like going out to feed the animals and see my new friends after I’ve opened my presents on Christmas Day”

“I like being away from home spending Christmas in beautiful Coombe Mill”

“Christmas time is brilliant at Coombe Mill”

Kara Guppy

Kara’s Blog post Christmas 2013  and Christmas 2014

Coombe Mill made our Christmas magical – so good in fact we went back the following year

Christmas Eve 2015 at Coombe Mill

Check out our Pinterest board with reviews from others who have stayed at all times of year.

Win your #CoombeMillXmas

If all of this sounds like the Christmas for you why not enter to win.

1st Prize

A free holiday from 20th December to 27th for one lucky winning family of up to 6 people plus a cot (you can pay to upgrade to a larger property if required)

2nd Prize

50% off any property still available at Coombe Mill over Christmas and you can take advantage of our 10 nights for the price of 7 deal from 17 – 27th December.

3rd Prize

 25% off any property still available at Coombe Mill over Christmas and you can take advantage of our 10 nights for the price of 7 deal from 17 – 27th December.

Good luck to all taking part. Don’t forget you can always book to stay for Christmas and still receive our 10 days for 7 deal. I hope we will be able to welcome you soon.

Coombe Mill at Christmas 2016

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Summer Jobs on the Farm

Posted on June 19th, 2016 -

Summer is a wonderful time at Coombe Mill. The flowers and gardens are full of colour, and the baby animals of spring are thriving and delighting all our holiday guests.  

Summer Jobs on the Farm at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation Cornwall, England, UK.

The animals are looking healthy and enjoying the lush green grass. However with the warmer weather comes a whole host of summer jobs for us. It is not just the animals that are thriving, the flies are now around, maggots and insects can cause problems for the sheep and many of the animals have hooves growing out of control.

Farmer Nick the Farrier

We had booked the farrier well in advance and brought the donkeys and ponies together into a small paddock ready for his visit. However an hour before he was due, we had a phone call to say he was in hospital having stitches in his leg. Clearly not everyone’s animals are well behaved for him!

Not wanting to lead the donkeys and ponies back to their fields again untreated, Nick decided he was going to do a makeshift job himself. Thankfully we have a lovely Slip Knot Bentley grooming kit that came into its own. With help from Felix and Guy, we put on head collars and one by one tied each up to the tractor for Farmer Nick to trim their hooves, sand them off, hoof pick and spray for any infection. Guy gave them each a quick brush down before leading them back to their new summer fields. Thankfully it was only a couple of weeks before the farrier was able to come out and do them properly but Farmer Nicks quick fix certainly helped tide them over.

Pony and Donkey care at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

 

Sheep Shearing

The alpaca and sheep both need their coats shearing in early summer.  This is most definitely one of the summer jobs for the experts and we had booked our local sheerer for the half term week to the delight of the guests.  There is a fair amount of planning before he arrives. The sheep need their coats to be dry and the forecast was for thunderstorms.  All the ewes had to be moved to the field backing onto the big shed and a corral set up in there ready to usher them indoors the day before if the heavens opened. We were lucky and it was early evening the night before when the thunder finally arrived with us. Felix and Farmer Nick soon had them all filing inside with the lure of food.

Sheep Filing into the Shed at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation.

It was only Rambo the Ram who put up a fight giving them a bit of a runaround before being lead into Peacock world for the night.

 

Catching Rambo at Coombe Mill Family Self Catering Accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK.

The morning tractor ride and animal feeding perfectly coincided with the start of shearing for the guests. Everyone crowded round to watch through the doorway as they sheerer worked with Guy as his apprentice bringing the sheep over.  

Watching the sheep shearing at Coombe Mill Family Self Catering Accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK.

 

Watching an expert at work is always mesmerizing. He handles the sheep so well so they lie quite still for him.

 

Sheep shearing on the farm today

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By the time the sheerer had finished, farmer Nick had fed the rest of the animals with the guests and was back with the help of Jed and Theo to finish off their summer beauty session. It was a case of wormer in the mouth, nasty blue fluid on their newly shorn backs to prevent fly strike, a quick manicure for nails and spray for any maggots and foot rot. All this before they were allowed into the trailer ready for the short journey across the farm to their new summer pastures.

Sheep Care with Theo at Coombe Mill Family Self Catering Accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK.

No one likes this task, it is hot and sticky work but essential for healthy sheep.  The poor sheep have no idea what is going on but the sheer joy of seeing them let out on the new fresh grass together is wonderful.

Sheep in their new field at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation for families, Cornwall, England, UK.

They will spend the summer here now happily grazing on the three meadows with the alpacas which stretch down to the back of our garden and over the cattle grids to the lodges. Watch out for sheep on the road as you come and go long the top road!

If you are wondering what happens to all the fleeces, we have a lovely local lady who comes to collect them for spinning. In return we receive a beautiful wool rug.

Rug made from our wool in our Self Catering Cottage, Cornwall, England, UK.

Summer jobs still to come

The alpaca are next for shearing but with only one trained shearer in the South West we have to wait our turn. Hopefully he will be with us before the end of the month.   

Sally our breeding sow has left the farm to see her boyfriend and will return next week with the hope of piglets the first week in September.

If you are keen on seeing baby piglets we still have September availability. There are also a couple of July spaces this year to see the animals basking in the summer sun and enjoying life on the farm.  I promise you are only invited to join in with the fun summer jobs! 

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Running The South West Coast Path

Posted on June 18th, 2016 -

Running is one of my passions and a love of the coast another. When I have the chance to combine the two and run the South West Coast Path here in Cornwall I jump at the chance. Last Sunday began damp and miserable with a very soggy feed run followed by Clio insisting that her friend’s beach party at Polzeath was still carrying on. I packed my running kit and body board and reluctantly drove off to the beach, the window wipers swooshing along the country lanes.

 

What a difference a few miles makes. It is less than 10 miles from Coombe Mill to the coast yet by the time we arrived the skies were clearing. Thanks to the overcast conditions inland the beach was deserted. I left Clio dashing over to catch up with her friends who were playing beach cricket and felt much more inspired for my run.

The South West Coast Path from Polzeath Beach June 2016

The South West Coast Path Polzeath to Lundy Bay

 

This was my first run of the year along the South West Coast Path from Polzeath. To make it a circular loop I took the lane to the Lundy Bay Car Park hopping a farm gate along the way to capture these lovely poppies.

 

Poppy season along the coast path #poppy #poppies #flowers #meadow #grass #countryside #coastal

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From Lundy Bay I ran back along to Polzeath via the coast path taking in The Rumps. I had quite forgotten how breathtaking the views can be. Stopping to catch my breath along the way, the combination of wild coastal flowers and dramatic cliffs falling away to turquoise blue waters had me snapping away on my phone.

 

Beautiful colours over The Rumps between Polzeath and Port Quin. #polzeath #coastpath #coastline #cornwall #sea #seascape #rocks #checkoutthatview

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Looking down as close as I dare to the cliff edge #cornwall #rocks #cliff #turquoise #sea #seascape #cliffedge #nature #coastpath #coastpathrunning #vivid #wonderful_places #cornwall

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Our beautiful coastline . #summer #Cornwall #Flowers #naturalbeauty #nature #countryside #coast #coastline #sea #cliffs

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With views like this running is easy. #running #coastpath #cornwall #coast #flowers #sea #bluesky

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By the time I returned I was pleasantly hot and bothered and happy to relax in the sea with my body board for half an hour until Clio returned cake in hand after her beach party.

Polzeath Beach on the South West Coast Path

Back at the farm the sun had finally made an appearance but nothing like the clear skies of the beach. Cornwall has so many micro weather systems at play, it is often worth travelling in search of the sun and for the more energetic I can thoroughly recommend running the North Cornwall stretch of the South West Coast Path.  


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 17th, 2016 -

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill in the chicken field

A bit of a wet week here on the farm but it didn’t stop our little helpers enjoying themselves. 

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

I have been running this linky for over 4 years and would love you to join in. The objectives today are the same as they have always been:

“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 #30DaysWild challenge and National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for fun outside. 

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 Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 26 posts  

2nd Melody from Domesstique who commented on 25 posts 

3rd Emma from Island Living who Commented on 20 posts

Do check out their posts too.

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

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Welcome to our new  members joining Country Kids  for the first time last week, lovely to see you here and please join in again.

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Reimer and Ruby Family fun in the forest

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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. 

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

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Creative Ways to Discourage Crows

Posted on June 17th, 2016 -

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We have a reoccurring problem each summer with crows. They seem to multiply with the warmer weather and as we have been basking in glorious  sunshine this summer so their numbers have swelled. It would appear we are quite unwittingly providing a nutritious diet for them courtesy of our lovely farm eggs. Each day we go searching for eggs for breakfast with the holiday guests, only to find many have already been devoured by crows with the shells scattered over the farm. Last year we addressed the problem with a lovely big scarecrow, which helped for a while until the crows wised up. It was time to get our own back once again on the thieving crows. 

Scaring off the crows with beer cans and sticks 

Half term brings a mix of younger and older children to the farm and I was keen to find something that everyone could join in with. Fending off the crows felt like a perfect mission. I had been waiting to make my beer can flowers with a group of older children and this was my chance. Apparently crows are scared off by intimidating eyes. By making tin cans to look like a pair of eyes we could win the war of the eggs.

Creative Ways to discourage crows on the farm

 Each of the children worked on an eye each and the idea was that we would plant them in twos on long sticks in the chicken field to look like eyes. For the younger children we made stick scarecrows with colourful tunics as I didn’t want them cutting themselves on the cans. The children wasted no time scouring the fairy gardens for sticks and beginning their challenge.

 

Making scarecrows to discourage crows at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

 

A last visit to chicken world was seen as a bonus and they proudly strode off waving their tin can eyes.

 

Taking scarecrows and eyes to the chicken field to discourage the crows at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

 

Despite having a hammer with us, the ground was very firm after weeks of no rain and we had to raid Farmer Nick’s shed for a metal pole to bash a hole into the ground for our eye sticks and scarecrows. However the finished effect was suitably scary.

 

Planting our scarecrows to keep the crows away

 

While we were there we gave Queenie, Jack and Jill their evening bottles and the children took the opportunity of a last egg hunt and chance to cuddle a chicken. 

 

Feeding and petting animals at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

Something pretty to keep 

Back at base we made the remaining half of the can into tea light holders for the children to take home. I helped the younger children to fold theirs into shape as they are quite tricky to get right. for a tutorial on how to make these see my Trash 2 Treasure post.

 

Making Tea light holders at Coombe Mill Family arm Holidays

 

After working so hard we made good work medals. It was lovely to see the designs and wording they came up with teamed with their choice of wool necklace.

 

Keepsake Good work medals from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

It had been a wonderful sunny week on the farm and some great friendships had been formed. Thankfully with most rebooking, these childhood bonds will have a chance to mature again next year.  I have explained to the parents that returning is conditional on bringing the sunshine again!

 

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Start Your Disney Movie Collection

Posted on June 13th, 2016 -

A Special Disney Storybook Series

Who doesn’t love a good storybook? The Disney Movie collection ticks all the boxes for encouraging children to enjoy books from an early age. Based on the films they are so famous for, the storybook collection follows the same popular tale in shortened form.  Words are kept simple enough for age 7+ to be able to read themselves with help, while the beautiful illustrations will keep younger children hooked while the story is read.

Win Frozen & Jungle Book from the Disney Movie Collection with Coombe Mill Holidays

Frozen and The Jungle Book

We had Frozen and The Jungle book our here during our activity hour sessions. The children were delighted to pick them up and begin reading. I watched with interest as favourite characters were pointed out and more children gathered round to listen.

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Clio helped a lovely seven year old who wanted to read Jungle Book for herself. With help on a few tricky words, they soon had the story flowing.

Reading Jungle Book from the Disney Movie Collection Series at Coombe Mill Holidays

The books inspired the children so much we began making bookmarks using our Duck Tape Colours. We even had a Frozen patterned one ready to go. It was a lovely exercise and a good introduction to how to hold your place in a book when you stop reading. Our Books and bookmarks went off with the children waiting to be finished in the comfort of their cottages later that evening.  

Making Disney Bookmarks as part of the Disney Movie Collection series

Features of the Disney Movie Collection Storybooks

  1. There are 20 books in the range
  2. Books are approximately 50 pages long but picture heavy on every page and at an A4 size they are large enough for group reading.
  3. They are printed by Parragon Books with quality paper and a beautiful matt and gloss hardback cover designed to last.
  4. Retail price is £9.99 a book making them a perfect gift.

The official Disney Book week with Parragon Books ended on 12th June, but we believe every week is book week and that these adorable books will inspire young readers every week.

Disney movie collection inspired book week with Parragon

Win your Disney Movie Collection Storybooks

If you would like to kick start your Disney Movie Collection with these quality storybooks from Parragon International just follow the instructions below.   

Jungle Book and Frozen books

Disclosure:

I was sent our copies of the Disney Movie Collection books Frozen and Jungle Book from Parragon  for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts an opinions are my own and those of our holiday makers. Our copies can be borrowed from the book shelf in the Coombe Mill Games Room.


How to Make a Treasure Chest filled with Treasure

Posted on June 12th, 2016 -

Pirates are a great theme for childhood play. There is a little history, plenty of adventure and make believe and best of all it appeals to both girls and boys. Here on the farm I’d say pirates is one of our more popular Activity Hour Crafts as the children enjoy both creating costumes and props and the games and activities that follow. Do check the link for how we incorporate both. Last week I explained in detail how to make Cutlasses and Eye patches for my #Trash2Treasure link up. This week I’m sharing how to make a treasure chest complete with treasure from everyday throw away items.  

Treasure Chest & Treasure

Pirate Chest and Treasure at Coombe Mill Family Holiday Lodges, Cornwall, England, UK.

What you’ll need:- 

  • Flip lid Shoe Box or container
  • Black paint
  • silver foil
  • scissors
  • pencil
  • egg cup
  • Double sided sticky tape
  • cardboard from old cereal boxes
  • Felt tips or marker pens or coloured paint
  • plastic egg boxes and / or chocolate tray inserts
  • old necklaces or bracelets

What you'll need pirate chest from Coombe Mill holiday cottages Cornwall, England, UK.

 

Method:-

  1. Paint a flip top shoe box black and leave to dry


  2. Once dry unfold a bin bag and line the inside of the box leaving it loose to look like material and cut off any excess.
Steps 1 & 2 Treasure Chest
Steps 3 & 4 Treasure Chest
  1. Place strips of double sided sticky tape around the edges of the box 

  2. Carefully lay the cut to size bin bag into the box making sure that all the edges are secured and the box move to one side

For the Treasure

    1. Pirate Coins
    2. Trace around the top of an egg cup on an old cereal box
    3. Cut it out and even out your circle,
    4. Wrap the circles in small scraps of tin foil
    5. For extra decoration use a pencil to emboss skull and crossbones.
    6. To make gems instead of coins use shiny wrapping paper or sweet wrappers such as quality street using sticky tape to hold them on. 
Pirate Coins at Coombe Mill
Ferrero Roche Gems at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation.
    1. Ferrero Roche Gems
    2. Take out the lining tray from a ferrero roche plastic box
    3. Cut out each indiviual cup
    4. round off any sharp square edges
    1. Egg Box Gems
    2. You can use an old egg box similarly as done here by Larabee UK

 

  1. Place some double sided sticky tape on the inside of some of your coins to stick them around the edge of your box to decorate


  2. We also drew a skull onto a piece of cereal box, cut it out and stuck it on the top. 
Decorating the Treasure Chest at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK.
Treasure Chest filled with treasure at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.
  1. Place the remaining treasure inside your chest.

A few Additions you could try

Try lining your box with silky material instead of a bin bag. 

See what other throw away packaging might make good treasure.

Take your treasure chest and hide the treasure for your little pirates to find. We used the pirate ship play ground to hide our treasure.

For a smaller chest try using an egg box instead of a shoe box as Meals & Makes did.

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

A Vlog Tutorial on Making a Pirate Treasure Chest Filled with Treasure 

 

 

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Family Holidays in the Sun

Posted on June 11th, 2016 -

A Heatwave in Cornwall 

Here in Cornwall we have been on a good weather roll. From before half term we have been enjoying the best of British weather with long sunny days and glorious sunsets.  While much of Europe and even England have experienced summer thunderstorms we have been in a little oasis of our own.  I wish I could take the credit for our amazing family holidays in the sun this season but alas it is sheer good luck that has made the past couple of weeks so great for our holiday guests. We ended half term with 80% rebooking for the same week next year; if you are thinking of joining us for Whitsun week next year be quick as there are now only a few properties left.

Late afternoon sun on the farm. #sun #sunrays #garden #farm #cornwall #holiday #flowers #countrylife #valley

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Personally I think “the law of Sod” comes into play with the weather. We have refitted our indoor play barn this year with wonderful soft play for under 5’s and created a spacious games room with pool and ping pong for older children. With our ‘all weather’ facilities in place, the sun was bound to shine!

Summer Days on the Farm

 

Many of our guests with younger children have been making the most of the facilities right here on the farm this week and not leaving the estate at all. With outdoor BBQ’s, the river to paddle in, play areas and animals to visit all day it is easy to create family holidays in the sun without ever leaving Coombe Mill.  

 

My photos this week all reflect the gorgeous weather and the beauty it has created here at Coombe Mill. 

The morning animal feed run is a highlight of staying here, I love to see the children interacting with the animals.

My little helpers on the feed run this morning while Farmer Nick was busy sorting his tractor puncture. #countrykids #summer #farm #ducks #chickens #animal #holiday #activitybreak #activekids

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Queenie is so gentle, even the younger children love to feed her by hand.

Crowding round to feed Queenie the goat. #countryside #farm #holiday #animal #farmanimals #goat #kid #chickens #fun #activekids #outdoors #outdoorlife #sumner #countrykids #countryliving #field

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It’s not just the holiday guests enjoying the warm dry spell, the donkeys couldn’t be happier.

Our adorable donkeys enjoying the summer weather. #donkey #donkeys #animal #farm #cornwall #holiday #friends #nature #countryside

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I was crouched under the old bridge taking this photo as the tractor returned from the farm one morning.

Tractor farm ride At Coombe Mill. Family holidays in the Sun in Cornwall

The view through the bridge upstream is rather pretty too, with all the summer green overhanging the banks. 

 

A cooling spot bedside the river #holiday #cornwall #river #trees #countryside #countrylife #nature #green water #riverbank #sunshine #summer

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 Evenings have given way to a creeping sea mist creating hazy orange sunsets.  

A hazy sunset tonight in Cornwall. #sunset #Cornwall #nature #country life #orange #warm

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Enjoy your Family Holidays in the Sun 

We’d love to welcome you for a holiday with us here in Cornwall. 

Disclaimer:

Family fun all year round; sunshine not guaranteed!


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 10th, 2016 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill with kids on the Coombe Mill Goat Trampoline

 

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

I have been running this linky for over 4 years and would love you to join in. The objectives today are the same as they have always been:

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

I have had a lovely following over the years with great involvement in the link up. I’ve never had to impose any rules apart from the outdoor nature of the post. It was always a given that visiting and commenting on others was a way to inspire fresh ideas for your own outdoor adventures and sharing was commonplace.  However I’ve noticed recently that while some still adopt this philosophy, others are missing the point. To this end I am now clarifying what joining in with Country Kids involves:

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 featured or 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 commentators from last week:

1st Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 26 posts  

2nd Emma from Island Living who commented on 17 posts

3rd Cheryl from Time to Craft who Commented on 12 posts

Do check out their posts too.

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

 On a more depressing note there were 12 who ‘link dumped and ran’ with no comment on my post or any other. Please pop back here to rectify if this is you.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

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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. 

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

Post from last week in with a chance of the June Rockfish Wellies:

Fun in the Trees from Ups, downs, smiles and Frowns

A weekend of Camping fun from Lakes Singles Mum 

an enchanted Museum from Little Hearts, Big Love 

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The Magic Faraway Tree

Posted on June 10th, 2016 -

Enid Blyton’s The Magic Faraway Tree

I do like to keep the themes fresh and the ideas moving forward on our farm activity hour. This week we had a predominance of girls staying with us and a wide age range, with a couple of families who were allowed holiday leave from school.  It can be challenging to find something that appeals across the age groups but my plans this week suited everyone.    

Discovering the Magic Faraway Tree along the Welly Walk at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

It is a while since we have had an activity hour session using the Coombe Mill Welly Walk. There is a tree at the far end which is home to our rope swing. I was fairly certain no one had ventured down during the week. It was whilst counting lambs on my morning farm checks and glancing down the welly walk that an idea came to me. The tree at the end reminded me of one of my favourite childhood books, The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton. Suddenly I could picture fairies, tree people and adventure all around. I had Farmer Nick slice up a branch into sections for us to make fairy doors.  The children decorated their doors with paint and pens, adding their own interpretations on the classic story. I was surprised to find that one 9 year old had even read the book; it is lovely to think that this story is still going strong, generations after it was written. With doors painted, we created magic pebbles to lie around the base of the tree and loaded them all onto trays.

 

Painting fairy doors and pebbles for the Coombe Mill Magic Faraway Tree

 

Handing out welly walk sheets we set off to complete the challenges. There were leaves to identify, waterfalls to find, fords to leap over and gates to open without allowing any sheep to escape! The children had no problem spotting the signs showing them which way to go. It was really rather pretty with the bracken and bluebells all fighting for space along the banks; parents were shocked that they had not discovered this area of the farm all week.

 

Exploring the Coombe Mill Welly Walk in search of the Magic Faraway Tree

 

Our bamboo tunnel captured their imagination as they all ran through.

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On the other side of the tunnel, in a clearing,  stood the Magic Faraway Tree.  We added our fairy doors to the trunk and laid the pebbles around the base.

 

Finding the Magic Faraway Tree at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

 

Each child then took a ball of clay to make a tree face, embellishing the facial features with nature.

 

Adding nature faces on the Magic Faraway Tree at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

 

There were some great designs and the finished effect was quite impressive with the tree folk and fairy doors up the tree trunk. It was time to embrace The Magic Faraway Tree and share in its fun with a turn on the rope swing. It was safe to say that this was a huge hit from youngest to oldest.

 

Playing on the rope swing under the Magic Faraway Tree at Coombe Mill

It felt a shame to break the fun and take everyone back for the train. As all my own children were away on various adventures from Scouts to Ballet with Farmer Nick, it was me running the train. We did an extra lap for good luck before rounding off the evening on the pirate ship.

 

Enjoying the Coombe Mill Railway and Play Areas at the Farm

 

I think there were tired children going to bed that night; each with their own dreams of The Magic Faraway Tree.  

 

 

 

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