Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on July 29th, 2016 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill is the original outdoor family fun linky with a simple objective for healthy kids of mind and body:

“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 from Coombe Mill with girls holding a farm egg

It really doesn’t matter if the sun shines or it pours with rain here at Coombe Mill. These girls have just finished an hour and a half of animal feeding in the rain and still have big smiles at finding an egg for their breakfast. 

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 (4!) commenters from last week:

JOINT 1st Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too & Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 29 posts this week

2nd Emma from Emsyjo who commented on 12 posts this week

3rd Karen from Would Like to be who commented on 11 posts this week

Do check out their posts too. 

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

A little dissappointed to see that the, ‘link dump and run’ culprits went back up to 5 people this week, if you’re one of them it’d be great if you could go back and share some blog love!

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 July Rockfish Wellies:

We had a tie for the highest number of post comments this week, so both Merlinda and Sarah go through for the Rockfish Wellies, check out their posts above. 

The water pistol turned paint pistol at this festival from Madhouse Family Reviews really appeals to me. 

So much fun, learning and adventure for one lucky boy to start the holidays over at Keitha’s Chaos. 

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

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Coombe Mill Garden Fete

Posted on July 29th, 2016 -

From Alpaca shearing to Garden Fete

So how did I make the leap from alpaca shearing to Garden fete? Well the guests staying last week were treated to the once a year spectacle of seeing our two Alpaca lose their winter coats. This is an education in its own right that I will share on a separate post. However it is fair to say the children were quite taken with the whole process and I promised them we would make something with the wool for activity hour at the end of the week. As I sat playing with the wool in my hands it reminded me of crazy hair and an idea began to form. We could make toilet roll people with crazy white hair. These could be used as skittles, which became the basis of my Coombe Mill Garden Fete, a replica of a typical local village, school or church fate hosted in summer.

 

garden fete fun and games

Garden Fete Bunting

I had some triangles of old sheet left from previous crafts and the children painted these up to make some bunting as a back drop to our Garden Fete.

 

Making bunting for the Coombe Mill Garden Fete

Garden Fete Challenges

Next we made the crazy haired skittles that began my theme. The children took turns to try and knock down the skittles with a snooker ball in a cardboard box alley with Amber while I hid a trail of ones I made earlier to the front lawn.

 

Making crazy haired skittles with alpaca wool for Garden Fete games

 

Walks are always more fun with something to collect and search for along the way. By the time we reached the lawn we had a growing collection of our little characters. We lined them up along the bank to be the audience for our garden fete fun challenges.

 

Treasure hunt to the front lawns

 

We started with an obstacle race at just the right level of difficulty for our little ones. They had to crawl under a sheet, play a tune on the nature xylophone and throw Freddie Frog through the netball hoop before running to the finish line for a chocolate.

Obstacle Course around the Gardens

Two sticks then became the river bank and the children had to cross the river without stepping in the middle where Freddie Frog was lurking; after each clear round the sticks moved further apart. The children were so good at this racing round and round laughing each time.

 

Jump the river stick fun in our garden fate games. I have fond memories of this one as a child myself. #sticks #stickgame #stickplay #naturegames #gardenparty #gardenfete #garden #games #kidsofinstagram #countrykids #imagination #createwithsticks #stickcreations #jump #fun #outdoors #outdoorfun #kidsoutdoors

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Even the parents were inspired to have a go

Parents taking part at the Coombe mill Garden Party

 

A staggered flat race meant every age range had a chance to win.

 

Enjoying the Flat Race in our Garden Fate Games at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

What better way to finish our challenges than with a little bubble catching fun.

 

Bubble chasing fun at Coombe Mill

 

Returning to the craft table the children designed their own taking part medals to take home along with their crazy haired person as a little reminder of their fun garden fete afternoon.  

 

Making medals at Activity Hour

 

We had such a good time with these games I think we will build on them for a Coombe Mill Olympics theme for next week.

 

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Thoughtful Magnolia Tree Gift

Posted on July 25th, 2016 -

Tree 2 My door 

I have always wanted a Magnolia Tree. Flowering in May I think they are one of the most beautiful English garden Trees around. I can’t believe I haven’t actually thought to buy one before given how much I admire them elsewhere. When Tree 2 My Door contacted me to review their tree gifting service I knew straight away what I’d like. What I hadn’t expected was the choice of Magnolia Tree. There are pink, lilac and white flowering varieties. In the end I settled on the Susan, with a delicate pink flower.

The 'Susan' Magnolia Tree from Tree 2 My Door

 

While I have a great appreciation of all things pretty in the garden my gardening knowledge is somewhat lacking. Thankfully Tree 2 My Door take this worry away with step by step guidelines on a well presented website and on a card with your gift tree.  I knew right from the start, where and when to plant, whether in sunlight or shade and even had direction on how to plant my tree.

My Magnolia tree arrived while I was at Brit Mums Live. Farmer Nick took receipt and unpacked it to surprise me when I came home. While I can’t now share the packaging, I can say it arrived in perfect condition and in a good sized pot ready to be planted.

Magnolia Tree Planting

My chosen spot was a sunny patch in the centre of the Coombe Mill Train track. We set to work following the helpful instructions.

  1. Soaking the pot for 10 minutes
Soaking the Magnolia Tree for 10 minutes
Jed digging the hole for the new Magnolia tree
  1. Digging our hole
  1. Gently removing from the pot
Gently removing the Magnolia Plant from the Planter
Planting the Magnolia Tree by the Train
  1. Planting our Tree.
  1. We also added a stake to protect and strengthen our Susan Magnolia Tree.
Magnolia Tree with supporting Stake

For us there was one extra step. We now had a bucket full of displaced soil and I had a very special use in mind. Over in the chicken enclosure a silly goose had lost an egg down an old rabbit hole. The children wanted to fill it in so she didn’t loose another one and our bucket of soil was perfect.

Filling the hole in the Chicken Field on the Farm

Planting our Susan Magnolia Tree really was so easy to do, the quality of the tree looks excellent and in my mind it is already a beautiful full flowering tree to delight our train passengers as they travel round. In reality Magnolia is slow growing. However one day my vision will come to fruition.

At £39.99 it is a quality gift that would be perfect for a significant birthday, Christening, Wedding or house moving present. There is such a wide choice of trees on the website you are sure to find the perfect one for any occasion. With a next day delivery option and even free delivery if you spend over £90 it is really worth a look.

Win £40 to spend at Tree 2 My Door with Coombe Mill

Win £40 to spend at Tree 2 My Door with Coombe Mill Holidays.

If you like the idea of a quality tree as a special gift complete with gift card and message of your choice just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

 

£40 to Spend at Tree 2 My Door

 

Disclosure:

We were sent our Susan Magnolia Tree  for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts are my own.  

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Staying In Tune With Our Farm Animals

Posted on July 24th, 2016 -

Why Talking to Farm Animals isn’t as mad as it sounds. 

I wrote a few weeks ago about some of the ongoing summer jobs here on the farm. However time waits for no farmer and as fast as we keep on top of one job another is calling for our attention. Some ventures are planned and others just present themselves and need sorting. It is essential to stay alert and we maintain daily checks, including talking to our farm animals, so they are familiar with us and we can pick up on any difficulties they are facing.

Staying in tuen with our farm animals, Clio and Queenie talking

A drought for the Pigs

The pig’s water feeder became blocked as the water level had fallen and their feeder was filling with sediment. The immediate priority was to restore their water supply. Cue the Coombe Mill fire engine.


Pigs having their water topped up from the Coombe Mill Fire Engine

 Farmer Nick feared the problem would simply return after the very dry May and embarked on whole new water system collecting rain water from his shed into a super sized water butt across the path by the pigs. He and our eldest son Ally carefully put the DIY system into place just in time for the June rain!   At least when the July heat wave came along there was no shortage of water stored up.

new water system on the farm tcombat the summer drought

A goat for all seasons

The prolonged months of rain can be disastrous for the goats, donkeys and alpacas supporting porous coats which are inadequate for wet climates.  Sadly we lost our lovely Billy goat to pneumonia in the depths of last winter, though he did leave us the adorable Queenie, our spring kid. We had been on the lookout for a replacement Billy for the nanny goats this autumn and Nick spotted just the lad online and wasted no time in agreeing a price and collecting him. He is definitely all man smelling suitably goatie and looked to be settling in just fine.

A new Billy goat at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

However after a few weeks we noticed that Billy was destroying his field shelter in protest at something. Psychologist Nick diagnosed boredom and let him go in with our “naughty goats”. These are the ones separated from the other pigmy goats for being too pushy with the little children. Two of them are castrated boys and one is Queenie’s Mum. There is an outside chance now of a winter birth so we will have to keep a careful watch.

In tune with our animals introducing Billy to the Coombe Mill naughty goats.

Speaking of castrated goats, little Rocky had to be taken to the vets to finish the castration job that alluded Nick last year. With one testicle still intact he may have been fertile, could have had ended up worse for wear fighting with the new Billy and would have lost his current hand reared charm to the guests.  Reluctantly I let him go to the vet with Nick.  He looked rather sorry for himself returning but was soon back on form skipping round the field with his friends.

Rocky the goat returning from the vet to the field at Coomb Mill Holidays

From Chicks to Ducklings

Our Rooster had gone off the boil and our incubated eggs turned out to be duds. Nick drove off to the local fowl auction to see if he could buy some fertile eggs or day old chickens. The prices shot way above our budget but all was not lost. He returned with 6 dear little runner ducklings which were just days old. They are quite adorable and a favourite with the guests who love to give them squeezey cuddles before scattering their food in the mornings.  

Ducklings being loved on the farm

When they are older they will join the other chickens, ducks, wallaby and hand raised farm animals in Jurassic park, but until then they have their own safe pen.  

Chickens and Ducks at Coombe Mill Farm

Toasty Alpaca

The alpaca were the last on the farm to be shorn. It was right in the middle of the Cornish heat wave last week when we finally tracked down our elusive shearer, and not a moment too soon. More on this to follow.  

Alpaca needing shearing in the July heat wave

If you are planning a farm visit there is always something fun  happening with our farm animals and by the end of the week you’ll be surprised how attached you may become to  individual characters.

Warning:

We check cars for stow away animals before you leave!

 

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Returning to a heat wave in Cornwall

Posted on July 23rd, 2016 -

Away in Greece

We have been away in Greece for the past week with our older two boys. It is years since we have flown abroad and a trip we all enjoyed. I took my last dip in the sea the morning we left and dug my only cardigan and jacket out of my case ready for England.

 

Early morning sunlight over the sea and sail boat at Kantia Greece

Heat wave to greet us back home 

Touching down at Heathrow I was convinced I’d gone full circle back to Greece. I swear the temperature was the same and our broken air conditioning in the car made for a sweaty car journey back to Cornwall. Even the evening temperature held up and as I stretched my legs with an evening walk catching up with Theo, who was deep in tales of the new Pokémon Go on his mobile. I was struck anew by the beauty of home, green of the landscape and richness of our sunset.

 

sunset in july heatwave in cornwall

 

Out on the feed run the following morning I had a chance to catch up with our new guests and hear of the marvellous heat wave they had been enjoying.

Checking the wings of chickens for flight on the farm in the Cornish  July heat wave

 

The whole farm was looking its very best in the summer heat wave and my huge thanks go to Farmer Amber and our local friends for caretaking the farm in our absence and looking after the younger children. The break in Greece had done us the world of good and the younger kids sound as though they had been spoilt rotten and not missed us for a minute. Though Clio was keen to show me her latest gymnastics achievement.

My clever girl mastering her gymnastics @hey_its_clio on the Coombemill train garden

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Benefits of a holiday 

Both Nick and I are refreshed and more than ready to take the reins again for the summer season ahead.  They boys have had a cultural fill to last a lifetime and established some memorable family links in Greece. When guests come to us and say how they completely switch off and feel refreshed from the holiday I now understand just what they mean. There is nothing quite like a good holiday for making the most of time together and time to rejuvenate body and soul for the year ahead with or without a heat wave.

Speaking of holidays don’t forget there’s still time to enter to win a family Christmas holiday at Coombe Mill, just click on the badge below for details.

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky with a simple objective for healthy kids of mind and body:

“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. 

Coombe Mill holiday guest feeding Queenie the goat her bottle of milk

It really is time for Queenie to come off the bottle but feeding her is so much fun for our visitors.

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 25 posts this week

2nd Sarah from Boo, Roo and Tigger Too commented on 19 posts this week

3rd Melody from Domesstique and commented on 18 posts this week

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.

Happy to see that the, ‘link dump and run’ culprits went back down to only 3 people so thank you all for putting in the effort this week!

Special thanks this week goes to Karen from Stopping at Two who popped by to share the blog love on several Country Kids posts without even linking a post herself. 

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 July Rockfish Wellies:

My most commented post again from from Glimmer of Hope who saw the school run from her sons perspective.

How could I not love this lovely write up fromMummy Melton on her family holiday here at Coombe Mill. 

Squidge and Boo made a great garden water drop to keep the kids entertained with learning benefits too 

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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Creating Knights and Dragons Themed Play

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

From old socks to playing knights and dragons.

Farmer Nick was turning out his old socks. The washing machine in our house eats socks, or it could be that our growing teen boys pinch them! Either way he had a stack of odds heading for the bin. I was sure I could put them to good use. Playing around with a sock, a stick and some wool I soon had a hobby horse. It was a short jump from there to a whole activity hour theme on knights and dragons.   

Kights play fighting in DIY famcy dress at coombe Mill Holidays

Our knights began by choosing themselves a cape out of the dressing up box before turning their hand to making their horse. We wrapped wool round the stuffed sock to create the facial features and reigns, finishing off with some googly eyes.

Making Hobby Hourses at Coombe Mill Holidays to play Knights and Dragons

With horses complete our knights went off on a nature hunt to find jewels for the perfect crown or helmet.

A nature hunt to make knights crowns or helmets on the farm

Next up we turned cereal boxes into Knights shields with floristry ribbon crosses on the front.

Making shields for a knights and dragons activirty hour on the farm

We still had swords to make but my little warriors were flagging and keen to start the knights and dragons hunt I’d promised. We handed out colouring sheets containing the dragons we were off to find on our mission to pull the famous King Arthur Sword from the stone in Jurassic Park. There was just time to fuel up on chocolate dragon eggs before we set off. 

This was the part that really excited the children. In full fancy dress they had their eyes wide open looking all around for the dragons. They were triumphant each time one was spotted and before we knew it the trail had led us to the gates of Jurassic Park.

Hunting for dragons on the farm

 Once inside the children were convinced that with their new magic powers from their outfits they would be able to pull the illusive sword from the stone. To their disappointment Farmer Nick’s cement won and they reluctantly admitted defeat.

Pulling the sword from the stone on the farm at Coombe Mill Holidays

They soon bounced back at the idea of returning to the craft table to make their swords and enjoy another dragon egg.

We swapped dressing up capes for white knight bag capes so that the children could take their whole outfit home with them. The knights and dragons theme had really inspired them and as we left we saw them play fighting with their new swords and setting off to show family members, who had missed the fun, where the dragons hid.

Kights play fighting in DIY famcy dress at coombe Mill Holidays

 It’s amazing how much creative fun came out of Farmer Nick’s odd sock collection!

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Journey to the Beginning of the World.

Posted on July 18th, 2016 -

Do you have a child that is full of questions? One who questions how and why to everyday commands or new things they discover in everyday life? Sometimes these questions are easy to answer, like “Why can’t I climb up that rock face” or “why do I have to eat my peas” however sometimes they can get a little more tricky and leave us as parents searching for the right answer.  

Sophie the Girl full of Questions.

Journey to the Beginning of the World – The Bigger Picture

If you have a child of school age who is full of questions about life, the universe and how we fit in, Journey to the Beginning of the World could be a great book to read. I would say the content is around age 7 to 11, just the age where an appreciation of the world around us begins to form. The book takes on some really meaty subjects in a fun fantasy adventure. It carefully delves into the realms of philosophy, religion and science tackling different perspectives and ideas and ultimately leaves the reader feeling there is more than one explanation to the big unanswerable questions that can sit comfortably side by side.

Journey to the Beginning of the World

Journey to the Beginning of the World – The Story

Join Sophie and her little brother kit as they undertake their great adventure to discover the answer to Sophie’s burning Question:

“How was the world made?”

Join them on their adventures through the magic section of a bookshop as they are whisked away to meet a panda, an elephant, a donkey and finally a scientist in a space station. Each has a fascinating explanation for Sophie and Kit and Sophie is left to bring all the ideas together in a very special dream.  

Journey to the end of the world book. Going on an Adventure.

Need to Know Book Details

The book is sold via Rapscallion Press, cleverly written by Virginia McLean and beautifully illustrated by Irvin Chu.  At larger than A4 in size it is a great size for group reading too.  It comes in paperback at £7.99 and hardback at £12.99

Reading Journey to the Centre of the World

Win your copy of Journey to the end of the world

For a chance to win this lovely book in hardback just follow the instructions below.

Journey to the Beginning of the World

Disclosure:

I was sent my copy of the Journey to the end of the World for the purpose of this review however all thoughts are my own. Our Coombe Mill copy is available to borrow from the games room here on holiday.


Beaches Near and Far

Posted on July 16th, 2016 -

This has been a week of two halves for me as Farmer Nick and I are currently spending a few days away seeing family in Athens and checking out the beaches down in the Peloponnese region.  We have our two eldest sons with us. The trip was arranged as a post GCSE and A level treat ahead of the results for the work they put in to their studies this year.

I have been so excited for this trip. It is a real chance for me to leave the business in the capable hands of Farmer Amber and enjoy some quality time with Nick and the boys, soaking up the Greek culture, good weather and making the most of time before Alistair goes to university (hopefully) in the autumn.  

Beaches Near and Far Taket he Beach Challenge Cornwall to Greece

Beaches from Cornwall to Greece

What really struck me after some beautiful beach days at home last week is just how similar a beach landscape can look on a sunny day. Granted they are less frequent in Cornwall, but when they come our coastline is stunning and the beaches some of the best around.  

Take the Beach Challenge

Can you tell which photos are taken in Cornwall and which in Greece?

Photo 1 

Beech challenge Cornwall or Greece

Photo 2 

Boats on the Beach

Photo 3 
Surfing at the beach for the Beaches challenge Cornwall and Greece

Photo 4 

Ally in the breakers

Photo With just sand and sea it is so hard to tell, yet as soon as a little landscape or people come into view the clues are there.

The first photo is Cornwall just before we left. The waves are actually around 4 foot here but it is hard to see from the photo taken up the beach.

The second is Greece. By excluding the surrounding landscape it is only the stony blackened sand and lack of wet suit that gives the location away.

The third photo is back in Cornwall. Guy carrying his surf board and wearing a wet suit should have been a good giveaway.

The last photo is from Greece. The little fishing boats are a typical sight along the beaches. The one we visited only had locals so there were no commercial water sports or lifeguards present. The waves gathered in the afternoon at the shelving water’s edge to make it look a little like Cornwall, but died back to completely flat each night.  

I will miss the lovely warm waters of the Mediterranean next week, but I still love the Cornish beaches and the fun of surfing the Atlantic waves.

How did you do in my beach challenge? Do you have a favourite beach?


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on July 15th, 2016 -

 

Country Kids with a Coombe Mill Duckling

I love to see the delight on faces of kids holding our ducklings.

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky with a simple objective for healthy kids of mind and body:

“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 family 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 30 posts this week

2nd Cheryl from Time to Craftcommented on 22 posts this week

Joint 3rd Melody from Domesstique and Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too commented on 20 posts this week

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.

Disappointed to see that the, ‘link dump and run’ culprits went up this week from 3 to 4 with plenty more not following the few rules above. Please pop back here to rectify if this was you last week.

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

Welcome to War anad Peas for joining in for the first time this week with two fab posts, creating their own small world dino-land and spending an afternoon at the beach.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

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. 

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 July Rockfish Wellies:

My most commented post again from from Glimmer of Hope who spent the week playing i-spy on the way to school.

Dear Mummy blog shared their experiences at Blissfields 2016. 

Mommy’s Little Princesses were hunting for deer and climbing rocks in Bradgate Park. 

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

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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