Welcome to the first Country Kids post Christmas and the last one of 2013. I really did think about making last week's linky a double Christmas special, but then I knew I would be bursting to share our Christmas fun here on the farm so here goes.
Christmas at Coombe Mill
It was one of those weeks I love here on the farm. What made it really special wasn't just Christmas; it was the way all our holiday guests gelled so well. Friendships bloomed from the day everyone arrived. With the hash tag #Coombemillxmas running we shared everything from kid's stories to "anyone got a spare carrot" both on line and for real here on the farm. Children dashed between houses and play areas and the feed run continued through sun and hail.
There was a drama or two when three became stuck in the same Bog that caught me out; never fear, Farmer Nick was near and the children giggled their way home caked in mud like true Country Kids to be hosed down outside!
This was followed by some sign making and fixing by my teens!
On Christmas Eve we had the weather on our side in time for a festive visitor to our train. To the delight of all the children Santa and his two elves were waiting in the tunnel for a special chat and presents for all. Watching excited faces emerge from the little grotto might just have been the highlight of my Christmas. I had been planning this ever since our successful ghost train for Halloween and was thrilled it was dry and so well received by all on the day. I am so grateful to my wonderful brother who battled the storms the previous night travelling to us from Chester, only to find he was working for his Christmas visit playing a very credible Santa. Mark you have a job for life!
It was a quick dash in convoy to Church for those who were keen after the train for a special children's Christingle service.
Another Santa was there ready for us outside the church with presents, mulled wine and mince pies. I thought Guy had gone mad standing in a t shirt, when I questioned him why it turns out he thought if he ditched the hoodie he could make a second visit unrecognised for a present. Unfortunately for him Theo was lurking close by and tipped Santa off so he made do with a second mince pie!
Back at Coombe Mill it was round to our house for drinks and supper. This was a wonderful casual evening with everyone coming and going as it suited their families and the older children dashing in and out of the play barn together. Food and drink for all, plenty of time to chat and reflect on a fun day had and the excitement of more to come.
I don't think Farmer Nick fooled anyone on Christmas morning in his Santa best, but it was a Jolly Feed Run none the less. It ran an hour late to allow for any lucky children to open parcels; I'm not so sure the animals were impressed with our festive gesture!
A huge thank you to all our Christmas Guests for making a memorable week on the farm and to @ChelseaMamma, @maggiemou @mediocre_mum and @geekisnewchick for sharing #coombemillxmas moments on twitter, facebook and instagram.
Joining in with Country Kids
I hope you have managed some outdoor fun with the children in between the indulgence of Christmas. Whether it is playing on a new bike or wearing those Christmas jumpers on a walk, please come and share here on the linky. I'd love you to grab the badge and do remember to check out ideas from others.
A few of my favourites from last week:
ChelseaMamma shares the first half of her Christmas break at Coombe Mill
Little Steps Twit has the same idea as me last week with a Tree Hunt. I think we may meet at Cedar Croft Next year!
Right From the Start has a post I so want to be able to make this winter.
Mad House Family Reviews found an enchanted village that would appeal to any youngster
Happy New Year
Fiona, Farmer Nick & the Kids at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays