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July 19, 2014 at 10:34 PMCoombeMill

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July 18, 2014 at 11:10 PMCoombeMill

Village Carnival

Every year we enter the village carnival. It is a real feature of life in Cornwall and the villages and towns all run one each Saturday throughout July and August. St Breward is our local village and first to begin the festivities on the 1st Saturday of the month. Last year we won 1st prize with our Tour de France float and were keen to come up with something as eye catching and fun for the children again this year.

Float building is one of Nick's specialities, we discussed themes over dinner, coming up with a popular theme and one we could create is never easy. Steadily Minor Injuries grew as an idea and in the Aladdin's den of Nick's shed we found all kinds of suitable cast offs to make our hospital cubicle.

Building the Float

With a registration time on the night of 5.30 we knew it would be hard to finish changeover in time to change and drive up, however this was the first year the eldest two boys opted out and agreed to stay behind to show in the late arriving guests and Amber our apprentice was also there to help. This meant we were able to arrive in good time and certainly for me made a huge difference. We even had time for a team photo in the Coombe Mill car park before we left. I will just clarify that Farmer Nick bought my outfit much to the disgust of my older boys who I'm sure refused to come with us on the back of it!


Team Photo Op

Up at the village Green there was time to register, for the judges and photographers to come round and for us to peruse the carnival program where the children delighted in seeing a photo of us from last year.

Meeting friends and admiring the other entries soon takes up the time till the band strikes up and the procession through the village sets off.


Carnival Brochure


I was handed a Carnival collecting bucket by the committee and asked if I wouldn't mind walking and collecting money en route while the children were on the float. I always seem to be asked and quite enjoy it as it is a great chance to catch up with so many friends along the way.

The floats travel though the village a good mile very slowly behind the marching band to the cheers of the crowd, yet still I managed to get left behind as I rattled my bucket either side of the street and stopped to have a chat, listen to the band and stroke a snake!


Carnival Floats

I caught them up on the last leg as we entered the football fields proud of my brimming full bucket if not my garter which had worked its way down my leg. The village really are so generous and this will help fund many community events throughout the year.

The children were quick to jump down and join in the fun at the football field. It was a wonderful summer fate atmosphere with entertainment for the children, food for all and a bar.  Having such a lovely summer's evening enabled everyone to enjoy the outdoors before entering the marquee to hear the judging.


Fun at the Carnival


We thought we hadn't come anywhere as our category was called and our names omitted from the winning places. The children all vacated their seats and were heading out with their heads low only to hear "and the winner is Coombe Mill with Minor injuries"

We had been moved to another category. The excitement after the disappointment was almost too much; they quite literally ran to the front for their trophies and prize money before I could focus the camera. Squeals of delight and a winning photo shoot by our float before we headed home. The children would have played there all night but Nick and I were flagging on the back of a busy Saturday at Coombe Mill. I wonder what we will come up with next year.





Carnival Celebrations


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Lemon Drizzle Cake

July 14, 2014 at 10:40 PMCoombeMill

A recipe rescued from disaster

Last week our fridge freezer failed. The fridge froze ands the freezer began to defrost. With a large family and a spare freezer I managed to use or save most things, however in the bottom of the fridge were 4 frozen lemons, ready for my evening Gin a Tonics. Not that I need that many you understand but they were on a deal. Anyway it wasn't much of a bargain when they were all frozen solid and I was scratching my head as to how to do anything but throw them out when inspiration struck. I had a recipe I use for orange cake that involves boiling the whole oranges so I thought I would try adapting it to make a lemon cake and am pleased to report it worked perfectly.

Lemon Drizzle Cake

About this cake

This cake is ideal for any celiac as it contains no flour, it is also free from butter, oils or margarine and packed with goodness. The texture is so soft and moist it is best eaten as a desert with a spoon when cooked as a whole cake, though I also made some little cup cakes which the kids enjoyed in their packed lunches. I would recommend storing it in the fridge where it will keep happily for a week. Unlike most cakes, just placing it in an airtight container will only keep it fresh for a couple of days.

IngredientsLemon drizzle cake ingredients

4 whole lemons washed

300g granulated sugar

6 eggs separated

200g ground almonds

1 teaspoon baking powder



1. Boil the lemons for an hour, no need to freeze first! 


Lemon Drizzle cake - boiling the lemons

2.Whisk the egg whites till it holds in fluffy peaks.

 Lemon Drizzlew Cake Whisking Egg Whites

3. Drain and Liquidize the whole lemons


Lemon Drizzle Cake - Liquidized Lemons

4. Mix the egg yolks, almonds, sugar and baking powder into the liquidized lemons. 

Lemon Drizzle cake - Add all other ingredients

5. Fold in the egg whites

Lemon Drizzle Cake -Folding in Egg Whites


6. Transfer to a 9 inch / 20cm greased or lined cake tin or smaller and fill some cup cases as I did. You can fill to close to the top as the mixture tends to set where it is rather than rise with the folded egg whites providing the lightness to the cake.

Lemon Drizzle Cake - Filling Cake Cases

7. Bake in a preheated oven 180 degrees for about an hour for a large cake and about 15 minutes for cup cakes till  the middle feels just firm to touch. I covered the large cake with foil to prevent the top from burning. 


Lemon Drizzle Cake - Baking

8. Leave to cool.


Turn out and dust the cakes with icing sugar.

Lemon Cupcakes


To make a delicious desert out of the larger cake boil 200ml of water with 100g granulated sugar and reduce. Remove from the heat and squeeze in juice of 1 lemon and a few drops of vanilla essence. Stir in a spoonful of golden syrup and drizzle over the top with a good dollop of whipped cream or greek yogurt.

 Lemon Drizzle Cake Served

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Silent Sunday / Project 52

July 12, 2014 at 9:59 PMCoombeMill


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July 11, 2014 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

Pirates and Fairies

Quick DIY Pirate & Fairy Crafts


We had one of the great British downpours just before our Coombe Mill activity hour began. Everything was drenched even though it had actually stopped raining by the time everyone had assembled by our reception. Given the soggy state of my garden bench and table we headed in to the kitchen leaving the doors open as it was still muggy and warm. Thankfully my kitchen table is big and there was plenty of space for everyone. Here we delved into the land of make believe creating simple pirate swords cut from card and covered in silver foil,  eye patches from black card and string and for the younger girls they chose to raid the dressing up box for fairy costumes and make simple wands from sticks and cardboard stars covered in silver foil. Kym had cut the templates out in advance to make it easier so the children just had the fun task of coating and assembling their play props.


Fairy wands and Pirate eyepatches


By the time they finished the sun was out and the ground drying up enough for us to head back outside. We handed out tick sheets and pens in preparation for a little hunting challenge for our pirates and fairies.


Tick Sheet


Excitedly we trooped off to the fairy garden to see if we could find the lovely decorated stones from Lisa Bailey Brown marked on their sheet of paper.


Off to the Fairy Garden


Each animal on the stone had the corresponding hoof / paw / foot print associated with it. The children took the task very seriously shouting in delight whenever they spotted an animal print stone from their list, I think the parents quite enjoyed joining in too. Kym had rearranged the stones in advance so no one knew where to look and as I had just added some new items into the gardens that day there was plenty to discover along the way.


Finding the stones


Once everyone had found the stones we headed over the road to our pirate play ship to hang out some Cornish Flags in preparation for a spot of play before Guy arrived to run the afternoon train.


Hanging out the flags

It was lovely to watch the children continue in their make believe world clutching their swords and still wearing eye patches and fairy dresses as they sailed down the slides and steered the ship.


Play Time Fun


Another successful activity hour making the most of what we have here at Coombe Mill.


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Country Kids is all about enjoying time spent outdoors. It can be going on an adventure, a day out, holiday, craft activity, playing in the garden or anything else that inspires you. There are so many health benefits from a little fresh air and time out of our busy daily lives with our children. I hope you will share your fun here on the linky. Please grab the badge or link back here and remember to check out some of the other posts too. There are always some great ideas to inspire your next outdoor adventure. 

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A few of my favourite posts from last week

Chocolate is not the only fruit explores Cornwall from a holiday base here at Coombe Mill

Joys of the journey discover an exciting national forest far away while Over there to here enjoy the woods of England 

Over 40 and Mum to One takes some amazing photos on a most successful nature walk

RollerCoaster Mum treads in the footsteps of Winnie the Pooh

Lets Talk Mommy tells of no place like home and makes me want to visit too. 

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