Silent Sunday / Project 52

August 16, 2014 at 10:44 PMCoombeMill



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August 15, 2014 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

A perfect afternoon on the farm

We had arranged the date in advance not knowing what a beautiful day it would become. The Boy and Me was staying on holiday with us and Jenny Paulin from Mummy Mishaps and Iona of Redpeffer were due to visit for the day. I had made sure my day was as clear as possible and we agreed to meet for the morning feed run. 


Feed Run Summer 2014


By the time we headed back on the tractor it was already turning into a summer scorcher and the river became the natural draw for the children post drinks and cake.

They began by building a dam.

Dam busters


When the task was deemed complete they set about testing the rope swings over the river. The older children and adults helped the younger ones who were determined not to be left out of the fun, having tried it once  their followed repeated calls of "my turn next".


Rope swing over the river


Even us bigger kids couldn't resist a turn much to the amusement of the children. It is actually harder than it looks to hang on and I'm sure the children's arms must have ached the following day!


Adults at play on the river


Meanwhile Guy took the younger ones surfing along the river relishing in the pure delight on their faces as they sailed by their parents pretended not to shiver from the chill of the water.


Surf rides along the river Camel

Of course a full on drenching followed for the older ones as they surfed the deeper stretches and fell overboard but then that is all part of the fun.

Surfing  fun on the river Camel

The sound of the children's laughter and babble of the river made my heart swell. Even the damselflies darted to and fro between us with dappled sunlight peeping through the trees making the water glisten. I know our guests talk of the "magic of Coombe Mill" but that afternoon out playing with them all as if I were on holiday myself I felt that magic too. I think it is a combination of the most beautiful surroundings with seeing your own children having the time of their lives that makes Coombe Mill a special place to our family and to so many who stay.


A relaxing day on the river

Joining in with Country Kids  

Country Kids is all about encouraging children away from screens and the ease of indoors into some outdoor fun. All activities including crafting, learning, exploring or playing are welcome here on the linky. Outdoors can be anywhere from the garden to the beach, a play park, a forest walk or even a trip to the city so long as it is outside. With the beautiful summer weather this year being outdoors has never been so easy so do come and share your fun times. It helps if you can please grab the badge or link back to this page and do remember to check on a few of the other posts here, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

This is my ultimate bug hotel from Catch a single thought

Chelsea Mamma shares more Camp Bestival Fun. I am totally taken with the fairy garden inspiration and will be using some of these ideas 

Becoming a stay at home Mum makes a family day out of a film festival

I'm was impressed by the organisations laying on park fun for families as discovered by The Laughing Owls and A Day in this Dad's Life 


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Inspiring kids to read though magazines

August 14, 2014 at 4:10 PMCoombeMill

Girl talk magazine review 2014 

By Clio Cambouropoulos

This is an honest review on Girl Talk Magazine; I decided to write a review on the magazine because I enjoy reading all about the latest celebrity goss, (Mum wanted to make this gossip but I had to tell her that’s just not cool). I also wanted to share my opinion on the magazine because I love it so much.

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Why I like Reading the Magazines 

I like reading the magazines because they have fun quizzes, super helpful tips on fashion or even School homework, awesome celeb facts (Mum that’s celebrity to you), epic knowledge about world sport games, lots of facts about sporting stars, cool craft ideas for you to have a go at and amazing comics. There is usually a great giveaway with the magazine which I always use. So far I have received smelly lip balms and funky nail polish. I also like to read them simply because they take me away from life on the farm for a while and make me smile and aspire to what I may do when I am older.


Girl Talk Magazine

Why I think it is good to read Girl talk magazines

I think reading Girl Talk is a great way to get young kids like myself to start reading, you might not be reading a book but you are still reading, and the main thing that really makes me want to read is if I enjoy what I am reading and I truly do love reading the magazines. Like I said in my last post about Girl Talk it is perfect for inspiring ambitions you hope to achieve. I think Girl Talk Magazine can really motivate you beyond becoming a singer or an actress because as long as you work hard at it you can become anything you want. I still want to be a writer but I also love to read about celebrities in my spare time.


Clio reading in her bedroom

I would definitely say that Girl Talk Magazine is THE BEST and gets a thumbs up from me.


 Free items from Girl Talk Magazine

Other Magazines you might enjoy

There are plenty more magazines out there, not just ones for my age group but younger children too. They can be expensive to buy but Mum has told me about a new website called where you can order back issues of popular magazines like CBeebies Art, Bob the Builder, Peter Rabbit and Top of the Pops to name just a few.  Here you can buy the recent past copies at greatly reduced prices. Mum has ordered some Girl Talk Art and Top of the Pops for me and Mega Magazine for my brothers as they are less keen on reading and she hopes this will encourage them. I hope you will take a look and have as much pleasure from reading magazines as I do.


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Mum received £10 of vouchers for Kids store Magazine for me to mention it here, however the content is all my own and I would have written about my love of Girl Talk Magazine anyway without the voucher. The kind people at Girl talk are extending my subscription for me by 4 months for which I am really grateful.

Turning Sticks into Fish

August 11, 2014 at 1:00 AMCoombeMill

Coombe Mill ‘How to make’ Series

How to Make Crafts for Children from Coombe Mill

Every Friday afternoon we run an activity craft hour on the farm for the children staying here with us on holiday. The fun from these sessions I often share on my Saturday Country Kids linky in-between our own family adventures, but as these sessions build I am creating a post focussing simply on instructions to make the ideas we use. You can find more crafts in the series under the Farm Crafts Category.

How to make fun stick fish

How to Make Fish from Sticks Craft for Children

What you will need:-

  • A pair of scissors
  • sticky tape or stapler
  • Ribbon
  • String
  • Two sticks of equal length with a curve to them
  • A pen

Things you need to make a fish from sticks


  1. Lay the sticks out into a fish shape
  2. Tie one end
  3. Adjust the shape back to a fish an tie the other end
  4. Staple, tie or tape the ribbon around the beginning of the fish
  5. Weave the ribbon up the body
  6. Secure the end so that it doesn't unravel.
  7. Draw on an eye
  8. Tie string to the centre of the top stick and hang your fish from a tree in the garden or in your bedroom.


How to Make a Stick Fish

A few fun additions to try out:-

  • Try using different colour wool instead of ribbon and weave both ways along the body
  • Use it as a dream catcher and leave messages woven into the ribbon
  • Make different sizes and create a shoal of fish
  • Turn the craft into a learning exercise by practicing counting the fish, ordering by size and identifying different ribbon colours.
  • Collect the sticks as part of a woodland walk, children love to create with the things they have found.
  • Go looking for real fish in a lake, river or the sea.


Hanging Fish and Adding Messages

You can check out the fun we had making stick fish in my Country Kids post here.

I'm linking my Stick fish tutorial up with Magic Moments and What's the StoryMonday Parenting Pin it Party Tuesday Tutorials Pin Party Homemade Thursday 

Silent Sunday / Project 52

August 9, 2014 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill



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