Coombe Mill supporting Team Honk for Comic Relief
It's that time of year again when the blogging community unites over fundraising for Comic Relief inspired by the wonderful work and example set by the fabulous three of Annie, Penny and Tanya who make up Team Honk. Last spring we all joined forces to take the Team Honk relay baton from Lands End to John O'Groats and I was thrilled to be part of the first day's activities down here in Cornwall. This year the big event was a 6 hour dancing marathon or Danceathon in London, this was less practical for me but I still wanted to join in and help fundraise so I spoke to our local village playgroup to see if they fancied a farm fun morning for a small charge per child for Comic Relief. They jumped at the opportunity after enjoying their visit here last year and the date was set for last Wednesday.
In preparation I'd baked homemade chocolate button cookies and pear cake early in the morning, I was up anyway thanks to a certain addition to my house overnight, and made sure we had milk and water for the children to drink. I'd bought in plenty of tea and coffee for the parents and staff and all I needed was a dry day.
The playgroup arrived and the heavens opened! We piled everyone aboard the tractor and just crossed our fingers the rain would stop. Luck was on our side and by the time we crossed to the farm the rain had stopped.
Nick did his usual tour which took us nearly 2 hours with so many children. A few remembered coming to the farm last year but for many this was a very new experience. It was lovely to see them really getting involved with feeding the animals and laughing when the animals tickled their hands taking the food. Many of them were only 2 years old and they did so well listening carefully to all that Farmer Nick was teaching them.
From the farm we drove the tractor across to the train station, greeted by an owl with a red nose! Guy was at School so Farmer Nick became the train driver. Despite the long morning the children bounced back to life as they saw the train emerge from the engine shed!
Nick drove everyone back to our house for lunch. They had all come prepared with packed lunches and the staff marvelled at how well they all ate. I wasn't surprised at all, farming is hungry work! My pear cake and freshly baked cookies from early in the morning went down a treat for pudding and everyone felt refreshed.
However the highlight of the kitchen was our 1 day old abandoned goat. I had been up with him all the previous night and was shattered, however it was worth it as he was now drinking and thriving and ready to greet the children. More on his story to come on the blog next week!
We wanted to give the children a little down time before they hit the play areas which I had anticipated and already printed off some easy to make Mother's day card ideas I'd seen from A Thrifty Mum; they were just the ticket for a spot of crafty fun.
We finished the day with a play in one of our big play areas. The children could have spent longer and loved their time here.
Every child paid £3 for their day plus extras for cakes and coffee which made £70 from Coombe Mill to Team Honk for Comic Relief. Thank you to St Tudy playgroup for coming to Coombe Mill and supporting our fundraising. If you would like to donate to Comic Relief via the blogging community pop over to the Team Honk Danceathon Giving Page.
Joining in with Country Kids
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A few of my favourites from last week:
Nothing quite like a farm visit for children, OK so I may be a little biased on this one but I did love the look of Folly Farm by Entertaining Elliot and Cout Farm by You Me and Magoo
I do love an out of season beach trip but this trip from Cracked nails and split ends was made extra special by the visiting seals
A castle with a moat and plenty to discover for One blue One Pink while a donkey completes the castle day for Mummy Travels
Finding pebbles and making rock bugs combines outdoor fun and crafting with some beautiful results for A Lancashire Lass.