Country Kids from Coombe Mill

August 22, 2014 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

Making and Racing Natural Rafts

I've mentioned before how sometimes we have a magical week at Coombe Mill with families who gel and choose to socialise outside of the organised events here on the farm. A few weeks ago we had a week just like this, made up of families who had largely rebooked from the same week the previous year. Instantly friendships resumed and a relaxed week followed. For activity hour there were many requests for a repeat of the highly successful natural raft racing devised by The Boy and Me and myself last year and I was keen to oblige. I had forgotten how much fun it was and will now use it again into the autumn as the children love not just the building but the fun of the race that follows.

I began with an example raft and we then spent half an hour gathering materials and sitting by the river to create our masterpieces, adults enjoying the challenge every bit as much as the children. 

 

Raft building

There were some wonderful designs and each was convinced they had the winning idea!

 

Ready to race rafts on the river Camel

 

Guy was at the ready in the river with his surfboard to free any rafts that became tangled on the riverbank along the journey from one bridge to the next together with a few sporting parents. On a three, two , One they were off meandering their way downstream amidst homemade dams and obstacles from the children's play earlier in the week.

 

3,2,1 Let the race begin!

 

 

The children followed through the river or dashed along the riverbank to stand and wait on the far bridge. There was much cheering as the first rafts approached.

 

Natural Raft Race along the river Camel

 

Guy diligently counted them all through and rescued any for keepsakes while the others were ceremoniously thrown overboard to carry on towards Padstow. The beauty of all natural rafts!

What better way to finish off than with a quick play in the river.

River Boys

 

Our raft making and racing captured on video:

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I'd love you to come and share your fun times outdoors. Country Kids is all about enjoying some screen free fresh air time exercising mind and body through crafting, playing, exploring and more. There are some great places to visit that needn't put you out of pocket either; the forests, beaches and parks generally cost no more than a car parking ticket and offer a great chance for some quality family time. Whatever you have been doing please do grab the badge or link back here and remember to visit a few of the other posts. There are always so many great ideas shared which might just fuel your next adventure.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

The Boy and Me and Mummy Mishaps both shared matching posts last week that left me with the warmest happiest feeling as they expressed their heartfelt joy in a day we spent together here at Coombe Mill. If you have ever thought to visit us do please take a look at these two posts.

Diary of the Evans Crittens really know how to make the most of a woodland walk

I'm always a sucker for a Gruffalo post! This one is by Liquorice UK

This festival by Wild and Grizzly looks like the perfect place for fun loving Country Kids

Mum turned Mom has a chance to sit back and savour the moment of a lovely beach day

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

August 8, 2014 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Gone Fishing

The farm has been buzzing in recent weeks with all our properties filled for the summer season and lots of eager faces both new and returning here to enjoy the magic of the farm. Along with a burst of summer growth around the farm our lakes are looking stunning an teaming with fish and wildlife. 

 

 Carp Lake in the evening sun

I decided this would make the focus of our activity hour a couple of weeks ago and set about a whole fishy theme. First of all we collected some sticks with a slight bend in them. This wasn't as hard as it sounds as nature caters well for less than perfectly straight sticks and this was just what we needed to make our fish. After securing the ends the children had fun weaving ribbons through them and drawing an eye to make them their own.

 

Making sticks into fish

I love how the children learn from what each other are doing and I'm always grateful for the help of Farmer Kym, Amber our Apprentice at Coombe Mill and the parents who bring the children to help with the fiddly bits since these sessions can be busy and everyone tends to need help at the same time!

 

 A helping hand from grownups with crafts

With our fish complete the children wrote and drew messages to attach to their fish or weave into their bodies, this was left to them to design and some were to the fairies and others about the time they had spent over the week on the farm. They were all very touching.

 

Adding fairy messages to stick fish

Next up a trip to the fairy garden where we hung our fish from the branches. They looked lovely spinning in the breeze.

 

Fish in the fairy garden

 

I wanted to extend the fishing idea and bring us back to the real world so we took some fishing nets, buckets and worksheets I had prepared over to the far lake to see what we could find.

 

Pond dipping worksheets

  

The older children clambered down the back and swished their nets far and wide while the grownups kept a careful hold on the younger children so they could have a go. Farmer Nick's winter jobs list might just include building an easy pond dipping platform for little ones as I rather fancy revisiting this activity when the frogspawn are around in spring. It wasn't long before we were ticking carp, damselflies, and pond skaters off our tick sheets and overrunning the hour.

 

Pond dipping on the Coombe Mill lake

 

Our fun afternoon from crafting through to the evening train ride on video

 

 

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:

There were so many wonderful posts to choose from and I love that so many of you had an amazing time spending very little. It is family time and state of mind that creates the fun not expensive places.

Camping has been popular this holiday and Deep in Mummy Matters has 3 posts on her fun holiday. Here is part one

Camp Bestival looks like effortless with so many children for Chelsea Mamma

I love this journey stick from Kids in the Garden, it is like my fairy wands in a new form and I shall copying this for Activity hour here on the farm.

I've often seen Arundel from the road and thought it a an impressive castle. These posts from Over 40 and Mum to One and Soup Draggon Says suggests it is definitely worth a visit on one of there special event days

Ambleside sports day from Lakes Single Mum looks like the sort of Country Fun I can't resist

A perfect birthday for the price of a bottle of fizz with Diary of the Evans Crittens

I love the look of this decoder ring for a scavenger hunt by Keithas Chaos

I love this post from Mummy Constant just for the wonderful photos at the splash pool.

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

August 1, 2014 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

The Annual Scouting Duck Race

I am a huge fan of the scouting movement. All my boys have been through Beavers, Cubs and Scouts with the triplet boys now both sixers at Cubs. I have such respect for the leaders who give up their time each week to give the boys some amazing experiences, engaging them in learning and play in a way that is totally different to schooling and Nick and I try to support them whenever we can. Sunday was the annual fundraising duck race. 1500 ducks were sold in preparation for the big race from one bridge upstream to the other as the tide came in at Wadebridge. Even the Mayor of Wadebridge came to support the event in full costume.

 

Scouts Banner 

 

I spent the morning baking and decorating more cakes and biscuits than I care to mention in preparation for the cake stand. Everyone lends a hand with something to make it a family fun afternoon on the town playing fields. 

 

Cakes

We took the triplets and a friend for Clio and left the bigger boys to mind Coombe Mill and run the evening train. Straight away they began to spend their money on the games laid out by the scouts and parents. The DIY coconut shy really captured their imagination made with old tin cans. I think I will be copying this idea for the Coombe Mill activity hour this summer. I'm not sure I shall be giving a packet of haribows for every try though! 

 

Can Game

 

Sporting leaders were dressed as life size ducks to match the rubber ducks scattered around. The adults chatted over a pint or two and children continued to play while a cricket game progressed on the main green creating a very English backdrop to the day. 

 

Playing Football

Once the children had spent their money they made for the play area

Playing on the Park

Hunger brought them back and we treated them to supper from the BBQ tent which gave me an evening off cooking as well as supporting the scouts.  

 

BBQ Burgers

 

As the race was announced everyone crowded along the river bank and onto the finishing bridge. The scout boats were in the water to steer any stray ducks back on course and scoop them up once over the finishing line.

 

Duck Race

 

We didn't win but it couldn't matter less, it was a lovely relaxing afternoon and a great way for the cubs to help raise money for next terms activities.

Joining in with Country Kids

Country Kids is all about encouraging children away from screens and the comfort of indoors into some outdoor fun. Whether that fun is crating, learning, exploring or playing it is all welcome here on the linky. Outdoors can be anywhere from the garden to the beach, a play park, a woodland adventure or even in the city so long as it is outside. With the beautiful summer weather this year being outdoors has never been so easy so I hope you can share your fun times here. Just please grab the badge or link back to this page and share away. 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:

MummyPinkWellies shares a post on her family stay here at Coombe Mill I want the whole world to read.

Lakes Single Mum makes Blackpool beach look like a great family day out.

Find out all about a Bio Blitz event with 3 Kids and a Gluestick 

You Baby Me Mummy takes dressing up into the wild.

Liquorice UK shares the Greenwich Book Bench Trail, what a fabulous invention for our city.

Keitha's Chaos goes wild sledging in the sand dunes.

Grumpyishmum sends Daddy and son off on a wild camp with RSPB spotting and more

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

July 25, 2014 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Strawberries, Play and Enterprise

Every summer we love to go fruit picking at Pencarrow House and Gardens. It is only 15 minutes drive from us and we all love the raspberries there.  However this year they are not tending the fruit or opening for PYO to the public. I have loved all the strawberry picking posts coming in each week on Country Kids and felt we were missing out. Then I remembered Trevathon Strawberry Farm which we pass on our way to the beach. Nick was keen to visit here too as we knew the owners breed wallabies and Nick was after some companions for our Bruce and Shelia. We set off with the triplets and one of Clio's friends after an early lunch to give ourselves a few hours before the afternoon train ride.

We had no idea what to expect having never visited before and were delighted to discover free parking, a busy shop with farm goodies and gifts and a lovely looking restaurant where you could eat inside or out and which lead  onto a play area and open meadows.

The children each took a punnet and listened to directions to the PYO fields. However it took us a while to get there as they ran off to play first.

 

Listening to the Directions

The zip wire was huge and left Nick wondering how on earth they had passed this with their insurance company as it was bordering on dangerous with the huge spring back at the end. Thankfully there was sand and tyre chippings underneath as the triplets did fall, partly as they had ignored the instructions to go one at a time and all bundled on together!

The tunnel slide was equally popular; I rather fancy one of these for Coombe Mill

 Fun on the Park

Finally we picked up our punnets and headed passed ripening fields of wheat to the strawberries, blackcurrants and gooseberries. We sampled them all before the children all opted for strawberries and Nick for gooseberries. There were plenty of strawberries to go round as the field stretched out for acres and each row was teaming with fruit.

 

Gooseberries, Stawberries and Blackcurrants

Nick and I had time for a coffee in the sun and a look at the wallabies while the children continued to fill their punnets.  

Finally they returned and we loaded our haul onto the shop counter. It came to £25 but we had a full afternoon's entertainment and a lot of fruit to show for it so it felt like good value.

Picking Strawberries

Back at Coombe Mill we set to work making strawberry muffins.

Designing creative posters in the sun the children planned to take these with the muffins to sell them at the train ride and round the properties after. Three trays of tempting warm muffins sold in no time.

Cake Making 2

The children stopped along the path for their own little feast, just to make sure they were as delicious as they looked. The strawberry chunks in the cake mixture tasted like chunks of the finest strawberry jam.

They happily shared their profits and requested the remaining punnets be made into another batch just for our family the following day.

 

Cakes for sale

I think we may just be returning to Trevathon farm next year.

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Please come and join me with your outdoor fun here on the linky. I set Country Kids up to share ideas for enjoying screen free active time with children in the fresh air. 146 posts later I still love sharing our weekly antics and learning from your posts too. Thank you for supporting the linky and inspiring me and others who join. Please keep the fun going, anywhere from the town to the beach so long as it is outside it is welcome here. Just grab the badge and link away. Remember to check out some of the other posts too, there are always some great ideas and plenty of creative family fun to inspire your next adventure. 

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A few of my favourite posts from last week

Mummy Pink Wellies shares her first few days on holiday here at Coombe Mill

Sophie Is totally had me sold on doing a festival with the family from the photos here 

Dining In made me smile with Grandad who is a big kid at heart

Let's Talk Mommy has plenty of family fun in the sand and sea 

Adventures of Jack  discovers the magic of sun and water in the garden 

Mummy vs Daddy make a picnic in the park so much more with a little improvising and props

Would Like to be always makes me smile with beautiful photos of her country girls 

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