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January 16, 2015 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

 

Plymouth Hoe and Ice skating

 

A Family day out at Plymouth Hoe & Ice-skating

All through the Christmas holidays the children had yearned to go Ice skating. Last year my brother came down and we all skated at the Eden Project which isn't far from us. This year our passes had run out and with everything happening on the farm the time just ran away with us. Then the kids' cousins came to stay and it seemed an ideal opportunity to give it a go. We opted for Plymouth on a tip off from a friend who joined us. It was a long journey over the border and I was keen to grab a little fresh air in the daylight hours before our skating started. I'd not visited Plymouth Hoe before, a seafront park dating back to medieval times, and was keen to see what was there as it was walking distance of the skating rink.

 

Plymouth Hoe Map

 

Walking anywhere in a party of thirteen through a city isn't easy so I was glad it wasn't far before we were clear of the shops and heading out to the coast. Entering the Hoe there were several war monuments and statues. Plymouth was heavily bombed in World War Two and much of the old city fell. It was  good to see that away from the concrete 1960s city centre there is an area to remember the past. My children of course saw it as a climbing opportunity.

 

Climbing the monuments at Plymouth Hoe

 

Having scaled a few monuments they took a moment to read the plaques and reflect as well as admiring the remains of the old city walls.

 

Memorials and the old city walls at Plymouth Hoe

Then the freedom of green grass took hold and they dashed across towards the sea front.

 

The park space at Plymouth Hoe

 

Standing tall on the cliff edge is the light house. It looks quite magnificent and I'd like to return one day to walk to the top. The visibility from there on a clear day like this one must be amazing.

 

Lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe

The children found a telescope and shared a 20p to survey the coastline.

 

Telescope over Plymouth Hoe

The views are quite spectacular stretching from the Barbican with its imposing yachts over to Plymouth Sound where the sun glistened across the water.

 

Views out to sea at Plymouth Hoe

 

I took the chance to step back and swap to my distance lens, this way I even captured the teens enjoying themselves unaware of my camera on them and a spot of imaginative play from the younger ones.

 

Capturing the kids unaware at Plymouth Hoe

We could have spent so much longer there in the beautiful afternoon sun and I'm sure we will return but the 4pm ice skating beckoned and they were not about to miss out.

 

Racing off to Ice-Skate from Plymouth Hoe

 

The rink wasn't too busy and larger than at Eden, skates were tightened and they zoomed off like they skated only yesterday. I took a little longer blaming my delay on hanging back to grab some pictures of them first!

 

Ice-skating in Plymouth

 

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A few of my favourites from a wonderful selection last week:

This walk from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary between the stormy weather shows off just how remote and beautiful the Shetlands are and how quickly it can all change. The same is true of Ireland when Kate Takes 5 ventures towards a childhood favourite spot on a too blustery day.

Chocolate is not the only fruit found a fun designer London bus trail while the Mini Mes and Me enjoyed a muddy visit to the Gruffalo Trail whilst Can I Walk Mummy discovered a map of the solar system. This encourages me that my new wildlife trail in making is going to be popular.

Something always appeals to me about the beach in Winter. Mummy Mishaps and  Mummys Crochet World share a first visit of the new year.

Finally you may see these fun outdoor crafts repeated by me here at Coombe Mill in our activity hour, they are both educational and simple to do. A Windsock by Baby Routes and the Grapefruit Trap by From Wild About Here

 

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February 7, 2014 at 10:28 PMCoombeMill

A trip to the City!

It isn't often that we take a family trip to a city but Clio, Theo and myself have all visited the most amazing all you can eat oriental restaurant in Plymouth town centre at some stage over the past year and all come home raving about how wonderful it is. Farmer Nick was curious and so we decided to make a day trip and a rare family lunch outing. I say rare, as with eight of us meals out can be so expensive that to my children fish and chips or McDonald's is a huge treat! Plymouth is a good hour's drive so we set off after a family feed run to making sure all the animals were fed and their hay and straw topped up before we left. I even took my DSLR along in case of any good photo opportunities as it fits so easily in my new Mai Tui Bag. The inner bag was claimed by Clio so we could be matching!

 

Mummy & Daughter

Lunch was every bit as good as I remembered and the children certainly had their money's worth going up about five times to sample new things and refill on the things they loved. They even had a magician come round the tables which kept ours captivated as they tried to second guess all his tricks. A bill a little over £100 wasn't bad for excellent food and two rounds of drinks for all.

 

 The View Restaurant Plymouth

 

Tummies full we set off to explore the city. The children were immediately drawn to the fountain in the centre; though we did have to stop them wading in to collect the pennies people had thrown!

 

 Fountain Fun in Plymouth

Next up some fun play equipment, Alistair remembered these being huge from when he was a toddler, now at fifteen and nearly six foot they barely pass his knees and the others couldn't remember them at all!  

 Play Horses

Living where we do, buskers are a bit of a novelty to the children and Guy and Jed were transfixed by some rather good young lads on their electric guitars. So much so after adding their pennies they asked if they wouldn't mind a photo together, next thing I knew they had the guitars off them too! Thankfully the lads found them quite endearing and it made Jed and Guy's day. 

 Busking in Plymouth

We hit the shopping centre for new school shoes and other essentials before making our way to the Marina. The children danced along walls, made themselves at home with a model sheep and enjoyed the pedestrianised streets with room to run ahead without us worrying.

City Fun

I hadn't realised how much of the old city had survived the war time bombing. There are still a few cobbled streets and quirky old style housing and shops bordering the marina.

 

 Old Town Plymouth

The Marina itself is somewhere I have never visited, but it is quite delightful with all the boats moored up and cafes and bars over looking.

Plymouth Marina

 

The children frightened the life out of me climbing up an old decorative crane that captured their imagination, standing on the marina railings and peering over the water's edge yet never once looking unsure of themselves while Dad and the older boys studied boat prices in the agent's windows.

 

Climbing at Plymouth Marina

It was a lovely way to enjoy a very different day for us and a bonus for me not having to cook dinner!

Family Day in Plymouth

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A few of my favourites from last week: 

Nom Monster and the children climbed the Malvern's, a long way for little legs

The Boy and Me took advantage of a sunny day to enjoy the beach

Mummy to Boyz found fun in the flooded fields with Grandpa's hovercraft

Over 40 and Mum to One embraces the mud in the forest while No time for Ironing finds a local dry field for a picnic!

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Peanut flapjacks

Peanut flapjacks

April 24, 2012 at 9:54 AMCoombeMill

Coombe Cuisine

My cooking style is a little of this, a splash of that and a sprinkle of what I like. It is always quick and easy, sometimes healthy rarely from a recipe book and if it is, I can never stick to the instructions! Consequently when things turn out really well, I have to back track to cobble together instructions and quantities before sharing.

A nutritious and satisfying snack

This Flapjack recipe is one I experimented on a while back, I like the fact I can prepare and cook it quicker than I could go to the nearest shop (well I do live in deepest Cornwall) and it is packed with natural wholesome ingredients. They are perfect for school packed lunches too.

Timing

Preparation 10 minutes, cooking 10 minutes

IngredientsIngredients for Peanut Flapjacks

Crunchy Peanut butter - 2 table spoons (tbs)

butter - 1 tbs

Sugar : any kind 3 tbs

Golden Syrup 3 tbs

Rolled Oats approx. 450g

Method

1. In a saucepan melt all the ingredients except the oats over a medium heat without allowing the mixture to boil. 

2. Remove from heat and stir in enough oats to fully absorb the mixture

Step 1Step 2Step 2

3. Transfer to a small roasting tin lined with greased baking paper, lightly press into the corners

4. Bake in the oven at 180 degrees for 10 minutes till just golden (too long and they will be too crunchy)

5. Remove and score into squares while warm then leave to cool.

Step 3Step 4

6. Turn out and enjoy 

Peanut Flapjacks

Next time

I sell these in our reception shop, when the children don't eat them all first! I imagine the basic idea is fairly adaptable and I rather fancy experiementing with dried fruits such as cherries and apricots, coconut and other nuts or chocolate chunks. I will be sure to fill you in on the combinations and quantities that work, as tested by my kids!

 

 

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