Country Kids from Coombe Mill

September 12, 2014 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Away from Coombe Mill 

We have been visiting family in the south of France for the past couple of weeks. It is a lovely end of summer treat for the children and for Nick and me too. It is a long full day travelling down that involves a very early start from England, but it is so worth it when we arrive. Beautiful as Coombe Mill is, it is still lovely to spend some time away. For us the south of France has cousins the same age as our children, a lovely big house, the delightful town of Uzes and the river and beach a short drive away. It is a complete break for us all and Nick's cousin Georgia and her husband Jean Luc are so hospitable we have returned for the second year running.  

 

A week in Uzes in France

All the children picked up where they left off. With 10 teens and tweens around the house there is always someone to 'hang out' with and always something to do. For us adults there is endless food to make, laughs to share and time to relax and enjoy the things that matter most from being with the children to enjoying late evenings over wine on the veranda. Here I am sharing just a snapshot of some of our favourite activities. 

A day at Montpellier beach was an hour's drive which is more than we are used to in Cornwall but the beaches so vast that even at the end of summer they didn't feel crowded. My dare devil children soon followed their cousins lead and spend a considerable amount of time jumping from the road bridge into the mouth of the estuary. I think I am secretly pleased this isn't an option around us!  

 

 Montpellier beach

Ping pong tournaments in the garden were enjoyed so much by the kids that we are now looking into a ping pong table for Coombe Mill.

 

Ping Pong on holiday

 

Sadly we really don't hat have the weather for an outdoor pool, but they are a garden staple in the south of France and just as my children rediscover the farm with friends around, so the cousins did with the garden pool and our children.

 

Pool side in Uzes

 The joy of a large group and older children is that not everyone has to join in everything. Nick and I took Clio and Guy to Nimes for the morning; we enjoyed an alfresco breakfast in the town square before a trip around the ancient Roman coliseum.

 

Coliseum in Nimes

Ally, Felix and I took our bicycles along and spent many an afternoon cycling through the local villages and countryside. We checked on the vineyards, witnessed a wedding and teased each other when someone was slacking on the hills. These bike rides were one of the highlights for me along with eating figs and grapes straight from the garden. 

Evenings eating out on the veranda were the perfect way to end each day and catch up on the day's highlights. The views as the sun set were awesome and the fun and laughter from us all infectious. 

 

Fun on holiday in France

 

It was a long journey back to Cornwall but so worth it for the family time we enjoyed away from the business together. My only regret was missing the birth of our piglets. Thanks to Jo of Jo's Nursery who was staying at Coombe Mill I had a running commentary and a lovely photos from instagram to keep me going till I could see them for myself. 

piglets at Coombe Mill Sept 14

 

Highlights from our week in the South of France:

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Blackberries are amazing this year Dairy of the Evans Crittens share a great day picking them and baking.

Check out this for a wonderful VIP trip by Maybush Studio to the famous River Cottage. 

The joy of a UK holiday with young children is beautifully told by Life as our little family.

Fun as a Gran makes the most of nature with some impromptu river fun. 

Let Kids be Kids watches her children play Mummy with delightful photos out in the garden. 

 

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September 5, 2014 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Crafts to suit age 2 to 12

Activity sessions on the farm have been running throughout the school holidays. It is only an hour on a Friday but turning it into a fun and effortless looking afternoon of entertainment actually takes quite some planning. Our sign up over the busy summer months has regularly consisted of a full A4 sheet of names with ages ranging from two to twelve across boys and girls. I pride myself in being able to create fun out of little more than what nature provides, but the number and age range can be quite a challenge. On this particular week I decided the best plan was to have a few activities in order to split the children into groups allowing everyone to swap crafts when they were ready. Pretty nature crowns, collages from nature and stick bow and arrows were our chosen selection. Having gathered everyone in the garden we showed our example crafts.

 

Crafts for ages 2 to 12

 

First of all we needed to find our materials as I had only provided paper, pens, glue and examples. The children were soon filled with ideas and inspiration for how they would make their crafts. They lead discovery tour purposefully towards the fairy garden. Here they began to gather sticks, ivy from the floor and interesting leaves and flowers. Venturing down by the river we added to our haul until our buckets were brimming with goodies from nature.

 

Collecting around the Farm

 

Heading back to the garden the children sat at the table according to which activity they had chosen to begin with. The old nature verses nurture debate came to a swift conclusion as the boys came to me to make bow and arrows while the girls chose to make headdresses with Kym or set to work with paper and glue to create a nature masterpiece. There were a few exceptions but even the girls making bow and arrows soon beautified their sticks with ribbons and flowers; so successfully in fact that many of the boys then embellished theirs too.

 

Making Crafts

I helped a few with how to hold and shoot their new toys and they were delighted with the results testing them over and over.

 

Helping with Archery

The girls looked like true princesses with the last of the summer flowers framing their heads.

 

Girls in their Headdresses

 

Animal and nature collages took on a personal touch with each revealing a little of the character of the artist. I was delighted to find a use for some of our alpaca fleeces at last!

 

Making the Collages

 

All in all we had a class sized party of children happily entertained in their foraging and making together. Age differences seemed to evaporate in significance just as with everything here on the farm, bigger children and adults helping younger ones in the most natural way. If only life could always be like this.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Day after day of beach fun from Lakes Single Mum 

Le Coin de Mel demonstrates the fun of outdoors at no cost

Pink Oddy took the boys off on a water adventure mine all adore

Walking talking Polly Pocket finds time for family fun at the park with a new baby 

Rainshinemamma shows how child lead learning in the forest can teach children so much

 

 

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

August 29, 2014 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

Boconnoc Steam Fair

A beautiful summer's day and the choice of two local activities the children wanted to do. Following the morning tractor rides we decided to pack up a picnic and split into two groups. The teen boys went off with Nick to the car rally at Wadebridge while I look the triplets and Theo to the steam fair at Boconnoc House. This looked more of a country fair with more to do for younger children. It turned out to be a good move and everyone was happy with their choices.  

 

Boconnoc Steam Fair

 

The size and scale of the steam engines captivated the triplets; they looked in awe at the huge engines and admired their work at work chopping logs. I have to say Farmer Nick would have enjoyed this too.

 

Watching the Log Chopping

 

Tractor and train rides ran all day with queues of people waiting their turn.

 

Steam and Tractor Rides

The whole event ran for 3 days even though we only caught the last afternoon. It was well organised with good signage from the main roads and we arrived to find ample free parking, plenty of attendants to ask for help and toilets everywhere. It had a real festival feel and geared up for all the family to enjoy. We had a wander round together and stopped under the shade of a tree by the motorbike display for our picnic.

 

Picnic by the Motorbikes

 

After this I allowed the boys to set off alone and meet up in an hour. They had their own money and set off in search of an ice cream, Clio and I made for the craft stalls delighting in taking our time over all that was on offer without the boys or Farmer Nick complaining they were bored!

 

Shopping with Clio

 

I tried on Farm Nick style hats and bought some bracelets while Clio bought a hippy hair band, and slides, it was a lovely hour together.

We heard the boys before we saw them; they had bought a load of 'fun snaps' for 25p and were busy popping them everywhere. I suggested a visit to the fun fair before they ran out of money and they raced ahead when I told them there were dodgems.

 

Fun on the Fair

 

2 turns later and a packet of candy floss each and we were ready to head home in time for the evening train ride at Coombe Mill.

 

Clio with her Candyfloss 

 

My fears that splitting the family in two parties during the day were soon dispelled as we shared our different experiences over an evening meal. Everyone had something to add and listened with interest to what the others had been doing whilst delighting in being together again. I think we might do this again. 

 

Our fun day on video:

 

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Country Kids is all about making the most of outdoor spaces with the children. Getting kids mobile and out in the fresh air can take so many different forms. A family day trip, play in the garden, a craft or learning activity to mention just a few possibilities. Every week I am amazed at all the fun being had out there. Please keep the ideas coming, grab the badge code below and link up your outdoor adventures. It is not just the kids but us grown ups too that feel better for a blast of fresh air so switch off the gadgets and get on out there for a while. 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Let Kids be Kids shares a fabulous day from their holiday here at Coombe Mill. Reading posts from others about life here on the farm makes me realise how easy it is to while away a day on the farm between the organised activities. Please do take a read if you've not stayed with us. 

MumofThree World spent a morning with us here on the farm enjoying the animals and the fishing despite a heavy downpour.  

Right from the Start shares Fairy Houses in the woods. There are some lovely ideas here I plan to copy for our fairy gardens at Coombe Mill.

The laughing Owls show how hiking with a toddler can be a great adventure

GrumpishMum took the family camping with friendly chickens and smiles all round

 

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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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A day in the life of Farmer Nick

A day in the life of Farmer Nick

September 17, 2012 at 9:36 PMCoombeMill

Shadowing the Farmer 

I thought it might be fun to take a peep at a typical day on our holiday farm for Farmer Nick, my husband and Daddy to our six children. This I did on Monday following Nick around with a camera for the day!

 

Farmer Nick

Daily Checks

With six children and two schools in different directions, Nick and I share the school run. Once back from that he is straight into his morning farm safety checks. At Coombe Mill we have our own spring water, together with a water treatment plant, which is checked daily by Nick to ensure any bugs are filtered from the water supply before it is stored in our giant tanks and pumped to the properties on demand. It does make me smile when our holiday maker's use bottled water all week, yet we have the same flowing out of our taps!

 

Water Treatment Plant

 

Other checks include the Reception freezer and fridge temperatures and the delights of the septic tanks for the sewage levels - ummm, it's an exciting life! 

Morning Tractor rides to feed the animals 

This is when things become fun. An hour and a half of feeding the animals with our little holiday helpers. A turn at driving the tractor is always a treat and the animals know just what to expect as the tractor and trailer draws close. Often there are extra chores too like moving animals to different pastures.

 

Tractor Driving HelpStoking baby chicksFeeding  the goats

 

Once the guests have disembarked from the tractor and trailer, and headed back to their cottages and lodges to make their plans for the day, Farmer Nick is free to work on some of his many farm projects.

A new Farm Toy in use

On Saturday Nick returned from the agricultural auction wielding a Mulcher. Like a child with a new toy he couldn't wait to put it to good use. At this time of year the farm is beautiful, but all the hedges need chopping back creating more off cuts than the goats can munch though. This new farm toy gives a great recycling opportunity as mulching the branches generates fresh chippings for the play areas. All day he chopped, mulched, transported and tipped, stopping only for the afternoon school run.

Farmer Nick at work mulching to make chippings for the play area

Our "Little helpers" returned to Coombe Mill, from a busy day exploring Cornwall with their families, to delight of new soft landings as they zoomed down the slides!

 

 Enjoying the new soft landing

 

Family Time

Evenings for Farmer Nick and I are often spent taxing our six children around from club to club with meals in 2 shifts, but on Mondays we have a quiet evening and enjoy a family meal together. This week we headed out to our indoor BBQ house to share some quality family time and exchanged stories and banter of the day's events. There is one hut by the lodges for our holiday makers to do the same. New this summer, I am fast discovering they are best way to warm up on a chilly autumn evening! Farmer Nick is of cause the BBQ King while I prepare the food.

Coombemill BBQ houseInside the BBQ houseEnjoying the warmth on a family BBQ

Finally, with the children heading to bed and me settling down to blog, Farmer Nick relaxes to watch the news, only he never actually manages to stay awake. "Just dozing" he claims!  

 Farmer Nick relaxing / snoozing!

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