Country Kids from Coombe Mill

January 3, 2014 at 10:51 PMCoombeMill

Happy New Year!

Welcome to the first Country Kids of 2014 and the 117th from me. I hope you have enjoyed a wonderful Christmas and plenty of outdoor fun over the holidays. Here on the farm we have been battered by storms with wild winds ripping down the valley and rain enough to make even our little side tributaries looking like a raging river. However between the storms we have had some beautiful sunshine too and have been making the most of that. 

Thankfully the worst of the storm this week was overnight. Waking up to calm in the morning and a good turnout for the feed run all on board were in for a treat as we braved the ford with the tractor, squeals of excitement as we travelled. My lovely Rockfish Wellies only just keeping the water from spilling over onto my toes as I captured some of the photos here! 

A glimpse of those wonderful sunny mornings

 

In the afternoons the train rides were full every day.  Guy my resident driver has his little speech ready for everyone and has perfected the art of driving without derailing. He takes his watch out playing with him and always remembers, sometimes only just in time, to come home and open up the train to a waiting crowd of little faces.

 

 Coombe Mill Railway

In the hours inbetween my children have delighted in making full use of their brand new 14 foot trampoline; a Christmas present from both Grandmas'. It is a sky high extreme 360 trampoline from Big Game Hunters. We chose to buy this one after being so happy with our smaller one we reviewed which is still looking good as new in the pirate boat play area. The new one has already been put through its paces with our own children and their many friends from boxing day onwards when the boys all put it up together. It is perfect for a little outdoor fun in the garden all year round. My only concern is that it is just outside my kitchen window and their daring acrobatics frighten me to death; thank goodness it comes with a good quality net too!

 

Trampoline for Christmas

 

We couldn't let New Year pass without some special celebrations. Despite a beautiful day rain was forecast, thankfully it held off till New Year's Day and left us with a beautiful evening. We all crowded round while Farmer Nick gave us a wonderful firework display. I filled the BBQ hut with nibbles and drinks for all our guests and we sent a few lanterns up into the sky which the children loved, cheering them on their night time journey. I had a quiet reflective moment for #MatildaMae as the lanterns sailed over the roof tops and on towards the brightly shining stars above. It was a warm and joyous social occasion for all present and a fitting end to 2013.

 

 

 

 New Year's Eve Celebrations at Coombe Mill

 

Here on the farm we are looking forward to 2014 and hoping it will be the year we welcome you and your family to stay. 

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A few of my favourite posts from last week.

Chelsea Mamma came to Coombe Mill for Christmas; I dare you to read her account and not want to book in next year!

Adventures in Home Schooling held a wonderful Christmas Scavenger Hunt I may just copy with our guests next year.

Diary of the Evans Crittens took advantage of the Christmas Fun at their local farm park

3 kids and a Glue Stick shook off the winter bugs with a lovely country walk

 

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November 3, 2012 at 12:00 AMCoombeMill

Halloween at Coombe Mill

Wednesday was our annual Halloween evening. Normally this falls the week after half term and we have just a dozen or so little helpers on the farm for some organized Trick or Treating. This year, with so many children and the added benefit of two empty cottages which are due to be turned into a super new Family cottage for 2014, it felt like the perfect timing for some added party games. What better a location for a haunted house! No electric, nothing to be precious about just an empty carcass to have some fun and as it turned out shelter everyone from the rain! Semi outdoors but I think a shell of a building in outdoor gear still counts.   

Derelict Cottage Turned Haunted House

An afternoon of preparation and the house is ready to party:

Halloween Party Preparation

Let the Party Begin

With games like splat the rat, Ghostly pinata, apple bobbing, go wild and paint the walls, and musical statues the younger children were entertained without being scared, while in the 2nd bedroom we had the scary coffin of a dissected body and a cackling Witch encouraging you to delve into the coffin and feel the body parts, strictly for the older children and adults!

 

Halloween Party fun for all the family

 

Trick or Treat.

We have an organised Trick or Treating procession at Coombe Mill. Every participating house has a Pumpkin outside and then we know they are ready for our visit. Reconvening at reception after our party games the children were armed with their collecting bags and fired up for more fun despite the rain. I led an orderly procession along with the parents from property to property; well as orderly as can be expected with around 25 super excited children! It rained and it poured but I don't think anyone really minded. We even had our very own Coombe Mill Ghost peeping out from windows and behind cottages to the wonder of the children. 

 

Spooky quest for sweets!

 

A huge effort had been made to decorate houses and prepare for the treat onslaught, my thanks to all the parents for helping make it a memorable evening with an amazing haul for each child to take home.

Halloween delights

A whole heap of Halloween fun for everyone all wrapped up on one spooky film:


 

I think Halloween and half term are likely to coincide next year too, if you fancy joining our Halloween fun and games and enjoying a family week of outdoor fun on the farm be sure to get in touch.

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