Country Kids from Coombe Mill 24th September

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:

“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids 24.9.16

Trying to Pull the sword from the stone continues to delight children here each week.  

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

Thank you to my top  commenters from last week:

1st Cheryl from Time to Craft who commented on 25 posts this week.

2nd Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine who commented on 23 posts this week.

3rd Tracey from Mummyshire who commented on 22 posts this week.

I would also like to say a massive thank you to Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on a whopping 29 posts even though she hadn’t joined in with us this week! For putting so much effort in I’m sending her a little thank you present: a Coombe Mill hat.

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Do check out their posts linked above too. 

Massive welcome to Ashley from Views from an Urban Lake who joined with a wonderful after school blackberry picking adventure.

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

 ‘link dump and run’ culprits was down to 2 which is an improvement on last week, please don’t be guilty of this. 

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

I am delighted to introduce Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish Wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of the September Rockfish Wellies:

Cheryl from Time to Craft is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a fab 25 post comments last week.

Dutch Dutch Goose shows off the beauty of the Isle of Skye with it’s stunning landscape, castles and seals.

Burnished Chaos shares a great action day bringing history to live at a Roman Fort

Country Kids Communities

I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

Join the Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

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Kayaking along the river Gardon

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 - Fiona

Each year on our family holiday to France one of the highlights of the week is kayaking down the Gardon.  This is our 4th year and I was worried it may have lost its appeal. I couldn’t have been more wrong, old rivalries and competitive family banter kept the day as fun filled as ever.

Finishing kayaking on the river Gardon and enjoying a swim

Let the adventure begin

Just to kayak the 8km from the start to the collection point would take 2.5 hours, however we always manage to spin it out into a full day trip.

Kayaking down the river Gardon

Half the fun is in stopping to moor up and swim along the way, jump from the rocks and enjoy a picnic.  Sometimes it feels like we have only just begun paddling again before someone spots another good stopping place. Every year their favourite jumping places beckon and the confidence of their jumping increases. It certainly makes jumping from the Coombe Mill Bridge look rather tame!

Rock jumping on the river today #daring #daringkids #river #riverfun #toomuchfun #countrykids #summerdays #summer #pontdugard #france #holiday #rocks #challenge #adventure #teen #rockjumping #jumping

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Jumping from rocks into the river Gardon

The picnic I make beforehand seems to vanish in minutes, but kayaking is hungry work!

Pont du Gard

One place we always make time to stop and swim is at the famous Pont du Gard. It is such an impressive site as you turn the corner and see the elaborate viaduct towering overhead. There is actually parking there and many day trippers are lining the banks too enjoying a family day, it takes all our best kayaking to navigate between the swimmers with much calls of “Attention, Pardon” as we skim by.

Pond du Gard by Kayak

It’s all about winning! 

After the Pont du Gard it is a long row along the open waters of the Gardon to the finishing line. By tradition we are always with ‘Kayak Vert’ which is the last stop. As usual it was a battle for the finishing line between us all with Team Ally, Clio and Jed winning.

While waiting for the bus to take us the 8k upstream back to the car we jumped in for one last swim together with much laughter at the funny moments of the day from a person overboard, a kayak with a paddle floating off, who became stuck in the reeds or beached by choosing the wrong course.  

Finishing kayaking on the river Gardon and enjoying a swim

 

Our 4th visit certainly hadn’t lost its appeal and I’m sure we will be back for a new family challenge in 2017.

 

Tips for kayaking on the river Gardon

Wear swimwear as it always gets wet inside the boats.

Life jackets are issued though the river isn’t very deep in most places.

The trip is suitable for all ages from age 3 upwards.

There are waterproof barrels issued with each kayak for keeping valuables and clothes dry.

Take a picnic it is hungry work and plenty of water.

Going in a group makes it competitive and good fun.

Average fitness is fine, all my children managed and I had no issue with little arm strength, the current does half the work for you! 

Coaches leave from Collias where there is a free car park and return you to your car at the end.

Prices are around 16 Euros each so it isn’t cheap but is a great day out for all the family.

The river section includes passing through the famous Pont du Gard.

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on September 16th, 2016 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:

“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill 17.9.16

The preschool children on the farm this week have been enjoying some lovely mild September weather for the morning animal feeding. Whether you’ve had the thunderstorms or the heatwave this week I hope you’ll have an outdoor adventure to share. I have one from the week and one from our summer holiday. I hope you enjoy them and reading others who join the linky. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Link posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

Thank you to my top  commenters from last week:

1st Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 37 posts this week

2nd Tracey from Mummyshire and Cheryl from Time To Craft who both commented on 18 posts this week

3rd Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine and Joy from Pinkoddy who commented on 17 posts this week

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Do check out their posts linked above too. 

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

 

 ‘link dump and run’ culprits was down to 3 which is an improvement on last week, please don’t be guilty of this. 

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

I am delighted to introduce Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish Wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of the September Rockfish Wellies:

Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a fab 37 post comments last week.

Mommy’s Little Princesses took a walk on the wild side to a hidden beach cove. I love the discovery and gorgeous photos in this post. 

Mummyshire shares the draw of the outdoors with new football boots to try out. 

Country Kids Communities

I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

Join the Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

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Back in Uzes, for our family holiday

Posted on September 16th, 2016 - Fiona

You know when you find a holiday that is right for you and your family and you just keep returning? Staying with family in Uzes in the south of France is that holiday for us. It isn’t the 750mile drive across France or the night of missed sleep on a ferry, it isn’t the 35 degree heat or the mosquito bites all of which I could live without. However it is the warm welcome we receive when we arrive, the way we instantly relax into holiday mode and watch 10 kids enjoy each other’s company picking up where they left off the year before.  

Family holiday 2016 ro Uzes

Running a holiday business ourselves it is very hard to take holidays but with a lot of planning and Amber, our duty manager in charge back at Coombe Mill, we can enjoy a week away in the school holidays ourselves. This year was a special one for me, as I fear it may be the last time we all go away as a family. Alistair is off to University this weekend and who knows what his plans will be by next summer. I know neither Nick nor I were taking family holidays by his age and so this year was one for making the most of having my family together. We made full use of our time with some wonderful day trips and adventures I will share soon, however whatever we did by day there was always some favourite activities at our cousins’ house that brought us all together.

Ping Pong tournaments.

Despite having our own ping pong table at Coombe Mill, I swear we all play more games in a week in France than all year at home; it must be the freedom of time on holiday.

Family ping pong challenge. #holiday #mediterranean #happytimes #familyfun #kidsofinstagram #countrykids #pingpong #tabletennis #challenge #familychallenge #teamwork #dreamteam #olympicsinspired #France

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Pool side fun

With soaring temperatures this year the pool was always in use. The kids made up their own games which seemed to involve much dunking and throwing in of each other. It was lovely to watch them all frolicking around together with banter flying through the air.

Poolside fun in Uzes

Al fresco dining

Meal times are a social occasion with so many of us, from watching the sun rise over breakfast to setting over dinner, we all met for meal times soaking up the stunning view from the veranda. I wish we had more days in Cornwall where you could guarantee the warmth to eat al fresco sitting out till late.

Eating al fresco from breakfast to dinner in Uzes

My idea of relaxation  

In my free time on holiday or at home I like to do something physical and sporty. We took a couple of bikes with us and I managed to pack in plenty of cycling with my eldest and enjoy my favourite running routes along the ancient route from Serves to Uzes passing sunflower fields, vineyards and fig trees should I need to refuel along the way!  

Countryside near Uzes in France

Uzes Town

It is only a 5 minute walk from our cousin’s house into the centre of Uzes and whether it is shopping in the market by day or walking the streets by night the charm of Uzes can’t fail to capture the heart. The imposing town castle is still the personal home of the Duke to this day.

Uzes town by day and night

This beautiful part of France is where I switch off and relax into holiday mode. It is my happy place and I now understand how people say this to me about holidays with us at Coombe Mill. It is all about finding somewhere you feel comfortable and able to really appreciate quality family time. I’m already planning our 5th visit and daring to hope that maybe all of my children will want to come just one more time.

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on September 9th, 2016 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:

“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids from coombe Mill 10.9.16

My post this week is from a fun afternoon at Coombe Mill centered on nature. We made Nature books and river art and ended up just little soggy but with artwork to be proud of. More about this on my post here on the linky.  

 Please come and share your adventures.

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Link posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

Thank you to my top  commenters from last week:

1st Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 32 posts this week

2nd Tracey from Mummyshire who commented on 20 posts this week

3rd Kim from Northumberland Mam who commented on 19 posts this week

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Do check out their posts linked above too. 

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

A huge thank you to Keitha from Keithas Chaos and Jenny from The Gingerbread House for popping by a few Country Kids post last week even though you didn’t join in yourselves. 

 ‘link dump and run’ culprits raised to a massive 5 which after last week is a little disappointing.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

I am delighted to introduce Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish Wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of the September Rockfish Wellies:

Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a fab 32 post comments last week.

Northumberland Mam went to see the Tall Ships regatta in Blyth with lots of learning opportunities

Searching for all the beehives on the trail at Colchester Castle Park made a fab day out for Him Me Three

Country Kids Communities

I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

Join the Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

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