Country Kids 25th February 2017

Posted on February 24th, 2017 - 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 25th February 2017

It’s nearly spring, time to discover what’s new outdoors. 

I don’t know about you, but here on the farm January seemed to drag on forever while February has raced by. Whether it is the lengthening days or spring growth raising our spirits I’m not sure, but along with the seasons changing so our willingness to enjoy family outdoor time has increased too. I hope February has been a good month for you with some adventures to share on the link up below. 

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.
    • Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Please 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.

My top commenters from 18th February:

1st Sonia from Mummy Constant who commented on 20 posts.

2nd Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 19 posts.

3rd Hiedi from Him, Me and Three who commented on 18 posts.

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality 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. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!

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

Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the February Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Sonia from Mummy Constant

An alternative family Valentine’s  campfire picnic in the snow looks so magical from Sonia at The Mammas School.

Four Acorns spent a day admiring the multicoloured rock formations in Rosières, Haute-Loire, France.

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 growing Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 1800 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @tarajgreaves @tammymumuk @four_acorns @lakessinglemum Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

 

Thank you for the fab #countrykidsfun photos this week. 4 new outdoor fun community members in for a mention @tarajgreaves @tammymumuk @four_acorns @lakessinglemum I hope you have a lovely weekend and keep the photos coming. #outdoors #adventurekids #curiouslittleexplorers #urbankids #explorerkids #beach #sand #puddles #puddlejumping #muddypuddles #splashing #waves #wildchild #wildandfree #childhoodmoments #childhoodmemories #childhoodunplugged #outdooreducation

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The Saints Way from Fowey to Polkerris Beach

Posted on February 24th, 2017 - Fiona

We had a rare Sunday where the boys had a Rugby match in a beautiful harbour town and we and no guests. This was an opportunity for a family adventure and we grabbed the chance. A quick look at the map to find the Rugby pitch and we spotted it was right next to the final section of the Saints Way trail. This is a trail stretching for 30 miles from Padstow on the North Coast to Fowey on the south coast.  We traced the spur path down to Polkerris beach where there was a branch of our favourite Fowey bistro. It only looked about 2.5 miles. The plan was formed and I was looking forward to an adventure.

The Saints Way Fowey to Polkerris

From Rugby to Fowey Town

Dropping the boys at the Rugby pitch Nick, Clio and I noted the path we needed later and drove down into the town. It was as chilly as I remember last time we visited Fowey, but dry so I wasn’t complaining. We mooched around the shops and harbour and warmed up in a cute little coffee shop.

 

Coffee in Fowey

 

By the time we headed back to the Rugby club the boys were just finishing. Caked in mud but thrilled with their win with both scoring a try they headed into the changing rooms.

 

Wadebridge Rugby Leage Juniors away match at Fowey

The Saints Way Trail

Thankfully a quick shower had transformed them and we all set off along the Saints Way trail towards Polkerris. Having never been along the path before we took a map print out for guidance. Nick took great pleasure in sharing his best Geographer skills and testing the kids on the landscape we could expect, the distance and topography.

 

Map reading from Fowey to Polkerris on th Saints Way Trail

 

The Saints Way trail section delivered on every count. We passed through woodland, over little bridges, under a bridge, past farm animals and chatted about all kinds of things whist building our appetites for lunch.

 

Walking the Saints Way trail from Fowey to Polkerris

 

There were trees to climb and trees to practice pull ups and even a rope swing I had to forbid them using as I could see jumping off would risk tumbling down a step bank and an ambulance trip instead of lunch!

 

Tree climbing along the Saints Way trail

 

At one point we went right through a seriously muddy farm. The boys only had trainers on and so accepted a fireman lift from Dad. I wonder how much longer he will be able to do this for, they are already far too heavy for me to lift like this.

 

Polkerris Beach

Finally the beach was insight and the kids ran down only to discover a very much shut looking beach bistro.

 

 

There was nothing for it, a quick splash in the sea and wander over the beach and we headed back.

 

 

With tummies rumbling we made quick work of the return journey along the Saints’ Way and rang ahead to book into the Fowey bistro, our lesson learned! I knew we were returning faster as we had all stripped off coats and jumpers and it wasn’t actually very warm.

 

Walking the Saint's Way back from Polkerris to Fowey

Back in Fowey

We would have needed to walk back anyway so we hadn’t really lost out and the walk was refreshing. We were however more than ready for lunch!

 

Lunch at Sam's Biestro in Fowey

 

By the time we finished the sun had come out and as the boys had missed out in the morning we took one last look around the harbour enjoying the local ice cream.  

 

Exploring Fowey Harbour

We left before Jed could frighten me anymore balancing on railings too close to the sea! Driving home I realised how special family days out like this are. We will be back into our busy season soon, but at least I have this section of The Saints’ Way as another good recommendation to pass on to those on holidays with us looking for  fun family days out.  

 

 

Tips for walking the Saints’ Way from Fowey to Polkerris Beach and Back

  • Park on the road by the Fowey Rugby club

  • Wear wellies or good walking boots, trainers may be OK in summer.

  • not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs.

  • Distance is about 2 – 2.5 miles each way but feels further with rugged ground and some steep climbs.

  • Take towels / change of clothes for swimming or paddling at Polkerris beach.

  • Sam’s Bistro have great deluxe burgers and seafood but is pricey. Open all year in Fowey town but seasonal opening  at Polkerris.

  • For cheaper food options in Fowey there are several bakeries serving pasties and more with plenty of harbour seating available to enjoy the view. We do this in summer.

  • Toilets at Fowey and Polkerris require 20p entry.

  • Parking in Fowey is very limited, park in the signed car park and walk into the town. Aprox 1/3 mile.

  • Harbour rails in Fowey are not idea for small children and they need to be supervised running near the edge.
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Country Kids 18th February 2017

Posted on February 17th, 2017 - 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 18th February 2017

Share your half term fun here

I hope you have enjoyed a good half term week and a much needed break from the school routine. We have split the week between here on the farm with our holiday guests and visiting family in London and Sussex. That’s a whole lot of travelling in a  short space of time, but it has given us a chance to enjoy some family adventures out and about which I will be sharing here over the coming weeks. I hope you have managed time away from screens this past week with an adventure or two to share with me on the link up below.   

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.
    • Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Please 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.

My top commenters from 11th February:

1st Sonia from Mamma’s School and Sonia from Mummy Constant who both with 22 comments

2nd Helen from The Princess and The Pickle with 21 comments

3rd Helena from The Queen of Collage and Emma from South West Reviews with 18 comments

Thank you so much to everyone who joined in last week we had NO LINK DUMPERS. Thank you for making the Country Kids community such a lovely place to link up and be inspired for outdoor fun. 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality 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. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!

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

Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the February Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenters : Sonia from Mamma’s School and Sonia from Mummy Constant. 

West Country Mum enjoyed a birthday celebration in the snow in the Brecon Beacons

Discovering hidden gems just around the corner was in store for Kids of the Wild on their latest adventure.

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 growing Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 1500 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @tucker_and_henry@bugbirdbee2@lesbemums & @bridiebythesea. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

 

Thank you for the lovely #countrykidsfun photos this week. 4 new outdoor fun community members in for a mention @tucker_and_henry @bugbirdbee2 @lesbemums @bridiebythesea have a lovely weekend and keep the photos coming. #outdoors #adventurekids #curiouslittleexplorers #urbankids #explorerkids #woodland #weloveforests #wildchild #wildandfree #childhoodmoments #childhoodmemories #childhoodunplugged #cityatnight #outdooreducation

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A Short Break Weekend in Winter

Posted on February 17th, 2017 - Fiona

Winter can feel very long without a few things to look forward to. One tradition we have is a family winter short break to our favourite hotel in Devon on a weekend when we have no visitors at Coombe Mill. We spotted our chance and booked up.

A winter break for the family to Devon

The hotel is one we have been going to for 21 years, since our honeymoon. I’d have never thought back then that it would be somewhere we would still be returning to all these years later with our now almost fully grown 6 children. It is pricey and so 2 nights in mid winter is all we can stretch too but we all look forward to the break.

Thurlestone Hotel Devon

Our first day was met with a real south westerly wind and drizzle, not to be put off some of us braved the coast path.

Wet coastal family walk

The more sensible ones opted for the badminton and squash courts and it wasn’t long before we caught them up for some inter family challenges.

Squash and Badminton inter family challenge on holiday

The outdoor pool was unsurprisingly closed but thankfully the indoor one was open and the kids were in and out all weekend when they had a spare half hour.

family time in the swimming pool on holiday at Thurlestone

Day two was quite different with glorious sunshine and warm too, there was no time for indoor swimming as we headed out to wear off our indulgent breakfast. Guy and Jed fancied themselves as the next Wimbledon stars

Playing tennis at Thurlestone

The others dabbled at golf. This is Farmer Nick’s passion and a big part of choosing this hotel 21 years ago. He has so much patience teaching the children and keeping their spirits up after landing in the rough.

Golf at Thurlestone

I find golf very frustrating and am happy to enjoy the coast path after failing to gain a true golf score again!

Thurlestone beach in winter sun

After a full day of outdoor fun dressing up for dinner is a treat and enjoying the odd mocktail or cocktail down in the bar.

Dinner at the Thurlestone Hotel in Devon

Even with one very rainy day we had another wonderful visit and returned to the farm feeling refreshed and ready to greet those visiting us for a welcome winter short break.  

 

Do you have a short break to look forward to in winter?


Country Kids 11th February 2017

Posted on February 10th, 2017 - 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 11th February 2017

Make the most of family time outdoors this half term. 

It’s been a pretty wet week here on the farm, after months of  of crisp dry winter days the farm is giving way to a waterlogged look with too many muddy puddles for my liking. However this is negated by the spring growth now flourishing and lighter evenings. With half term upon us we are excited for a break from school and some family days out which I’m sure I’ll be sharing over the coming weeks here. I hope you will join me too. 

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.
    • Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Please 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.

A Massive welcome to our new fab outdoor fun blogger; Arabella from Exeter Baby Activities.

My top commenters from 4th February:

1st Josefine from My Danglish Family with 20 comments

2nd Sonia from Mamma’s School with 19 comments

3rd Kirsty and Clara from My Two Mums with 16 comments

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality 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. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!

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

Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the February Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Josefine from My Danglish Family

Annette from Four Acorns shows us how to have a family day in the woods building a camp from scratch. 

Dancing in and out of the snowdrops in Tutus at Rode Hall Gardens made me smile from Mrs S at Otis and Us.   

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 growing Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 1500 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @steph_baybee1 @wavetomummy @dancingdandelionsblog  Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

 

My favourite #countrykidsfun outdoor fun photos of the week are from @steph_baybee1 @wavetomummy @dancingdandelionsblog @mummyonabudget congrats you will feature on #countrykids on my blog tomorrow. Thank you for all the lovely tagscagain this week. Please keep them coming if you are out and about over half term. #landscape #outdoors #exploringnature #explorerkids #pottyadventures #forest #snow #snowscape #snowplay #park #bench #outdoorsandhappy #outdooradventures #outdoorlife #childhoodunplugged #freedomandfun #landscapephotography #childhoodmemories #kidsoutdoors

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