Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 26th, 2016 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill 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: A special Cousin bond playing together at Plymouth Hoe

The kids have had their younger cousins to stay over the summer and  seeing them all playing together has been wonderful.  More on this special cousin bond and a lovely relaxed day out  in my post this week.

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 3 commenters from last week:

1st Sandy from Mommy’s Little Princesses who commented on 40 posts this week

2nd Steph from Mummy Plus 3 Girls who commented on 33 posts this week

3rd Cheryl from Time to Craft who commented on 32 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.

I’m disappointed to say that our ‘link dump and run’ culprits more than doubled this week to 7 whole people, if you could pop back and share a little blog love that’d be fab, thank you.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

Your Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. 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 August Rockfish Wellies:

Sandy from Mommy’s Little Princesses is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a massive 40 post comments last week.

Chococlate and Wine and I’ll Be Fine had a magical day at Castell Henllys taking part in some Fairytale Fun.

Owl displays, fairground rides, face painting and play areas make a great family fun day out for Little Hearts Big Love.

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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A special cousin bond at Plymouth Hoe

Posted on August 26th, 2016 - Fiona

It isn’t often these days that I have a full family outing. However when you mention lunch out and shops they are all interested. May be it is growing up in the countryside and being surrounded by nature, but the thought of a trip to the city really excites them all. The added bonus was having my niece staying with her young family too. The cousin bond is a special one and it was a trip that suited everyone.

A special cousin bond at Plymouth Hoe

 

It was a quick change after the Sunday morning feed run and into the cars heading for Plymouth. Having missed breakfast our first stop was lunch. We have a favourite all you can eat Asian restaurant with everything from freshly cooked seafood to well known regular dishes. Even the hungriest teen can come out full without breaking the bank so it works well for us. My thanks to Jed for the photos I didn’t know he’d taken on my phone!

 

Lunch at the View in Plymouth

 

With tummies full the kids headed for the shops, I was keen to sort some of their school uniforms out for the new term but was also determined it wouldn’t take up all our time as the sun had come out and it was turning into a gorgeous afternoon. As soon as we had the necessary purchased we headed out towards the Hoe leaving the older ones to continue their shopping.  My triplets were totally taken with the huge Olympics big screen and deck chairs in the centre of town. There was even free table tennis there and an outdoor bar so we stopped to join in for a while.

 

Chilling out watching the Olympics in Plymouth city centre on the big screen. #city #Plymouth #olympics #sun #relaxed #deckchair #outdoors #bigscreen

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Continuing to the Hoe the kids had a chance to run free along the water features and up the banks. Thankfully no one fell in!

 

Going the interesting route to Plymouth Hoe

A special cousin bond

Once we arrived we left the children to play. The whole area was full of family groups enjoying picnics and soaking up the summer sun. It was wonderful to see my three playing with their cousins.

 

Cousins at Plymouth Hoe Playing

 

There is a special cousin bond within families and it’s lovely to have a chance see that flourish even with cousins they don’t see very often thanks to us living at the end of the earth in Cornwall.   

Plymouth Hoe Lighthouse

I left them playing together down on the Hoe to take a walk up the old lighthouse with Farmer Nick. I had wanted to do this on previous trips but never had the time. It was well worth the £3 entrance fee with plenty of plaques and a TV playing to help fill in the history. How anyone lived there is beyond me with the tiny kitchen stove, little beds and winding stairs.

Lighthouse at Plymouth Hoe

 

Once at the top the views across the city and out to sea are amazing. I stood a while watching the cousin bond developing down below.

 

Views from the top of the Lighthouse at Plymouth Hoe

 

Back with the family the teens had returned from their shopping spree and were showing off their purchases. I could have happily stayed longer but with the train to run back at Coombe Mill we had to head home. In any case the little ones were looking quite exhausted from their play time with the triplets and more than ready for a little nap in the car. Plymouth is still a city I love to visit and I’m sure we will be back before too long.

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 19th, 2016 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill 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. 

River Swimming Adventure on the Farm

Last week our Nature Raft Races  had everyone enjoying playing in the river. This week has been the same with some great friendships and plenty of soggy clothes! More on my Country Kids post.

 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 4 commenters from last week:

I had to change my top 3 to 4 this week as 4 of you have really excelled:

1st Steph from Mummy Plus Three Girls who commented on 50 posts this week

2nd Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 47 posts this week

3rd Melody from Domesstique who commented on 46 posts this week

4th Helena from Queen of Collage who commented on 43 posts this week

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Please Do check out their wonderful 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 climbed back up to 4 this week so please go back and share the blog love if you didn’t last week.

A big warm welcome to Country Kids newbies this week: Laura from The Seasonal Child and Alana from Burnished Chaos, lovely to have you join in, I hope you enjoyed the link up and will come back again.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

Your Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. 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 August Rockfish Wellies:

Steph is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a massive 50 post comments last week and goes through to be in with a chance of winning.

along with my favoured posts that also met the Country Kids guidelines:

I loved this fairy Festival from Are we nearly there yet?

Retro Birthday fun from Great Yarmouth looks like a day to remember from 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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River Adventure after the Rain

Posted on August 19th, 2016 - Fiona

A river adventure for the school holidays

I love it when older children come to stay at the farm as it encourages my triplets out into being kids again. At 12 they have hit that in between stage between child and adult where they need a little time away from the pressures of school to rediscover their inner child. They had teamed up with one of the Coombe Mill regulars and after a couple of days of relentless rain everyone was itching to be outdoors. A river adventure beckoned!

River adventure after the rain

Boys will be Boys

The river had been running dangerously high after the rain but had subsided to a level I was happy for them to play in. As they are now older and stronger they can cope with a stronger current and relished the challenge of wading against the current.  

 

river adventure wading upstream on the river Camel in Cornwall

 

Having battled upstream they then swam or body boarded down with the current. It was definitely flowing fast enough to make them look like super swimmers and give them the thrill they were after.

Making the most of a good day in the river. #countrykids #schoolholidays #schoolholidayfun #schoolholidays #adventurous #river #riverkids #explore #nature #natureplay #play #resourceful #water #waterfun

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It took just a couple of minutes to whizz by me standing on the bridge and disappear over the rapids. There is a gentle pebble area further down where they could easily climb out and walk back across the fields and over the gate into Coombe Mill.

 

River adventure swimming downstream & walking back to Coombe Mill

 

After a few times down the river they clambered out, dripping wet but full of excitement, to start jumping off the bridge.

 

ready to jump

 

Bridge jumping is an old time favourite for my boys. I had thought to try myself after a BiBs dare, but I welched out despite it being a bit deeper after the rain. It was one river adventure too far for me.

jumping off the bridge into the river Camel at Coombe Bridge 

Grabbing a body board each they set off once more down the river. I was standing on the bridge chatting to the parents and thinking it was taking them longer this time.  The other parents weren’t in the least worried, trusting their son to my two who know the river well. After a while I guessed what had happened and suspected they were surfing all the way through to Wenford Bridge, something I know Guy has enjoyed in the past. I picked up the car keys and some bin bags for them to sit on and drove off to meet them. Arriving there was no sign so I took the camera and headed back upstream to watch out for them. The sun had come out and I was quite happy soaking up the afternoon warmth and admiring the river.

 

Admiring the river Camel betweem Coombe Mill and Wenford Bridge

 

Eventually I decided they must have turned around after all and returned to the car. As I drove past the end of the camel trail who should I see sitting at the tables in the Snail’s Pace Cafe? The three wise monkeys. They had climbed out of the river and gone there to ring me to collect them, but I had no mobile signal. Just as well I had second guessed their intentions anyway! They wanted ice creams and hot chocolate but, as they were shivering and soaking, I decided to just get them home and showered and let them have their treats back at Coombe Mill

 

Rescuing swimmers and surfers from Wendfoed Bridge

 

To me this was a perfect school holiday afternoon, a child led river adventure away from all the pressures of school. It takes a couple of weeks of being away from school for this to develop and I’m making the most of being with them knowing the new school term and year eight isn’t far away now.

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 12th, 2016 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill 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 hosting photo

We have had some classic August weather with sunny days and showery ones. However we were lucky enough to have a perfect afternoon for our annual nature raft race which turned into a full afternoon of family fun down by the river. More on this one 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 3 commenters from last week:

1st Steph from Mummy Plus Three Girls who commented on 38 posts this week

2nd Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 36 posts this week

3rd Rachel from Coffee Cake Kids who commented on 30 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 fell to 3 with more linking up this week which is great, thank you.

A big warm welcome to Country Kids newbies this week: Chloe from Sorry About the Mess lovely to have you join in, I hope you enjoyed the link up and will come back again.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

Your Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. 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 August Rockfish Wellies:

Steph from Mummy Plus Three Girls is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a massive 38 post comments last week.

Sorry about the Mess came to Coombe Mill and shares the most amazing video of their family stay here on the farm and out and about in Cornwall, even though the original plan was Costa Brava! 

Mummy Shire did go abroad for their holiday and discovered the things the kids loved most were the family times spent playing crazy golf.  Farmer Nick will like this as he want’s to make one at Coombe Mill.

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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