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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Point to Point Horse Racing at Wadebridge.

Posted on February 10th, 2017 - Fiona

It was a bleak midwinter day, but we were looking forward to it after our fun at the local point to point last year.  This year was warmer and drier so things were looking up.  It was our last day with Ally at home before he returned to university and I was delighted he joined Nick and me, along with Clio and Jed.

The Wadebridge showground is our local venue if and just 20 minutes from Coombe Mill.  Its primary function is to host the Royal Cornwall show but it doubles up for many other events during the year including point to point racing.  With an 11.30am start we had just enough time after the morning feed to arrive in time for the first race.

 

A Family Day at the Wadebridge Races

 

There was much debate about which horse to back for each race.  Jed concluded from experience that all white horses were losers, Nick always fancied the heavier ones for stamina, Clio felt number three was always a winner as this is her lucky number while I opted for the slight horses imagining they would have a speed advantage.  Given all of our theories were pretty random we took it in turns to pick a horse for each race.  Studying their form in their show field is half the fun.

 

Studying the form at the Wadebrige Point to Point Horce Races

 

There is a real thrill to watching the horses come thundering past in a race, it was quite tricky to spot our one amidst the stampede of hooves.  So often are horse would lead the race only to flag on the final lap.

 

Wadebridge family point to point race day

 

Being only a local town point to point, it was easy to find a good spot along the edge of the racecourse.  We alternated between watching the finish line and standing near the final jump.

 

A day at the races 🐎 in Wadebridge #countrylife #countryside #outdoorworld #races #horseracing #familydaysout #countrykidsfun #outdoorsandhappy #royalshowground #wadebridge #funtimes #gamblingforfun #familyfun #sundayouting #outdoorfun #countrypersuits

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Between races we took advantage of Cornish pasties, drinks and cake.  For the hardened race goer is there is even a bar supported by our local publican and the village pub on this occasion.

 

Food and drink at the Wadebridge point to point

 

Stands selling country wear and racing accessories were all around.  Nick and the kids had fun with the hats.  Now my husband and eldest son look even more alike with their new country style matching hats!

 

Trying on hats at point to point in Wadebridge

 

I’m so pleased we ventured out to support a local event, we won a race, still ended up down on the day, but it was worth it for a fun day out.  

 

Family photos from horse racing at the Wadebridge point to point

 

This is definitely one I would recommend with children of any age and a great way to learn about light gambling, how to make it fun and avoid the pitfalls, in a safe parental environment.  The upcoming  Point to Point races can be found here if you are staying with us and if fancy going along.

 

Have you tried point to point horse racing as a family day out?

Country Kids


Country Kids 4th February 2017

Posted on February 3rd, 2017 - Fiona

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 3.2.17

Make the most of family time outdoors. 

I hope you’ve had a good week. It has been a warm and wet one here, not my favourite type, but February is here and the days are lengthening. I hope it has given you a chance of a little outdoor adventure 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.

A Massive welcome to all our new fab outdoor fun bloggers; Jonny from The Adventures of Daisy the BusSarah from TammymumAnnette from Four Acorns and Sonia from Mamma’s School

My top commenters from 28th January:

1st Clare from Mudpie Fridays with 22 comments

2nd Karen from Would Like to Be with 15 comments

3rd Louise from Little Hearts Big Love with 13 comments

We have one guilty bloggers linking up again and not commenting on any posts (as of Thursday pm when counted). Come on you know who you are please go back to be fair to others.

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.  

January Rockfish Welly Winner

Congratulations to Two Tiny Hands who is this months winner with a lovely write up of their family Christmas here at Coombe Mill.  Two Tiny Hands Jan 17

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

Top Commenter : Clare from Mudpie Fridays.

Daisy the Bus went exploring the caves in the Mullerthal region in Luxembourg’s beautiful landscape.

My wanderlust was sparked for a trip to Yellowstone after reading about Right from the Start‘s adventures.


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 1000 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @n4mummy, @becomingasahm@wouldliketobe & @mammasschool Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

 

My #countrykidsfun favourites this week @n4mummy @becomingasahm @wouldliketobe @mammasschool thank you for all the fab outdoor fun photos this week. #outdoors #familytime #familyfun #outdoorsandhappy #beach #woods bubbles #happytimes

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