When Claire from the local preschool rang to see if she could bring the children to the farm for a morning as the village hall had been booked for a funeral I had a flash of inspiration. Not only did the timing fit in really well with a midweek day when we had no guests, but it was the perfect way for me to add to the Team Honk Fundraising for Sports Relief. While Annie, Penny and Tanya were busy bringing the blogging world back news from Tanzania, the Team Honk Relay baton was en-route from Lands End to John o Groats just passing Sian, I was able to keep a little momentum going here in Cornwall.
Welcome St Tudy Preschool
All my children enjoyed their time at St Tudy Preschool and I spent many years on the committee myself so I was delighted to be able to welcome the children to Coombe Mill and raise a little money for Sport Relief in the process. The Children arrived full of expectations and excitement. We ensured everyone was kitted out with wellies from the tiniest of tots and then it was all aboard the tractor for a special farm tour with Farmer Nick.
The children’s faces were a picture as the tractor drove off heading for the farm.
Over at the Pigs the children watched in awe as Farmer Nick threw in their bucket of food. Then the brave followed him in to stroke them and feel their bristly coats.
Next up were the ducks and chickens where the children were every bit as excited as our holiday guests at the prospect of hunting for muddy eggs. The Preschool leader saved them all at the end to give the children as dippy eggs and soldiers at preschool the following day which I thought was a lovely idea.
The feel of the chicken’s feathers was quite different to the pigs and a great sensory experience for the children.
Nick had been on a long road trip the previous day to purchase two adorable young donkeys after we sadly lost Maisie to pneumonia over the relentless wet winter. The children crowded round to watch them enjoy their first breakfast at Coombe Mill.
Back on board the tractor for a journey round the lake and a look at our scariest animal, the crocodile who unsuccessfully tries to prevent the Herons eating our fish!
The Deer produced an “Awww” from everyone as they pranced around nervously eating while the children watched with excitement. They were keen to run up to them and stroke them too unaware that the deer were too shy.
It began to rain but still the children were keen to see the sheep and the baby goats in the field. The brave were able to stroke the goats and feed them, though by now their coats were fairly soggy with the rain giving yet another sensation to their little fingers.
Farmer Nick saved his biggest treat for the journey home. The older boys were each given a chance to help drive the tractor. Four proud boys who will remember this for a long time to come.
A wet and bedraggled group traipsed into my kitchen after their exciting morning. We washed hands in relay and then I treated them all to milk and my freshly baked cookies. The rain was settling in for the day so the children all had a go at colouring the sheets from my website education pages, whilst telling us what they had enjoyed about their morning.
Since it was too wet to safely enjoy the outdoor play areas, I opened up the play barn. Here they could all run free, leaping, jumping exploring and bouncing; a perfect morning for any tot. Many finished up sat in the grownups arms, quite exhausted from their morning on the farm. Each child donated £2 for sports relief for their morning with us which will be added to the Cornwall Sponsorship page.
Our Fundraising morning on Video
Help Sport Relief
If you fancy a holiday made of mornings like this on the farm, my offer of a £25 discount from your holiday matched by a £25 donation from us to sport relief still stands for another week. Check out all the details here and read how you can join the first ever Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games around the country next weekend from Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd March 2014.
Joining in with Country Kids.
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Country Kids is all about leaving screens and sofas and central heating and embracing the outdoors, whatever the weather. Everything is welcome from play to crafting so long as it is making the most of the fresh air. Please grab the badge or provide a link back here so that others can easily read all the lovely posts coming in. There is so much inspiration for the content here each week I really recommend a read and sharing some blog love. My own family fun has been shunted back to next week to make way for this special Team Honk edition of Country Kids.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.