Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on March 21st, 2014

A Day at the Races

On our recent visit to Yia Yia I was ever so slightly worried how our Country Kids would manage their down time with no wi fi, so no Facebook or i-pod games. I needn’t have worried, they became old fashioned kids and revelled in board games and cards together. It was a delight to watch, so much so it made me wonder about the merits of modern day technology! 


wi fi free kids

After a visit to Brighton and fun on the pier they each changed up a pound into two pence pieces. They frittered a few in the slot machines and came back with a plan. Poker was the card game that had gripped them all this holiday. When we weren’t outdoors having fun they were gathered in Yia Yia’s conservatory gambling away with their two pence pieces. It was all good fun and when someone was out, they would receive a sub from a brother and the odds would soon swing back again; amazing use of a pound.

Family Poker at Yia Yia's House

We decided to indulge their gambling interest just a little further after noticing the local races at Lingfield Park were having a family fun day. It was a beautiful day so we packed a picnic and arranged to meet the kid’s cousins there.


Lingfield Racecourse


None of the children had any idea what to expect which made it all the more exciting. We only played with some small bets but the children thought it was great fun dashing around with their cousins amidst the fun of the day. They took delight in the bouncy castles and free face painting whilst waiting for the racing to begin.


Bouncy Castle & Face Painting Fun for Kids

Then Dad helped them study the form in the race book guide.


Lingfield Race Course: Studying the race form


We all pretended to be very knowledgeable as the horses paraded round, eventually choosing on name and the colours we liked!

 Lingfield Races - the parade ring

Going to the tote to place our bets and watching the crowds gather built up excitement for the race ahead.


 Lingfield Races Placing bets at the Tote

Then it was over to the racing line to watch them go with much jostling with each other for a good view of the finish line.


 Lingfield Races watching the action

They were thrilled when on the second race our horse came in first. 


 Lingfield Races Winning Ticket

Sadly our luck didn’t last and we were down on the day. However we didn’t invest much and it was a good lesson in gambling and a fun day out. I think we might try the Exeter races at home next or point to point at Wadebridge. I was delighted to have this very light hearted go at gambling, and to chat to the older ones about the more serious dangers of gambling and talk about the online sites they have seen. It was a perfect chance to cover an important topic which may not otherwise have come up in conversation not to mention a fun family day out.

Hogwarts we found you!

On the way back we passed Nick’s old boarding school. It is a fascinating building and I suggested we went and had a peep. The children were astonished. “Dad went to Hogwarts” was all they could say. I must say I can see exactly what they mean. It is the most impressive building with a distinctly spooky feel that really did look like the setting to the Harry Potter films. Sadly we were not allowed in but it was still fun listening to Nick telling tales of all the funny and naughty things that went on around these grounds.


 Hogwarts School

Joining in with Country Kids

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A few of my favourite posts from last week:

Three beach posts I loved which were all so different were dinosaurs from The Princess & the Pickle, exploring wartime bunkers with Madhouse Family Reviews and Fun as a Gran who combines the Park and the beach.

So many of you headed to the park to enjoy the beautiful weather, I loved seeing all the happy laughing faces deep in play. City Girl Gone Coastal is one such post.

Family days out in the sunshine always inspire me. This farm adventure from Laura Side Street and an afternoon at Blenheim Palace from Katie Radomnest look perfect. 

Finally Adventures of homeschooling go off to investigate pond water and enjoy learning so much more besides.


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