For New Year’s Eve we have developed a bit of a tradition at Coombe Mill and like to make our celebrations early in the evening so that all our younger guests can be a part of the action. Farmer Nick has perfected his firework displays over the years and New Year is a great opportunity for him to show us just how it is done. Winter has the advantage of being really dark by 6pm and so perfect for our party to begin. I sent a little note around earlier in the day and reminded everyone on the morning feed run so that no one would miss out.
We are lucky enough to have a freezer full of our very own venison and pork sausages which I cooked and served up with other nibbles on cocktail sticks together with bottles of fizz on a table just outside the BBQ hut. Everyone enjoyed a glass or two with us and an early toast to the New Year. The children had fizzy soft drinks for a treat and ran around with glow sticks in the dark while the adults chatted savouring the atmosphere of the evening.
Farmer Nick snuck away from the party to his tractor and trailer up the hill which was all ready and prepared and treated us to a magnificent display. There were plenty of gasps and much clapping despite a few of the youngest ones shielding their ears and wondering what fireworks were all about!
It was a perfect start to everyone’s New Year celebrations and an all inclusive family event. The weather was really on our side being both warm and dry leaving no one in a rush to retreat indoors. Half an hour after we were all safely back indoors the rain began, I was so thankful it held off for us.
For those staying up till midnight there was a lie on New Year’s Day with the Feed Run at a sociable 10am instead of 9am. A welcome hour for Farmer Nick and our children though I’m not sure the animals agreed!
There was even a first snowdrop bursting forth to welcome us into 2015. These will be a white carpet by February half term, along with the daffodils and primroses just beginning. If you fancy an early spring break at the farm, February half term boasts our cheapest rates.
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January can be dark and gloomy but a little fresh air is the best way to raise spirits and spot the first signs of spring growth. Pick a break in the weather, dress up warm and see what’s changing out there. A little time away from central heating and screens is good for the kids and for us parents too. If you are short on inspiration just check out a few of the posts here, there are always some lovely ideas for family fun outdoors.
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Those who have had snow have been out making the most of it, the Evans-Crittens went sledging and built a snow dog whilst Happy Homebird and Mummy M's Memories went sledging in Tegg's Nose Park unaware they were so close they ended up in each others photos.
Woodland walks were popular for those that didn't get the snow, City Girl Gone Coastal had fun letting off some steam after a long journey whilst Over There to Here went off exploring the woods that inspired Winnie the Pooh.
One Tiny Leap has been enjoying the wintry English countryside with some frozen puddle jumping whilst May Bush Studio has been letting off steam exploring the open area of 'The Avenue' in front of Stansted House.
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