I love the way kids get a bee in their bonnet about something and just have to follow it through no matter now impractical it may be. If I’m honest, it was only seeing them all embroiled in this particular crocodile adventure that made me realise that these activities are becoming less frequent in my children as they grow up. I want to hold back time and prolong this stage, it is a lovely childish zest and enthusiasm that wanes with age, and I know I am on the cusp of even my youngest moving on.
Night time search for the Coombe Mill Crocodile
The adventure began late afternoon when Guy and his friend on holiday here decided they should go in search of the disappearing crocodile. As a little background, the crocodile for years was the highlight of a journey round the lake with his large fibre glass jaw coming up through the water. One day he simply wasn’t there and has been missing a good year now. The logical explanation is that he broke free from his concrete pad and toppled into the lake. Why anyone would decide to embark on a rescue mission as the light fell on a cold February day, only the kids can tell you! With wetsuits and torches they launched HMS Bath Tub and began to explore. It didn’t take long to realise, with murky water stirred up from jumping in and night falling, they were going to have to abort their mission.
Clearly this idea was not going to die easily and they were back the following morning with great optimism and another on board.
A fresh day and a fresh Crocodile Hunt
Before long Clio came running to join them and her friend rode the boat back to the launch pad to collect her
The girls, not in wetsuits, had only planned to assist from the boat but, with Guy claiming to have found the crocodile umpteen times only to haul in the anchor, they became inpatient and one by one ventured in fully clothed! Clio’s squeals gave away how cold it must have been, but excitement and adrenaline took hold and they spent the best part of an hour in and out of the boat, soaking wet but alas no crocodile.
Having moored the boat with hearts a little low having not found the missing crocodile, and by now very cold and wet, I cheered them up by suggesting they could hop in the hot tub after a shower. This soon brought them back to life and the squeals continued as they soaked up the warmth of the hot tub together, limbs coming back to life.
I do hope I will have another summer of childlike adventures; I hate to think they are growing too old for some good outdoor farm fun like this.
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Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids
Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly
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. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. My March winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here
A few of my favourites in with a chance of the March Rockfish Boots:
On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun
“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.