There is nothing I like more than to see my kids being kids. Yet at age 12 upwards I am seeing their childish side less frequently. However come the holidays, with older children staying on holiday and time away from the social pressures of school, my children learn to be the kids they are once again. This is when they remember to enjoy the farm and test out their bush crafts, creating Bear Grylls style survival challenges.
Guy led the initiative this half term when he met up with a good friend who stayed last year. The boys soon picked up where they left off reminiscing over camping and fishing adventures and began planning this year’s challenge. Others soon joined in with a plan to build a survival camp and be like Bear Grylls on the Coombe Mill river island. The numbers swelled as boys of all ages began chopping firewood and making camp, swinging across the river and clambering up and down to the island.
Parents all joined forces over a BBQ on the lawns keeping a distant watch over the boys whilst enjoying some adult time. The boys refused to leave their island preferring to heat their own beans on their campfire.
As night fell, there was just Guy and his friend left bunking down for the night. However not long after 11pm I heard the door open and Guy come in. The ground was soggy and the fire had gone out. Suddenly, bush crafts and Bear Grylls didn’t feel such fun!
By day two, they were rethinking the camp and set to work chopping branches to form a proper structure and covering it with foliage. When their camp was finished they added two camp beds and this time it looked like something they could actually spend the night in.
There were plenty of admirers and helpers coming and going. Even my Screenager Theo came out to help and chopped a branch to form a bridge with a rope swing of dubious quality but added a new dimension to accessing the island for the brave.
For me it was wonderful to see them out enjoying nature, using their imagination and testing some basic survival skills. I left the front door open just in case they came home again, but they stayed the whole night. By the time I went out to see them in the morning the fire was going and they were cooking breakfast.
Bear Grylls watch out, I have some boys after your job!
Joining in with Country Kids
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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.
Sally you can 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 June Rockfish Boots:
I never knew there were Cable Cars in London, MummyShire shares her experience of a family trip on them and now it's on my list too when we next visit.
Running a half marathon through beautiful vineyards with family support looks like a wonderful weekend away for Catching the Magic
Priory Maze and Gardens looks like a great family day out as discovered by Him, Me and Three
Island Living has been discovering the beauty of Norway, the photos of snow capped mountains are stunning.
Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish
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.