We all know how little kids like to be big kids. Toytastic have made that possible with the coolest looking toddler foot to floor motorbike around. Those go faster bad boy tyres on the real deal translate onto wide plastic wheels for stability and handling for toddlers. There is a parental handle ideal for carrying when little legs are tired or helping to push off on those first few goes. Themed, not in grown up black gloss but, in kids character favourites, these bikes are a winner. At just £54.99 from Toytastic they are affordable fun for active kids everywhere.

 

Spiderman Foot to Floor bike

Toytastic kindly sent me the lovely Spiderman version to test at Coombe Mill. With our purpose built ride on play area I knew this foot to floor bike would fit into the range perfectly.

 

Foot to Floor Bike in Play Area

Over the Christmas holidays it was put to the test by children as young as 1 and as old as 9! This little tot wasn’t too sure, but thanks to the stability of the big fat wheels, climbing off was easy.

 

Robot on the Bike

Then my nieces came to stay. One of them had the Frozen Foot to floor for Christmas and had brought it with her. They are light and easy to carry so perfect for taking away. The other quickly grabbed our Spiderman bike and together the fun began.

 

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They spent hours racing up and down the Coombe mill paths, climbing the grassy hills and generally wearing themselves out. These bikes are so sturdy I had no fear they would survive the challenge.

 

The Girls on the Foot to Floor Bikes

Win your Toytastic Frozen Foot to Floor Motorbike with Coombe Mill

Win a Frozen Foot to Floor bike

If you know a little one age 1 – 4 that would enjoy riding around on one of these bikes why not enter to win a Disney Frozen bike with oversized wheels for stability and Frozen character graphics of Elsa, Anna, Krisoff and Olaf.

Good luck to all taking part.

 

Foot to Floor Frozen Motorbike

 

Disclosure

We were sent our Spiderman foot to floor bike for the purpose of this review. All thoughts expressed here are my own. My confidence in the product is evident by welcoming the bike for holiday makers to use in the Coombe Mill ride on under 5’s play area.

 

When the government’s chief vet announced in December that all birds should be kept indoors for at least the next 30 days my heart sank. We have the most amazing “Jurassic Park” for keeping chickens and ducks safe at Coombe Mill with fresh water pond, fox safety fencing, shelter and all mod cons – well if you are a chicken or duck that is.

Jurassic Park

In theory we could move everything indoors for a period, but we knew the birds wouldn’t enjoy it and neither would we enjoy the resulting smell from having them all cooped up! We had no choice but to do as advised. The risk to humans from bird flu is still extremely small but it would be churlish to ignore the advice. Over the coming week we gradually captured the chickens and moved them to our old peacock enclosure. It had been a makeshift home last winter for a month when the field became too slippery and wet for the guests to enter. This winter they would have to return even though their field was still lovely and dry.

Chickens in Peacock World

The ducks and geese were harder. An even older Avery has now become their home with much help needed from Guy, our resident geese catcher in moving them. On the plus side the space for them is much better than for the chickens, so long as the structure actually survives another year!  

Ducks into their new home

Farmer Nick had a premonition that the 30 day indoor ruling was likely to be extended and set to work creating his very own chicken world for keeping chickens safe behind his farm shed. Being such a handy man really comes into its own at times like this. He spent every spare moment over the Christmas holidays taking advantage of the older two boys being home from college and university to put his plan into action.

Building the new home for keeping chickens

Beginning with a proper concrete floor and building up with solid wooden walls and doors, a patch of scrubland was transformed into a luxury chicken coop. Nesting boxes, perches and lighting will hopefully mean even our winter guests will be able to find an egg for breakfast!

Finished Chicken Coop

The chickens certainly looked happy to be leaving their old quarters and scratching round in the fresh sawdust of Chicken world. I was mighty pleased for an opportunity to give the old home a good hose down!

Finished Chicken Coop

Because my clever husband always thinks one step ahead, he made the new housing extra large; sectioning off a second room that can be used for other any other animals that need to be moved indoors. A poorly animal, new struggling mother or even all the goats or donkeys in prolonged periods of wet weather can now be housed indoors as well as keeping chickens safe.

The other end of Chicken World

It will still be good to let the birds back out into Jurassic Park again, but for now at least we know they have a comfortable indoor home.   

 Do you know anyone keeping chickens? Are they indoors now too?

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It has been years since I can remember a winter like this one.  Days of frosty mornings, temperatures only climbing as the sun creeps over the valley giving way to glorious afternoons with a taste of spring and real warmth from the sun. Yet it is still January’s farm and by mid afternoon that spring sun climbs up the opposite side of the valley with visible speed leaving behind a heavy reminder that winter is in fact still in charge.   That said, compared to the past few years of endless warm rainy days with fears for the safety of the animals catching pneumonia from the damp and everyone squelching in mud, this year is like the winter wonderland of postcards and childhood fairytales.

A January Afternoon

I have shared plenty of frosty morning photos over the past weeks, the joy of my morning farm rounds as the sun rises over the valley, so today I’m sharing the late afternoon. That half hour in the day as the sun beats down its last rays before retreating up the hill.

Out on the farm the animals know this is the time of day to savour, they can all be found quietly soaking up the sun. I wonder if they appreciate how lucky they have been this year, or remember the rain of January’s farm last year.

 

Goats at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays in the January afternoon sun

 

Down by the lakes the sun has left a warm glaze over the water which sits as still as can be apart from the odd carp rising to the surface or the wild ducks coming for a swim.   Our farm ducks and geese are all now indoors. More on how we’ve managed that on the blog tomorrow.

 

January's Farm with Yellow Gorse of Cornwall over the lake

January’s Farm at Sunset

 I can’t resist trekking up through our deer field and out onto the lane to follow the sun’s retreat up the valley.  I am rewarded at the top with a beautiful sky looking out towards the sea.

 

January's Farm at Sunset

 

I wonder what February’s Farm will bring?

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Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

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I hope you’ve had a good week whether sunny like us or under the mask of fog in the south east. Motivating ourselves and our children to layer up for outside can feel such a chore in winter, but I’m sure if you do, the smiles and rosy cheeks are worth the effort. So much of Cornwall is closed in January but the woodlands, coast and harbour towns are always a cheep day out with plenty for families to do even in January and we have been making the most of this. I hope you have an adventure to share on the link up below. 

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I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality 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. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!

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I have been wanting to try snow painting for years but still no snow for us, instead I’m sharing how The Ladybird’s  adventures did it.

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I make no secret of loving family days at the beach and here in Cornwall we have some gorgeous beaches to choose from. I don’t mind if it is summer or winter, time at the beach for me is time well spent. I can feel on holiday just minutes from home here and I like nothing better than the school holidays when all my family join me. Having children now age 12 – 18, family trips are becoming less frequent, there is always someone off doing something independently, so when the Christmas holidays gave us a chance to all be together for some winter beach days there was no stopping this trip. For Farmer Nick this is a bit of a rarity, I swear Christmas is the only time of the year he joins us at the beach; normally he is much happier pottering on the farm and having a little peace and quiet from us all!

 

Winter Beach Days at Polzeath

 

It wasn’t a beautiful day but it was warm for December and to me it was perfect. School and work were on hold and we could just enjoy a few hours of fresh air. Once at the beach our party split into two, one group walked the coast path to the headland while Guy and I opted for surfing (Guy) and body boarding (me) in the sea.

I don’t remember the wind but looking back at the photos the waves and our hair blowing all over shows there was quite a strong side wind.  

 

Winter on the beach at Plolzeath

 

Normally photos of my family are a rarity, however thanks to my brother joining us, suddenly the kids were happy to stop and smile giving me some lovely memories of our day.

 

Winter at th beach walking to the headland from Polzeath

 

I wish I could have transported Guy and me into these photos at the headland.

 

From the Headland round from Polzeath on a winter's day

 

That said we were in the sea nearly an hour and had a great time, it didn’t even feel like winter in there. Though I do have a thick wetsuit and a thermal rash top, Guy was the brave one in a summer weight suit.

 

surfing at the beach in winter

Winter beach days: A return trip

We enjoyed it so much we couldn’t resist a return visit a few days later and this time in full sun.  The tide was further out and splashing in the sea and football on the beach was all it took for happy family fun.

 

Winter beach days in the sun at Polzeath

 

I don’t know what it is about term time, but persuading the kids to come out with me is so much more of an effort.  I’m now looking forward to half term and the prospect of more family winter beach days here in Cornwall.

 

Tips for family Winter Beach Days at Polzeath

 

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