We are right in the middle of the festive period and I hope it is a happy one for you and your families. Here on the Farm the children have been enjoying plenty of fun each day out feeding the animals and making new friends. Between Christmas wrapping paper and New Year fireworks keeping the animals safe and well is our priority. This year has delivered more than the average rainfall and some strong winds for Cornwall; this is the worst conditions for our animals who cope with the cold so much better than the wet. Never the less Farmer Nick has been providing plenty of hay and treats and all the animal shelters have survived the winds – so far! On the sunnier days the beauty of the farm shines through and it feels as though animals and nature alike uncurl to appreciate the winter sunlight. We will be busy with crafts, partying and fireworks with our guests again tomorrow for New Year’s Eve, but rest assured it will all be away from the animals that will be tucked up with plenty of hay whatever the weather throws our way.

A few Festive Farm Fun Photos

First hold of a chicken and looking confident.

 

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Rudolf having a well earned festive breakfast after his hectic Christmas schedule!

 

deer and kids on festive winter feed run

 

Our alpaca are becoming more friendly by the day and taking a shine to spiced Christmas apples! 

 

Festive Farm Fun feeding Cornish alpaca

 

Festive farm fun from afar, watching the children on the morning farm ride from across the lake.

 

Festiver farm fun over the lake

 

Our cheeky ponies sticking their heads into the trailer in search of apples.  

 

festive farm fun ponies with tractor

 

Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year

 

Country Kids

Whatever 2017 has held for you I hope you have a fun family festive season.

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Ditch the stress, embrace a child’s eye view and remember nothing matters more than being around those you love.  

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Embrace some family time outdoors between the movies and festive food remembering that outdoor kids are healthy kids. 

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From all of us here at Coombe Mill Holidays we wish you health and happiness this Christmas time. 

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Merry Christmas from Coombe Mill

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Thank you for supporting my blog in 2017, for all the lovely comments and shares on my posts, for joining in with Country Kids (which returns for the new year here on the 6th January) and for helping me win the UKBA 2017 and reach the BIBs finals. 

Merry Christmas

Fiona

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Here at Coombe Mill we do love a book that is easy to follow, captures kids’ imaginations and has a good morale to it. When I heard that Nicola J. Rowley has a new book out I knew instantly it would be one we would enjoy.  Following on from her success with James and the Amazing Gift, James and the Birthday Balloon sees the lovable James out on a new adventure to make everyone around him smile.  For your chance to win this delightful book and put a smile on your child’s face read on.

 

James and the birthday Balloon

 

The Story

 

James is off to his best friend’s birthday party and the day is full of excitement and happiness, until the birthday girl, James’s best friend Ruby, has a fall. With a friend like James even a trip to hospital can end in the whole hospital smiling.  

 

Pages from James and the birthday Balloon Book

 

What we thought

 

The story is every bit as touching as I have come to expect from Nicola and beautifully illustrated. It only takes a few minutes to read cover to cover making it an excellent uplifting bedtime story.  I was especially happy to see that James’s friend Ruby lived on a farm; this will make it very popular and relevant for our holiday guests.  

 

As with the last book my only reservation is that for £7.99 I’d like to have seen this as a hard back and bigger to maximise the impact of the beautiful illustrations and keep the condition of the book for longer for reading over and over again. That said there are a couple of extra’s in the price we love:

 

A little Extra

 

Nicola lives in Surrey and likes to support local charities. For every copy sold a donation is made to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital which provides care and life saving treatment for children in south London and beyond.

 

In addition there is a QR code to scan on your mobile at the end of the book to give you a free audio book of James and the Birthday Balloon read by every child’s TV hero Dr Ranj.

 

Support Evelina London Children's Hospital

Win your signed copy of James and the Birthday Balloon with Coombe Mill

 

If you fancy a copy of this delightful book signed by the author with a personalized message inside why not enter to win. We will be picking 3 lucky winners. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

 

James and the Birthday Balloon

 

Disclosure

We were sent our copy of the book for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions here are my own.

 

 

So while the rest of the country enjoyed snow days off school we were welcoming spring here in Cornwall. Not a flake of snow in sight but the snowdrops are coming through and glistening in the winter sun here on the farm. I swear they come earlier and earlier each year. It was only late January this year I was marvelling over the last season of snowdrops. Needless to say I am not optimistic of seeing any snow again this winter in Cornwall, but I’ll make a bet we’ll hang onto the snowdrops till March. I think it is the lack of frost and extremes in temperature here that confuses nature’s cycle.

 snowdrops on the farm

 

It isn’t just snowdrops; the early daffodils are out in the village too. Not just the odd one either, a whole bank of them waving in the wind. It all looks rather strange against the backdrop of Christmas lights but as spring is my favourite season these are a welcome sign of things to come.  

 

Daffodils in Cornwall in December

 

The catkins are my other marker that spring is approaching. These are particular to certain trees and have put in an early pre Christmas appearance here on the farm. These are typically seen from late January onwards.

 

catkins on the farm in December

Which card has nature dealt you this week, snow or snowdrops?

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to: 

“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. 

 

Happy Christmas from Country Kids

Welcome to the last Country Kids of 2017. Thank you for all the lovely link ups this year and for all the time and effort spent on seeing what each other have been up to and leaving comments, it has all helped to make this a great community of like minded bloggers appreciating the benefits of outdoor family time. I hope you’ll join me for one last link up this year before enjoying some well earned family time over the festive period. Keep those cameras at hand and come back to join me in the New Year to share all the ways you found to keep Christmas from being sofa based! 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

My top commenters from last week:

  1. Joy from Pinkoddy who commented on 18 posts.
  2. Clare from Mudpie Fridays who commented on 17 posts.
  3. Louisa from Inside Out who commented on 15 posts.

We have just one guilty blogger link dumping this week, Please go back if it is you. Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted and please approve your comments by then if they need moderating so I can see others leaving you the blog love. 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

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!

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here. 

 

Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the December / January Rockfish Wellies:

As December will be a short month for Country Kids I’m combining the welly win with January.

Top Commenter this week: Joy of Pink Oddy with a lovely post about visiting Stonehenge in winter

West Country Mum enjoyed a community Christmas tree cutting day with RSPB and brought 3 trees home with them all for £10

Mary from Over 40 Mum to One shared an enchanting post about the the Christmas illuminations at Blenheim Palace  

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I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 7500 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @mumturnedmom @marley_and_us @kristinavonschuetzenhof and @dancingdandelionsblog . Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

A wintry #countrykidsfun set to round off the week with thanks to @mumturnedmom @marley_and_us @kristinavonschuetzenhof and @dancingdandelionsblog Thank you for all the wonderful snowy tags this week, they kept me going when we had none! Don’t forget the #CountryKids linkup is live from midnight for all your outdoor blog posts. Have a great weekend and keep up the outdoor adventures. #snow #snowscape #fridayoutdoorfun #explorerkids #snowball #trailer #snowman #wintersun #outdooradventures #outdoorsandhappy #snowscape

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