Posted on January 20th, 2018 - Fiona
I think we may be enjoying our best ever January for holiday makers staying. Usually it is a quiet month for people staying and a busy one for people booking ahead for Easter, Whitsun and summer. It is certainly a great way to give all the family something to look forward to. However a common myth is that January and February will be dreary weather and the Easter holidays onwards will be glorious. This may well be the case in any one year but certainly not a guarantee. We have been enjoying some of the most gorgeous weather around the country these past couple of weeks and those here have taken full advantage. The beaches are stunning and empty and the farm is buzzing. Nutrition from the land is lacking and the animals are never keener to see visitors than in late winter and early spring.
If you are tied to the school holidays we still have a few spaces left for full week bookings in February half term and Easter and if you don’t live too far away why not consider a cheeky weekend break in January or February. The tractor rides will run every day we have even just one family staying and that’s a good hour of entertainment to start the day, not to mention an egg to bring home for a well earned bunch after. If the rain does come along we have indoor play and free swimming at the local leisure centre so there is plenty to keep you busy without costing a penny.
Highlights from this week on the farm
Driving the tractor with Farmer Nick is always a treat
An egg haul we are proud of in January thanks to the winter barn.
Greedy goose, I’m sure we used to have a booked with this name!
The alpaca can sometimes spit so only Farmer Nick was brave enough to give them carrots, no bad manners today though.
Sun following us back towards the tractor and trailer for a ride home from the farm.
For winter, spring or Easter holiday prices with us see here
I hope your January is going well with a holiday of your choice planned for now or later in the year.
Posted on January 19th, 2018 - Fiona
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.
Bringing the farm to life in Januay
So we are officially past Blue Monday, the days really are starting to lengthen – we can still see here now till nearly 5pm. To me this is a sign we have broken the back of winter and have everything to look forward to. I am delighted that many of you agree and we have more January bookings this year than ever before. With snowdrops, daffodils and sunshine we will be popping out spring animals before we know it. Fingers crossed there are signs of spring where you are too and an hour or so after school to enjoy a bit of outdoor fun, as always please come and join me on the link up below.
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- Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
- Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
- Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
- Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
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- Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
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- I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
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My top commenters from last week:
- Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One who commented on 14 posts.
- Becky from Lakes Single Mum and Su from Ethan and Evelyn who commented on 10 posts.
- Dawn from Dear Mummy who commented on 9 posts.
We had no guilty blogger link dumping this week, but a fair few not doing the amount I request in the guidelines, so please go back and complete these few comments if it is you.
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Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the December Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter this week: Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One with a gorgeous post from Waddesdon Manor
Four Acorns shares the most beautiful scenery from a frosted Irish walk
Letting off steam after Christmas, Smudged Postcard kids had a ball with fun in the mud
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Posted on January 19th, 2018 - Fiona
The New Year break sees plenty of guests returning to the farm to see out the old year and welcome in the new. It has become a bit of a tradition for us to turn New Year’s Eve into a fun day for the children with crafts in the afternoon and a party early evening. This year was no exception and I had a group of enthusiastic children waiting for me at the games room to discover this year’s crafts of making New Year Calendars and Firework Paintings.
Making New Year Calendars
Last year we made lanterns and safe sparklers which the kids adored so I was keen to come up with something new which would be as fun and themed again. My homemade calendars worked a treat and the children were full of ideas for things they wanted to add. Some coloured in all their school holiday dates while lots of ideas went into writing to do lists for January in one side of the pockets we created.
They were all made from cutting out the calendar from a free printable online, then using a cereal box to mount the calendar and add ‘to do’ sheets. I do like to bring our crafts back to nature or the farm and so we left a pocket on our mounted calendars free to add the month’s nature finds. This took us outside just as the rain stopped and a rainbow came out.
We weren’t going to have long before the next downpour and the children ran between the nearby bushes and the fairy gardens in search of the perfect piece of nature that shouted Coombe Mill in January to them.
Back inside we added the final touch of nature to our calendars and carefully put on one side while we ventured back out under the shelter of the games room porch for some messy painting fun.
I’d used spray painting last year in our autumn collages and thought it would work brilliantly with lots of different colours on black card as firework paintings against a night sky. I filled a selection of old spray bottles with coloured watered down poster paint and each child took it in turn to choose their firework colours and design.
It was great fun even if we did manage to spray the windows a little too! thankfully with poster paint it soon washed off.
We hung them up to dry whilst talking over the fireworks show that Farmer Nick would put on for them after the party later that evening. I will need to be very creative to come up with two such successful New Year’s Eve crafts next year.
Making New Year Calendars and Firework Paintings.
Posted on January 15th, 2018 - Fiona
Just in the middle of the winter cold snap comes a delightful new story book for little ones to cuddle up and read at night. We love the new book Erik the Lone Wolf by Sarah Finan brought to you by our book friends Quarto Kids.
But Wolves stay in packs
Erik the lone Wolf is a clever tale of a growing wolf cub that feels crowded out by the rules of the pack. He is tired of being told what to do, told what he isn’t allowed to do and feeling trapped by those who care about him. So one day he takes matters into his own hands and sneaks off away from the pack to “Go it alone” and find unrestricted adventure.
Because Family Matters
However life isn’t necessary all plain sailing – or skiing in Erik’s case! Erik soon finds he is in need of his pack and going it alone isn’t all he envisaged. This charming read is perfectly set out with just a few words per page and plenty of captivating illustrations to keep little ones enthralled. Underlying the adventure is an endearing motto of family loyalty and trust. We feel this is a perfect reassuring message for any youngster.
Need to Know
||3 – 6 years
||Approx 300mm * 244 mm
||Quarto online, Amazon
Win your Copy of Erik the Lone Wolf with Quarto and Coombe Mill
If this story is one that your little one would enjoy snuggling up with this winter why not enter to win a copy here; simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Erik the Lone Wolf
We were sent our copy of Erik the Lone Wolf for the purpose of this review. Our copy can be borrowed from the Coombe Mill book shelves for use on holiday. All thoughts and opinions on the book expressed here are my own.
Posted on January 13th, 2018 - Fiona
I have to be honest, I don’t like January. There we are I’ve said it. Well until this a January anyway. We had the wettest and mildest Christmas and New Year for some time, it was fine for getting out and we were in the sea loads, but I missed cold crisp days and sunshine. Then along came January. The sunny days hit me like a breath of fresh air. We couldn’t wait to visit the beach, but instead of diving into the sea to escape the rain we have enjoyed the dry air of the beach, the coast path and the stunning scenery of the North Cornwall Coast. Last Sunday was so crystal clear that even with just my phone the photo quality is passable. Hello January sunshine, I hope you are going to hang around!
Clio soaking up the January Sunshine on the rocks at Polzeath
Trying and failing to spot Alistair who was in the sea surfing without getting wet feet myself.
Guy marooned on a desert island – or rock surrounded by the incoming tide.
You never know when in the year the good weather will come, but when it does the farm, the beaches and the moorlands of Cornwall are simply stunning. With February half term and Easter on the horizon do gives us a thought in your holiday plans. There is always plenty to do here whatever the weather brings and Polzeath beach featured here is under 1/2 an hour by car.
Have you taken advantage of the January sunshine?