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"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.
Hey Duggee the Stick Badge and other stories on DVD
Win Hey Duggee DVD : the Stick Badge with Coombe Mill. A charming Cbeebies series with Duggee the Dog who runs an after school club called t... Read More
Spring chicks chirp their arrival
Spring chicks chirp into life at Coombe Mill. 3 adorable little chicks as a welcome sign of spring... Read More
Country Kids 21st April 2018
Country Kids is a blog link up for all family outdoor fun running Saturday - Wednesday. Come and join the fun and gain inspiration for enjoy... Read More
Meet Duggee, the lovable Dog that runs an after school club for a motley crew known as The Squirrels. As seen on Cbeebies Hey Duggee has the perfect blend of learning, adventure and pure fun for little ones. This is something dear to our hearts at Coombe Mill and when we had the chance to check out Hey Duggee: The Stick Badge and Other stories with extra sing a long stick song we jumped at the opportunity. Read on to discover more and for your chance to win one of two copies of the latest series 8 DVD.
Hey Duggee and Coombe Mill
We love the idea of the fun after school club. It is the perfect base for the squirrels to discover new things about the world around them and to learn to solve problems by actually moving, jumping, running and more. This is just like the Coombe Mill activity hour on the farm, a chance for the children on holiday here to discover, explore create and make in nature with us.
Episode 8: The Stick Badge and Other Exciting Stories
In this episode the Squirrels are just preparing for their campfire when they discover a talking stick! Who could fail to be taken in by the wonder of this? See them get active and competitive in the annual obstacle race then learn about the solar system and get spooked by a ghostly sound whilst playing dressing up.
What a delight to have spring chicks chirp on the farm again. It has felt a long winter in the farming community. Like many, we have run our hay supply right to the wire waiting with baited breath for the spring grass to start to grow. Last week I shared our homeward bound farm ride and the first shoots of green coming through in the hedgerows. This week we saw storms and high winds and thought things would never improve just as the first taste of summer days followed. The grass is finally rocketing away, our baby lambs and kid goat are thriving and now we have 3 healthy chicks as well.
The chicks are spending their early weeks under a heat lamp in Farmer Nicks specially designed shed, however if the summer sun continues they will soon be off this and then moved to a larger home with real daylight. They are a ray of sunshine in themselves; there is nothing more special than new life on the farm. Looking for names for these chicks I have decided they have to be Jessica, Sophie and Peanut. Anyone in the parent bloggingshere who knows Louise George will know by now of her tragic news which coincided with the birth of our chicks. Thanks to the support of the blogging community Louise and her family will be coming to stay at Coombe Mill in time and hopefully meet our chirping chicks who are already growing into their names.
Day one last weekend wondering what life is all about
The children staying were very excited to look in on the chirping chicks
With a helping hand the children stroked their fluffy bodies.
Day 3 and our spring chicks chirp as they see the outdoors for the first time
There is a Just Giving page for Little Hearts Matter if you would like to contribute to the charity that supported Jessica and her family. Email me if you’d like to contribute to their family stay here ([email protected]).
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 #50 things along with all other ideas for family fun outside.
The grass is growing and spring is here
Spring has felt a long time coming, especially on the farm. We had run out of hay for the animals and there was none to buy, all the farmers were facing the same problem with the longer than expected cold spell. Finally things have changed, the temperature is up and the grass is growing, the animals are happy and so our our holiday makers. It was even proper beach weather by the end of the week. I hope you were able to take advantage? Please come and join me with your adventures on the link up below.
Guidelines for Joining in:
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.
If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
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.
There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.
Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave. Sadly we had 3 link dumpers PLEASE GO BACK IF THIS IS YOU, IT’S NOT FAIR TO OTHERS!
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Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids
Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly
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.
You can currently buy from the Rockfish webiste and save 10% at the checkout by entering Rockfish18
Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the April Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter: Sonia from Mummy Constant
Stopping at Two returned to Coombe Mill for Easter and share their week with us, How could I not love this!
Mother’s Little Steps took advantage of a Beautiful Cornish sunshine day over the Easter break for a trip to their favourite beach
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I'm shocked to the core by the sad news from Louise at Little Hearts Big Lovewho has lost her eldest daughter Jessica on Sautrday Morning. Louise has supported Country Kids since it started with wonderful family adventures and I'm sure you'll join me in sending much love to the family at this time. If you are wanting to offer support to the family, we are arranging a holiday for Louise, Michael, Sophie and Peanut here at the farm when they're ready for it, just email me if you'd like to contribute ([email protected]). There is also a Just Giving page for the Little Hearts Matter charity who have supported the George family throughout Jessica's heart journey. Here is the link if you'd like to donate there.
Sometimes I forget just how much we have at Coombe Mill. We are always building and developing, if not a holiday lodge or cottage then a new play area or activity for children to enjoy. Whether it is outdoor play or indoor play, structured or free play we have it covered so that being on holiday doesn’t mean always needing to go out for the day to keep everyone entertained. It was one of those ‘fill in’ sorts of days on the farm for my kids before their little cousins headed home. With a long car journey ahead playing on the farm in our specially built under 5s play areas was the sensible option.
Cars, bikes and scooters go beep beep!
Clio and Guy caught up with their cousins and their dog in the little ride on play area while their parents packed the car. This is a lovely fully fenced and gated play area especially for children under 5 – and their carers! I love watching the cousins together, despite the age gap it is a lovely bond they are developing.
I think my own kids were quite exhausted with their little cousins constant requests to be pushed, pulled, watch this and watch that and follow them on equipment they had long since outgrown .
Seeing the joy in the little ones faces reminded me of the hours I spent with my children playing in this same space; I remember it as a blissful hour to enjoy a hot drink and sit back to watch them play. The chippings have been replaced by tarmac since then which is much easier for the ride on toys. The little play house seen below is now in the chicken field, currently housing the start of a spring goose nest. and Farmer Nick has built a new bigger play house in the Play area.
Back to the here and now and the new play house built by Farmer Nick is in the middle of this under 5’s play area has steps to climb up and a lovely space to play. There is handy storage underneath for the ride on toys to keep them dry.
Finally tired out by his cousins, Guy thought he could kill two birds with one stone and get the dog to pull the Little Tikes car around. Needless to say the children much preferred Guy on the job as the dog soon went the wrong way!
Under 5’s Play barn
I think the little ones would have happily stayed riding round but my own were keen to move on and took them across the path to the play barn. Again this is gated and just for children below the age of 5 with plenty of space for adults to sit and watch, or in the case of my kids, chase them round and round.
From ball pit to slide and back again they went, tumbling over and under obstacles. The laughs and squeals were quite infectious.
By the time it came to hop into their car seats these two were ready for a good kip on the long ride home.
What child hasn’t dreamed of owning a theme park or zoo or perhaps uncovering treasure for their very own museum? Now with 3 great books from Lonely Planet kids you can do just this. Each themed book is packed with over 500 stickers to help you create your very own adventure and all at an amazing £5.99 a book. If you have a creative child who would like to create their own sticker world with all three of these great themes then read on to find out how.
About Sticker world books
Each book invites you to create your own map for your Theme park or zoo and design the front of your Museum. Inside the challenges carry on with drawing colouring and naming different sections. These books encourages personalisation and creativity giving just enough guidance to know what you are doing yet plenty of scope for creative minds to be unleashed with colourful stickers to help on those hard to draw items. Doodle a twisty roller coaster ride, fill a dinosaur exhibition with roar-some skeletons and fill a buzzing aquarium with colourful fish. These are just a few of the great activities.
See how we designed a map to help you find your way around our Theme park in this short video clip. You’ll see just how easy it is to make the map bespoke to you.
Need to Know
Some useful information about the sticker world books:
“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.
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