Posted on February 17th, 2018 - Fiona
After the cold of winter I am ready for spring. Ready to welcome fluffy baby animals to the farm, to see spring buds and blossom on the trees and to take advantage of longer days with real warmth from the sun. My wardrobe is running ahead of me, the shops all have their spring collections in and I couldn’t resist delving into some bright and cheery spring colours when I was invited to check out the Simply Be range. If you are not familiar with Simply Be, they have a wonderful online collection in sizes 8 to 34, which makes them perfect for women everywhere. Their range covers everything, from underwear to shoes and many well known brands. With sensible prices and wardrobe staples I had a wonderful time perusing their collection in preparation for spring on the farm and days out in Cornwall.
The photos below are the items I selected for myself and Amber our duty manager. Amber is a huge fan of online shopping and Simply Be and knew straight away what she wanted. It took me longer as I found the smallest sizes limited in range but I love what I finally choose and know I will wear them all through spring and summer.
Simply Be Spring in Floral Bright
This easy wear wide wasted drawstring skirt from the collection practically jumped off the page at me. I was instantly drawn to the vibrant floral design and found the grippy waist band with drawstring detail forgiving on size. I feel glamourous yet casual in the skirt and the colours just make me feel happy and full of the joys of spring!
There are deep pockets on both sides and on the bum too, not having pockets is usually one of my gripes with women’s clothing so a thumbs up to Simply Be here. There is also a feature split up the back to allow you freedom of movement, that said you can’t race off in giant steps which I’m taking as a good reason to dig out some pretty healed flip flops from my wardrobe to match.
Hooked on Sketchers
I’ve had Sketchers shoes before and worn them all summer so I was excited to find them in the Simply Be collection. These white trainers may not sound ideal for farm life but they are all wipe clean and slip on which is perfect for me on holiday changeover days here. I am walking up and down the estate and in and out of properties taking my shoes on and off all day. It can be hard going on my feet and good shoes are essential. These will be perfect for easily slipping on and off, comfy thanks to the memory foam soles and as a bonus they are stylish too.
Pretty in Pink
Amber instantly eyed up this beautiful dusty pink jacket which fits a treat and is warm yet light looking, perfect for the approaching early spring days. I can see this matching so many outfits and occasions, I wish I’d spotted it first!
It looks so effortlessly smart at any angle and as at home here on the farm as it would be out on town.
Does your wardrobe run ahead of the weather?
Do you prefer to wait for the weather to arrive, and then shop, or do you like to shop first in preparation for the season?
Posted on February 16th, 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.
Half Term Antics
If you have school children who have just enjoyed a week off school I hope you’ve been able to make the most of your time together and enjoy some outdoor adventures. The weather is never perfect in February but the right gear and the right mindset can still make outdoor time so satisfying. We have had a lovely time with the farm full of eager little helpers including my niece and nephew who trek down from Cheshire to be with us whenever they can. My own kids are going into exam season now and this holiday was much needed. I’ll be sharing all our adventures over the coming weeks, I hope you will too, as always check out 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.
- By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
- 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.
My top commenters from last week:
- Karen from Two Tiny Hands on 12 posts
- Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope and Sara from Mum Turned Mom who commented on 11 posts.
- Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 8 posts.
Thank you no link dumpers again this week! 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. Also remember if you comment anonymously on a post I won’t know who you are, there were two this week but I’m afraid I didn’t know who to credit the comments to.
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.
Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the February Rockfish Wellies:
- Top commenter from this week Karen at Two Tiny Hands.
- You have to admire the warm hardheartedness of the Brownies in Kids of the Wild’s post this week
- We love the forestry Commission trails and the new Highway Rat Trail looks well worth a visit as tested by Are we Nearly There Yet
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My favourite photos from the week came from @mytwomums @verymuchsoblog @wouldliketobe and @pixiedusk. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following
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Posted on February 16th, 2018 - Fiona
I love the beach as much in winter as I do in summer. It is less crowded, parking is easy and it always gives me a sense of being on holiday whether I am sunbathing or wrapped up exploring. The lead up to the Christmas holidays leaves me short of time and dreaming of time off with the kids at the beach. Thankfully I found that free afternoon and it became a wonderful impromptu beach adventure with my triplet teens.
Hardy winter beach folk
The sun was shining when we left but Cornwall can be very changeable and even though it was only a 15 minute car ride, as we parked up the drizzle began. I was determined not to let this stop us now that I had found the time and the kids had downed technology and were keen for an adventure. The path to the beach crosses fields that were boggy and slippery, this didn’t stop the kids passing a football between them all the way and nearly losing it on several occasions.
Slipping and sliding along the coast path
I was questioning my decision as the wind and rain picked up, but it had become a badge of honour now to reach the beach and we forged onwards despite soggy feet and muddy trousers from falling.
A Stunning coastline
Standing and watching the towering cliffs through the misty air was quite breathtaking.
Fun on a winter beach
The kids clambered down the rocks in no time at all while I carefully picked my way through feeling my age. Once down, the sand is soft and golden interspersed with huge rocky outcrops. I had firelighters and matches with me to look for driftwood and light a fire as we had done in the past, however the rain was making everything too wet and the tide was coming in fast so we made the most of our time just being carefree on the sand and jumping off the rocks.
Danger of tidal beaches
I am always wary of an incoming tide as it can cut off the route back to the steps up to the coast path so quickly. When the waves crept in to within a couple of feet of the path we headed back up the rocks to the safety of the steps.
Teen gossip & hot chocolate
The kids knew I had a flask of hot chocolate and bag of donuts in my rucksack and were determined to enjoy them outside and not back at the car so we found a large rock back on the path with a bit of an overhang to shelter us from the rain and sat there together sharing our impromptu snack.
We must have sat there a good 20 minutes laughing about silly family moment’s together and school gossip. The rain didn’t stop play at all, though we agreed to return when the tide was further out and the conditions drier for the campfire we didn’t manage.
From soggy trek to beach adventure with teens
Posted on February 12th, 2018 - Fiona
Sometimes a new story book really hits home with a catchy story and an important message for children. Flutterby the Knitted Butterfly is one such book. Following on from the Success of Grandma’s Knitted Kingdom, Flutterby follows the tale of a young girls search for her missing butterfly within Grandma’s carefully created knitted kingdom. It is a delightful way to introduce children to the idea of becoming independent in a very safe and comfortable manor.
Independence for kids
As the little girl and her friend Ben the Bee go off on their adventure in the protected magic knitted kingdom in search of the lost Flutterby, it reminds me of children staying here on the farm. Our safe and welcoming hamlet affords children a taste of freedom and adventure on holiday just as the knitted kingdom does in the story. Perhaps this is why I have taken to this gentle tale. Independence is a journey for both children and parents and finding ways to explore this whether through a holiday or a book is valuable.
Rhyming words and pretty illustrations
As well as a good tale the story is told in a comforting rhyming rhythm by the author while her cousin creates the colourful illustrations to match on each page. I can see this book being read over and over as a bedtime story, the only shame is that it is paperback and not hardback so needs handling with care.
Need to Know
||Paperback: 28 pages
||20.3 x 0.2 x 25.4 cm
Win 1 of 3 copies of Flutterby the Knitted Butterfly with Coombe Mill
If you know a little one keen to develop a little safe early independence why not enter to win a copy of this delightful story. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Flutterby the Knitted Butterfly
We were sent our copy of the book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The Coombe Mill copy can be borrowed by guests from the games room book shelves after a fun day out on the farm.
Posted on February 10th, 2018 - Fiona
For the past two winters I have barely seen a frost at Coombe Mill. In fact I had to dig back to 2016 to find the last wintry Sunday photos I shared. Now that we are in February and I am planning ahead for the summer season here on the farm, winter is rearing its head again giving a real sting in the tail for the spring flowers and animals here on the farm. Hay rations have been increased and straw bedding thickened. Being outdoors the chill is immediate and after 2 years without a frost it is a shock to us all. Never the less when wrapped up warm at sunrise it is quite beautiful and a reminder that we live in the prettiest of places. A dusting of snow followed the frost and a hail to snow mix after this; a real novelty for us. Sadly it didn’t hang around but a few snowy photos from the week were a must!
A sting in the tail of winter : waking up to frost and the promise of snow to follow
The snow certainly did arrive and for a brief moment it looked like it could be significant
Instead the clouds cleared and the sun returned leaving a picture postcard Coombe Mill in its wake.
The goats have been all confused by the snow, none of these have seen it before and weren’t at all sure how to react.
The ducks and Geese with a clever heat exchange system to their feet looked much more comfortable with the white stuff.
I hope you have survived the cold this week and not been too caught out with this harsh sting in the tail of winter. We still have 2 properties available too if you fancy a few days away over this coming half term week, snow not guaranteed!
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