Posted on April 21st, 2017 - Fiona
I feel like I have really made the most of Easter this year with our holiday guests. We have done bunny crafts, chick crafts and this week was the turn of Easter egg crafts. I had my fingers crossed for the weather as I wanted an Easter egg hunt with a difference in the fairy garden and this was the only afternoon all week with rain in the forecast!
Magic Easter Bunnies.
The fairy garden is wonderful for so many of my activities and treasure hunts and this week I had an extra Easter surprise for the children. I had told them all they were making toilet roll bunnies that had to have their name on and Guy was going to take them to the fairy gardens for me and hide them. The fairies had a little magic planned for the children, but they would have to wait to discover this.
Easter Egg Bonnets
Guy collected up all the bunnies and left. Meanwhile we moved on to making Easter bonnets with decorated Easter eggs, bunny ears and nature. Double sided sticky tape is the magic tip to making everything stick, including all the petals and flowers from outside.
Easter Eggs for the fairies
With bonnets complete we set about painting Easter egg shaped fabric to hang in the fairy gardens for the fairies. Poster paint works really well on plain white cotton and it is a great use of our old marked sheets from the business.
The children carefully carried their painted eggs and handed them to me in the fairy gardens where I pinned them up to make bunting for the fairies to enjoy.
An Easter Egg Hunt
I think the children had quite forgotten the bunnies they made at the start of the afternoon. Now that the Fairy Easter Eggs were all hung up I suggested they go and find their bunnies. There were squeals of delight as they found their bunnies and discovered a caramel chocolate egg inside.
A Surprise Easter lamb
This should have been the end of the afternoon’s entertainment. However we had a surprise visitor with us. An abandoned lamb found that morning had made an amazing recovery in the house with me and joined us for our afternoon fun. The children were thrilled to help feed him a bottle and stroke him out on the grass. This little fellow is soon going to become every holiday maker’s new best friend.
The children were still wearing their Easter bonnets that evening for the train which I took as a sure sign of a fun afternoon and that forecast rain never happened.
Posted on April 17th, 2017 - Fiona
Bob the Builder has been a favourite in our home for all my boys growing up. I remember our trusted Bob the Builder dressing up outfit being passed down my boys before finally ending up in our games room for the holiday guests here to enjoy. Day trips out always included clambering on anything Bob related for a photo. From tractors and Trains to diggers and dumpers, boys love to get involved. Whenever Farmer Nick has his Digger out on the farm, there is always a little boy desperate to watch or sit on the seat. It’s great to see a character that has stood the test of time and still as popular as ever today. When we received our copy of the new Bob the Builder Dig This DVD there were no shortage of volunteers to test it out for me.
What to expect from Bob the Builder Dig This
Follow Bob on seven fun adventures as they dig the foundations for a new skyscraper in the brand new business area of Spring City. However things are never straight forward when digging, as Farmer Nick knows only too well. What will happen when Bob uncovers some ancient roman remains? Watch the new DVD to find out.
So what did we think?
I think this picture speaks for itself, after a busy day out playing on the farm, Bob the Builder still holds his magic, just as he did for my own children years ago.
Need to know:
- Dig this
- Saffi’s Treehouse
- Out of the Woods
- Stormy weather
- Bear Mountain
- Bentley’s Bones
- Home on the range
G: General Viewing
Aprox 77 minutes
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We were sent our copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review, it can be found in the Coombe Mill Games room for our holiday guests to borrow. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Posted on April 15th, 2017 - Fiona
I can’t believe how lucky we have been this spring with the weather. To have two great weeks of sunshine in our peak Easter holiday weeks makes our farm holidays worth every penny. Seeing the children out with the animals, learning, playing and enjoying the farm together is wonderful.
Add to the lovely weather several born lambs this week, baby bunnies now running around and friendships forming between the children and our guests really are seeing the best of a farm holiday; so much so a few have already booked for Easter 2018.
Well done Ebony
Our second lamb was born to Ebony; she was our hand raised lamb of 3 years ago. Last year she became a mother for the first time, but promptly ditched her new born twins, Jack and Jill, in favour of breakfast and never returned to them. We hand-raised the twins ourselves and Nick was all for sending Ebony to the cooking pot this year! However I persuaded him to give her one more chance and she was put in with the ram last autumn. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see her and her new born lamb cuddled up together on my morning farm checks earlier in the week. Still the only ewe in the field who will trot over for a cuddle and a handful of grass, she was easy to capture and tag and is now safely with her little baby girl in the nursery. The older lambs in there have now been let back out into the field as they are past the danger weeks from predators.
In hope of Kids
All our goats have been running together over the winter and spring in hope of kid goats. However some of the goats are too boisterous for the children and we had been feeding them through the fence. This week we separated out the rougher ones allowing the children back into the field to feed and cuddle them. This has always been a favourite stopping point on the morning feed run and many of the returning Easter holiday children were delighted to be in with their favourites enjoying the sunshine together.
Even the older children can’t resist the goats, and they are the only ones strong enough to lift them for the little ones to stroke!
Have you seen any newborn farm animals enjoying the Easter Holiday sunshine?
Posted on April 14th, 2017 - Fiona
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Easter Holiday Fun
I hope your Easter holidays are going well and that you have enjoyed some of the sun and warmth we have seen here in Cornwall. It’s a wonderful time for getting out and about. The sunny mornings have made our early tractor rides to feed the animals popular this past week and putting the train back to 6pm in the evening has been easy with the sun still streaming down on the valley. It’s left a good chunk of the day for farm fun or day trips; a family beach trip saw us all in the sea, yep including me! Whatever your adventures this week I hope you have can join me on the link up below.
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Posted on April 14th, 2017 - Fiona
After the success of our Easter Bunny activities last week, I was keen to keep the Easter theme going with this week’s guests. We moved from Bunnies to Easter Chicks and a new treat for our chickens. My biggest worry was that faced with the warmest day of the year, would anyone make it back from the beach in time to join in. I needn’t have worried, I had a couple of families who came back especially to join in and I was glad I put in the preparation time.
Easter Chick Cards
Relying on the warm sunshine to dry out paint work we began by making the thumb prints of our Easter Chick cards. The children drew inspiration from my example card and happily finger printed chick bodies on their own cards.
Easter gardens with chicken and chicks
Setting our cards aside to try we moved onto cutting and painting toilet roll Easter chicks.
Again these were set on one side to dry while we made Easter gardens for our chicks from cereal boxes before running off to collect grass and flowers out of the lawns as a bed for the miniature gardens.
We added 2 chicks and a handful of chocolate eggs to complete our Easter chick gardens.
Nature walk with a purpose
The children had worked really hard on their crafts and I was keen for them to come on a farm walk. I had just the challenge in mind for them in line with our chick Easter theme. Farmer Nick had a long chain in the chicken coop which was waiting for a toy to be hooked on the end. After failing to find anything suitable for weeks, he finally came home with a miniature clothes dryer with pegs hanging down. I pounced on this with a genius idea. We could take it for our walk collecting nature along the way to hang from the pegs as toys for the chickens. We set off through the fairy gardens and down the path to the farm pegging leaves, twigs and flowers along the way.
The children shared the very important job of carrying the finished toy
It’s fair to say the chickens seemed rather underwhelmed with our offering running away from us.
I had a feeling they ventured over to investigate as soon as we had left them in peace, it turns out I was right, when I looked in later they had torn down most of the nature items and were still playing with what remained.
Refilling their toy carousel has now become part of the morning tractor feed run.
Back at the craft tables our finger print chickens were dry and really to have eyes, beaks, feet and wings added.
It was so lovely to feel the warmth of the sun and no one was in a rush to leave, least of all me. I do hope this is the start of a beautiful summer in Cornwall.