Happy Easter weekend

Posted on March 31st, 2018 -

I love the Easter weekend, the farm is full of happy holiday makers and spring has begun. We have already had fun making Easter Bunny bonnets, Easter cards and hanging Easter Eggs in the fairy gardens. Our grand Easter Day Egg hunt will take place today with more eggs than ever to find, helped by some colourful egg clues. It is always a frenzy of children’s laughter and scampering feet as we work out each clue on the trail. However all this fun will have to wait until after our magic chickens have delighted the children by laying Cadbury’s Crème Eggs in the chicken coop. It is a careful count up of children entering the tractor in the morning by one of my children who then have to run on ahead to the chickens and swap the eggs over before we arrive, but not so quick the chickens have a peck at them! It is a trick we have perfected over the years and it never fails to delight the children here, rather fitting that it all coincides with April Fools Day this year. I’m sure one or two eggs go missing to my “runners” but that’s all to be expected.

On the farm the late start to spring has meant we have no baby chicks for this Easter despite our best attempts to hatch or buy them. However Nick did make a long trip up country to buy a couple of lady friends for Buster the bunny so hopefully we will have some late Easter bunnies on the farm (more cute than me running round in my Easter Bunny outfit) Queenie the goat has delivered our first kid of the season in time for Easter and Charlie Boots as he has become known is a dear little chap. Our lambs now total 5 with no losses so on balance the farm feels very spring like.  

Crafts and Chocolate Eggs ready for the Easter Day Hunt

Easter weekend crafts and activities at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays in Cornwall

Bunny themed Easter Bonnets Made in Activity Hour

Wearing homemade bunny Easter bonnets

Spring lamb and ewe on a frosty Easter weekend morning 

New born Lamb and Eve At Coombe Mill over the Easter weekend

 

Queenie and Charlie Boots

Queenie the goat and her kid charlie Boots

 

3 New Zealand White bunnies arrive at Coombe Mill for Easter 

New Zealand White baby bunnies arrive at Coombe Mill in time for the Easter weekend

I hope the Easter Bunny has called for you and that fun and happiness make your Easter weekend a memorable one with not too many April fools jokes.


Country Kids 31st March 2018

Posted on March 30th, 2018 -

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 #50 things along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids 31.3.18

Happy Easter Weekend!

The weather forecast may be ‘meh’ fort the weekend but I hope you have some fun things planned. We have been making Easter bunny bonnets and Easter Eggs for the fairies and have a huge stack of chocolate eggs ready for our big Easter Egg hunt tomorrow and I’m certain the kids will want to go ahead even if I am hiding chocolates and clues in the rain, better watch out for that Easter Bunny pulling an April fools joke though!  I’ll be sharing all over the next few weeks here on the link up, please come and join me.  

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.

My top commenters from last week:

  1. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 12 posts.
  2. Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 10 posts.
  3. Dean from Mother’s Little Steps who commented on 8 posts. 

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, we had a week with no link dumpers so a pat on the back to you all! 

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 March Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Louise from Little Hearts Big Love

Enjoying an afternoon exploring Corfe Castle, Mudpie Fridays crosses off C from their ABC of castles

Are We Nearly There Yet enjoyed a hands on experience at The Ancient Technology Centre, Cranbourne.

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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 8760 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @me_and_b_make_tea, @southeastnt@dinky1711and @sabine4097. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun week 78 featured images with thanks to @me_and_b_make_tea @southeastnt @dinky1711 and @sabine4097 thank you for all the lovely tags again this week please keep the outdoor fun coming. Don’t forget if you blog then the #CountryKids linky is live with me from midnight and I’d love to see your posts there. Have a wonderful Easter weekend. Fiona xx. 💐🐰🌾🌷🌼🥚🥚🥚🐣#Easter #outdoorfun #explorenature #outdoorsandhappy #adventuretime #nationaltrust #boat #outdoorfun #horse #countryside #kidsoutdoors #lovelife

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Port Isaac is more than just Doc Martin

Posted on March 30th, 2018 -

Port Isaac is a traditional Cornish fishing village just 25 minutes drive from Coombe Mill. It is picturesque and surrounded by countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Coast of Cornwall, almost directly out to sea from Coombe Mill.  The village is characterised by its steep narrow lanes, old whitewashed granite cottages and slate fronted Cornish houses leading down to the old harbour. It is a notable tourist attraction not least as the setting for famous TV series like Doc Martin.  However while tourism is the big employer today, fishing was once a significant industry and a few fishing boats still use the port today. If you dig back further in time cargo ships came and went from Port Isaac carrying coal, stone and more from this Middle Ages until well into the 19th Century.  While I was tied up at Coombe Mill waiting for guests to arrive, my niece and her family went off to explore the quaint little village armed with my camera. It is their photo adventure I’m sharing.

Port Isaac is more than just Doc Martin

 

You can’t park down by the harbour but there are car parks up on the headland with stunning coastal views.

 

Views from the cliff tops out to sea at Port Isaac

 

It’s a steep walk down but not too long or busy

 

Walking the steep street to Port Isaac Harbour

 

Once at the bottom it is clear why you can’t park there, there isn’t even room to turn the car but it is very pretty to walk though.

Narrow streets of Port Isaac

All roads lead to the sea

Whichever way you walk down you will find yourself in the little harbour front. At low tide there is enough beach for a little play and it is easily accessed via the boat slipway. Space and freedom was just what was needed for these little ones and an eager puppy. Wet paws and wet wellies were inevitable but worth every minute.

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The handy slipway wall is a good chance to sort out soggy wellies, sandy hands and catch your breath.

 

Slipway at Port Isaac

 

If you are after a bite to eat or a drink there are a handful of shops, pubs and cafe’s to revive you. 

 

Taking a break in Port Isaac

 

After which a wonder through the town brings plenty of excitement for little ones from cottage railings to the old water pump.

 

Fun in the streets of Port Isaac

 

A last look out to sea through the harbour walls is a must before the long trek back to the car park. A heavy trek for some and a cosy carry for others!

 

Waling back up to the car park at Port Isaac

 

Apparently the car engine was hardly turning before this was the scene in the back seats.

 

Asleep in car seats

 

Half an hour from drive from Port Isaac is just enough time for a power nap before the evening Coombe Mill train ride!

Tips for visiting Port Isaac

  • Park at the car park at the entrance to the village before driving down into the village where you can’t park or stop.

  • Wear sensible footwear for walking.

  • Have some cash for a local tipple and a treat in the town or pack some snacks and drinks in a ruck sack.

  • Take advantage of a play on the beach at low tide.

  • In summer and weekends the local fish shop sells excellent fish and seafood from the local fishing boats.

  • Look out for Martin Clunes! 

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Baby Annabell Brother with sounds and movement

Posted on March 26th, 2018 -

We have had great fun with Baby Annabel. She lives in Polzeath holiday lodge play room and makes best friends with the guests staying there each week. We are super excited to announce that she now has a sibling; Baby Annabell brother has come to keep her company. Our little holiday guest couldn’t have been more excited when she came out to play with Annabell and I presented her with her brother fresh out of the box. If you want to discover more about Baby Annabell Brother and be in with a chance of winning one to light up the face of a little one in your life then read on.

 

Baby Annabel Brother with Sounds and Movement

 

Baby Annabell Brother Features

Just like his sister, Baby Annabel Brother has plenty of realistic functions. He really wets his nappy, babbles, gurgles, sucks on his bottle or dummy with real sounds and mouth movement, cries real tears, burps, yawns, falls asleep and responds to touch and movement (needs fitting with 4 x AA batteries to make the sounds work).  He looks super cute and just ready for a cuddle all the time.

 

Feeding Baby Annabell Brother

 

Promotes imaginative play

 

The life like functions are perfect for helping life imaginative role play and encouraging the development of social skills from a young age. Our little girl quickly learned to share her new babies with her little brother, who was put in charge of Baby Annabell briefly while she tended to the needs of the brother.  They had a lovely time playing on the Coombe Mill play boat with their babies and tending to all their needs. I watched on as the babies were rocked to sleep, loved and cared for, with a little adventure thrown in, just like a real baby.

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When it was time for the evening train ride of course Baby Annabell and Baby Annabell Brother joined in the fun!

Need to Know

Made by  Zapf Creation
RSP  £54.99
Suitable forAge 3+ (there is another Baby brother with less features and moving parts for age 1+)
Available from all good toy shops, Amazon,  
For more activities, product information and to listen to the baby sounds visit  The Baby Annabell Website 
Contentsdoll, bottle, dummy, bib, nappy and pendant
Excludesbatteries (4*AA batteries needed)

 

Win your Baby Annabell Brother with Zapf Creations and Coombe Mill

 

For your chance to win this delightful baby Annabell Brother and make your child’s roll play complete simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

 

Baby Annabell Brother

 

Disclosure

We were sent our Baby Annabell Brother for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, opinions and photos shown here are my own.


The Mini Beast from the East hits Cornwall

Posted on March 24th, 2018 -

For the second time this year we have been hit by snow. Nick and I were going to North Yorkshire for a Funeral last weekend and driving to beat the snow all the way up leaving the family in charge of Coombe Mill.  Thankfully our guests managed to arrive on Saturday before the snow really set in but then everyone was grounded for a couple of days as the ‘Mini Beast from the East arrived. The kids were not in the least disappointed. With both colleges closed on Monday and our lane impassable, Sunday and Monday were given over to photos and fun.  As I was missing all the action I asked Felix to capture a few photos for me. Having never picked up my camera before I had no idea what he would capture or if anything would be in focus, but to my delight he is actually quite a natural with the camera and I love his choice of wintry scenes. I only wish I had been there to see for myself. It may not have lasted long but we certainly saw plenty of snow again.

 I was in contact everyday checking all was going smoothly with the guests and the farm and that feed runs and train rides were all running on time by them all. It sounds like they did us proud on every front, even if our own house looked like a bomb had landed when Nick and I walked in on Monday night!  

The kids’ snowmen lasted till midweek and icicles clung to north facing hillsides as the temperatures refused to climb despite the sunshine that followed.

 Come on spring where are you?

Photos from Felix from when the mini beast from the East came to Coombe Mill

Approach to Coombe Mill

Coombe Mill Sign in March Snow

From the tractor bridge to the farm

Mini Beast from the East hits Coombe Mill Holidays

By the cottage gardens

Farm snow shower

From the farm fields looking back over Coombe Mill

Coombe Mill Farm hit by the Mini Beast from the East


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