Posted on October 21st, 2017 - Fiona
Out on the farm love is very much in the air. The animals are all looking at their best after the lush grass of summer and the mild start to autumn. The farm is turning to beautiful shades of gold and russet and we are all set for a week of half term fun here with our properties now full.
While the children staying think about Halloween costumes for our Halloween fun Day at the end of the week, the animals have all turned their attention to romance. Admiral Plum has a few lady friends in with him now ready for lambs in spring and Billy goat gruff is emitting stinky goat wafts for all who pass as he makes eyes at the nanny goats he has just been let loose with.
Without doubt the prettiest animals in the autumn season of love are the deer. As we approach The Rut, Rudolph is looking his most magnificent, strutting his stuff and playing up to the rest of the herd who stay watching us from afar. We will avoid taking our guests up through the deer field over the next few weeks as the deer can be unpredictable during the rut. My photos today are from our last venture through their field.
Rudolf looking at his best for his ladies in the season of love called The Rut
I feel rather sorry for the young prickett who has taken himself off for the rut so as not to end up in a fight with Rudolph, the dominant stag. You can see him below hovering behind the fence of the higher field they have access to, not daring to come closer to the girls. He will be accepted back into the fold after the Rut, providing he tows the line.
Prickett ousted for the rut
Morning sunlight catching the herd as they nervously watch us watching them.
I think I must be in tune with the animal kingdom as all my children have spring to summer birthdays. However having Googled it, the peak season for us to have our birthday is autumn. Clearly Christmas is the season of love for mankind. This must have been true for my own parents as I’m an October birthday.
Were you and yours born in the season of love?
Posted on October 20th, 2017 - 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 Already!
Wow that was a quick half a term! I still feel like I am getting used to it being autumn and already we have the clocks about to go back and signs of Christmas around. I’m determined to push that to the back of my mind, enjoy half term with my kids and indulge in some Halloween fun with the children on holiday here. I hope you will do the same and don’t forget to share your adventures 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.
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- Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 16 posts.
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Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the October Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter : Louise from Little Hearts Big Love.
Pumpkin patches are all the rage this year. We don’t have one near us but Emma from The Joy of Five visited a lovely one
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Posted on October 20th, 2017 - Fiona
Faced with one of the seasons wet autumn days and a very young group of eager little helpers, I had had to have a quick rethink about my planned autumn leaf activities. Soggy leaves were just not doing it in my mind so I moved the theme to pig crafts. Our growing piglets are a delight to all our visitors and as one of their favourite foods is windfall acorns, I thought I could work on the idea of a nutritious snack for Sally the pig and her piglets and something fun and delicious for the children.
With tiny tots a story is often a good way to get things started. I chose a couple of very simple farm animal books to bring back all they had learned on a week at the farm. Gradually shyness melted away and interest grew.
I had the craft table indoors out of the rain and wind and handed out my piglet templates. The children set to work painting their pigs. There was no requirement to stay within the lines as we were going to leave them to try and cut out the pieces later on.
Little Pig cup cakes
From painting pictures to decorating cup cakes with pig faces the theme moved on at quite a pace.
I had been tipped off about a special birthday and made a little cup cake pre-decorated with candles to accompany a birthday cake from the parents. Candles, a cake and everyone singing can be overwhelming when you are just 2, but the birthday girl and her new friends took it all in their stride.
A nutritious acorn snack
Finally the rain was easing enough for us to brave the outdoors and help digest the birthday cake. I handed out collecting cups and with raincoats and wellies we began hunting for acorns as a treat for Sally the pig. They were falling all over the car park and it didn’t take my eagle eyed tots long to start finding them.
A long walk for little legs
Collecting things is a great way to distract little legs who were rather hoping Farmer Nick would come by with his tractor to give them a lift.
Finally we made it to the pig sty with brimming cups of acorns and tipped them in for Sally and her piglets to enjoy.
What about those Piggy Paintings
We came back the shorter route over the footbridge to see how our piggy paintings were drying. Some were still tacky but they were dry enough to be cut and stapled together to make keepsake pigs for the children.
Everyone left with their pig crafts, pig face cakes and a tummy full of birthday cake. It was a busy afternoon for my eager 2 year olds. Many didn’t even manage the 6pm train I’d worn them out so much!
Posted on October 16th, 2017 - Fiona
Here at Coombe Mill we are proud to be ambassadors for Orchard Toys. We love the education value of their games from tiny tots to growing kids. With quality parts and affordable prices they deliver time after time. I didn’t need to think twice before accepting the new season game of Cheeky Monkeys to put through its paces. If you have one or more cheeky monkeys in your house this game won’t fail to delight. Read on to find out more and how you could win yourself a game to play.
They’ve all gone bananas
The object of the game is to win as many bananas as you can. The little cheeky monkey cards have 0 – 6 bananas on each. You never know how many will be on your card when you turn it over and hang it in your tree. But that’s not all, spin the spinner to see what you land on, watch out for the pool board and keep your wits about you, it may be better to spin again than keep a monkey with no bananas. Most of all keep an eye on your opponent landing on a monkey and laying claim to your bananas!
Cheeky Monkeys board in play
Need to Know
1 two-part 3D tree
32 monkey cards
1 pool board
1 spinner board
1 two-part plastic spinner arrow
1 instruction leaflet
4 – 8|
Number of players||
2 – 4|
Develop counting skills
Reinforce hand-eye coordination
Promote strategic thinking
What we loved about Cheeky Monkeys
As well as the educational benefits listed above we loved the competitive aspect of the game, and felt it helped with the concept of sharing. No one wants to see their bananas taken by their opponent but this can happen quite legitimately and so lessons in being a good sport as well as competitive come into play. Above all the game is fun to play and quick to understand. Cheeky Moneys gets the big thumbs up from us. It isn’t just us going bananas for Cheeky Moneys, Orchard Toys have just scooped a gold award for the game is the Made for Mums Toy Awards. Well deserved we believe.
Win your game of Cheeky Monkeys from Orchard Toys with Coombe Mill
If you can see your kids going bananas for cheeky Monkeys then why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
We were sent our game for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and opinions are my own. Our game can be found in the Coombe Mill games room for our holiday guests to enjoy.
Posted on October 14th, 2017 - Fiona
The past couple of weeks Coombe Mill has been thriving with families who home educate their children. For them there is no need for permission slips to have time out of school, no need to lie about sickness or face hefty fines. Home education holidays can be taken at a time to suit the family and as these families discover, our farm is a perfect place for hands on fun and learning to seamlessly merge.
Home school on holiday: Enjoying a fishing lesson on the Coombe Mill Lake with Guy
Making learning fun is a big part of the appeal of our farm holidays.
Each day our tractor leaves for the morning farm tour to feed the animals with all the children aboard full of questions for Farmer Nick. There is an opportunity to disembark at every stage and be hands on with feeding and caring for the animals.
Learning about our Fallow deer with Farmer Nick.
Our 30 acre farm is set out with 4 play areas along with more subtle nature based play where children are invited to explore at their own pace and let imagination and creativity take hold. Create a delicious meal in our Mud Kitchen, build the ultimate camp in our den building zone then explore the secret world of our fairy gardens or just watch the children loose themselves amidst our beautiful wooded wild areas.
Curious autumn explorers.
Our themed activity hour always involves an educational element, though this is never forced and always fun and optional. Think forest school meets home crafts.
Painting an autumnal clay print oak leaf.
Home Education Resources
At the end of a day on the farm, in preparation for a holiday here or as post holiday follow up studies, our website education pages are full of curriculum based worksheets which are teacher approved and created for Coombe Mill with twinklUK. Even the local schools use us as an educational resource!
Animals on the farm: A counting and adding up game.
If you home educate your children, please do look us up, whether it is a short break, a week or a fortnight holiday, we would love to welcome you here.