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Coombe Mill Blog
"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.
Sometimes buying a present for someone you care for can feel impossible. You know the one: it needs to be thoughtful, unique and shout the person is wonderful to you, yet still be subtle, practical and tasteful. It can leave you wandering the high street in vain or searching through pages of Google thinking maybe chocolates will be fine after all! Fear not, help is at hand with Guru Company the former Cley Designs.
Cley Designs have the answer
Nestled away down off the South Downs a little jewellery business has the answer. Cley Designs of Lewes specialise in making bespoke gifts for that special someone in your life. Whether it’s a boyfriend or girlfriend, a present from a child to a parent or even an anniversary or new baby present, Cley Designs have it covered.
Stirling Silver for quality and durability
Choose from necklaces, key rings or cuff links and make each your own with personalised prints and names or messages of your choice. Each piece of jewellery is crafted from Stirling silver, including the chains on the necklaces. Ordering online is simple, you will be sent an easy to use no mess kit in the post if impressions are needed for chosen item e.g. a finger print or foot print.
Value for Money
With prices starting at just £24 there is something for every budget. Here are a just a few of the items that caught my eye, but do look on the website for yourself. Delivery is free to the UK mainland and they even offer gift vouchers if you’d rather let someone make their own choice.
Secret Message Ring. Have your own message inscribed for just £59
I am totally taken with this fingerprint heart necklace. I would’ve loved wearing one of these when I returned to work after my son was born.
These silver or copper bars with messages engraved make the most stylish key rings at just £24.99
How about these hand and foot engraved cuff links; a great way for Daddy to keep little ones close even when out at the office.
Win £70 Gift Voucher to Spend with Guru Company (was Cley Designs)
If Guru Company could be the answer to your present conundrum why not enter to win a gift voucher from them in time for Christmas.
Just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
I have not been compensated for writing this post or received a product myself; however I love the look of the products on line and am happy to partner up with Guru Company who will provide the winning prize for this Christmas giveaway.
Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. The dark nights are upon us and Remembrance Sunday is approaching followed by the merriment of Christmas. There are so many wonderful craft ideas for the season and I’d love you to share them with me. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I’d love to see all your upcycled ideas. We have been Making a Poppy Wreath from a cereal box and egg boxes, which can then be reused as a Christmas Holly Wreath. A double upcycle!
Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure
Trash 2 Treasure is all about upcycling. Posts should be about making something foraged from nature, household throw away items or low value items you have added value to.
Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled. Whether you cook, sew, make or create I’d love you to join me.
The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month.
There is no post limit as the link up is open all month.
Old posts and new posts welcome.
Please comment on my host post and at least 2 others and use #Trash2Treasure in the sign off so other’s know where you came from and can pop back to see what you have made too.
Do remember to pop back during the month to check on later posts linked up. I will share linked posts during the month as a reminder and a thank you for joining in.
Please add my Trash 2 Treasure badge to help others find the link up and to be in with a chance of winning the lovely Duck Tape Colours (see below).
Most of my Trash 2 Treasure tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour, but sometimes I share bigger upcycling projects from the farm too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas from you.
A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours
Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire their next project. Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas.
My October winner of the duck tape colours is Vicky of Vicky Myers Creations. Vicky made a wonderful bathroom makeover with some great thrifty accessories that look so effective. Do pop over and take a look.
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A no glue, easy assemble, stylish upcycled Poppy Wreath
With Remembrance Sunday fast approaching I wanted a craft I could share with the children staying on the farm which also gave me a chance to explain what Remembrance Sunday is all about. My own children still give me a sigh when I insist they attend the Remembrance Service with their scouting movement, but I feel it is an important date to mark. As kids they have enjoyed the fun of Halloween and Bonfire night, this one is a chance to step back, to reflect and to remember how we came to enjoy the freedom of our country. A little crafting fun makes listening and comprehending easier for children. The result is a beautiful poppy wreath to show your support as well as a reminder to give generously to the poppy appeal.
What You’ll Need
2 x 6 egg plastic egg box
Red, green and black poster paint
A large cereal box
Floristry ribbon (optional)
Green leaves (optional)
How to Make your Poppy Wreath
To make the wreath base
Draw a circle on a cereal box (use a plate or something to draw around) and cut out. Use both long side of the box.
Make a hole in the centre of both pieces with scissors and cut out a smaller circle within the first.
Paint your remaining rings with green paint and set aside to dry.
Take the black wool and tie a knot around both pieces of card to hold them together then wind the wool round the card leaving a length of wool free at the end. Set aside
To make the poppies
Cut the egg shapes from the egg box.
Use the lid of the egg box as a paint tray, and then dip the outside of each cut out egg holder in the red paint and leave to dry. (This will take several hours)
Take the dried red egg holders and paint the inside circle black to form your poppy; then leave to dry.
Make scissor cuts down opposite sides of your poppies from the tip of the petals to the start of the black middle.
Returning to your wreath weave another layer of wool adding a poppy via the scissor cuts as you go round.
When you have finished leave a length of wool for a handle to hang your wreath.
A few extra’s you could try
Add a little floristry ribbon to the base of your wreath curled with scissors
Thread green leaves into the wool behind the poppies.
Try PVA glue coating your finished poppy wreath to help it withstand the outdoors.
Try using holly and mistletoe for a Christmas Wreath
What a difference a year makes. Last November I wanted to place a tarpaulin over the whole farm and protect the animals from the rain till spring. From October half term to Easter it felt like we had drizzle every day and we were so pleased we had chosen to close for a few off peak weeks and protect our holiday guests from the damp weather. This year, in total contrast, we have had the warmest, sunniest October I can remember in Cornwall and November continues in the same vain. Even when the temperatures began to fall away towards the end of the week the sunshine has remained. Embracing the idea of a November holiday isn’t hard with sunshine and stunning autumn colours. Staying open just became a pleasure, our animals are happy and the guests who have chosen a November holiday with us can’t believe their luck with sunny days and our lowest prices.
I don’t think I’ve ever taken so many autumn photos as this year, but seriously, as I watch the mist lift over our valley, I can’t help but snap away. Whether it is our lakes and river bathed in morning sunlight or the animals breathing in the autumn air, there is a sense of peace and tranquillity about the farm that is strangely uplifting.
The days may be short at this time of year but we are still fitting in all our farm fun from morning tractor rides to evening train rides and even activity hour before darkness sets in.
As the light fades and the temperature plummets there is warmth to the sky over Cornwall that I find quite mystical.
Thank goodness for cosy wood burners in all our properties for the long evenings.
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.
We have been in Halloween overload here at Coombe Mill. With 3 weeks of half term guests this year we have enjoyed our Halloween fun day, which is my post this week, and made good use of our famous Ghost Train too. As we clear away this weekend for Bonfire night I am am on sweet wrapper patrol right across the farm after a marathon run of Coombe Mill Trick or Treating!
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.
Large 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.
Appologies my top commenters from last week:
I’m afraid I have failed to get through comments this week. Our duty Manager Amber has been on a much deserved holiday leaving Nick and I flat out with the business and the kids this week. I will catch up next week so your comments won’t go unrecognized. I really appreciate the support from those who join in with me.
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.
*Drum Roll * My October winner is Michelle Twin Mum for her post from the Battle of Hastings reenactment day. Congratulations Michelle, please pop over to the Rockfish website and email or DM me your choice of wellies from the current range.
For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.
Posts from last week in with a chance of winning the November Rockfish Wellies:
Last week’s Country Kids top commenter will go through and be recognized next week.
Raising money for fab cause Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops went exploring a charity welly walk complete with Yukky Dip and Pantomime.
This post about Belton House from Caroline over at Becoming a Stay at Home Mum captured my imagination with it’s stunning grounds and space to play in the autumn sunshine.
Country Kids Communities
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“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.