Country Kids 13th January 2018

Posted on January 12th, 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 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

 

Country Kids 13.1.18

No January Blues allowed here

So Christmas festivities are well and truly behind us, but I refuse to allow the January Blues to set in. We are taking bookings for holidays now for the whole of 2018 from now till New Year and I’d love you to be one of the families we welcome to the farm. Even now in January we have a couple of families staying keeping Farmer Nick busy with his tractor rides in the morning and as a bonus for them the South West has enjoyed the best of the winter sun and warmth this week. In between work we have managed some family beach trips and night walks, though I’m yet to capture our stars well enough on camera to share.  I hope you too are keeping the January blues at bay with some outdoor time, it is now medically proved to help, something I’ve always known. Please come along and share for fun on 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:

  1. Karen from Two Tiny Hands who commented on 14 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 11 posts.
  3. Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One & Sonia from Mummy Constant who commented on 10 posts.

We have 4 guilty bloggers link dumping this week, possibly the worst in 6 years, please go back if it is you. 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. Comment counting is a huge drain on my time, I do it to encourage you to share inspiration with one another, please don’t abuse the link up. 

I’d also like to give a massive Country Kids welcome to Olive Dragonfly who joined in for the first time this week. 

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 December / January Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter this week: Karen from Two Tiny Hands.

I know Christmas has passed but the LaplandUK set up gives me so much inspiration for Christmas at Coombe Mill, told here from a child’s perspective by Mudpie Fridays 

Not every outing has to cost money or be perfect weather, Fun as a Gran proves with with a delightful winter country walk.  

Country Kids Communities 

I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

 

Join the growing Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

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 7795 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @dancingdandelionsblog, @home.corner.stories, @kippersandcurtains & @thefrenchiemummy. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

A bright and colourful #countrykidsfun set this week with tanks to @dancingdandelionsblog @home.corner.stories @kippersandcurtains and @thefrenchiemummy Thankyou for all the lovely tags please keep them coming and enjoy those outdoor moments. #countrykids will be up from midnight over on the blog for all your outdoor posts. Have a lovely weekend. Fiona xx

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Celebrating New Year with younger children

Posted on January 12th, 2018 -

Traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations may revolve around fizz at midnight but when you have younger children we think it’s great to do something fun as a family at a time they are able to enjoy. I remember as a child myself fighting to stay awake with my parents till midnight to see in the new year, then finding it all a bit of an anticlimax on orange squash and being grumpy and tired the next day. For this reason here on the farm we run from the afternoon New Year crafts into a family party as the night sky settles in. This has the added benefit of leaving the traditional party hours free for adult time celebrating New Year while worn out little ones sleep.

 

Celebrating New Year with Younger Children.

A Versatile Games Room

My own children helped me turn the games room from craft centre to party room with twinkle lights, music, drinks and a table of party food straight from the oven. We even rigged up a heater to make it warm enough to take off coats and really enjoy the atmosphere.

 

Games Room New Year's Eve Party at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

As the guests arrived the children played games and danced while the adults enjoyed a drink and a chat in comfort without the usual wellies from the farm duties.   

Fireworks to Impress

Farmer Nick snuck away from the party to prepare the fireworks for us and I prayed the rain would hold off for us to enjoy them. We had sparklers for the children to start and their little faces were a picture as Guy and Jed lit them and handed them out along the path.

Sparklers on New Years Eve at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

Then we followed the beam of the tractor lights along the path to stand and watch the display.

 

Ready to watch fireworks New Year's Eve at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

With Rockets and a giant mixed display box we were kept entertained for a good 5 minutes. Not quite central London but enjoyed just as much.

 

 

As Nick and I cleared up and prepared to return home for our own family celebrations for New Year we knew we had left some happy little ones excited for 2018.

Celebrating New Year with Younger children on the farm

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Winter Bare Foot River Walk Challenge

Posted on January 6th, 2018 -

One of the families staying with us at Coombe Mill this New Year has been a lovely German family. They have twin girls of age 10 who have enjoyed mixing with our English guests and working on their already credible use of the English language. It has been lovely to see them exploring all areas of the farm and enjoying all we have to offer here in Cornwall. However when Farmer Nick gave me the tip off they were about to embark on a bare foot river walk here I simply had to grab my camera and rush out to discover more. It turns out the girls are part of a gymnastics team back home and they had been set a family bare foot water challenge by their instructor over the festive break. After watching friend’s back home tip toe through lakes in fancy dress and posing for a photo they decided our river was the perfect setting to up the challenge.

The heavy rain and winds has meant the river is running quite fast at the moment and reaching our island a challenge in itself compared to summer time when the children dart back and forth building camps. Water gushed over their wellies and I shivered at the prospect. However once there they reached the island wellies and socks came off and they braved the cold water and rough river bed bare foot to reach the large tree usually at the head of the island but now submerged in water.

You have to admire their spirit as they posed for photos showing no sign of cold. I was rather hoping my triplets would come out hearing the squeals and commotion as I know they would have been crazy enough to join them; as for me, swimming the river in summer was enough of a challenge and I happily settled for capturing their moment of fun from the bridge with cosy warm toes!

 

Heading over to the Island to begin the bare foot river walk challenge

Winter Bare Foot River Walk Challenge

 

Carefully Treading bare foot from island to tree

Walking barefoot in winter in the river

They all made it! 

Beer drinking in winter river water challenge

 

Beer swigging bare foot pose

Beer drinking in winter river water challenge

 

One for the Gymnastics club back home! 

Walking barefoot in winter in the river

 

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Country Kids 6th January 2018

Posted on January 5th, 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. 

 

Christmas 2017 feeding the alpaca at Coombe Mill Holidays

 6 years of Country Kids! 

As we move into January I realise Country Kids is moving into it’s 7th year! My kids have gone from kids to practically gown ups in that time but the linky is still one I’m passionate about and so it continues. Essentially outdoor family adventures make memories and healthy happy families. I hope you will stay with me on the outdoor journey for another year. Whether you are taking time out at the park, the beach, the woods or just frolicking in the garden it is time well spent. Capture those moments and share them on the link up below.   

Happy New Year!

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:

  1. Emma from The Joy of Five who commented on 17 posts.
  2. Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops who commented on 16 posts
  3. Sanna from Wave to Mummy who commented on 15 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 16th December added to the shortlist for winning the December / January Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Emma from The Joy of Five

  • Snow has arrived in America and Mum turned Mom is making the most of it with her little girl 
  • Marsh Farm looks like a perfect place for visiting Santa for a great pre Christmas day out as told by Our Little Escapades 

 

Country Kids Communities 

I’d love you to join me: 

 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

 

Join the growing Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

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 7735 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My bumper Christmas and New Year featured photos  came from @lucyathomeblog @countryvicarswife  @laurasidestreet  @wouldliketobe@_lauriesharp @packetmixmum @four_acorns and @dear_mummy Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

A bumper Xmas and New Year #countrykids fun round up with thanks to @lucyathomeblog @countryvicarswife @laurasidestreet @wouldliketobe @_lauriesharp @packetmixmum @four_acorns and @dear_mummy thank you for all the festive outdoor fun photos. Don’t forget #CountryKids is back on the blog from midnight for all your festive fun posts. Thank you for all the wonderful tags, please keep them coming for 2018.

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A Christmas Day Surf 2017

Posted on January 5th, 2018 -

We make no secret of loving the beach at any time of the year; however one of my favourite days to visit is Christmas Day. The weather doesn’t need to be perfect, just warm enough to face changing into a wetsuit and dry enough not to ruin a walk. Christmas Day this year delivered on both these criteria with the typically Cornish mix of warm with outbreaks of drizzle and occasional sunshine. Just to further encourage a family beach visit Jed had a surf board for his Christmas present which he opened with great excitement here in the morning and couldn’t wait to test it out.

 

Christmas day 2017 in the surf

 

Everyone has their own Christmas Day traditions, ours is Stockings in the morning, followed by feed run with the guests and then family cooked brunch.  

 

Refuelled by something warm to eat, we head out for a walk, preferably to the beach, while the Turkey cooks for an early evening Christmas dinner. I like it this way as it ensures I manage to join the family for the daylight hours and not be left stuck in the kitchen cooking. With the window wipes on and off during the car journey to the beach I had my doubts about our plan this year, however the kids were keen and who am I to stop their fun. Half of us hit the waves while half walked the beach and coast path. I left Theo with the camera so he is responsible for most of the beach photos.

 

I hadn’t thought to bring my long lens and really wanted to capture Jed trying out his new surf board so I risked my camera in the water and waded in while Theo held my surf board. I even managed a couple of little video clips before a wave nearly had me over and the camera ruined for good!

 

Sea and surf at Polzeath on Christmas Day 2017

 

After nearly an hour in the water I had to drag the kids out, they were going blue but still having a wonderful time on their Christmas Day surf.

 

 

Changing back on the beach is the most unpleasant part, but we made up for it with the heating on high in the car going home and a wonderful traditional Christmas dinner within a couple of hours of being home.  

 

Christmas Dinner 2017

 

I always say kids are like puppies, they need a good dose of exercise every day in order to relax quietly. Surfing and sea air clearly did the trick; they all played Monopoly and watched films with us in the living room late into the night. It was my perfect balanced Christmas Day.

A Christmas Day Surf 2017

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