Homeward Bound in April Showers

Posted on April 14th, 2018 -

Last weekend we were away for Greek Easter leaving our oldest children running the farm. The weather here in Cornwall was glorious and we returned to happy guests and sunburned teenagers! However April can be very changeable. It turns out we brought the drizzle from Sussex back home with us for the rest of the week. It wasn’t a wash out by any means but there was a certain amount of shower dodging. As it was the second week of the school holidays for many, including here in Cornwall, the farm was busy with school age children. They were great at dressing up in wellies and overalls and coming out to feed the animals regardless of the weather. The farm ride can take a good hour and a half and children often drift off before the end, my photos this week are from the end of a drizzly farm run with some very enthusiastic children who stuck out the weather and completed the course. So often I share photos of the tractor going to the farm but I realise I never share the homeward bound journey. What I noticed most after 4 days away was how much the spring growth was starting to show in the hedgerows and along the tractor path. Even through the dampness of the morning there is something spring like that appealed to me when I looked back at these homeward bound photos.

Homeward bound from the farm with spring growth visible.

Homeward bound on the tractor at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

Racing on the last leg home

The children always squeal in delight as Farmer Nick revs the tractor up for the last few yards home.

 

Driving fast homeward bound on the tractor at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

Drawn to the fairy gardens at the end of the feed run.

There was no running off indoors for these three as they set off to explore the fairy gardens.  

 

Exploring the fairy gardens at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

Along came the sun

The day developed into a spring beauty and the farm continues to bloom. In fact we hit 20 degrees here by mid week.

Spring blooms on the farm

 

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Country Kids 14th April 2018

Posted on April 13th, 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 14.4.18

As the holidays draw to a close

If you have been on the same school holidays as us you’ll be getting ready to return to school next week. It has felt such a long holiday having Easter weekend right at the start and we have certainly packed in the fun here on the farm. I’m sharing our Good Friday Easter crafting fun this week on the link up with bunny bonnets inspired by Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail the new new additions to the farm this Easter.  Please come and join me with your Easter holiday adventures.   

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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.
    • Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
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  1. Jo from Where Jo Goes who commented on 24 posts.
  2. Keitha from Keitha’s Chaos & Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 22 posts.
  3. Kara from Chelsea Mamma & Are We Nearly There Yet? who commented on 19 posts.

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, sadly we had 4 link dumpers, come on this isn’t what Country Kids is about, please stick to the rules.  

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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.

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Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the April Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Jo from Where Jo Goes.

Stopping at Two returned to Coombe Mill for Easter and share their week with us, How could I not love this!  

Mother’s Little Steps took advantage of a Beautiful Cornish sunshine day over the Easter break for a trip to their favourite beach

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I'm shocked to the core by the sad news from Louise at Little Hearts Big Love who has lost her eldest daughter Jessica on Sautrday Morning. Louise has supported Country Kids since it started with wonderful family adventures and I'm sure you'll join me in sending much love to the family at this time. If you are wanting to offer support to the family, we are arranging a holiday for Louise, Michael, Sophie and Peanut here at the farm when they're ready for it, just email me if you'd like to contribute ([email protected]). There is also a Just Giving page for the Little Hearts Matter charity who have supported the George family throughout Jessica's heart journey. Here is the link if you'd like to donate there.

Fly high Jessica, you touched so many hearts. 

 
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Easter Crafts and Activities made easy

Posted on April 13th, 2018 -

I love Easter time. The farm is bursting with new life and the options for Easter crafts seem endless. I had so many ideas for activity hour around the Easter theme and an eager group to come and join me on Good Friday.

 

Decorative eggs ready for the Fairy Gardens

Making Easter Bunny bonnets

Easter wouldn’t be complete without an Easter Bunny. We have 3 new little bunnies on the farm and I thought I’d make some Easter bunny bonnets with the children. This was a very simple but effective craft from a paper plate and strips of fabric. The children needed a little help cutting out their paper plate and negotiating the fabric with not very sharp kitchen scissors but apart from that it was all their own work.

Making Easter Bunny Bonnets

 

The finished results certainly warranted a group photo

 

Easter Bunny bonnets

Designing Easter Eggs for the Fairies

Now wearing our Easter Bunnies we set about covering Easter egg card shapes in silver foil and decorating them with Duck Tape colours and floristry ribbon to make decorative Eggs for the Fairy Gardens.

Making Easter Eggs for the fairy Gardens

 

Easter Cards

Out last craft before going off to hang our eggs was to make Easter cards. The children delighted in carefully colouring the Easter egg designs before cutting them out to stick onto coloured card of their choice. Messages inside went to family members, it was lovely to see them colouring and writing in the chilly March weather and really taking pride in their work. We parent were all for moving on from our Easter Crafts but the children were determined to take their time to make their cards just perfect.

 

`Making Easter Cards

 

Decorative eggs ready for the Fairy Gardens

Hanging Easter Eggs and a thank you from the fairies

Finally everyone was ready to take their Eggs along to the fairy gardens and find a branch to hang it from.

 

hanging in fairy gardens

 

There was one surprise left; the fairies had left some chocolate eggs to find in return for their beautiful decorative eggs. A treat no one could refuse!

 

Finding Chocolate Eggs in the fairy gardens

It was a lovely set of Easter crafts to kick start our action packed Easter weekend here on the farm.

 

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Our Wild World explored through Illustrative Poetry

Posted on April 9th, 2018 -

If you live near any natural countryside you’ll know there is a raw beauty to it that demands respect. For us Coombe Mill is set in an ancient wooded valley, itself an amazing habitat and micro climate, yet a couple of miles out of the valley and you find yourself on Bodmin Moor, another, quite different yet equally breathtaking part of our wild world. Woodland and moorland are two of the thirteen wildernesses of our world covered by the stunning new Book from Quarto called Wild World. No wonder Coombe Mill is set in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Conserving these important wilderness areas is a gentle topic covered in the book as each one is explored in informative poetry embedded in beautiful illustrations.  To find out about the other 11 wild world areas and be in with a chance of winning this lovely poetry book read on.

 

Wild World poetry book for kids

 

What we love about Wild World

The gorgeous lyrical poetry is easy reading and a delight to absorb while the illustrations which surround each poem transport the reader into the habituate with the wildlife and nature found there. There is a handy reference page at the end which is more fact led to support the softer message through poetry. A further page suggests how we can all make a difference to protect these wild world areas in our everyday life.  

 

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We were very taken with how the book covers the relatable woodland, moorland and rock pools found here in England as well as well known wilderness areas from around the world such as The Arctic and Savannas.

Need to Know

RRP £11.99
Age Range 5 – 8 years
Format   Hardback
Author  Angela McAllister
Illustrator  Hvass and Hannibal
Publisher   Quarto Kids

 

Win your copy of Wild World with Quarto and Coombe Mill

For your chance to win this lovely illustrated poetry book simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Wild World

Disclosure

We were sent our copy of Wild World for the purpose of this review however all thoughts and opinions on the book are my own.

 


Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail find their feet.

Posted on April 7th, 2018 -

Last week I shared the safe arrival of 3 new lady friends for Buster the Rabbit. Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail, as they have become affectionately named, spent 2 weeks in the chick shed but it was time for them to move. The rabbits are New Zealand Whites and bred for eating more than as pets, as such they eat a huge amount and grow very fast. I swear they have doubled in size in the 2 weeks since they came to us and very quickly made the chick shed look too small. Furthermore Farmer Nick is off to the fowl auction next weekend in hope of buying some day old chicks that will need the shed. Buster had a grumble with his home too; the rain blew through the wire mesh making his straw damp. Farmer Nick has been moving a few chickens each morning from their winter house into Jurassic Park for the summer and this was then the perfect summer home for the rabbits. A good clean down, together with a new door system to let the children in without the rabbits escaping, and we were ready for the big move.

Farmer Nick leads the way with Buster.

Buster’s little yellow paws are evidence of the rain overnight seeping into his house. His new home is all water tight but still allows the fresh air and natural daylight in. He will be kept separate from Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail for a few weeks yet as a safeguarding intervention from us, however in time I’m hoping we will be able to welcome our own new born New Zealand White baby bunnies to the farm.

Buster on the move to his new home

 

Next up Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail enter their first big home carried by Farmer Nick and Theo.

 

Farmer Nick and Theo moving Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail to their new house

Happy bunnies and happy children

The three sisters couldn’t believe the space of their new home. It is perfect for them to find their feet and run around whilst allowing plenty of room for the children to all climb in and see them. It didn’t take long for the bunnies to be scooped up and cuddled. I wonder how long they will be able to do this before they become too heavy to lift like Buster.

 

Cuddling new baby rabbits Flopsy and Mopsy at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holiday

 

 

Cuddling a baby rabbit at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

The chickens are equally delighted to be back outdoors free ranging for summer.

Chasing, carrying and feeding the chickens in the field has always been a favourite with the children.

 

Feeding a chicken at Coombe Mill Holidays

Don’t forget we are open all year if you fancy trying your hand at catching a chicken or cuddling a bunny.

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