Posted on May 19th, 2017 - Fiona
We had just had our sheep sheared and the children had enjoyed watching this during our morning feed run. The trailer load of fleeces was due to be collected so I pulled a bag full onto one side to get creative with the children at the end of the week. They were all curious about the feel and texture of the wool and so I thought there had to be a good way to incorporate it into a sheep themed activity hour.
A Sheepscape 3D picture to hang on the wall
With an age range of 1 – 4 I wanted to keep my activities simple enough for the children to manage, but interesting enough for them to want to have a go. After searching online I adapted a hand painting idea and came up with a 3D sheep craft picture for the children to make and keep.
It was a gorgeous day but very windy so we set up in the reception garden where we were sheltered on 3 sides. It was still a job to hold things down. Painted hands made the basic shape on a piece of card with a blob of sheered fleece sticking to the wet paint to bulk out the body.
The children then went off in search of daises and grass for the floor of their sheepscape which we stuck on with double sided tape.
We added a little floristry ribbon and a bend in the card and our 3D sheepscape pictures were ready for hanging.
Sheep Inspired Kites
The wind may have been causing us a few problems making our pictures but it was going to be just what we needed to fly sheep face kites. With some bamboo, black and white bin liners and some printed sheep faces we cobbled together some makeshift kites for the children to run with.
A run around was just what they needed after concentrating on their sheepscapes and the wind did indeed come into its own lifting them up over their heads in gusts.
I lost most to one of our nearby play areas at this point; however the eldest came with me to the farm to feed Friday his afternoon bottle, a fitting end to any sheep themed activity hour!
Sheepscapes and Kite making on video
Posted on May 15th, 2017 - Fiona
The PAW Patrol pups know how to mix fun and responsibility, catch up with them in the new DVD, Paw Patrol Game On available from 22nd May.
The cutest most lovable rescue pups are back in action for seven sporty rescue adventures. See the pups in action as they hold their own, showing bravery and courage whilst of course having a great time together in each exciting episode.
PAW Patrol Game On The Episodes:
|Pups Save a Basketball Game||Mayor Goodway needs a basketball team, so she calls Ryder and the PAW Patrol for help. The pups become the Adventure Bay All-Stars and they’ll need everyone, including a reluctant Marshall, to pitch in and help win one for Adventure Bay.|
|Pup-Fu!||The PAW Patrol and the mischievous kittens from Mayor Humdinger’s Kit-tastrophe Crew are both competing for their martial arts belts when they come across an ancient scroll that holds all the secrets. Mayor Humdinger steals the scroll and the PAW Patrol is called upon to find and return it back to Sensei Yumi.|
|Pups Save the Mayor’s Race||It’s the annual Mayor’s Race and Mayor Goodway is determined to beat the cheating and devious Mayor Humdinger. Mayoral contestants need to row a boat, swim and run a foot race to the finish line. The pups need to help Mayor Goodway train for the race and clean up Mayor Humdingers’ disasters.|
|Pups Save a Snowboard Competition||Jake and Everest are excited for the big Snowboard Competition, until they look outside and see the course is completely buried under a blanket of snow. The rescue pups help clear the course and rescue the Kit-tastrophe crew kittens who veer off-course and fall off a cliff. Everest uses her grappling hook to lower Ryder down the edge of the cliff and her snowboard jet pulls them back up to safety.|
|Pups Save the Soccer Game||When Mayor Humdinger challenges the Adventure Bay team to a soccer match, Ryder and the PAW Patrol are called in to play. The PAW Patrol players start strong but a series of mysterious mishaps jeopardize their team’s victory. The pups must work as a team to overcome some dirty tricks by Mayor Humdinger and pull out a win.|
|Pups Great Race||It’s Adventure Bay Race Day and the Pups are about to race each other all across the town to see who is the fastest pup. One other competitor unexpectedly shows up though, Alex in his super trike!|
|Pups Save a Tightrope Walker||Turbot is bravely walking a tightrope, but seagulls threaten to ruin his act! It’s time to call the PAW Patrol.|
Need to Know
|Produced By||Nickelodeon Home Entertainment|
|Distributed by||Paramount Home Media Distribution and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.|
|Certification||U, Suitable for general viewing.|
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Paw Patrol: Game on
We were sent a copy of Paw Patrol: Game On to watch in exchange for this review and giveaway. We love the series and are happy to be collaborating to make this post. Our copy is available to borrow from the Coombe Mill Games Room for those on holiday here.
Posted on May 13th, 2017 - Fiona
You would be forgiven for thinking I was about to launch into the details of a new children’s story book with the title “When Rudolph lost his antlers”. However it is actually a key part of the spring cycle in the deer world.
It was on the morning feed run last week that we noticed Rudolph prancing down for his breakfast, minus his beautiful antlers. Suddenly there was only a little height, and his obvious manhood, to distinguish him from the female does. It looked like he had fallen from splendour, yet this is actually a normal occurrence each spring.
Where are your antlers Rudolf?
We gave all the deer their breakfast before setting off on an exploration to find the fallen antlers. It was no easy task amidst the fallen branches and twigs from the winds of the previous week; everything looked like a possibility until we were up close. It was a challenge for little legs as our deer field is huge and farmer Nick was on a mission.
Hunting for fallen antlers
In the end it was me who found the first. The children had a new lease of life as they felt the weight and texture of Rudolph’s lost antler and pretended to wear it themselves.
Here it is
They are made of hair (keratin) and surprisingly heavy. Despite the bloody stubs that are left, I expect Rudolph is glad to be free of them for the summer. I liken it to a little like losing a wobbly tooth and a relief when it finally falls out. I think I may call myself the ‘Antler Fairy’ taking the antler in return for extra cornflakes at breakfast!
It makes a good nose pick!
Rudolph has 5 months for his antlers to reform into a new, more magnificent set ahead of the all important rut in October. Until then he will enjoy a summer of plenty in our lush field with the ladies and hopefully I’ll be sharing some baby fawn news next month from last autumn’s rut.
Just waiting for us to leave their field
The second antler still eludes us, so if you are visiting this coming week the hunt is on!
Posted on May 12th, 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.
May sunshine, could it be summer?
We have had such a busy week here on the farm and I’m grateful for the lovely sunshine and warmth for the best part. We have just finished our new lodge Polzeath with super duper play room including soft play and a reading snug for our guests to enjoy between outdoor adventures. On the farm Rambo literally pushed us into sheep shearing this week, more about that on my post this week, and I’m delighted to say I have seen all 9 of our little ducklings thriving on the lake. Whatever your adventures, I hope you’ll pop by and share them on the link up below.
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Many of you will know Lucy from Kids of the Wild has been having a hard few months after finding her beautiful wild child daughter has cancer. Caroline has been fighting hard and the family are staying positive through the grueling effects of chemotherapy. Lucy has been reflecting back on happier times and we share her hope and determination that these happy times will be enjoyed again in time. If you are not familiar with Lucy’s blog, do have a read of her recent posts, she is an inspiration to parents everywhere.
Meme and Harri have been off visiting their favourite National Trust property. Bodnant Gardens does look beautiful in spring bloom.
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Posted on May 12th, 2017 - Fiona
It isn’t every day our little farm helpers manage to see our sheep being sheared but last week’s holiday makers turned out to be here at just the right time. In the past we have left sheep shearing until later in the month, but I had spotted Rambo the Ram using his horns to ram the fence posts in his field which meant he needed to go across the lane to his big summer pasture before he broke free.
Since we would never have caught him again from there till autumn he would need shearing first; cue an early sheep shearing appointment for all our sheep. Thankfully we have just finished lambing so there weren’t any pregnant ewes. As I walked the field early in the morning the mothers and lambs were playing happily and had no idea what lay ahead for them.
There is always quite a commotion as we round them up and separate them from their lambs for shearing.
Friday our pet lamb had his morning bottle in the car park and was staying in my garden for the morning to avoid all the sheep shearing action.
Farmer Amber then took the children off round the farm while Nick and I helped set up the shearing station.
The timing couldn’t have been better, just as the tractor was on its way home with the children they were able to hop off at Farmer Nick’s shed and come and watch the sheep shearer in action. This was fascinating for them and they stood in Farmer Nick’s trailer to look in and watch.
If you have ever watched sheep shearing at a country show you will know it is quite an art and mesmerising to watch. A good handler will have the sheep still and cooperating in seconds.
This was a lovely safe way for the children to touch the wool and feel how thick it is without being pushed by a big sheep in the field. The shearer moved deftly from one animal to the next, while the children after watching a couple be sheared, took the tractor ride home complete with a souvenir handful of wool.
Ewes and lambs were happily reunited back in their field with Friday going to join them. Rambo was taken by tractor and trailer over the road to his lush summer pasture just as he wanted.
This was a feed run that will stay with these little ones and their parents for some time to come. In case you are wondering what happens to the fleeces, a local crafter collects from us to spin and make rugs and kindly donates one of the rugs back to us. We held back a little ourselves for crafts in activity hour, more on that one to follow.
Have you ever watched sheep shearing before?