I’ve been double tagged in this meme by two great twitter friends: The Lovely
who blogs at Cakes Photos Life and very capable with her new blog http://twoofeverythingtwintales.blogspot.co.uk/
. Both these friendly ladies have lovely blogs developing which I would recommend to follow. The Meme was started by Sex, Drugs, Rocker and… Stroller
and now it’s my turn!
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How and when do you find the time to…
This is a story of two halves. For the business I am super critical and our laundry company know everything has to be spotless, ironed, crisp and white. For the family washing quite the opposite! Things get muddy enough without making washing here on the farm so it is no more than an outfit a day unless they get soaking from a water fight or playing in the river. Having said that just for the essentials for a family of 8 and a few of the business items I have a super size top loading washing machine and 2 tumble driers!
….write a blog post?
My blog posts are rarely started and finished in one go. Typically I think them out in my head over a morning run and jot down the headings when I return. I will then return to my notes around 11pm when the family are all in bed. It is then the following morning when I proof read and post. That does sound a bit of a performance, but I don’t trust my spelling and grammar enough to just write and publish!
….look after yourself…i.e. wash your hair, paint your nails, take a bubble bath etc?
I am a low maintenance kind of girl. Me time is typically a run or a cycle with beauty restricted to a shower and hair wash. I never style my hair in any way but just leave it to dry naturally. Occasionally I will paint my nails just before I fall asleep in the early hours, but invariably curse my decision in the morning when I see spots on the duvet and smudges on my nails!
….spend time with your other half?
I am quite good at this one. We both work here on the farm and so meet up every lunch and dinner. We eat out twice a week too, thanks to children who no longer need a babysitter. The real treat to ourselves is a twice a year to our Honeymoon hotel in Devon for 2 nights. Bliss!
….do fun stuff with your Little Ones?
All the time. We gave up the corporate jobs 10 years ago to run Coombe Mill. The children were the main incentive for doing this. We are here on the farm for them all the time, they help us with our work and we all take time out together as a family. Our holiday farm has turned into exactly the lifestyle I dreamed of for our children. Running my Country Kids linky gives me the opportunity to share our family outdoor time and be inspired by ideas from other bloggers.
….spend time with family?
This one is harder, all the extended family from Grandparents to cousins live in the South East. Visits are only about twice a year but very precious when they happen.
….socialise with friends?
Oh now I do enjoy keeping up with friends from bodying boarding mornings together to hosting parties and accepting all invites coming my way. I love a good get together and take every opportunity. I girls night away is also something I indulge in a couple of times a year, worth every minute to me.
….prepare an evening meal juggling a baby/toddler bedtime routine?
Whenever possible, we all eat together as a family. This is much easier now the children are growing up and don’t need to eat so early, also their tastes have matured so we all enjoy the same meals. There still remains nights of juggling 4 or more clubs between us for the children and meal times are then in shifts. I do have some after school help with the children or I would never be able to allow the children to do all their activities, cook dinner, help with the homework and deal with the business. Dropping dishing up a meal to take a booking is a common event, but the family have grown up with this and all muck into help.
….deep clean your house?
I am a Jackal and Hide character here! The rented properties have to be spotless but my standards are so different in our own home. For me the kitchen and bathrooms are the essentials but the rest is a hoover and flick of the duster!
….do the food shopping?
If it were down to me it would all be on line, however Nick really enjoys the food shop so I leave him with a list each week. The quantities and cost appear to grow by the week with the children!
Ironing is a rude word in my house. The business linen is a must in serious volume, but most of this I contract out. The iron rarely sees the light of day for us personally, there again the animals don’t seam to mind!
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of Mummy Lion as I would love to read her replies
It is the first time we have taken just 2 children away on holiday, but at half term we took the older 2 children and Yia Yia (Greek Grandma) to France. Yia Yia is very good at French and the idea was to boost the boys understanding as the eldest is just beginning his GCSE work and his French, which he needs for his baccalaureate, is woeful! Billed as a “road trip”, with nothing booked but the return Ferry to Plymouth we began our adventure. Back home the business was in the capable hands of Farmer Ted and the rest of the children had our lovely ex nanny come to stay, taking time out from her almost completed teaching degree.
We planned our days over lovely French meals, the children forced to order for themselves in French! We found quirky places to stay, from stunning chateaux’s to hotels a kin to Faulty Towers, complete with Manuel! We cycled miles through vineyards and French villages, tasted wine in Chateaus, played in their grounds, picnicked by rivers and swam in the sea with no wet suits, burr! The highlight was a French zoo where the animals so much closer than in England. We loved every minute and my only regret was not having my camera on me half the time! I would definitely do this sort of adventure holiday again with the older boys, it was perfect for them.
Back at home the kids were out to play every day, Clare took so much time to ensure they had friends to stay, and went out for day trips all over the place from the Eden Project to the beach. I am so grateful to her for giving our 4 children such a lovely stay-cation and to Farmer Ted for managing the farm for us and ensuring our holiday guests had the usual Tractor rides to help out each day. Team France would not have happened for the boys without them!
If you have been enjoying some outdoor time please come and join in. From a happy photo in the park to a holiday packed with fun, please grab the badge and link up. Country Kids is all about healthy outdoor fun. A Coombe Mill Sun hat for one lucky post each month to help enjoy the outdoors and stay safe from the sun.