Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on February 7th, 2012 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Digging into the Past

Posted on February 7th, 2012 -

A Series of Firsts meme


I was recently tagged in a “Meme” by the fabulous and friendly   to continue this meme started by the lovely Lou @Bobbity666 over at Bloggomy.  Firsts is just that, a trip down memory lane about some early and significant firsts in your life. I am so very comfortable with chatting about motherhood and farm life, dragging up my own teenage history is a little more out of the comfort zone, but never one to turn down a challenge, here goes!

Who was your first boyfriend?

Now what counts as ‘boyfriend’? I am guessing I have to own up to the 1 date wonder with the boy in my class who I agreed to go out with, just so I didn’t look like someone who never had a boyfriend. Oh the angst of being 14 years old. 

First person you kissed?first kiss

That same boy; then he had the nerve to tell the class the details of ‘that kiss’. Needless to say there was no follow up kiss on offer!

First Job?

My first job was the checkouts at our local Tesco in Aylesbury. 12 hours on a Saturday during my A level years. It was a killer and all for £15! I would never have believed then that I would have ended up going back to Tesco as a graduate trainee buyer 4 years later!Tesco tills

What was your first pay packet – can you remember what you bought? 

I really am struggling for what I bought with my £15 from my Saturday job, probably one of the records I am about to mention! I do remember saving up my pay packets to go inter railing round Europe before going to University. We managed 4 weeks on £300 (excluding the train ticket) with a lot of nights spent on trains travelling from country to country!

First CD or Record you remember buying?

Well CDs hadn’t been invented in the 80’s when I discovered music. It was a while till I actually bought a record, I think everyone used to ‘tape’ the top 40 with Steve Wright on a Sunday afternoon on radio 1, trying to edit out Mr Wright! My first records I remember in my bedroom were Duran Duran and Culture Club. A slight aside but I also remember receiving Now volumes 1 – 4, and where are we now, about Now 80?

First holiday abroad?

Rhodes Island

Like  my first holiday abroad was to Rhodes, age 15 with my parents. Actually I think that may have been boyfriend number 2 at the same time and kiss number 2 with the Greek waiter at the hotel. I obviously had a thing for Greek men from a young age since I ended up marrying one! (Farmer Nick is Nikos to his Greek family) 

What age were you when you moved out from your parents home?

I was 18 and off to university. I didn’t realise it then, but I would never live at home again.  I had a wonderful 3 years and then rented with fellow graduate trainees near Tesco head office in North London. My parents still live in the house I left and my children love going back to visit Grandma and Grandpa 
Kids and GarnadparentsKids and Grandparents Kids and Grandparents
That all seams so long ago, I really had to dig deep, well all except the first boyfriend and kiss, you never forget that for good or for bad!
I am now tagging some more lovely twitter friends to continue with this meme……

Majestic Peacock

Posted on February 5th, 2012 -

Project 52 & Silent Sunday



TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky   Silent Sunday 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on February 4th, 2012 -

Farm Fun Saturday 

Another glorious week for weather, cold but so beautiful. All our muddy puddles have turned to ice rinks providing a different form of outdoor fun for the children. Climbing the trees has taken their fancy this week too, I think it was after Felix showed his famous Eden project Trick a couple of weeks back! So here are the gang enjoying the winter sunshine on the farm and just letting off steam being kids

Tree climbingNever to old to climb a tree! Racing between the pigs and donkey's

With the Goats


January Country Kids Winner

My favourite link up for January goes to Thankyou for a lovely post with some great pictures of the kids enjoying themselves here. An extra Country Kids hat waiting for you when you return in the spring!  

Keep Linking up into February

Thank you for all the lovely outdoor play snaps you linked up in January, a great collection despite the cold and often dreary days. Children generally feel so much better for some fresh air regardless of the weather as do I, so please keep it going, grab the badge and link up here each week. Another Coombe Mill hat to give away at the end of the month.

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Coombemill Ducks present ‘Skating on Ice’!

Posted on February 3rd, 2012 -

Farm magic

I do love to down tools and enjoy a wonder around the farm on a lovely sunny day. Today was bitterly cold, clear blue skies and not a soul around. Funnily enough this very cold but dry weather really suits the animals and the rain that makes them really miserable as they find it hard to dry out in winter.

Cheeky Donkeys 

Our donkeys are lacking the brains they were born with and have been gnawing away at their shelter, not a sensible move, since it had got to the point where it was no longer offering much by way of protection for them! I caught up with Farmer Nick taking pity on them repairing their home and leaving some alternative wood in their field for their teeth sharpening antics! I’m not sure that Rolo watching us looks too apologetic!

Donkey field shelter repairsDonkey field shelter repairsRolo the Donkey

It was such a beautiful day I couldn’t resist a few random snaps, it was far too lovely to be indoors. 

Winter Beauty

I love the wintery scenes, it just looks so peaceful on the farm and looking up the valley 

Beginners lake and alpaca fieldCoombe BridgeLog store beyond the river

Just after taking the picture over the lake, the ducks spotted me and took to the water, except the lake has frozen in all but one little patch around duck island. I just had to flip the camera to video mode and capture their comical endeavours at ice skating! I think they are the ones who will be glad to see some warmer temperatures and rain back!


Lessons in Ice skating from Coombe Mill ducks 

They made me smile! 

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