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"Tales from the farmers wife" shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.
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Paddington Sightseeing Adventures Board Game
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This meme comes to me from the very supportive TheBoyandMe who encourages me with my blog and has a lovely blog of her own going about life with her beautiful Boy. The meme originated from Danielle at twopointfourchi with this post ; another parenting site well worth following.
Things to do before I am ……..
The photos show the Kids 6 years ago and all of us now. In 6 years time when I hit 50, (there we are said it now!) I think many things will be changing again for us as a family. Our children will be age 13 to 19 and many of my achievements and wishes are based on the changes that will bring.
So here goes for the list of things I hope to achieve.
Go away for a weekend with Nick and leave the Children in charge of themselves and the farm
Go out for dinner and have one of the boys come and collect me in the car
Have regained 1 bedroom in the house and hopefully packed 1 child happily off to Uni
Have found a big enough dining table to accommodate meal times with the girlfriends and boyfriend too!
Have built another 2 Scandinavian lodges at Coombe Mill
Add a really significant “something” extra that all our guests will benefit from
Still be able to cycle up our hill
To stay young at heart and still enjoy sporty things with the (grown up)kids – surfing, skating, cycling etc
To fight the onset of grey hair with the best colorants on the market!
Maintain the respect of my children, when I am the shortest member of the family!
Find enough time to keep enjoying my blogging
Play golf with Nick more than twice a year
Organise a big party for my 50th and practice with a mini party for my 45th
keep a bathroom for myself in a house full of teenagers
Win a competition for a year’s supply of Lynx for the boys
Train myself to go to bed before midnight
Be able to go to sleep at night and not wait up for the kids to stumble in from where ever
Be making a smooth transition from parent protector to parent support and friend
Make sure I never find teenage dirty dinner plates or half drunk drinks in teenage bedrooms
Hope that I have done enough as a guiding parent to ensure I am not a Grandmother by 50!
I am now tagging the following people to write a list of things to do before they hit their next decade. They then need to copy the url of their post back into the linky tool on Two Point Four Children’s post.
Plymouth is our closest dry ski slope, as virgin skiers but with Ally facing a school ski trip next month, we treated him, his school friend and our other 5 children to a first lesson.
2 minutes from Coombe Mill and I was cursing leaving my camera behind! Making do with the Blackberry in the fading afternoon light was far from ideal, but still worth showing for this week’s Country Kids post, as the children had such a wonderful, if exhausting time.
Suited and Booted.
That took 15 minutes for all 7 to begin with, then off they stomped with their very patient instructor, while I attempted to find camera mode on my phone.
After the warm up they were away to go, if I had worked out videoing I would have some spectacular falls, in the event they look quite good for their first go!
We had booked a family fun day which involved a wacky half hour of snow tubing. This comprised of being hurled down the slopes inside a tyre in pairs, a long line or spinning solo by a poor ski instructor, then running back up to do it all over again!
My favorite snap, their beaming faces say it all
Three super zoom toboggan rides rounded off the day. Nick and I had to accompany the triplets for each ride. I ended up concentrating so much on regaining my balance between rides and fighting Jed for the brake, that I forgot to take a photo; but safe to say they loved every minute!
What have you been upto outdoors with the children this week? Do link up a snap or two on the linky below and help support healthy outdoor play for kids anywhere from the garden to the ski slope! Why not also link up to Family Frolics with Multiple Mummy.
The lovely RedRoseMummy has tagged me in this meme which asks me to share with you my highs and lows of 2011. Do pop over and read her blog too and see her roller coaster of a year resulting in a fine blog!
2011 in a nutshell
2011 was a good one for me. It was the year I discovered twitter, created my blog and discovered and that I could combine work and pleasure with the two! Farmer Nick made some great changes on the farm, bookings were good and guests were happy which has inspired us to even greater plans for 2012. The children all moved on a stage and parenting by and large became easier.
2. What was the saddest thing to happen? I guess this is the saddest and the happiest all in one. We had a wonderful Christmas day all except 1 major mishap which cast a shadow we had to work hard to shrug off. We were so excited (or at least Daddy was) to show the children their fabulous new Quad bike, but sadly Jed managed to lose control, panic and stuff it into the wall throwing himself and Guy off within the 1st 20 minutes. Half the children hadn’t even had a turn at that stage! We were all shaken and sorry for the children but equally so relieved no one was hurt. The Quad is STILL at the garage being repaired at vast sums of money!
3. What was the most unlikely thing to happen that actually went ahead and did? Farmer Nick buying a real cannon! Sent off for groceries and returned with an old war cannon! It did make a funny tail though and is going to be a huge hit in our new 2012 play area now being built. http://bit.ly/CannonDaddy
4. Who let you down? Well, no one yet, but I am waiting with anticipation for 1000 Farmer Nick’s Little Helpers Hats from October due to arrive next week!
5. Who supported you?
Farmer Nick is Husband and Daddy and my true support. We work together in our family business but our secret to making this successful is having our areas of specialization on the day to day chores. He would claim I can’t tell a sheep from a goat (harsh) and I get cross that he can’t tell a single sheet from a double one (true)! However on all big decisions we both rely on each other for support and guidance. This year I can also say my children have been a support. At age 7 to 13 they all now have jobs in the business which really make a difference. https://www.coombemill.com/family-team 6. Tell us something you learned.
As I ponder this at the computer, Felix wonders in (age 11) “what have I learned this year?” I ask him. His reply was about my blog, web site and how to make cool videos. To which I replied, “and what have I learn’t about you?” His answer to this stunned me a little “nothing, you are always on the computer and don’t do anything with us”. That on the back of the two of us going for a run together on Saturday, 2 evenings of family scrabble in the past 3 days, family meal times and an amazing treat of a family skiing adventure day yesterday! My take out from this is that it is impossible to get it all right all of the time with everyone, and that a Mum’s work is never complete. I have learnt to be happy with just doing my best. 7. Tell us one thing that made you laugh. This video of my Kids messing about in the car park while Daddy is trying to wash it down:
8. Tell us one thing that made you cry. Funnily enough I rarely cry at real life. I am too busy getting on with it. However I am terrible with books and films.
The one that stands out for me last year was The Time Travellers Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I cried at the book and the film.
9. Tell us three things your child did to make you proud.
This is a tough one with 6 children, but here goes for my top 3
Felix moved up to Secondary school this year from our little 56 pupil village primary and has taken to it like a duck to water. He is happy, confident, found some lovely friends and totally independent organising his school work, bag and homework alone.
Theo started working in the business last year and has total responsibility for the rabbits. He has to lock them up and feed them each night and clean them out once a week. He has never once forgotten them and will even ring home when at a friend’s after dark to remind someone to see to them for him.
Jed finds academic work harder than the others and struggles to keep up in his year group at school. Despite this he is my most tenacious, persistent and driven child. When Jed wants to achieve something he does. It takes him longer and we often have tears and tantrums of frustration along the way, but he is no quitter. He works hard at succeeding and no parent can ask for more than that.
10. Tell us one thing that made you proud of yourself.
Oh this is it! I started the year with a vision for updating my web site and creating a blog. I am so proud of the way it has come together and love it to bits. The bright colours reflect the child orientated family business we run and a my personal style too. I managed to be a runner up in the http://www.lovedbyparents.com/awards/ for 2011 after just a few months of blogging which I am still delighted by.
11. Tell us one challenge you overcame.
12 months ago I didn’t know how to download a photo from my camera to my PC and my phone was so old that I couldn’t work out how to text on it! I have overcome some huge technical barriers in the last 12 months to update my web site and launch my blog. Admittadly I have had a huge amount of help on the web site from my web designer but am still proud that my objectives for the site are being met.
12. Is there anything you would like to change about your life in 2012.
I don’t want to sound smug or cheesy but I love my life. I fear more from loosing something I already have than striving for something new. If I can continue to build the business, impliment our exciting plans for the year with Nick and help our children as they take another step along the path to growing up, then it will be a perfect year for me.
So, who to tag? I am guessing this has been going a couple of weeks so appologies if you have had this one before and please pass on.
It can be difficult to find family time at a weekend for outdoor pursuits, especially when it is cold, the days are short and the kids are indifferent at the prospect. There we are, caring parents, putting some quality time aside for a lovely family walk; only to be met with a ‘grunt’ from the kids and continued TV focus! If we can get beyond the initial lethargy and go then we do find it worthwhile.
When outside their sense of adventure builds and the TV is soon forgotten. Fresh air, rosy cheeks and tired children from physical exercise is so satisfying.
Trekking up Rough Tor
Cornwall is famous for its rocky outcrops known as Tors and we are lucky enough to have some very close by on Bodmin Moor. 10 minutes in the car and we are there.
It looks so beautifully rugged and open with lovely sea views and quite a climb to the top. Nothing is purpose built for children but that is the appeal, just running around, racing each other to the top and building imaginary games from scratch is good for mind and body. With free car parking at the start it couldn’t be a cheaper day out at any time of the year!
Even Grandma (Yia Yia) enjoyed the fun and made it to the top to take a photo of us all!
Perhaps the very best part was the caves formed between the rocky outcrops. Just listening to the banter between the children as they climb in and out claiming each cave as their own makes me smile every time!
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“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.