Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 20th, 2012 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Things to do before I am ‘older’

Posted on January 18th, 2012 -

Thank you for the Tag!

This meme comes to me from the very supportive  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   with this post ; another parenting site well worth following. 

Things to do before I am ……..

Our Family


6 Years Ago

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.



I am looking forward to reading your lists. 

Silent Sunday

Posted on January 15th, 2012 -

Silent Sunday 15th January 2012

Polish Banthan Chicken and Eggs


Silent Sunday    TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 14th, 2012 -

A first Ski Lesson for our children

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. 

Skies on and ready to gowarm up exercises waiting their turn 

 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!

Ally's 1st go!Look out Mum"This is tricky"


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! 

Snow TubingHitting the crash netFun for Theo and Felix

My favorite snap, their beaming faces say it all

Guy and Jed in a snow tube

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!

Linking up

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.

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My Highs and Lows of 2011

Posted on January 10th, 2012 -

I’ve been tagged

The lovely  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.The Happy Couple

1. What was your happiest event?

So many happy moments in a large family, but I think the best was my lovely Niece’s wedding. It is not often we manage to pull the wider family together and it was a truly beautiful day

2. What was the saddest thing to happen?The fated quad bike before the crash

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. Farmer Nick Club Hat

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. 

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 1st Day

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 and a baby bunny

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 on the farm

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.
Blog award

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 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. 

Family trip to Padstow

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.

Looking forward to your responses!