Country Kids 4th November 17

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 -

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 #50 things along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids 4.11.17

 A mild November

Who knows if it will last but November has begun here in Cornwall with the mist gorgeous autumn sunshine and mild temperatures. We are working on the farm in shorts and t shirts in complete disbelief it is Christmas next month! For all those joining us there is the added bonus of crunchy leaves all over the farm perfect for jumping in and tossing in the air. I hope you have enjoyed a good start to November; weather you have been trick or treating, watching a firework display or just enjoying the daytime sun  please come and share with me on the link up below.

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

My top commenters from last week:

  1. Emma from The Joy of Five who commented on 16 posts.
  2. Keitha from Keitha’s Chaos & Sonia from Mummy Constant who commented on 15 posts.
  3. Sherry from Life at Cooks Cabin who commented on 12 posts.

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, we had a week with no link dumpers so a pat on the back to you all! 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.

October Welly Winner

Congratulations to Emma from The Joy of Five who is our October winner of the lovely Rockfish wellies. Emma has consistently commented well when joining in and shared a lovely post from pumpkin picking. Emma, do DM or email ([email protected]) your choice of wellies from the Rockfish range including size and colour as shown in stock. 

 October Country Kids winner

 

Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the November Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Emma from The Joy of Five

The Pumpkin patches just keep getting more and more exciting. I love this one from Ethan & Evelyn

I love the outdoor adventures from Mammas School, wild camping looks amazing in Sweeden 

Country Kids Communities 

I’d love you to join me: 

 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

 

Join the growing Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 7050 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @oh_maxwell  @emmyandthebears  @packetmixmum  @singlemahoy Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun featured images of the week go to @oh_maxwell @emmyandthebears @packetmixmum @singlemahoy congrats on the lovely photos. Mentions for you all in the #countrykids link up on the blog tomorrow. Thank you for all the lovely tags this week. Please keep them coming. #castle #countryside #fireworks #diggers #sanddiggers #outdooradventures #outdoorkids

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Halloween Fun Day 2017 Part 1

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 -

Every year our Halloween Fun Day seems to grow a little more involved. I thought last year we had peaked; the weather, the events and the participation all came together to make the most wonderful experience for everyone involved. Yet each year I am conscious that for many who rebook from year to year, the children will be a year older with even high expectations than the previous year. For this reason I try to bring in fresh ideas with the old favourites. This year I really think we pulled that off, with a fun day to rival events anywhere. So much so I’m splitting the day over 2 posts and sharing part 2 next week.

Coombe Mill 2017 Halloween Fun Day Part 1

Fancy dress animal feed run

The day begins with a fancy dress feed run. I dressed the tractor and trailer the night before so it was all ready to spook the children in the morning, though I fear I may have gone a little overboard this year as a couple of the youngest were a little afraid to climb on board! Even Farmer Nick and some of the parents joined in with Fancy dress which made the children laugh.

 

 

 It adds a fun spin on the daily tractor rides as the children see if their costumes have spooked the animals or if they will still come over for their food. Needless to say food wins and the animals refuse to be spooked!

Halloween Fun Day Fancy Dress Feed Run

Halloween Fun Day Crafts

We have a couple of clear hours after the feed run to set up the rest of the day’s events which flow right though to the evening. The first one is the Halloween crafts. We had a trail run at most of these last week as we created the Halloween Display. However managing the crafts on a larger scale with so many children meant a few changes were necessary.

The lanterns worked well last week so we repeated this one. They also doubled up later in the evening to light the way alongside the pumpkins for Trick or Treating.

 

Homemade lanterns from Jars

 

Next we reused the apple and potato fabric printing from last week, although instead of joining them all to make bunting, this time the children printed onto squares of material and mounted them on black card to take home.

Halloween Apple & Potato Prints

 

With so many children we only had time for one more craft for our fun day. As most were older than last week we swapped ghost prints for spooky eyes. Cutting triangles into black painted toilet rolls gave us the eyes while placing glow sticks inside made them spooky in the dark.

 

Spooky eyes from toilet rolls

Spooky Activity Trail

In the past for our halloween Fun Day we have had a trail with spooky things to spot and count up. This year with a little help from the triplets dressed in various guises we turned the static trail into much more of an interactive activity session.

First up was the Fairy Gardens which had a witch cast a wicked spell and fill it up with a spider’s web. The children had to clamber through the web collecting a spider ring each on their way.

 

 

From here we made our way to the den building area where the children had to ring the wind chime to make the ghost come out of his den and play his spooky message.

 

Ghost in the den on Halloween Activity Trail

 

Across at the pirate boat an evil pirate had been baking gruesome cakes blood red from the blackberries inside! Each climbed up the stairs to meet the pirate before sliding back down with their cake. They must have been fooled as even the older ones had to ask me if it was OK to eat the cake!  

 

 

Down on the farm path a witch was waiting with a basket of insects covered in sticks and leaves. Each child took a lucky dip to see what they could find.

 

Lucky dip in the Witch's pot

 

Excited by the activities the children raced on ahead to find the devil hiding on the island on the island. Here they had to try and spray him with Holy Water to take the evil away.

 

Squirting the Devil with Holy Water on Halloween Activity Trail

 

After converting the Devil there was an evil intruder to deal with. He had been captured in the aviaries and needed pelting with deadly flour to ensure he didn’t escape.  

 

Pelting an evil intruder with flour for Halloween

 

Our chores were nearly done, just one last stop to make at the witch who had created her brew in the Mud Kitchen.  The children had to delve deep in the pumpkin goo to find a glowing bracelet as a pass to ride on the Ghost Train later.

 

 

Already it had been quite a day, but we still had the excitement of Halloween Games, the Ghost Train and the legendary Coombe Mill Trick or Treating to follow. I hope you’ll catch up with me next week to see how we fared in part two of our Halloween Fun Day.

 

Halloween Fun Day 2017 : Part 1

 

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The Story Orchestra presents The Nutcracker

Posted on October 30th, 2017 -

There is something quite endearing about an old fashioned Christmas. Traditional stories of magic and cheer have gripped imaginations for decades. Quarto Kids have a delightful range of books bringing classical music together with classical stories. The latest is perfectly timed for Christmas and will have little ones dreaming of sugar plums and fairies. This is where the ballet festive favourite, The Nutcracker, dances into life with Tchaikovsky’s famous orchestral music.  If you have a little one excited for all that is festive and fun this season, why not take a step back from the modern images and sounds and indulge in a little traditional fantasy with this beautiful fusion of story and music.

 

The Story Orchestra Book The Nutcracker

What we love about The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker.

Each double page spread is a new scene from the ballet, supported by the original music. Not surprisingly the music fits a treat and brings the pages to life. It is the kind of story children will want to listen to over and over, imaginations developing with each repetition.  The illustrations by Jessica Courtney – Tickle are packed with detail so there is always something new to focus on with each read yet the pictures perfectly follow the story line of Clara with her magical present of the Nutcracker.

 

Double Page from the Nutcracker Book The Story Orchestra

 

With a bibliography of Tchaikovsky at the back and a glossary to help you understand the music there is real educational value in the book. It even invites you to listen to the clips alone and direct your own scenes to go with them.

 

The Story Orchestra The Nutcracker book with music from Tchaikovsky

Need to Know Facts

Retail Price: £14.99.
Illustrated by: Jessica Courtney – Tickle.
Produced by: Frances Lincoln for Quarto Kids.
Suitable for: Age 4/5 plus.
Available from: Quarto Kids online.
Format: Hardback, 24 pages, 10 music clips to press.
Batteries included:  3*AG – 13 button cell batteries.

 

Check out our little excerpt from the Nutcracker to see if The Story Orchestra book is for you.

 

Win your copy of The Nutcracker from The Story Orchestra Series 

For your chance to win this delightful story book set to music simply follow the instructions below:

 

The Story Orchestra: The Nutcracker

Disclosure

We were sent our copy of the Nutcracker which we have enjoyed reading and left in the Coombe Mill Games Room for our holiday guests to enjoy this Christmas Season. All thoughts and opinions expressed on the book here are my own.


Trick or Treat October half term fun

Posted on October 28th, 2017 -

Here at Coombe Mill we have a tradition of holding our Halloween fun day on the last day of October Half Term. Years ago Halloween actually fell within half term, but for the last few years it has been the week following. Our regular guests were so disappointed at the prospect of missing our fun day that I have just moved Halloween from its official date to the last day of the mainstream half term week, whenever that falls. Our activities stretch from a fancy dress feed run at 9am to trick or treating at 6pm. The whole day is packed with events, games and crafts and I’ll be sharing it all over on my Country Kids link up next Saturday, but for today I’m featuring the culmination of an exciting day, the trick or treat session.

Trick or Treat the Coombe Mill Way

In many ways I feel like all my activities during the day are a build up to this major event. The activity trail, the craft and the famous ghost train are all but a prelude to the Trick or Treating. Even my own kids suddenly appear in fancy dress to join the parade from house to house. The rule here at Coombe Mill is that a Pumpkin lights the way. Each participating holiday cottage has a lit pumpkin to signify we are welcome. We walk as a group from one end of Coombe Mill to the other calling only on the cottages and lodges with a pumpkin and a friendly face to welcome us in.  All the parents are well briefed at the start of the week and I am always blown away by the effort everyone makes. From pumpkin carvings to tea lights, sweets and treats to homemade goodies it fills the children and their goodie bags, with festive cheer.  

A pumpkin signifies the Coombe Mill Trick or Treat Procession is welcome to call

Pumpkin lit for Treat or Treating

We made Lanterns as part of our crafts which lit the way alongside the pumpkins

Homemade Halloween Lantern to light the way for Trick or Treat

Patiently each queued for their turn from youngest to oldest 

Queueing for a turn at Trick or Treat

And were rewarded at every house

Trick or Treating at Coombe Mill Holidays in Half Term

With tubs of sweets, chocolates and homemade treats too

Trick or Treat sweet collection at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

A big thank you to all the parents who took part and helped to make trick or treating a wonderful  end to a spooky action packed fun day. If you fancy joining us for half term and our fun day next year bookings are now open

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Country Kids 28th October 17

Posted on October 27th, 2017 -

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. 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill 28.10.17

Half Term Has Flown by

Where did that last week go? I was so looking forward to no school runs and a buzzing Coombe Mill full of half term holiday makers, but it feels like it has gone in a flash. This might be because we were so busy. We had friends over at the start, then visited our eldest up in Cardiff for 2 days while Felix and Theo ran the farm and we finished up with hosting our Traditional Half Term Halloween fun day here. Blink and I was back to chasing the kids to wash their uniforms and pack their school bags again. I hope you managed to pack in some adventures over the week and please do share them on the link up below. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

A massive welcome to Laura from Autumn’s Mummy and Louisa from Inside Out, who joined in for the first time this week!

My top commenters from last week:

  1. Karen from Two Tiny Hands who commented on 22 posts.
  2. Emma from The Joy of Five who commented on 21 posts. 
  3. Laura from Autumn’s Mummy who commented on 18 posts.

We have just one guilty blogger link dumping this week, Please go back if it is you. Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted and please approve your comments by then if they need moderating so I can see others leaving you the blog love. 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here. 

 

Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the October Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Karen from Two Tiny Hands.

Louisa from Inside Out Blog shared Apple Day at Calke Abbey which looks both educational and fun full of seasonal goodness.

Keitha from Keithas Chaos shares a wonderful looking cross country ‘mudstackle’ race with plenty of squelchy mud and foam bubbles to loose yourself in.

Country Kids Communities 

I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

 

Join the growing Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 6650 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @susiehawes @benttwig121  @i_am_carop and @laurindaisla84. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#CountryKidsFun featured images for the week are from @susiehawes @benttwig121 @i_am_carop @laurindaisla84 thank you for all the lovely tags this week, please keep them coming. Don't forget if you are a blogger to join me for the #CountryKids link up from midnight over on the Coombe Mill Blog. Have a lovely weekend and share those spooky fun photos for Halloween. #countryside #countrylove #pumpkinpatch #autumn🍁 #happydays #outdoorkids #hayplay #outdoorfun #outdoorsandhappy

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