Posted on March 11th, 2017 - Fiona
I remember wakening in the early hours of the morning to the sound of rain pattering down on the roof window. Snuggling down under the duvet, I was quite unaware that out in the field a baby lamb was being born. Timing was not great, in the open, the wind and the rain, on the bleakest of March mornings.
Hello Baby Lamb
It would be a few hours later before I would discover the little lamb in the distance whilst on my morning farm checks. Racing round to check the other animals had survived the wild night I ran back for my camera and a closer look. At a distance I couldn’t see the mother close by. Returning the lamb was still stood in the same place, looking lost and lonely in the field. I approached with caution, hoping this might reveal a protective mother and I was indeed met by a ewe at the hay feeder who began to walk towards her new born lamb. I retreated and crouched down with my long lens camera. All looked well as Mum nuzzled her lamb.
Out on the feed run it was a very muddy trek for our little visitors to get a better look. The rain was still present and the wind whipping around us. Separating Mum and Baby from the rest of the herd turned out to be much harder than it should have been as a vital post gave way under the muddy ground. Finally we edged them into a little field of their own with field shelter that would hopefully keep them dry and safe from foxes and badgers. It was Farmer Nick’s newly build shed we really wanted to use but this was just too far from where they were and the ground too soft to take the stock trailer across the meadows to move them.
I was back and forth all day checking up on them, moving the little baby lamb inside out of the rain; they seem to have precious little common sense! Finally I caught them through the shelter slats enjoying the hay and looking very united. In case you are wondering about the orange stripes, this signifies the 1st lamb to the 1st Mum. A twin would have had 12 sprayed on and Mum has a single line for first mother.
We should be lambing from now until mid May. It really is an exciting time to visit the farm and hopefully with a little sunshine the fields will be less muddy!
Posted on March 10th, 2017 - Fiona
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.
The chickens are back on the lay
It must be spring, the chickens have notices the longer days and milder temperatures and are laying enough eggs for all the children staying. That said our outdoor fun as been very much with raincoats and wellies this past week. Not that this has stopped our little helpers who have been so brave turning up for the tractor rides each day despite the rain. I hope it has been a little drier where you are and that you have some adventures to share 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 4th March:
- Helen from The Princess and The Pickle who commented on 29 posts.
- Karen from Stopping at Two who commented on 28 posts.
- Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 27 posts.
We have no guilty bloggers linking up this week, I’m so glad we’re back to everybody sharing some blog love.
Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids
Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly
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 March Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter : Helen from The Princess and the Pickle who turned their day out into a whole heap of Muddy Fun at Mottisfont Abbey.
If you are a Daniel Craig / James Bond fan, the countryside in post from Are We Nearly There Yet will have you reliving scenes from Skyfall
The snowdrops have been beautiful around the countryside this spring. Little Hearts Big Love went on an adventure to find some
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Posted on March 10th, 2017 - Fiona
For February Half Term we try to fit in a few family days away between changeover days on the farm. Traditionally we spend this between catching up with friends and cousins in London and days by the sea on the south coast seeing Farmer Nick’s Mum. One of the kids favourite day trips is into Brighton. There is so much to do in this coastal city that the children are always keen to visit. On this occasion it was Brighton pier and the marina that were our focus.
My children have been drawn to Brighton pier since they were little. The colours, sights and smells are all so different to the Cornish seaside. Jed had taken his scooter with him which was perfect along the promenade but less than perfect along the wooden planks of the pier. More than once Farmer Nick was left holding onto it!
Half way down the pier there are some lovely views back across Brighton and I always feel hungry as the aroma from the fish and chip stalls and doughnut stands drifts past.
One of my least favourite aspects of the pier is the arcade. However on a biting cold day it does provide a little warmth and the kids and Nick settled into a few games of horse racing until the 10p supply ran out! Not exactly like the point to point at Wadebridge, but a fun 10 minutes.
However the real thrill is at the end of the pier. The children have never let us forget letting them go on a couple of rides a year or so ago, only to discover they were not tall enough. Fast forward to now where they are only just shorter than me and it was payback time! They had been given some holiday money from their Yia Yia and aunt and uncle and treated themselves to a sensible dodgems inter family challenge with Farmer Nick
Guy and Clio then decided to go for the biggest scariest ride there. Jed held back with me deciding he didn’t have the stomach for it and I couldn’t blame him. I was envious of their sky high view of Brighton, but not the subsequent upside town tumble!
I would have felt quite ill climbing down but they grinned from ear to ear and it totally made their day. After fleecing us for fast food lunch and a fortune in “needed” clothes and shoes in town we headed down to the Marina.
We admired the giant yacht in the harbour village only to discover the triplets had hopped over the rope barrier ad jumped on board for a closer look. They have some nerve and I shouted them back.
Guy and Nick checked out the boat prices in the window and decided a boat would have to wait for another year. None the less we crossed the road to the main marina and admired the waterside flats and boots moored up whilst the kids took it in terns to scoot up and down.
We didn’t manage the beach this time or a visit to the lanes but it will still be remembered as a fun day trip and one I know they will want to do next time we visit family.
Have you visited Brighton Pier or Marina?
Posted on March 6th, 2017 - Fiona
Here at Coombe Mill we are huge fans of the wonder of nature and the outdoors. Set in a wooded 30 acre estate we have so much for children to explore for natural woodland to the fairy gardens and den building areas. Children come together in these wild adventure zones to create and play and be at one with nature. When I came across the Night Gardener as a children’s book I had a feeling it was going to be very in keeping with our ideals at Coombe Mill. So often our Friday activities with the children include nature study and gardening, a book that mirrors our work with a good fantasy element would be perfect for our bookshelves and one to read ahead of our gardening activities.
About the Night Gardener
The Night Gardener is a newly released A4 hardback book designed for age 4 plus and available from Quarto Kids priced £12.99. Written and illustrated by brothers Terry and Eric it is a delightful tale, beautifully illustrated with minimal carefully chosen words. Follow the story of young William, who wakes to discover the tree outside his window has been sculpted into a magnificent owl. The magic of the night gardener is evident each morning thereafter. The town awakes and unites on the street and in the park to see what masterpiece has been created over night. They never spot the man himself, he has long since packed away his tools and left; until one evening when the night gardener invites William to help.
What We Thought
This book is enchanting, uplifting, captures the imagination and is perfect for little ones beginning to explore and enjoy nature. The clever minimal use of words and descriptive illustrations would make this a great bedtime story as the large book is remarkably quick to finish. You may find children wanting to linger over the pictures though, creating their own ideas out of the pages. Older children will be able to read the story for themselves and be equally inspired.
Win your copy of The Night Gardener with Quarto Kids and Coombe Mill
If you have a creative child that enjoys nature this book will be perfect. Why not enter to win by following the instructions below.
The Night Gardener
We work closely with Quarto Kids and were sent a copy of the night gardener for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and our copy is available for Coombe Mill gusts to borrow from the bookshelves of the games room.
Posted on March 5th, 2017 - Fiona
Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. With Mother’s Day approaching we have been looking at a fun craft to try with children for keeping potted herbs looking tidy in the kitchen but could also be used for craft flowers. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I love to see all your upcycled ideas.
Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure
- Trash 2 Treasure is all about upcycling. Posts should be about making something foraged from nature, household throw away items or low value items you have added value to.
- Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled. Whether you cook, sew, make or create I’d love you to join me.
- The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month.
- There is no post limit as the link up is open all month.
- Old posts and new posts welcome.
- Please comment on my host post and at least 2 others and use #Trash2Treasure in the sign off so other’s know where you came from and can pop back to see what you have made too.
- Do remember to pop back during the month to check on later posts linked up. I will share linked posts during the month as a reminder to pop back and as a thank you for joining in.
- Please add my Trash 2 Treasure badge to help others find the link up and to be in with a chance of winning the lovely Duck Tape Colours (see below).
Most of my Trash 2 Treasure tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour, but sometimes I share bigger upcycling projects from the farm too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas from you.
A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours
Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire their next project. Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas.
Congratulations to Lucy from Kids of the Wild who has won the Duck Tape Colours for February with her lovely welly herb planters. Lucy please email me your address to get these posted out to you.
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