Silent Sunday

Posted on January 22nd, 2012 -

Finely Balanced!


King of the Castle at Eden

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 21st, 2012 -

Family Trip to the Eden Project

This week my Country Kids post comes from our family Sunday out at Cornwall’s famous Eden project. Go once and you get free entry for the rest of the year, I think I may have more posts coming from Eden now! . We left it till the afternoon to visit with the main intention being to go ice skating, but it is very easy to use the whole day up. Facilities for children are excellent with a great educational building now open. It is interactive and really captures the imagination of children. Throughout the year they also have special activities indoors and outside for the children to get involved with, so well worth checking out on our free wi fi if you are staying with us.


Fun for our children began as soon as they left the car. Who could miss out on running up and down the grassy slopes on the way in, or playing around the huge driftwood horse!

Hill RunningApproaching Eden Project EnteranceDriftwood horse sculpture

We sorted the tickets whilst the children watched the automated eco theatre production and then it was off to explore. There are plenty of natural wood built play stations and my children could have been happy with just this for the day!

wooden sculpture; Eden ProjectClimbing; Eden projectPlaying; Eden Project

Jed; Eden ProjectWooden Chair; Eden ProjectStick Den; Eden Project

This is one of my favourite sculptures, he is a recycled alien called “Wee Man” made out of all the domestic waste from a typical household in a year. It does make you question where it all goes and what we are doing to our planet!"Wee Man" Eden Project


Looking at this photo I think Clio had thrown a “strop” at this point!


We finally made it inside to the education and science building to discover more treats instore. There are plenty of models and displays to see, a trumpet to blow and a huge mechanical nut cracker to operate.

Science and Education building; Eden ProjectNut cracker machine; Eden ProjectEducation Display

Trumpet blowing; Eden ProjectRecycling messageEden Project Map


We were keen to find the St Breward ‘seed’ sculpture. Mined from our village and carved from a massive 160 tonne granite block over 4 years, it is the enter piece with a whole room dedicated to it and a great write up!

St Breward Granite from De Lank quarry

Alistair took the photo and missed the top off! It does make an impressive cone shape (trust me) Below is a shot from the write up of how they excavated and transported the huge stone.

The stone being mined


With only minutes to spare we had a quick venture into the tropical biome. The colourful array of plants, waterfall and tropical shelters will be fun for a return visit, just a few snaps and our time was up for skating in the big outdoor tent.

Tropical BiomeTropical BiomeTropical Biome


It was dusk as we made our way to the tent and the children were full of excitement. We were the last skate of the day and it was surprisingly quiet on the ice, perfect for us. I left Nick with the camera, since he was convinced he would break a leg attempting to skate, and joined the children on the ice. It certainly didn’t disappoint, a fabulous 40 minutes, well worth the £5 per person! 

If you are staying with us for February half term or before, I can thoroughly recommend a skating trip to Eden before the big tent is dismantled ready for the summer months.

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Posted on January 20th, 2012 -

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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.