Country Kids 2nd December ’17

Posted on December 1st, 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 2.12.17

 Hello December

Where has the year gone? Somehow it has and we are officially in Christmas mode here on the farm. December is when the decorations go up, the local towns and villages come to life with twinkling lights and visits from Santa and all things Christmas are officially welcomed. If you have been enjoying the outdoors, perhaps a Christmas market, Christmas light display or Santa visit please come and share with me on the link up below. Remember it’s important to enjoy the excitement of Christmas with the kids and not become too wrapped up just the stress of  present buying and house tidying. 

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 9 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts, Big Love who commented on 8 posts.
  3. Sonia from Mamma’s School & Laura from Side Street Style who commented on 6 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.

November Welly Winner

Congratulations to Mary from Over 40 Mum to One who is our November winner of the lovely Rockfish wellies. Mary has been joining in with Country Kids since it’s beginnings back in 2012 and I’ve enjoyed so many of her posts over the years as Monkey has gone from toddler to growing school boy. This winning post is from  a visit to the Tower of London and just goes to show there is a little green and plenty of outdoor fun even in the heart of the city. Mary, do DM or email ([email protected]) your choice of wellies from the Rockfish range including size and colour as shown in stock. 

 

 

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

Top Commenter: Emma The Joy of Five

It’s beginning to look like Christmas: The Joy of Five has been to Winter Wonderland and now I want to visit. 

Four Acorns have been enjoying the first snowfall which must mean Christmas is near.

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 7340 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @danielle_mckie92@iam.alannajane@waytoomuchluggage & @_lauriesharp Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun featured images with thanks to @danielle_mckie92 @iam.alannajane @waytoomuchluggage @_lauriesharp thank you for all the lovely tags. Remember #CountryKids is live tonight from midnight for all your outdoor fun blog posts. Happy 1st weekend of December. #countryscene #outdoors #outdoorfun #loveoutdoors #outdooradventures #outdoorsy #adventureculture #adventurekids #countrylife

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Crafts from Under the Old Oak Tree

Posted on December 1st, 2017 -

We have classic English Oak trees all over Coombe Mill. In autumn they shed their pretty leaves, twigs and of course acorns. We have already looked at acorn collecting for the pigs as part of our pig crafts, this week I decided to major on the old oak tree itself and crafts based on its autumn shed. We have a lovely big oak tree hanging over the Coombe Mill car park and fairy gardens so we didn’t have to go far for all the goodies we needed for our crafts.

Oak Tree Crafts

 

We began our session by splitting the group in two based on the different ages. The older ones were enjoying a farm counting game with dice from our education pages on the website while the younger ones used wax crayons to colour in hedgehogs as we would be making these later.

 

Farm Counting Game & HEdgehog colouring on holiday

Searching under the old oak tree

Before we could continue we needed to go off in search of acorns, twigs and oak leaves. It didn’t take the children long to spot them scattered on the floor of the car park and fairy gardens. In no time their pots were brimming and as the rain increased in intensity we retreated under the veranda of the games room to start creating with our scavenged floor finds.

 

collecting acorn leaves and twigs

Reverse leaf printing

Instead of just painting leaves, we arranged our leaves on the reverse of cereal boxes and loosely taped them down before dipping fingers in autumn leaf colour paints to paint around the edges. We used a scrap of the box to make the trunk the same way and then spray painted grass from watered down poster paint all around.

 

Making oak leaf collages

 

When the leaves and card board were removed a clever leaf print tree remained.  We set these on one side to dry and continued to our next craft.

 

Finished Oak leaf printed collage

Oak Tree Crafts  – Clay hedgehogs

I can’t remember when I last brought the pot of air dry modelling clay out for a craft session. Anyway it was the perfect medium to hold acorns and twigs in place as the body of our hedgehogs. The children moulded and remoulded to get their hedgehogs just as they wanted them. A great craft for all ages as they can be as realistic or alien as they want with no complicated sticking involved.

 

Making clay and nature hedgehogs

Oak Tree Crafts – Clay leaves

Most left us at this stage but the really keen stayed on to make clay leaves. By rolling an oak leaf onto the lay then carving around the printed edge and painting you have yourself a perfect reminder of autumn to keep all year round.  

 

Painting clay oak leaf

 

Despite the rain arriving we managed a full afternoon of outdoor activities to keep everyone busy. Thankfully the rest of the week fared much better. Just as well I had a few undercover crafts up my sleeve for the wettest afternoon of the week!

Have you tried oak tree crafts? 

 


The Son of Bigfoot out now on DVD

Posted on November 27th, 2017 -

A loveable family animation to enjoy at home from Studio Canal and nWave pictures is now available on DVD and digital download. The Son of Bigfoot is set to be a family favourite this Christmas time and the good news is you can order it right now.  To celebrate, we’re giving away a copy of The Son of Bigfoot on DVD in an amazing family bundle with The House of Magic, A Turtle’s Tale & Robinson Crusoe. If you fancy finding out more about the new Bigfoot release and winning yourself this awesome bundle then read on.

 

win 4 fab titles including The Son of Bigfoot

A taste of what’s in store in The Son of Bigfoot

 Follow the young teenager, Adam, as he sets out to discover the mystery of his long lost Dad who turns out to be no other than Big Foot himself. The newly acquainted Father and son start making up for lost time together and Adam soon finds out his has inherited some of his father’s magical powers.  Just as well as they will both need to use all their superpowers as they are challenged by HairCo, the organisation chasing Bigfoot and unknowingly helped along by Adam. 

 

The Son of Big Foot

 

Follow Father and Son on their adventure, let yourself be swept up in the story and clever animation designed to keep the whole family on the edge of their seat.

 

Shots from the Son of Bigfoot Film

Need to know facts for Son of Bigfoot on DVD

Released: 20th November 2017
Distributor: StudioCanal
Animated by: nWave Pictures
Price: £5.99
Certificate: PG
Run time: 88 minutes
Available: Amazon

 

Win your family DVD bundle featuring The Son of Bigfoot DVD 

 

Win these four titles including The Son of Bigfoot

 

If you fancy stocking up on home entertainment classics this Christmas why not enter to win this amazing bundle for your family. Just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

4 DVD bundle from StudioCanal

Disclosure

I have not seen a copy of the films myself or been paid to write this post but the giveaway is provided for Coombe Mill blog readers with thanks to StudioCanal.


Because birthday parties are not just for kids

Posted on November 25th, 2017 -

Last week I mentioned how difficult it can be having my teenage children in my photos these days. This week I am proud to share not just one teenager but all of them and Farmer Nick too. The occasion was my 50th Birthday party. I was determined to mark my half century in style with a fun filled party and not a oldies style sit down event and be surrounded by all my family. While I can take no credit for the photos as I am in them all, I am very grateful to all who took over my camera on the night for the official and unofficial photos.  The theme was James Bond which resulted in some great themed and smart outfits. I enjoyed every minute of the evening with 4 generations present as well as friends. We gambled (fake money) and danced the night away and while it took a lot of organising, it was a wonderful memorable evening. As an added bonus I finally have a photo to replace the now rather dated picture of The Family Team on my website. Nick and I may look much the same, but a couple of years make a huge difference with children.  

 

New updated photo from my birthday party last Saturday

Birthday parties are the best with all the family team   

 Farmer Nick and me looking very un-farmer like

 

Farmer Nick and me at my 50th Birthday party

 

The unofficial snaps make me smile. I had gathered all the kids around me while I said a few words, the contents of which I can’t quite remember, but something must have made them smile judging by the photo. Even better is noticing the casual arms draped around one another, there is nothing more wonderful to see as a parent than your kids like this.  

Looking very much a family

Family gathered for speech at Fiona's 50th Birthday Party

 

Not to be left out Jed grabbed the microphone from me and added his own words, I love this photo of him looking as though he is mid karaoke! 

Jed taking centre stage

Jed takes the microphone: birthday parties to remember

 

I can now safely say organising an adult birthday party is at least as much work as a children’s party, but twice the fun. If you have a significant birthday approaching, do consider a good party, it really is such a memorable way to embrace a new decade, bring family and friends together and keep the inner kid in you alive.   


Country Kids 25th November ’17

Posted on November 24th, 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 25.11.17

Because winter clothing makes happy outdoor kids

Here on the farm we have had a full on weekend with my 50th birthday celebrations. I was thrilled to have my great nieces and nephews down to celebrate with me. Thankfully they know the farm well and enjoyed their time outdoors as if it were summer thanks to some great little wellies and all in one suits. Don’t let winter weather keep you indoors, dress accordingly and embrace those outdoor moments away from central heating and indoor lighting.   I hope you’ll 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 last week:

  1. Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 16 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love & Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 13 posts.
  3. Sara from Mum Turned Mom & Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 10 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 November Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter this week: Lucy from Kids of the Wild

Herne Hill Mum and the family enjoyed a whistlestop tour of Wales with plenty of outdoor adventures.

Fireworks are always a great family activity and Ethan & Evelyn enjoyed a fantastic show at Hitchin priory. 

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 7270 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @hantasker@belindawright83, @vickilynnseverson & @onemorethanthree. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week from @hantasker @belindawright83 @vickilynnseverson @onemorethanthree Thank you for all the lovely tags this week it’s great to see the #outdoorfun continuing at such a busy time of year for everyone . Happy weekend and remember #CountryKids will be live for blog posts from midnight. #countryscene #umbrella #waterfun #sunshine #riverswimming #skiing #outdooradventures #outdoorsandhappy #fridayoutdoorfun #childhoodunplugged

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