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"Tales from the farmers wife" shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.
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If you have a toddler just beginning to understand colours and shapes but not yet too sure, I have been looking at the perfect book to help them along. Produced by Phaidon this hardback book has everything a toddler would love from a funny fantasy story with a rhythmic text to colourful simplistic illustrations. Parents will love the fast paced page turning learning making it fun to understand shapes. This book is a winner for everyone. Read on to find out more about Circle Rolls and be in with a chance of winning a copy of your own.
Circle Rolls: The Story
In this book each shape takes on a stick man character. Circle is the lead character who rolls through along bumping into the other shapes. He knocks them, bumps them and topples them over and before exploding and causing havoc. It is left to Octagon, the sensible shape, to bring order back among the fun loving shapes. Heart then helps mend circle ready to roll another day.
What we love
The clever stick man illustrated shapes and fun rhyming adventure make this book perfect learning. We have been using it with the holiday makers here for a shape led farm activity hour and it has been very popular with the little ones.
So last week I shared the tale of our abandoned lamb and show she was thriving being brought up by us. Now she has taken on official pet status. A lamb will follow you to the ends of the earth if it thinks you are taking care of it and our little Lambo is no different. Every morning she accompanies me on the farm checks, sniffing out the other animals and tripping me up darting between my welly boots. My heart melts when she cries as I leave her in her field for the day. Knowing how obedient she had become I thought she would love a walk in the woods and I was keen to see if the bluebells were finally out with the warm weekend weather. Jed was at a loose end and happily came along. I grabbed my camera at the last moment and was glad I did, it was a perfect opportunity to capture some pretty photos of the bluebells and a few unguarded ones of lamb walking with Jed and little Lambo. They sauntered along together and whenever Jed ran Lambo kept up leaping over the bluebells to stay right on his heels. The guests this week did ask if Nick’s choice of Lambo was short for a Lamborghini he was hankering after, well she certainly warrants that version after racing through the woods. Lambo as a female version of Rambo, the little warrior, is the other interpretation. I think both are rather fitting.
Jed and Lambo looking down towards the river Camel
Lambo Racing through the woods after Jed
Time for a well deserved bottle of lambs milk
Lamb walking homeward bound
Woodland Bluebells close up
Lambo will stay bottle fed until the summer, if you are coming to see us you’ll have a turn at feeding her and can even take her out lamb walking.
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.
Summer calls and our chicks are growing
It feels as though the temperatures are finally on the rise and the countryside has greened up for summer. Our little chicks Jessica, Sophie and Peanut are growing fast and it is now a chase around the pen to capture them for a cuddle in the mornings as their feathers form and they find their wings. Live is busy at Coombe Mill for the summer season but we wouldn’t want it any other way. It is lots of fun from dawn to dusk and I’m sharing one of our latest crazes from Activity Hour this week – Kindness rocks. Please come and join me with your adventures on the link up below.
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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.
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.
Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, we had just ONE REPEAT OFFENDER WITH NO COMMENTS – come on you know who you are!
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 May Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenters: Kids of the Wild, Little Hearts Big Love, Over 40 Mum to One
Ice cream made from Gorse Flower from Four Acorns I’ve already tried baking a cake with them it is such a lovely idea and we have lots on the farm.
Kids of the Wild is doing so much in the name of childhood cancer including this lovely trip to Cornwall
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Sometimes I have an idea bubbling that I just know I have to use. Kindness Rocks groups have been springing up all around on Facebook and I have been impressed with the fun they are generating. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart shared a post in February about her girls finding some of these rocks and making their own and I thought then we should start a Coombe Mill Rocks page. We have finally set up the page and added many of the decorated Rocks and plaques from around Coombe Mill. To these I planned to add more from activity hour. I have also had a yearning to make a wishing tree. The two projects felt similar enough to tie together by adding kindness messages to a designated wishing tree.
More about Kindness Rocks
In case you are unfamiliar with kindness rocks, the idea is to find a rock, say in the local Facebook where you found it and then re-hide it somewhere else to be found again. The originator write on the back where the stone is from and you can see how far they travel. For this reason I thought it would be perfect for holiday makers here, they can create and take rocks all round the country and further. If you fancy getting involved join our group.
Kindness tags for our wishing Tree
We began with our kindness tags and the children were soon absorbed in choosing which phrases to use and decorating their coloured card with their choice of material scraps.
Coombe Mill Rocks Nature Trail
As I wanted to finish the tags with nature we set off outside on a kindness rock hunt. I have quite a collection scattered over the fairy gardens and new wildlife trail and handed the children a tick sheet with just 16 on to see if they could spot them all on our walk and also to inspire them for making their own later.
When everyone had found all the stones I reminded them to look for some colourful petals and leaves on their way back to finish their Kindness tags
Back in the Games room we put the finishing touches to our tags, laminated them and punched holes to add string for hanging and floristry ribbon to spin in the breeze.
Making Coombe Mill Kindness Rocks
It was time to use my collection of white painted rocks from the farm. Everyone chose one and set to work using their choice of felt tips or paint to carefully create their own special designs.
I took all the rocks back to my house to dry then varnished them and laid them out for the children to collect after the tractor ride the following morning. They all disappeared. We will have to wait and see if they turn up hidden at Coombe Mill or somewhere near you. They all have Coombe Mill Rocks on the back in permanent market so do let me know if you find one!
Creating our Wishing Tree
Our final task of the afternoon was to return to the nature trail and begin to populate my designated wishing tree. It is a fruit tree and just coming into blossom. We hung our kindness tags and watched as they swirled in the wind.
I’m delighted with our start to our wishing tree and a Coombe Mill Rocks collection. I think we will be adding to both over the coming weeks.
If like me you think there is a magical side to nature, a sense of great things unfolding before your eyes, then you will love this new book from Quarto Kids. The Magic Garden takes the reader on a journey through nature and brings the wonder of the seasons and how nature adapts into a magical story that is actually very factual. Follow Chloe on her journey and learn how nature works. Designed for young children to understand the basics of biology in a fun and engaging manor, this tale is a must. To discover more and be in with a chance of winning a copy of the book yourself read on.
What we love about The Magic Garden
The book is highly illustrative and tells nature’s clever cycle in the most engaging way for young children. Discover how the leaves change colour and fall from the trees, how the flowers are pollinated in summer and how they spread across the land. With delightful illustrations on every page it is easy to follow Chloe on her journey through nature. We read the book to a group of children who were captivated. It was the perfect introduction to the spring nature crafts we were following with.
There is a detailed section at the end of the book to explain some of the more confusing concepts in nature, such as why snakes eat meals bigger than they are and how caterpillars transform into Butterflies.
Need to know
Age 4 – 6
Hardback, 32 pages, published March 2018
Quarto online, Amazon
Win your copy of The Magic Garden with Quarto and Coombe Mill
If you fancy discovering the magic of nature with your child why not enter to win this lovely book. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.