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Coombe Mill Blog
"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.
What is it with the weather this summer? We keep diving between days of rain and scoring hot sunshine. This week has been another scorcher and all the little critters by way of bugs and beasties love it. I think our farm location down in the valley with the river and the lakes is a huge attraction for wildlife. If you are an early riser you may even spot an otter in the river or a water vole scamper past. Farmer Nick regularly tells me they are there; sadly early mornings pass me by! I have however captured little critters on my farm walks, but can you spot the odd one out?
The lake is full of dragonflies. Their shiny blue bodies glisten against the water and plants. Capturing them while they are still is never easy.
Up in the deer field I have been stalking fawns which hide in the growing bracken. They outwit me every day, leaping from their hiding place and racing off to find their mothers before I can capture more than a fuzzy blur of a photo. I settled for this Tortoiseshell butterfly instead basking in the sunshine on the deer feeding station.
I couldn’t resist adding in this photo, clearly the odd one out this gecko is from the walls of a taverna while we were in Greece last week. This is an everyday sight over there and I’m sure I stood out as “that tourist” in a very Greek town standing up to capture this little beastie before he scarpered.
Back here on the farm we have had two weeks of studying minibeasts in our activity hour. From crafts to hunting with magnifying glasses even with a noisy bunch of children we turned up plenty for the kids to marvel over in our fairy gardens.
Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:
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Catch of the Day
I don’t often talk about fishing here on the farm but we have 2 lakes that are not only beautiful but teaming with pond life and fish. I love this photo from a rather successful family fishing afternoon here on the farm. They look deservedly proud with their catch of the day. Weather fishing is your hobby or you’ve had other family adventures in the great outdoors, I hope you’ll share on the link up below.
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The Elderflower Festival looks amazing family fun as shared by The Joy of Five .
So it rained and it rained but we didn’t let that stand in the way of an afternoon of fun with minibeasts. Remembering what a great afternoon it made last year I was keen to develop and adapt the theme to meet the needs of our little preschoolers this year. Retreating into the games room we set out the plans for our afternoon from crafts to outdoor exploring. We were determined to manage at least part of the afternoon outdoors and thanks to the natural umbrella from the canopy of trees over the fairy gardens and down near the river we managed it.
Bearing in mind most of the children were just age 2 and 3 with a couple age 4 I wanted to keep the crafts easy yet educational and came up with an inspired idea for minibeast pairs. We played a game with my DIY cards so that everyone could practice colour matching. Then the children made their own card sets. As the minibeast bodies were just fingerprints it was easy for the children to do themselves with parents just helping the younger ones to add the legs and antennae.
We set our pairs game on one side for the paint to dry ready for the children to take home and set about some friendly hand print spiders. They decided to make their spiders in colourful paints and not just black, I thought this made them look friendlier and welcomed the idea.
Finally we made some little colourful spider style critters from painted halved toilet rolls
A woven forest with minibeasts
We took our colourful creatures out with us to my woodland spider web down by the river and the children wove them into the web adding nature to make a minibeast forest.
After all our fun with make believe beasties it was time to hunting for some real ones. The Fairy gardens with our bug hotel are a perfect place to search with the added benefit of a canopy of branches overhead giving us protection against the rain. Even though it was midsummer, the rain had made it dark and a combination of phone torches and magnifying glasses helped us to see.
We lifted Farmer Nick’s stools and carved mushrooms to see woodlice, centipedes and worms all scurry away from the light.
The children were fascinating moving from one location to the next. I was delighted that they were happy to pick them up and let them crawl across their hands. These little ones were quite fearless and full of curiosity. I’m sure our fun crafts beforehand helped.
If you have Netflix and girls you’ll probably be aware of the trend setting science gurus that are the Project Mc2 S17 girls. These girls dress in their own exciting styles and are fast becoming the new icon of girls everywhere. Unlike other TV characters these girls make science fun as they are famous for their amazing experiments designed to appeal to their audience. Now you can inspire your tween with science and start collecting the all new Project Mc2 S17 Dolls with Experiments range as seen on Netflix. Read on to find out how you could win yourself one here.
Smart is cool with science loving kids
The Project Mc2 girls have some awesome experiments to share including Create your own Gummies with Adrienne Atoms, Design amazing Tie Dye with Camryn Coyle and Create Glitter Tattoos with Ember Evergreen. Smart is Cool with fun experiments to do at home promoting S.T.E.A.M subjects; S.T.E.A.M that’s science, technology, engineering, art and maths. What’s not to love as a parent?
Project Mc2 S17 Dolls match their show counterparts.
Each doll has flexible joints and matches her show counterpart. She comes with her own stylish removable outfit and accessories together with the items you need for your experiment. All you need to add is a few household ingredients and get experimenting.
Ember Evergreen Mc2 S17 Doll with Experiments
We have Ember Evergreen Mc2 S17 Doll here and she has been much loved by all ages at Coombe Mill. Our younger visitors have loved using the accessory comb to brush her hair and have had her join our outdoor craft sessions in her pretty long dress and removable Boots.
My own daughter has had fun experimenting with making the glitter tattoos using Ember Evergreen’s accessories and pack instructions.
Need to know
Win your Project Mc2 S17 Doll with Experiments with Coombe Mill
If you fancy making smart cool for your tween and winning one of the Project Mc2 S17 Dolls with Experiments just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
We were sent one of the Project Mc2 S17 Dolls with Experiments for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Our doll can be found in the Coombe Mill games room for holiday guests to enjoy. The experiments require some adult supervision and have not been left out to use.
Welcome to Trash 2 Treasure. I am combining July and August to cover the holiday season and will be back with a new link up in the autumn.
With summer comes the tadpoles and frogs. We have been learning all about the frog life cycle with the children here on the farm and making some fun crafts like this fly catching frog to go with it. However my post this month takes advantage of the fleece scraps we saved from shearing our sheep. I hope you’ll take a read and add your own creative makes to the link up too.
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.
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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 (very sorry but UK postal addresses only). Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas.
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“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.