Family farm holidays in Cornwall magical for children, toddlers and babies.
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.
So spring has finally arrived and the long sunny days have been most welcome this week. It has been the first week of the Easter holidays for my own children. They have teamed up with some of the older children on holiday here playing out till late. Farm duties and preparing our new lodge have been taking up much of the day for Nick and I, but we have been taking advantage of the lovely long spring evenings this week and enjoying a stroll up to the top of our village, where you can see from moor to shore just by turning your head. It just happens this is also the route to the village pub!
Moor to Shore: Looking out to Sea
Taking a breather and stopping to admire the view is a must. Following the sun out to the west you can see its reflection casting a golden glow over the sea around Port Quinn.
Moor to Shore: Inland to Bodmin Moor
Turning 180 degrees and looking inland the wonder of Bodmin Moor stretches out ahead. Rough Tor is one of the Forestry commission sites and well worth a visit for a family day out from here. We have enjoyed many a happy time crawling in and out of the naturally occurring granite outcrops and enjoying the spectacular views back down to the coast.
Back on the farm
Back down in our sheltered valley, the temperature has risen in the day and out of the wind it has been feeling beautifully warm and summery. While Farmer Nick and I struggle to keep on top of lawn mowing and gardening with the spring growth, the children have taken to cooling off by playing in the river.
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.
Excitement on the farm is building
So we have had baby bunnies that are now 3 weeks old and opening their eyes. If you follow any of my social media channels I apologise for the cuteness overload in my photos recently with regular bunny updates. Between the bunny photos I have been sharing the new lambs and we are also waiting on baby goslings. In the photo above Farmer Nick is showing a group of children the nest full of eggs while the goose eats her breakfast. Have you seen any new born animals out in farm fields recently? They are such a joy to watch. Whatever your adventures this week I hope you have can join me 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.
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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 April Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter: Sonia from Mamma’s School.
Camp wilderness seems to have taken the blogging community by storm this week and I must say their organised forest days are perfect Country Kids fun, I particularly enjoyed this post from Kippers and Curtains
Sometimes days turn out better than you expected for no apparent reason. This was the case for Emma of Bubba Blue and Me in Stratford-Upon-Avon
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With Easter fast approaching and a growing baby bunny community thriving in our rabbit house I decided on bunny crafts as our theme for the week. It didn’t take long to come up with a plan of things to do and make. Trash2Treasure April (my upcycling linky) is all about how to make an Easter Bunny so this was my starting point. From there I added bunny hats and a bunny trail which finished up at the rabbit house for a first stroke of our newborns.
The weather forecast really couldn’t make up its mind and I knew we were in for some serious rain at some point, I was just hoping it held off till later in the evening. As it was windy too, we set up the craft table in the games room. Nearly everyone staying came along which was wonderful and we wasted no time in starting our bunny crafts with bunny hats from paper plates.
From here we moved to toilet roll bunnies. The beauty of these is that there is no gluing or sticking involved, just clever cutting and painting. I cut the rabbits from the loo rolls myself for the younger children to decorate while the older ones (age 6+ ) managed the whole process themselves.
With a mixed age group it is always hard to hold everyone’s attention, the little ones naturally took themselves off to play with the toys while the older children diligently painted faces on their rabbits. When everyone was finished, I read the first clue for the bunny treasure hunt . The children guessed where I was leading them and ran off to find the next clue.
From here it was a succession of reading, running, searching and playing as one clue lead to another taking the children the full length of the farm.
The older children were very good at waiting for the little ones to catch up, even hiding the clues again for the little ones to find. Some of the older ones even had the confidence to read the next clue out to the group for me.
The rain began as we found our last clue which led us to the rabbit house. No one noticed the rain start to pitter-patter on the roof as I unlocked the nesting box and carefully scooped out a baby rabbit for everyone to see. The little one I held was just beginning to open her eyes and wriggled and peed at the new experience of being lifted. I held on tight while everyone had a stroke. I knew this was the part of the day the older girls had really been looking forward to.
As the younger ones ran outside to play in the rain parents looked on dismayed, it was pouring down and the children were soaked! Thankfully rain never hurt anyone and the worst of it fell whilst we were cuddling bunnies.
Have you made any bunny crafts in the run up to Easter?
Kids love an adventure and parents love seeing willing readers and able learners. Lonely Planet Kids know how to bring all these elements together with their fun children’s range of books. We have been lucky enough to have a peep at one of the latest book series “Let’s Explore” taking in the topics of Deserts, Mountains and Cities.
Let’s Explore Deserts, Mountains and Cities
The books are packed with activities, challenges and 250 stickers on the book theme. Each book takes the reader on an adventure with Marco and Amelia, follow their path through the highest mountain range, the driest desert or the busiest cities. Every page is interactive, you may be asked to colour, shown how to draw, unravel a word search or find the right stickers to complete the picture. This is learning made fun for young children and a great way to learn about the world we live in.
What we liked
Apart from the obvious educational benefits on offer here what really impressed me was the easy use of language, sharing information through clever illustrations and just enough easy to understand words for young children to grasp what is happening and stay engaged. This book is perfect for visual learners and a good challenge for young readers too.
How we used the books
We used the books to help our activity hour out on the farm, finding something to tie in with many of the learning activities we do. Every time the children were drawn to the illustrations and challenges, from following desert trails to drawing sheep. I was thrilled with how like mountain sheep our Jacobs sheep and pigmy goats look, everyone can be an artist by following the “Let’s explore” guides to drawing.
I’m struggling to find anything negative to say about these gorgeous books, if I’m being very picky I’d say the sticker pages could do with being a little stronger, little fingers are inclined to rip them in excitement if not taking care, but really forewarned and this is not a problem.
Need to Know
Lonely Planet Kids
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Win your copy of 3 Let’s Explore books with Lonely Planet Kids and Coombe Mill
These books would be wonderful for supporting school learning, as a gift or for homeschooling. If you know children who would enjoy learning through these lovely books just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. With Easter fast approaching we have been looking at bunny and chick crafts here on the farm and flower crafts associated with spring. 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 Scribbled with Love who has won the Duck Tape Colours for March with her lovely Easter Chick Treat Bag. Please drop me an email me with your address to get these posted out to you.
Trash 2 Treasure Communities
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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.