Country Kids 18th November 17

Posted on November 17th, 2017 - Fiona

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 18.11.17

Winter grazing brings kids and animals together

Here on the farm we have let all the goats and alpaca out to graze the paths around the lake usually reserved for the tractor rides. The animals are delighted to munch on the leftovers of the summer growth while it saves Farmer Nick on Hay bills and strimming costs. The bonus for the guests is having the animals wander freely around with us on the morning feed run. This young lad was quite fearless striding on through them all on his way to the deer field, he certainly had an adventure or two to take home. I hope you have an outdoor adventure to share too 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. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 12 posts.
  2. Cheryl from Time to Craft who commented on 9 posts. 
  3. Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One who commented on 7 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: Louise from Little Hearts Big Love.

Top Commenter 04.11.17 (Appologies for not counting last week in time): Sonia from Mamma’s School

I’ve not visited the Tower of London in years, but this pot from Over 40 Mum to One reminds me how much there is to discover there 

Discovering you can eat every part of a plant might sound strange till you read this lovely post from Right from the start

 

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 6650 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @mudpiefridays@itsagingerbreadlife, @kiddycharts & @_i3eckie. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week with thanks to @mudpiefridays @itsagingerbreadlife @kiddycharts @_i3eckie thank you for all the lovely tags this week. Please keep the outdoor fun coming. Don't forget the #CountryKids link up is live from midnight tonight. #toddlebike2 #autumn #autumnsun #closeup #icecream #countryside #outdooradventurephotos #outdoorsandhappy #funseekingkids #fridayoutdoorfun #countrylife #childhoodunplugged #childhooddays

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Chickens move for winter days

Posted on November 17th, 2017 - Fiona

Last year, when the chicken flu scare came along, Farmer Nick spent his Christmas Holidays building an indoor chicken coop to comply with the government ban on free range chickens. It actually worked out really well and the chickens thrived in their winter quarters with luxury laying boxes and plenty of space. As he had built the coop so well we decided we might actually take them in this year by choice. The entrance path up to their field was starting to get boggy being trodden over through wet autumn feed runs which makes it easy to slide over.  We chose a busy Sunday morning with lots of eager helpers for operation chicken move.

 

Chickens Move for Winter Days

Practicing on the chicks.

We visited the chicks first for chicken catching lessons. The chicks are in a smaller coop already and easier to pick up than the adults, not to mention being smaller and less intimidating to the children. They mastered the art of chick capturing with ease which filled us with confidence.

 

Capturing and Cuddling Chicks

Moving the chickens

Next stop the adult chicken field. Farmer Nick let the children run around first feeding the ducks and chickens in the field to build confidence in everyone.

 

Chasing ducks and chickens in the field

Then they collected the eggs, enough for everyone to be rewarded for their help.

Egg collecting

Finally the kids tried their new found chick capturing skills on the chickens. Huzzah, a captured chicken ready to move.

Catching a chicken at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

Most of the children preferred to cuddle the chickens into them holding their wings down so they didn’t flap. Farmer Nick did show them how to hold them by their legs and wait for them to stop flapping and hang still which is the easier way, but most were happy to just watch this.

 

Moving chickens to their winter home

 

Each with their own style the chickens were carefully moved from the field to their winter chicken coop.

 

Chicken entertainment and nutrition

We caught the last of the chickens the following morning and were greeted with our first eggs from those who had already spent the night there. The children added branches to their indoor toy. This will need refilling as part of our morning rounds throughout winter but it adds a little fun chore for the kids to the regular animal feeding and nutrition boost for the chickens while they are indoors.  

Bringing Nature Toys for the Chickens

 

It really is a ‘hands on’ experience holidaying here on the farm. Of course we could have moved the chickens on our own, but it is much more fun to allow the children staying to help out with our working farm activities.  

 

 

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Country Kids 11th November 17

Posted on November 10th, 2017 - Fiona

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 11.11.17

Remembering Remembrance Day

Where are the weeks going? This time of year feels like bouncing from one event to the next. Remembrance day is a rather more somber occasion wedged between the fun of Bonfire night and Christmas, but one I’m keen our children observe. I feel sad that this is the first year I have no scouts left to march up to parade, however poppies are worn and the day still marked. Whether it is marching in a Remembrance parade or a family outing in the shortening autumn days (I refuse to call it winter yet), I hope you have an outdoor adventure to share them 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:

Massive apologies for not managing comment counting this week. I will catch up this coming week and let you know who is the top commenter from this week going forward for a chance at the wellies in next week’s post, on the plus side if you are late this week you still have time!   

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: TBC

A two center day out from Bubba Blue and Me rescued a day that could have gone wrong.

October was packed with adventures and happy outdoor memories for The Ladybird Adventures.

 

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 6650 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @lanesendfarm @ethannevelyn @four_acorns and @hiddenknollfarm. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

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Halloween Fun Day Part 2

Posted on November 10th, 2017 - Fiona

Last week I shared the first half of our legendary Halloween Fun Day from Half term, there was just too much to capture in one post so here I’m picking up after a quick 15 minutes break following the amazing Activity Trail with real life characters.

 

Halloween Fun Day part 2

Halloween Games

We all reassembled at the Games Room ready for some traditional Halloween games and of course a few fun new additions from previous years.

First up a double game that all our regulars were looking forward too, apple bobbing followed by picking the sweets out of a bowl of flour. This was one game that was guaranteed to ruin the Halloween make up but great for the giggles and laughs.

Apple bobbling & sweet in flour games

 

While the children were waiting their turn at Apple bobbing we had two further games on the go, Pin the arm on the Skeleton and throw the rice bags into the pumpkin with sweets for all who managed it. This way no one was left queuing for anything for long.

 

Skeleton and pumpkin Halloween Games

 

Once everyone had taken part and dried their faces we headed over to the lawn for some broom races. It always makes me smile to see how competitive the children can be. We split the teams as fairly as we could with older and younger members in each team to give a sporting chance to all over several rounds.

 

 

Still going strong the children came into the games room for musical statues and musical bumps to happy Halloween dance tracks. It took our observation and the parents helping to catch some of the older ones out, they were just too good!

Musical statues and bumps

 

Ghost Train

We had to stop our games at 6pm as we heard the toot of the little train signifying it was time for a spooky ride. The children found their glow stick wrist bands from the Activity trail earlier in the day and handed these to the driver ready for the ride of their lives.

 

 

Trick or Treat

I may have been exhausted organising a full day of events but the kids were more than happy to keep going and as night fell the climax of the day approached for the children; the organised Trick or Treat parade. We made our way from house to house knocking on all the Coombe Mill properties with a welcome pumpkin or lantern outside. I was delighted to discover most families had made a huge effort with their pumpkins and displays outside the properties.

 

pumpkins and lanterns for Halloween

 

It was a wonderful Halloween fun day that surpassed even my own expectations thanks to perfect dry and warm weather, supportive parents and children up for a good time. We will be doing it all again next year at the end of the half term week (we think this is w/c 22nd October). If you fancy joining us just pop on over to our booking page, there are no extra charges, it is all included as part of staying the week with us.

 

Trick or treating at Coombe Mill Family Holidays, Cornwall

Halloween Fun Day 2017:  Part 2

 

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Country Kids 4th November 17

Posted on November 3rd, 2017 - Fiona

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 4.11.17

 A mild November

Who knows if it will last but November has begun here in Cornwall with the mist gorgeous autumn sunshine and mild temperatures. We are working on the farm in shorts and t shirts in complete disbelief it is Christmas next month! For all those joining us there is the added bonus of crunchy leaves all over the farm perfect for jumping in and tossing in the air. I hope you have enjoyed a good start to November; weather you have been trick or treating, watching a firework display or just enjoying the daytime sun  please come and share with me 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. Emma from The Joy of Five who commented on 16 posts.
  2. Keitha from Keitha’s Chaos & Sonia from Mummy Constant who commented on 15 posts.
  3. Sherry from Life at Cooks Cabin who commented on 12 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.

October Welly Winner

Congratulations to Emma from The Joy of Five who is our October winner of the lovely Rockfish wellies. Emma has consistently commented well when joining in and shared a lovely post from pumpkin picking. Emma, do DM or email ([email protected]) your choice of wellies from the Rockfish range including size and colour as shown in stock. 

 October Country Kids winner

 

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

Top Commenter: Emma from The Joy of Five

The Pumpkin patches just keep getting more and more exciting. I love this one from Ethan & Evelyn

I love the outdoor adventures from Mammas School, wild camping looks amazing in Sweeden 

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 7050 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @oh_maxwell  @emmyandthebears  @packetmixmum  @singlemahoy Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun featured images of the week go to @oh_maxwell @emmyandthebears @packetmixmum @singlemahoy congrats on the lovely photos. Mentions for you all in the #countrykids link up on the blog tomorrow. Thank you for all the lovely tags this week. Please keep them coming. #castle #countryside #fireworks #diggers #sanddiggers #outdooradventures #outdoorkids

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