Country Kids 17th February ’18

Posted on February 16th, 2018 - 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 17.2.18

Half Term Antics

If you have school children who have just enjoyed a week off school I hope you’ve been able to make the most of your time together and enjoy some outdoor adventures. The weather is never perfect in February but the right gear and the right mindset can still make outdoor time so satisfying. We have had a lovely time with the farm full of eager little helpers including my niece and nephew who trek down from Cheshire to be with us whenever they can. My own kids are going into exam season now and this holiday was much needed. I’ll be sharing all our adventures over the coming weeks, I hope you will too, as always check out 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. Karen from Two Tiny Hands on 12 posts
  2. Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope  and Sara from Mum Turned Mom who commented on 11 posts.
  3. Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 8 posts.

Thank you no link dumpers again this week! 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. Also remember if you comment anonymously on a post I won’t know who you are, there were two this week but I’m afraid I didn’t know who to credit the comments to. 

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 February Rockfish Wellies:

  1. Top commenter from this week Karen at Two Tiny Hands
  2. You have to admire the warm hardheartedness of the Brownies in Kids of the Wild’s post this week 
  3. We love the forestry Commission trails and the new Highway Rat Trail looks well worth a visit as tested by Are we Nearly There Yet

 

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 8185 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @mytwomums  @verymuchsoblog  @wouldliketobe and @pixiedusk. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

It’s all about half term fun at the beach in my #countrykidsfun featured images this week. Thank you for all the lovely tags. Enjoy your weekend and keep the outdoors photos coming. Link up for #CountryKids us from midnight tonight for all outdoor family adventures. Hope to see you there too. Fiona xx. #beachlife #beachlove #februaryhalfterm #outdoors #outdoorsandhappy #seaside #seascape #ukbeaches #winterbeach #seaair #adventureawaits #adventuretime #coast #sand #sea #sunset #boats #fishingboats

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From soggy trek to beach adventure with teens

Posted on February 16th, 2018 - Fiona

I love the beach as much in winter as I do in summer. It is less crowded, parking is easy and it always gives me a sense of being on holiday whether I am sunbathing or wrapped up exploring. The lead up to the Christmas holidays leaves me short of time and dreaming of time off with the kids at the beach. Thankfully I found that free afternoon and it became a wonderful impromptu beach adventure with my triplet teens.

From Soggy Trek to Beach Adventure with Teens

Hardy winter beach folk  

The sun was shining when we left but Cornwall can be very changeable and even though it was only a 15 minute car ride, as we parked up the drizzle began. I was determined not to let this stop us now that I had found the time and the kids had downed technology and were keen for an adventure. The path to the beach crosses fields that were boggy and slippery, this didn’t stop the kids passing a football between them all the way and nearly losing it on several occasions.

Coastpath football

Slipping and sliding along the coast path

I was questioning my decision as the wind and rain picked up, but it had become a badge of honour now to reach the beach and we forged onwards despite soggy feet and muddy trousers from falling.

slipping along the coastpath

A Stunning coastline

Standing and watching the towering cliffs through the misty air was quite breathtaking.

Cliff edge at Tregardock Beach

Fun on a winter beach

The kids clambered down the rocks in no time at all while I carefully picked my way through feeling my age. Once down, the sand is soft and golden interspersed with huge rocky outcrops. I had firelighters and matches with me to look for driftwood and light a fire as we had done in the past, however the rain was making everything too wet and the tide was coming in fast so we made the most of our time just being carefree on the sand and jumping off the rocks.

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Danger of tidal beaches

I am always wary of an incoming tide as it can cut off the route back to the steps up to the coast path so quickly. When the waves crept in to within a couple of feet of the path we headed back up the rocks to the safety of the steps.

Retreating from the in coming tide at Tregardock beach

Teen gossip & hot chocolate

The kids knew I had a flask of hot chocolate and bag of donuts in my rucksack and were determined to enjoy them outside and not back at the car so we found a large rock back on the path with a bit of an overhang to shelter us from the rain and sat there together sharing our impromptu snack.

Beach snacks in the rain

We must have sat there a good 20 minutes laughing about silly family moment’s together and school gossip. The rain didn’t stop play at all, though we agreed to return when the tide was further out and the conditions drier for the campfire we didn’t manage.  

From soggy trek to beach adventure with teens

 

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Country Kids 10th February 2018

Posted on February 9th, 2018 - 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 3.2.18

Looking forward to Half Term

It’s half term for us and not a moment too soon. After a quiet couple of weeks I’m looking forward to Coombe Mill  being filled with sound of children again from the farm to the play areas. I’m also looking forward to some time with my own kids and a break from the routine of school. Fingers crossed it gives us all a chance for a few outdoor adventures. In the mean time please share your latest outings 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. Merlinda from Pixiedusk who commented on 15 posts.
  2. Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops who commented on 14 posts.
  3. Shiju from Cranium Bolts who commented on 13 posts.

Thank you no link dumpers this week! 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 February Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter this week: Merlinda from Pixiedusk

Who can resist a good castle? Mudpie Fridays visited Bodiam Castle

The beach is a great playground all year round, Sensational learning with Penguin had a lovely winter visit. 

 

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 @memeandharri@chocolateandwineandillbefine@littleheartsbiglove and @days_of_henry_and_florence. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images week 71 with thanks to @memeandharri @chocolateandwineandillbefine @littleheartsbiglove and @days_of_henry_and_florence thank you for all the lovely tags this week. Please keep them coming and wishing everyone going on half term a lovely outdoorsy week. Don’t forget the #CountryKids link up will be live from midnight tonight. Happy weekend 😊. #outdooradventures #outdoorslife #outdoorphotography #outdoorsandhappy #outdoorfun #beach #kids #happytimes #sunshine

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Active Wear for Active Teens

Posted on February 9th, 2018 - Fiona

As children grow and develop into adults, the need to stay active is just as great as when they were young. Somehow when they were little it was easier, I made up the rules, decided when they would have their coats on and go out to play, where we would go and what we would do. I was in control of their activities. Now with eight teenagers life is different. Having the trendy active wear is almost as important to them as being outdoors and there is always competing pressure from social media indoors! That said I am such a firm believer in the power of outdoor time and exercise I will go to great lengths to make sure it happens. Whether it is one to one time with me, sports through clubs or out with friends on the farm, outdoor time is a release from school work and technology and if having the right look promotes this then I’ll do with the flow. When JD Williams clothing asked if we wanted to have a look at some of their womenswear sports and leisure active wear I knew Clio and I would be fighting over who would get to choose. Clio won but as her choices fit me too there may be some sharing!  

Active Wear for Active Teens from J D Williams

Hitting the beach in style

We hit the beach on a stunning bright January day. The boys were surfing but we’d opted out due to the cold. Not that it was cold at all when you have an empty beach at your fingertips and some new stretchy Puma sports leggings in which to practice the latest gymnastic moves. If only my bum looked this good in leggings I’d buy them too!  Clio says it’s all in the lovely thick waistband on the leggings, I’d say she is selling herself short.

 

 

By the time I’d raced around the beach after Clio, trying and failing to copy her leaps and jumps we were both warm and warn out!

 

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Time after school at last

Finally the days are drawing out and there is enough daylight after school for some outdoor fun. This past week has been bitterly cold with our first flurry of snow, frost and hail but there is no telling teens to dress up warm. You’d think I’d suggested flying to the moon if I mention taking a coat to school with them! In this vain it was no surprise to me that Clio came bounding round the farm with me in a crop top, leggings and new womenswear size 8/10 Nike hoodie just unwrapped from JD Williams. I dismissed the lack of coat just glad of her company and energy on a bleak mid winter afternoon.

 

 

 We set off just to chat and wander and ended up out for nearly 2 hours which did us both the world of good. We checked for frogspawn in the streams, visited the animals and jumped across streams as time ran away. Nature’s obstacles became a ballet or gym opportunity for Clio at every turn.

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Perhaps the best news to me is that this womens Nike hoodie hits the mark where any school coat I’ve bought has failed. Apparently this is the perfect coat substitute, thank goodness it has more warmth than her school jumper, a big hood against the wind, deep pockets inside for her phone and outside for her hands, because of course gloves are so yesterday! 

 

Nike Hoodie worn as school outerwear

 

There are so many brands and choices over on the site you could easily kit out all the family and your home just from this one website. Take a peek if you dare, I’m eyeing up a couple of dresses as well as borrowing Clio’s new leggings and hoodie for our on site gym!  

 

D Williams sport and leaiturewear for women at Coombe Mill

 

Disclosure

We were kindly invited to choose from the JD Williams active wear range for women to create this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Country Kids


Country Kids 3rd February 2018

Posted on February 2nd, 2018 - 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. 

 Hello February

Well I for one am happy to see January behind us and the welcome longer days February arrive.  It may still be chilly outdoors and the weather very mixed, but with longer daylight hours the opportunity to make a little outdoor time increases. Here on the farm we are waiting for our first lambs to be born and hoping the fields will soon begin to dry and and new season grass start to grow for the animals. The end of this coming week will see our half term guests arrive and after a couple of quiet weeks I feel ready for the buzz they will bring. I have lots planned for our guests and family over the half term and hope to share this with you here on Country Kids over the coming weeks. I hope you will have your own adventures to share too. As ever the link up is 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. Merlinda from Pixiedusk who commented on 14 posts. 
  2. Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One who commented on 10 posts.
  3. Lucy from Kids of the Wild, Malin from Sensational Learning with Penguin & Karen from Would Like to Be who commented on 9 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.

December / January Welly Winner

Congratulations to Dawn of Dear Mummy Blog with the star of her blog Bella who is our December / January winner of the lovely Rockfish wellies. Dawn stayed with us here at Coombe Mill over New Year and has shared some lovely posts and videos of her time here and out and about in Cornwall. The winning post is from an overview of their family holiday here on the farm. Dawn, do DM or email ([email protected]) your choice of wellies from the Rockfish range including size and colour as shown in stock. 

 January Country Kids winner Dear Mummy blog

 

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

Top Commenter: Merlinda from Pixiedusk

Very Much So Blog shares a winter walk in Avebury, I’m rather taken with the wishing tree which I want to create at Coombe Mill  

Meme and Harry shows how much fun a National Trust visit can be with the added sparkle of snow 

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 @theinspirationedit @welshcakeswellies @_i3eckie and @born_again_corkonian  Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

Featured #countrykidsfun images this week go to @theinspirationedit @welshcakeswellies @_i3eckie @born_again_corkonian thank you for another great week of photos despite some less than perfect outdoor weather. #CountryKids will be open from midnight for all your outdoor fun posts over on the blog. Hope to see you there and have a great weekend. Fiona #snow #beach #farm #happy #outdoors #outdoorsandhappy #outdoorkids #outdoorfun #countrylife #kidsofinstagram #explorerkids #wildandfreechildren #lovelife

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