Country Kids 21st April 2018

Posted on April 20th, 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. 

Country Kids 21.4.18

The grass is growing and spring is here

Spring has felt a long time coming, especially on the farm. We had run out of hay for the animals and there was none to buy, all the farmers were facing the same problem with the longer than expected cold spell. Finally things have changed, the temperature is up and the grass is growing, the animals are happy and so our our holiday makers. It was even proper beach weather by the end of the week. I hope you were able to take advantage?  Please come and join me with your adventures 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.
  • 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. Sonia from Mummy Constant who commented on 14 posts.
  2. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 13 posts.
  3. Jo from Mum Friendly who commented on 12 posts.

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave. Sadly we had 3 link dumpers PLEASE GO BACK IF THIS IS YOU, IT’S NOT FAIR TO OTHERS

Please remember I comment count on Thursday afternoon so please make sure your comments are in by Thursday lunchtime. 

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.

You can currently buy from the Rockfish webiste and save 10% at the checkout by entering Rockfish18 

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

Top Commenter: Sonia from Mummy Constant

Stopping at Two returned to Coombe Mill for Easter and share their week with us, How could I not love this!  

Mother’s Little Steps took advantage of a Beautiful Cornish sunshine day over the Easter break for a trip to their favourite beach


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 9130 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from  @susiehawes @cardiffmummysays @wendy_naptimenatterblog and @_lauriesharp. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun featured images for week 81 with thanks to @susiehawes @cardiffmummysays @wendy_naptimenatterblog and @_lauriesharp thank you for all the lovely tags again this week. Have a wonderful weekend and make the most of the April sunshine. For bloggers I’d love to see you over at #CountryKids for this weeks outdoor fun link up from midnight. Fiona ☀??????? #outdoorfun #fridayoutdoorfun #nationaltrust #statelyhome #countryside #adventurekids #explorerkids #lovelife #outdoorsandhappy #outdooradventures

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I'm shocked to the core by the sad news from Louise at Little Hearts Big Love who has lost her eldest daughter Jessica on Sautrday Morning. Louise has supported Country Kids since it started with wonderful family adventures and I'm sure you'll join me in sending much love to the family at this time. If you are wanting to offer support to the family, we are arranging a holiday for Louise, Michael, Sophie and Peanut here at the farm when they're ready for it, just email me if you'd like to contribute (mail@coombemill.com). There is also a Just Giving page for the Little Hearts Matter charity who have supported the George family throughout Jessica's heart journey. Here is the link if you'd like to donate there.

Fly high Jessica, you touched so many hearts. 

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Under 5s Play Areas loved by kids and parents

Posted on April 20th, 2018 - Fiona

Sometimes I forget just how much we have at Coombe Mill. We are always building and developing, if not a holiday lodge or cottage then a new play area or activity for children to enjoy. Whether it is outdoor play or indoor play, structured or free play we have it covered so that being on holiday doesn’t mean always needing to go out for the day to keep everyone entertained.  It was one of those ‘fill in’ sorts of days on the farm for my kids before their little cousins headed home. With a long car journey ahead playing on the farm in our specially built under 5s play areas was the sensible option.

Under 5's Play Areas Loved By Kids and Parents

Cars, bikes and scooters go beep beep!

Clio and Guy caught up with their cousins and their dog in the little ride on play area while their parents packed the car. This is a lovely fully fenced and gated play area especially for children under 5 – and their carers! I love watching the cousins together, despite the age gap it is a lovely bond they are developing.

Cousins Together in the ride on play area at Coombe Mill

I think my own kids were quite exhausted with their little cousins constant requests to be pushed, pulled, watch this and watch that and follow them on equipment they had long since outgrown .

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Seeing the joy in the little ones faces reminded me of the hours I spent with my children playing in this same space; I remember it as a blissful hour to enjoy a hot drink and sit back to watch them play. The chippings have been replaced by tarmac since then which is much easier for the ride on toys. The little play house seen below is now in the chicken field, currently housing the start of a spring goose nest.  and Farmer Nick has built a new bigger play house in the Play area.

Ride on Play area at Coombe Mill 12 years ago

Back to the here and now and the new play house built by Farmer Nick is in the middle of this under 5’s play area  has steps to climb up and a lovely space to play. There is handy storage underneath for the ride on toys to keep them dry. 

Play House in the Ride on Play Area at Coombe Mill Holidays

Finally tired out by his cousins, Guy thought he could kill two birds with one stone and get the dog to pull the Little Tikes car around. Needless to say the children much preferred Guy on the job as the dog soon went the wrong way!

Dog pulling little tikes car

Under 5’s Play barn

I think the little ones would have happily stayed riding round but my own were keen to move on and took them across the path to the play barn. Again this is gated and just for children below the age of 5 with plenty of space for adults to sit and watch, or in the case of my kids, chase them round and round.

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From ball pit to slide and back again they went, tumbling over and under obstacles. The laughs and squeals were quite infectious.

By the time it came to hop into their car seats these two were ready for a good kip on the long ride home.

Under 5s Play Areas loved by kids and parents

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Homeward Bound in April Showers

Posted on April 14th, 2018 - Fiona

Last weekend we were away for Greek Easter leaving our oldest children running the farm. The weather here in Cornwall was glorious and we returned to happy guests and sunburned teenagers! However April can be very changeable. It turns out we brought the drizzle from Sussex back home with us for the rest of the week. It wasn’t a wash out by any means but there was a certain amount of shower dodging. As it was the second week of the school holidays for many, including here in Cornwall, the farm was busy with school age children. They were great at dressing up in wellies and overalls and coming out to feed the animals regardless of the weather. The farm ride can take a good hour and a half and children often drift off before the end, my photos this week are from the end of a drizzly farm run with some very enthusiastic children who stuck out the weather and completed the course. So often I share photos of the tractor going to the farm but I realise I never share the homeward bound journey. What I noticed most after 4 days away was how much the spring growth was starting to show in the hedgerows and along the tractor path. Even through the dampness of the morning there is something spring like that appealed to me when I looked back at these homeward bound photos.

Homeward bound from the farm with spring growth visible.

Homeward bound on the tractor at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

Racing on the last leg home

The children always squeal in delight as Farmer Nick revs the tractor up for the last few yards home.

 

Driving fast homeward bound on the tractor at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

Drawn to the fairy gardens at the end of the feed run.

There was no running off indoors for these three as they set off to explore the fairy gardens.  

 

Exploring the fairy gardens at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

Along came the sun

The day developed into a spring beauty and the farm continues to bloom. In fact we hit 20 degrees here by mid week.

Spring blooms on the farm

 

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Country Kids 14th April 2018

Posted on April 13th, 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. 

Country Kids 14.4.18

As the holidays draw to a close

If you have been on the same school holidays as us you’ll be getting ready to return to school next week. It has felt such a long holiday having Easter weekend right at the start and we have certainly packed in the fun here on the farm. I’m sharing our Good Friday Easter crafting fun this week on the link up with bunny bonnets inspired by Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail the new new additions to the farm this Easter.  Please come and join me with your Easter holiday adventures.   

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.
  • 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. Jo from Where Jo Goes who commented on 24 posts.
  2. Keitha from Keitha’s Chaos & Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 22 posts.
  3. Kara from Chelsea Mamma & Are We Nearly There Yet? who commented on 19 posts.

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, sadly we had 4 link dumpers, come on this isn’t what Country Kids is about, please stick to the rules.  

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.

You can currently buy from the Rockfish webiste and save 10% at the checkout by entering Rockfish18 

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

Top Commenter: Jo from Where Jo Goes.

Stopping at Two returned to Coombe Mill for Easter and share their week with us, How could I not love this!  

Mother’s Little Steps took advantage of a Beautiful Cornish sunshine day over the Easter break for a trip to their favourite beach

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 9070 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came @georgethefarmerau@outnumberedoutdoors, @trulymadlykidsuk and @familyfourfun. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun featured images week 80 with thanks to @georgethefarmerau @outnumberedoutdoors @trulymadlykidsuk and @familyfourfun . Please keep the outdoor posts coming we have over 9000 now. For bloggers the #CountryKids linky is life from midnight with me and I’d love to see you there. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the outdoors. Fiona ?????????? #outdoors #kidsoutdoors #beach #mist #funtimes #donkey #donkeyride #cowboys #river #outdoorsandhappy #lovelife #explorerkids #fridayoutdoorfun #adventure

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I'm shocked to the core by the sad news from Louise at Little Hearts Big Love who has lost her eldest daughter Jessica on Sautrday Morning. Louise has supported Country Kids since it started with wonderful family adventures and I'm sure you'll join me in sending much love to the family at this time. If you are wanting to offer support to the family, we are arranging a holiday for Louise, Michael, Sophie and Peanut here at the farm when they're ready for it, just email me if you'd like to contribute (mail@coombemill.com). There is also a Just Giving page for the Little Hearts Matter charity who have supported the George family throughout Jessica's heart journey. Here is the link if you'd like to donate there.

Fly high Jessica, you touched so many hearts. 

 
Fiona 

 

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Easter Crafts and Activities made easy

Posted on April 13th, 2018 - Fiona

I love Easter time. The farm is bursting with new life and the options for Easter crafts seem endless. I had so many ideas for activity hour around the Easter theme and an eager group to come and join me on Good Friday.

 

Decorative eggs ready for the Fairy Gardens

Making Easter Bunny bonnets

Easter wouldn’t be complete without an Easter Bunny. We have 3 new little bunnies on the farm and I thought I’d make some Easter bunny bonnets with the children. This was a very simple but effective craft from a paper plate and strips of fabric. The children needed a little help cutting out their paper plate and negotiating the fabric with not very sharp kitchen scissors but apart from that it was all their own work.

Making Easter Bunny Bonnets

 

The finished results certainly warranted a group photo

 

Easter Bunny bonnets

Designing Easter Eggs for the Fairies

Now wearing our Easter Bunnies we set about covering Easter egg card shapes in silver foil and decorating them with Duck Tape colours and floristry ribbon to make decorative Eggs for the Fairy Gardens.

Making Easter Eggs for the fairy Gardens

 

Easter Cards

Out last craft before going off to hang our eggs was to make Easter cards. The children delighted in carefully colouring the Easter egg designs before cutting them out to stick onto coloured card of their choice. Messages inside went to family members, it was lovely to see them colouring and writing in the chilly March weather and really taking pride in their work. We parent were all for moving on from our Easter Crafts but the children were determined to take their time to make their cards just perfect.

 

`Making Easter Cards

 

Decorative eggs ready for the Fairy Gardens

Hanging Easter Eggs and a thank you from the fairies

Finally everyone was ready to take their Eggs along to the fairy gardens and find a branch to hang it from.

 

hanging in fairy gardens

 

There was one surprise left; the fairies had left some chocolate eggs to find in return for their beautiful decorative eggs. A treat no one could refuse!

 

Finding Chocolate Eggs in the fairy gardens

It was a lovely set of Easter crafts to kick start our action packed Easter weekend here on the farm.

 

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