Silent Sunday

Posted on January 15th, 2012 - Fiona

Silent Sunday 15th January 2012

Polish Banthan Chicken and Eggs

 

Silent Sunday    TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 14th, 2012 - Fiona

A first Ski Lesson for our children

Plymouth is our closest dry ski slope, as virgin skiers but with Ally facing a school ski trip next month, we treated him, his school friend and our other 5 children to a first lesson.

2 minutes from Coombe Mill and I was cursing leaving my camera behind! Making do with the Blackberry in the fading afternoon light was far from ideal, but still worth showing for this week’s Country Kids post, as the children had such a wonderful, if exhausting time.

Suited and Booted.

That took 15 minutes for all 7 to begin with, then off they stomped with their very patient instructor, while I attempted to find camera mode on my phone. 

Skies on and ready to gowarm up exercises waiting their turn 

 After the warm up they were away to go, if I had worked out videoing I would have some spectacular falls, in the event they look quite good for their first go!

Ally's 1st go!Look out Mum"This is tricky"

 

We had booked a family fun day which involved a wacky half hour of snow tubing. This comprised of being hurled down the slopes inside a tyre in pairs, a long line or spinning solo by a poor ski instructor, then running back up to do it all over again! 

Snow TubingHitting the crash netFun for Theo and Felix

My favorite snap, their beaming faces say it all

Guy and Jed in a snow tube

Three super zoom toboggan rides rounded off the day. Nick and I had to accompany the triplets for each ride. I ended up concentrating so much on regaining my balance between rides and fighting Jed for the brake, that I forgot to take a photo; but safe to say they loved every minute!

Linking up

What have you been upto outdoors with the children this week? Do link up a snap or two on the linky below and help support healthy outdoor play for kids anywhere from the garden to the ski slope! Why not also link up to Family Frolics with Multiple Mummy.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Farm Holidays Cornwall


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 7th, 2012 - Fiona

Anyone for a walk in the Country?

It can be difficult to find family time at a weekend for outdoor pursuits, especially when it is cold, the days are short and the kids are indifferent at the prospect. There we are, caring parents, putting some quality time aside for a lovely family walk; only to be met with a ‘grunt’ from the kids and continued TV focus! If we can get beyond the initial lethargy and go then we do find it worthwhile.

When outside their sense of adventure builds and the TV is soon forgotten. Fresh air, rosy cheeks and tired children from physical exercise is so satisfying.

Trekking up Rough Tor

Cornwall is famous for its rocky outcrops known as Tors and we are lucky enough to have some very close by on Bodmin Moor. 10 minutes in the car and we are there.

walking up Rough TorRough TorYia Yia, Clio and Daddy

Jed and Clio runningThe top looks a long way off from hereNearly at the top of Rough Tor


It looks so beautifully rugged and open with lovely sea views and quite a climb to the top. Nothing is purpose built for children but that is the appeal, just running around, racing each other to the top and building imaginary games from scratch is good for mind and body. With free car parking at the start it couldn’t be a cheaper day out at any time of the year! 

At the top of Rough TorNearly at the top of Rough TorI can see the Sea


Even Grandma (Yia Yia) enjoyed the fun and made it to the top to take a photo of us all!

King of the Castle FelixThen there were two Kings!Family photo at the top


Perhaps the very best part was the caves formed between the rocky outcrops. Just listening to the banter between the children as they climb in and out claiming each cave as their own makes me smile every time!

 

Please Join in

What have you been up to outdoors with the children? Please join up with your picture(s), grab the badge and help promote healthy outdoor play for kids all year round.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Farm Holidays Cornwall

 


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on December 24th, 2011 - Fiona

Country Kids Christmas and New Year Special

I hope you will be able to join me and link up some of your festive outdoor moments with the kids this week. I am holding this linky open until Saturday 7th January so no excuse not to blow away the cobwebs over the break with some outdoor fun and be in with a chance of winning the Kids Coombe Mill Cap for January!

Kids Cap winner from December is Clare from @Emmys_mummy with http://www.emmysmummy.com/2011/11/country-kids-coombe-mill-collage.html Congratulations, Cap on its way in the post in the New Year!

Thank you for all the lovely link ups, here are some of my other favourites this month 

http://curtainsforthewindow.blogspot.com/2011/11/beach-girl.html

http://morethanamumblog.wordpress.com/2011/11/28/country-kids/

http://jellybeansmusic.wordpress.com/2011/11/30/two-sticks-two-blondes-1-friend-happy/

http://kidzoutdoors.com/blog/?p=670

Decorating our Garden Tree with a Cannon!

If you have been following this blog you will know that cannons are rather popular with Farmer Nick and the boys. https://www.coombemill.com/blog/post/2011/11/15/Daddy-Bought-a-Cannon.aspx When they all sat laughing at James May on TV firing Christmas decorations onto his tree from a DIY cannon they were inspired. Daddy was sent shopping for parts then it was down to the shed to convert the leaf blower into a tinsel firing cannon!      

Cannon componentsAssembling the CannonCannon Complete

 

Drain pipe sections and Leaf blower were assembled in the shed for a dummy run, the light was fading outside so the ‘real’ operation had to wait till the morning.

Testing Testing 1, 2, 3!

Day 2 and the children were all ready with tinsel and cannon from the shed. Playmates were enrolled to join in the challenge adding to the level of shouting, bossing, ordering and playing around but at the end of the morning they did manage to work together and blast tinsel into the tree. A triumphant gang, sadly no petrol left for leaf blowing!  

Ready, Aim, Fire the CannonDecorated TreeDream Team

Tinsel Cannon in opperation

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Farm Holidays Cornwall

Please link up any snaps you have of your children playing outside over the Christmas and New Year break, whether with new toys, imaginative role play or just enjoying the frsh air, twit pic them or blog them and add to the linky below. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from

Coombe Mill


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on December 23rd, 2011 - Fiona

Country Kids from Coombe Mill


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