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.
One Dog, Ten Frogs matching game from Orchard Toys
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Country Kids 19th May 2018
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After a quiet cycle ride with my eldest turned horribly wrong and his chain buckled and broke (he was fine), Theo the ever resourceful and imaginative one decided to use the wheels, together with that of another old bike to make a go kart! He may be full of ideas and enthusiasm, but his design ‘know how’, beyond needing wheels, at age 10 is still somewhat lacking. Cue a little help from Daddy! Guy and Jed were quick to muscle in on the action and all assembled with Dad in the big shed to set about their task. It was a full morning’s work and only Theo was prepared to help Dad all the way with the building, Guy and Jed dancing around popping too and fro largely to check on their progress.
Theo triumphantly rode the new Go-Kart out of the shed and across the ford claiming it as his after putting in the most effort and coming up with the idea!
The following sequence of events made me laugh. With no pedals Theo really needed a push from the others, and so the bartering began where by Theo invited the younger boys to help push and they agreed only if they took it in terns to ride. A simple negotiation, but great to watch them realize they needed one another. They proceeded to push and ride down the lane and across into our pony field demonstrating effective team work for hours. It was a pleasure to watch them create and enjoy this simple kart together. Thank goodness they have such a practical Dad, like them I wouldn’t have known where to begin!
Plenty of fun and exercise on a homemade Go Kart:
I did have my heart in my mouth at times and have to push aside my motherly urge to stop their fun in the name of safety, but I resisted pacifying myself instead with a few “slow down” and “carefully” shout outs and they were just fine.
Country Kids August Winner
My Coombe Mill Kids Sun hat for August goes to The Boy and Mefor a lovely post reflecting on an action packed outdoor week Country Wide. Thank you for all the great posts about your outdoor fun, I do love to read them all and be inspired for my own children.
Please keep the fun going into September. Badge and linky below for this week entries.
I love a big family gathering and this week we have had just that! A real mix of 3 generations from both Nick’s family and mine have been staying at Coombe Mill this week. It has been wonderful to all catch up together, the children have had cousins to play with all day and night and meal times with 18 have been relaxed and sociable for all. Having our new indoor BBQ has proved really handy, though there is no sharing with our holiday guests when we all squash in! Not strictly outdoor, but so very close in the middle of a field with the children coming and going, the smell of the bbq cooking and the sound of the river swishing through.
Sun Shine and the Beach….
To add to a wonderful family mix we have been blessed with some of our best summer weather this year and have made the most of it with 4 days at the beach. There is no pretending that packing up so many for a beach trip complete with picnic is anything but a major operation, but it has been worth it for the hours of fun with rock pools, sand and surf down at New Polzeath beach. I am so hoping the lovely weather hangs on in there for the last week of the school holidays too!
Surf, sand, sun and fun…….
Please come and link up with your outdoor adventures this week. Whatever you have been up to, if it involves some fresh air and fun for the children it is perfect for Country Kids. Grab the badge, join the fun and take a peep at a few others for more outdoor inspiration.
“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.