Posted on August 4th, 2012 - Fiona
Country Kids from Coombe Mill
Posted on August 4th, 2012 - Fiona
Pick your Own at Pencarrow House
The children have been going on for weeks about a visit to a PYI place. I have not been for more years than I care to remember but have fond memories from childhood, so armed with a free Sunday afternoon and inspired by Country Kids posts from the past weeks from we set off. Pencarrow House is only about 10 minutes drive from us. It is an old stately home with beautiful spacious gardens which are open to the public and worth a visit outside of PYI season. Ours were taken with the Massey Ferguson Tractor on arrival! There is a lovely partially fenced picnic area and quaint gift shop if you are making a day of it.
Raspberries for us
PYI follows the seasons at Pencarrow, we arrived in the middle of raspberry season which was a popular choice with the children. Armed with empty punnets we headed for the well maintained bushes. A competition for the prize raspberry kept everyone amused. The Sun shone, the kids played and ate as they picked and even farmer Nick seamed to find the lack of DIY jobs a refreshing change!
After a great afternoon we had 5 full punnets and 5 full tummies all for £11! We will definitely be making this an annual event! The children excitedly discussed options for their hoard on the way home. In the end we settled for completing the do it yourself theme with “DIY” ice cream Sundays after tea, featuring of course raspberries! I think this was nearly as much fun as the picking, though I did have to restrict the ice cream servings!
Thank you for linking up some amazing summer activities this month. Plenty to inspire me and so much we all do with our children to give them happy healthy outdoor experiences. My Country Kids sun hat this month goes to for her family visit to Porthkerry Country Park I just loved the simplicity of their park day with the beach right there too!
Joining in with Country Kids
Country Kids is all about healthy outdoor fun for children. Space, freedom and fresh air for learning and play. Whatever you have been up to from the garden to the beach please grab the badge and come and join in. If you can spare a few minutes to see what others have been up to and leave a comment I’m sure this would be appreciated.
Posted on July 29th, 2012 - Fiona
Ssshhh……It’s Sunday again!
Posted on July 28th, 2012 - Fiona
Just in Time
Sports day had been scheduled on the primary school calendar for June. Sadly it poured with rain on the allotted day and so June rolled into July. 2 further dates were set and cancelled for the rain and we were left with the last afternoon of term or no sports day at all! This time we were more than lucky, a beautiful July day stretched before us and my greatest concern was whether or not the teachers would apply sun cream for the children!
Who Needs Practice?
Practice for the day had been limited but didn’t seem to matter at all. The infants were a laugh a minute holding onto their eggs in the Egg and spoon and missing bounces with the bean bags but that only added to the fun and innocence of the day for me. My four, the triplets and Theo, are all in the junior years now and take it all very seriously being far too competitive with one another. Each is in a different house team which caused much upset and heart ache as one is inevitably going to be bragging their team win all the way home while the rest point out all the cheats in their midst! None the less the concentration on their faces shows they enjoyed the day.
Inevitably the teachers announced the mothers race. I tried to sit quietly dressed inappropriately in flip flops but my four were having none of it. Thankfully Theo is the same size shoe as me to I agreed to do it if he lent me his socks and trainers! This explains why I am on the near side having only just got to the line before the whistle! I didn’t win but frankly I was delighted my lack of pelvic floor exercises didn’t let me down, I didn’t fall over and my kids were proud of me!
What have you been doing this week? It has been the first week of the school holidays for many. Do join me and link up your outdoor fun with the kids this week.
Posted on July 22nd, 2012 - Fiona
Sunday favourite from the week at Coombemill