Grand Farm Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Posted on April 6th, 2018 - Fiona

Easter day has taken on a distinctive pattern at Coombe Mill over time. Those who have been coming for years are well aware of the traditions. This keeps me on my toes as we have to vary things each year, especially for the eagerly anticipated Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. I cross my fingers each year it won’t pour with rain, and thankfully again it didn’t. I had laminated all my clues just in case but thankfully it remained dry.

2018 Grand Farm Easter Egg Hunt at Coombe Mill Family Holidays Cornwall

April fool’s Day

Before the Easter egg hunt we have our regular morning animal feed run. It was rather apt that Easter Sunday was also April fool’s day as our chickens played a clever trick on the children. Only the regulars knew this was a regular prank and were ahead of the game rushing to the chicken coup. On Easter Sunday the chickens lay Cadbury Crème Eggs, and thanks to some careful counting and one of my children to run ahead there is magically enough for all the children.

 

Magic chickens lay Cadbury Creme Eggs on Easter Day

Grand Easter Egg Hunt preparations

I had all my stack of chocolate eggs, my Easter Bunny onesie and laminated rhyming clues at the ready and crept away from the reed run to set up the Egg hunt with the help of Theo and Clio. Working nimbly and swiftly we hid hundred of Eggs at each location with some cleverly hidden Egg clues leaving me just enough time to catch up with the tractor and trailer returning.

 

2018 Easter Egg hunt set up

 

Not wanting the children to find the eggs before the start I gave everyone just 15 minutes to wash hands and be back for the Egg hunt, this certainly wasn’t a problem for the children who couldn’t wait to get going.

Under 4’s Egg Hunt

To give the younger children a chance, I do a little Egg hunt first for them. The older ones watch on eager to join in while the tots explore the little gated ride on play area themselves. Hunting out the shiny wrappers brings smiles to their faces, though half of them are not quite sure whether to play or hunt first!

 

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Let the Easter Egg Hunt begin

Finally the older ones patience pays off as the little ones finish and I prepare to share the first Egg clue!    

 

Watching the Under 4's Easter Egg Hunt

 

The children all want to help read the clues to give themselves a head start on where to race off to, but I catch the regulars out right at the start by changing the places from last year, a quick back track and my Ahoy Captain clue has them all running to the pirate ship.

 

Pirate Boat Easter Egg Hunt

 

Egg hunting is a frenzied business and soon they are left stumped for where the next clue is. The parents have spotted it but it takes the children a while and even longer to reach it!

 

play boat Easter Egg Hunt clue

 

From the pirate ship we search the train stop and then the den building zone.

 

Easter Egg Hunt at the Train and Den building Area

 

The next clue takes the children off round the fairy gardens where there are so many secret hiding places.

 

Easter Egg Hunt in the Fairy Gardens

 

From the fairy gardens to the games room and then one that no one could fathom. I have just completed a new Nature trail and no one knew where to go for that. It was a good chance for me to gather everyone close and give the slower ones a chance to catch up before tipping them with enough clues on where to go. Up the slopes they climbed searching for eggs and the next clue as they went.

 

 

Finally our last clue is read out and a charge for the sand diggers and castle play fort leaves space for everyone to search and play.

 

Finding Easter Eggs in the Sandpit

 

I couldn’t believe it had taken the best part of an hour, I’m sure I had more stops and clues this year. Anyway the last clue promoted sharing and caring. A theme we would come back to on activity hour the following day. To my delight the children took it to heart and were excellent at offering a few to others who had been less quick in their searching. Everyone ended up with a good haul and a smile as they set off to enjoy the rest of their Easter Day.

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Country Kids 31st March 2018

Posted on March 30th, 2018 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

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Happy Easter Weekend!

The weather forecast may be ‘meh’ fort the weekend but I hope you have some fun things planned. We have been making Easter bunny bonnets and Easter Eggs for the fairies and have a huge stack of chocolate eggs ready for our big Easter Egg hunt tomorrow and I’m certain the kids will want to go ahead even if I am hiding chocolates and clues in the rain, better watch out for that Easter Bunny pulling an April fools joke though!  I’ll be sharing all over the next few weeks here on the link up, please come and join me.  

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My top commenters from last week:

  1. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 12 posts.
  2. Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 10 posts.
  3. Dean from Mother’s Little Steps who commented on 8 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.

 

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

Top Commenter: Louise from Little Hearts Big Love

Enjoying an afternoon exploring Corfe Castle, Mudpie Fridays crosses off C from their ABC of castles

Are We Nearly There Yet enjoyed a hands on experience at The Ancient Technology Centre, Cranbourne.

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Port Isaac is more than just Doc Martin

Posted on March 30th, 2018 - Fiona

Port Isaac is a traditional Cornish fishing village just 25 minutes drive from Coombe Mill. It is picturesque and surrounded by countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Coast of Cornwall, almost directly out to sea from Coombe Mill.  The village is characterised by its steep narrow lanes, old whitewashed granite cottages and slate fronted Cornish houses leading down to the old harbour. It is a notable tourist attraction not least as the setting for famous TV series like Doc Martin.  However while tourism is the big employer today, fishing was once a significant industry and a few fishing boats still use the port today. If you dig back further in time cargo ships came and went from Port Isaac carrying coal, stone and more from this Middle Ages until well into the 19th Century.  While I was tied up at Coombe Mill waiting for guests to arrive, my niece and her family went off to explore the quaint little village armed with my camera. It is their photo adventure I’m sharing.

Port Isaac is more than just Doc Martin

 

You can’t park down by the harbour but there are car parks up on the headland with stunning coastal views.

 

Views from the cliff tops out to sea at Port Isaac

 

It’s a steep walk down but not too long or busy

 

Walking the steep street to Port Isaac Harbour

 

Once at the bottom it is clear why you can’t park there, there isn’t even room to turn the car but it is very pretty to walk though.

Narrow streets of Port Isaac

All roads lead to the sea

Whichever way you walk down you will find yourself in the little harbour front. At low tide there is enough beach for a little play and it is easily accessed via the boat slipway. Space and freedom was just what was needed for these little ones and an eager puppy. Wet paws and wet wellies were inevitable but worth every minute.

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The handy slipway wall is a good chance to sort out soggy wellies, sandy hands and catch your breath.

 

Slipway at Port Isaac

 

If you are after a bite to eat or a drink there are a handful of shops, pubs and cafe’s to revive you. 

 

Taking a break in Port Isaac

 

After which a wonder through the town brings plenty of excitement for little ones from cottage railings to the old water pump.

 

Fun in the streets of Port Isaac

 

A last look out to sea through the harbour walls is a must before the long trek back to the car park. A heavy trek for some and a cosy carry for others!

 

Waling back up to the car park at Port Isaac

 

Apparently the car engine was hardly turning before this was the scene in the back seats.

 

Asleep in car seats

 

Half an hour from drive from Port Isaac is just enough time for a power nap before the evening Coombe Mill train ride!

Tips for visiting Port Isaac

  • Park at the car park at the entrance to the village before driving down into the village where you can’t park or stop.

  • Wear sensible footwear for walking.

  • Have some cash for a local tipple and a treat in the town or pack some snacks and drinks in a ruck sack.

  • Take advantage of a play on the beach at low tide.

  • In summer and weekends the local fish shop sells excellent fish and seafood from the local fishing boats.

  • Look out for Martin Clunes! 

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Country Kids 24th March 2018

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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“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 24.3.18

Plunged back into Winter

Well Spring is certainly keeping itself hidden this week. We have had plenty of fun with the ‘Mini Beast from the East and yet another snow day in Cornwall but Spring still alludes us. That said we saw a new lamb born and our first baby goat of the season on the farm. There is no stopping what nature has already put in place for spring, even if the weather isn’t cooperating! I hope you have been able to get outdoors for some family fun despite the cold. As always please join me on the link up below.

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  • 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. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love & Emma from Crazy with Twins who commented on 13 posts.
  2. Clare from Mudpie Fridays who commented on 12 posts.
  3. Karen from Would Like to Be who commented on 11 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.

 

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

Top Commenter: Louise from Little Hearts Big Love and Emma from Crazy with Twins. 

Are We Nearly There Yet packed a lot of exciting places into their second day exploring Lisbon.

Discover the beauty set in Wämöparken, Karlskrona with Mamma’s School.

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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 8600 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came @flip_flops_or_wellies, @renovationbb@mumturnedmom and @devonmamaonline . Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

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A deer field adventure inspired by the ice age.

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 - Fiona

We have 13 deer at Coombe Mill, 10 are native to Coombe Mill and 3 came from a city zoo in London a few years back. The Londoners as they became known have always been brave with the guests, almost too much so for wild animals, but our timid native deer remain as shy as ever. When the tractor and trailer arrives with the children each morning on the feed run the Londoners come down in anticipation of breakfast while the locals hide up in the trees, only daring to venture out when we have left and the food already eaten! I was determined to find a way round this during the cold bleak winter period. I began leaving their food in the usual place inside the field, then walking up into the trees towards the shy herd. This flushed them out and sent them running down towards the food where they would stop and feed. Thrilled with my invention I persuaded Farmer Nick to try it with the children over half term; the result was as I hoped for the deer with an added play bonus of a deer field adventure for the children.

A deer field adventure inspired by the ice age

A trek for little legs

To me it is no distance up the field, but for little legs it can be quite an expedition and it was a struggle to get everyone up before the confident Londoners ate all the grain!

 

feeding the deer & going on a deer hunt

The ice age brought to life

Once up in the trees it is like a scene from just after the ice age. Huge moss covered granite boulders are left where the glaciers retreated and melted, old oak trees provide a natural canopy sheltering the floor below from sun in summer and rain in winter. This is a part of the world that looks quite untouched by mankind and a perfect hiding place for the deer. It is where they will cub in summer and where they retreat from the open fields when they feel unsure. With us up in the trees the deer duly came down to feed.

kids watching deer

Nature’s Playground

The children watched, captivated for a time, then the beauty of their surroundings took over. A deer field adventure began with boulders to climb and jump from, trees to peep through, tag to be played.

 

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To top it all a little rabbit sat waiting to be stroked. It one from our wildlife trail, but one of the Dad’s told the children he was a real one frozen there from the ice age, it was a freezing morning after all and it’s stone structure made this seem quite believable!   

rabbit statue

The deer had long since eaten all the grain we had put down and had snuck up past us into the top field where they watched the children at play from afar in their favourite part of the field.

deer watching the kids play

Eventually we persuaded them to move on and they raced down at twice the speed they climbed up still wielding sticks scavenged from the top.

running down the deer field

Sometimes I wonder how feeding the animals in the morning can possibly take close to two hours, then I look back on my photos and moments like this and it is easy to see where half an hour disappears on a child led feed run!  

A deer field Adventure inspired by the ice age

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