Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 21st, 2012 - Fiona

Family Trip to the Eden Project

This week my Country Kids post comes from our family Sunday out at Cornwall’s famous Eden project. Go once and you get free entry for the rest of the year, I think I may have more posts coming from Eden now! . We left it till the afternoon to visit with the main intention being to go ice skating, but it is very easy to use the whole day up. Facilities for children are excellent with a great educational building now open. It is interactive and really captures the imagination of children. Throughout the year they also have special activities indoors and outside for the children to get involved with, so well worth checking out on our free wi fi if you are staying with us.


Fun for our children began as soon as they left the car. Who could miss out on running up and down the grassy slopes on the way in, or playing around the huge driftwood horse!

Hill RunningApproaching Eden Project EnteranceDriftwood horse sculpture

We sorted the tickets whilst the children watched the automated eco theatre production and then it was off to explore. There are plenty of natural wood built play stations and my children could have been happy with just this for the day!

wooden sculpture; Eden ProjectClimbing; Eden projectPlaying; Eden Project

Jed; Eden ProjectWooden Chair; Eden ProjectStick Den; Eden Project

This is one of my favourite sculptures, he is a recycled alien called “Wee Man” made out of all the domestic waste from a typical household in a year. It does make you question where it all goes and what we are doing to our planet!"Wee Man" Eden Project


Looking at this photo I think Clio had thrown a “strop” at this point!


We finally made it inside to the education and science building to discover more treats instore. There are plenty of models and displays to see, a trumpet to blow and a huge mechanical nut cracker to operate.

Science and Education building; Eden ProjectNut cracker machine; Eden ProjectEducation Display

Trumpet blowing; Eden ProjectRecycling messageEden Project Map


We were keen to find the St Breward ‘seed’ sculpture. Mined from our village and carved from a massive 160 tonne granite block over 4 years, it is the enter piece with a whole room dedicated to it and a great write up!

St Breward Granite from De Lank quarry

Alistair took the photo and missed the top off! It does make an impressive cone shape (trust me) Below is a shot from the write up of how they excavated and transported the huge stone.

The stone being mined


With only minutes to spare we had a quick venture into the tropical biome. The colourful array of plants, waterfall and tropical shelters will be fun for a return visit, just a few snaps and our time was up for skating in the big outdoor tent.

Tropical BiomeTropical BiomeTropical Biome


It was dusk as we made our way to the tent and the children were full of excitement. We were the last skate of the day and it was surprisingly quiet on the ice, perfect for us. I left Nick with the camera, since he was convinced he would break a leg attempting to skate, and joined the children on the ice. It certainly didn’t disappoint, a fabulous 40 minutes, well worth the £5 per person! 

If you are staying with us for February half term or before, I can thoroughly recommend a skating trip to Eden before the big tent is dismantled ready for the summer months.

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Posted on January 20th, 2012 - Fiona

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Silent Sunday

Posted on January 15th, 2012 - Fiona

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Polish Banthan Chicken and Eggs


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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!

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