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!

 

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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


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Christmas Tree with Kids decorations

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