Country Kids 3rd March 2018

Posted on March 2nd, 2018 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:

“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 3.3.18

March is where Spring Begins

Yippee, we are into March and just when you might have thought the worst throws of winter must surely be behind us we have been hit by our first significant snow in 10 years! School has been shut for 3 days in anticipation of snow but on Thursday it finally arrived for us and the kids wasted no time enjoying it into the dark. It is hard to believe spring is knocking on the door, but the spring flowers and our first baby lamb confirms that is really is all about to change. Spring is my favourite season and I can’t wait to see our field full of bouncing baby lambs. I hope you have managed to make the most of the snow days. As ever the link up is below. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • 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. .Merlinda from Pixiedusk who commented on 22 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 14 posts.
  3. Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One who commented on 12 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.

February Welly Winner

Congratulations to Annette from 4 Acorns Blog  who is our February winner of the lovely Rockfish wellies. Annette took Shrove Tuesday outdoors into the February chill with campfire pancakes that looksed both creative and delicious. Annette, do DM or email (mail@coombemill.com) your choice of wellies from the Rockfish range including size and colour as shown in stock. 

February Country Kids Welly Winner - 4 Acorns 

 

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

Top Commenter: Merlinda from Pixiedusk.

Little Steps Twit went on a wonderful walk around Widemouth Bay over Half Term. 

Monkeying around the Would Like to Be family were exploring Trentham Monkey Forest

Country Kids Communities 

I’d love you to join me: 

 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

 

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 8470 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @ohlittleonesweet @emmysmummy1  @mummyandmooseblog and @danielobrienphotography  Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun snow filled featured images for the week with thanks to @ohlittleonesweet @emmysmummy1 @mummyandmooseblog and @danielobrienphotography thank you for all the lovely tags this week I’ve seen some great fun looking snowday photos and we have even had one here in Cornwall. Don’t forget the #countrykids blog linky is live with me from midnight. If you’ve turned your photos into a post please do join me there. Have a lovely weekend and keep the outdoor fun coming. #snow #snowday #sled #sledge #sledding #sledging #kidsoutdoors #outdoorsandhappy #adventure #adventurekids #lovelife #countrykids #snowkids #winterfun

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February Half Term Feed Run

Posted on March 2nd, 2018 - Fiona

After weeks of just Nick and I on the farm and the odd appearance from our own children it was a delight to welcome an excited group of youngsters for the February half term feed run. The tractor and trailer picks everyone up at 9 am sharp each day and after a few wise words from Farmer Nick about farm safety and from me requesting permission to take and share photos we are off to the farm.

 

February half term feed run at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

Every year around half of the guests have been before and for the first day or so the confidence and familiarity these children bring makes them natural leaders, paving the way for others to follow their example. However so as not to make things too routine there are always changes, whether it is new animals, a different tractor route or new fields set up. Last year a national bird flu scare had us create a winter indoor home for our chickens to keep them safe. This year the biggest change has been moving our rabbits. A nasty viral disease meant we lost ours and have disinfected their home and moved our one new rabbit to a new location central to the morning feed run. The kids spent all week naming him. He was Brutus, Marshmallow, Polar Bear and Snowy at various times! He is a New Zealand White and a real gentle giant. We are on the look out for some friends for Brutus for the summer season.

 

 

Egg production from our chickens has fallen right off with the cold weather in February and there was never enough to go round, but we still managed one for every family during the week and searching for them is always a favourite morning task.

 

Visiting the Chicken House with the children

 

Despite the rain in January we have kept the duck field open for winter visits by lining the muddy slope with plenty of chippings to help stop anyone sliding over. Farmer Nick challenged the children to catch a goose, they had great fun racing round but in the end it was Farmer Nick himself who caught one for all the children to stroke.

 

Goose catching with Farmer Nick

 

The children were equally excited to try their hand at removing King Arthur’s Sword from the stone in the duck field. Groups of them pulled and tugged each morning, alas the next King or Queen remains a mystery!  

 

Pulling King Arthur's Sword

 

It is only the brave who venture in to stroke the pigs as they gobble their breakfast.

 

Feeding the pigs February Half Term Feed Run

 

When all the ducks, chickens, rabbit and pigs have full tummies for the day the children hop back onto the trailer for the next stop and a tour round the lake. The animals are tuned into the sound of the tractor and know it signals breakfast. Many call out to us, but not the deer; they hover nervously and wait for us to leave their breakfast and move on up into the far reaches of their field before coming down to eat.  On the plus side their field is full of interest and adventure where the children love to stop and play (more on this next week).

 

Counting deer in the deer field

 

The goats on the other hand are far from shy. The older children carried in their hay while the younger ones fed oats and barley though the fence. Goats don’t have upper teeth at the front of their mouths and so there is no danger of being bitten when hand feeding.

 

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Back on the trailer for one last stop, the alpaca. These two cheeky moneys have been behaving really well and welcome being hand fed a chunk of carrot and a handful of hay.

 

Feeding the alpaca carrot and hay

We also have a field of pregnant (we hope) sheep who didn’t bother to come and see us for breakfast and two Shetland ponies currently grazing on the other side of the valley. Grooming them and bringing them back over to the farm will be a job for our Easter or May half term guests depending on how fast the spring grass comes through.  Whenever you visit the farm there are things that will be familiar and things that will have changed; that’s the beauty of farm life and draws many families back year after year.  

February half term feed run 

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Country Kids 24th February

Posted on February 23rd, 2018 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to: 

“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 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

 

Are we in the Arctic? 

Burrr! I think the UK has moved to the Arctic this week! I am so happy to see frosty mornings, sunsets and blue skies again but oh my it is cold! Never has warm hats and gloves been more necessary but it has been wonderful for drying out the farm after it became so wet and muddy last week with little feet trampling the same patches. If you have been on half term this week you’ve certainly been the weather winners! I hope you have a tale to share on the link up below. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • 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.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • 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. Merlinda from Pixiedusk who commented on 18 posts.
  2. Shiju from Cranium Bolts who commented on 17 posts.
  3. Emma from Crazy with Twins who commented on 14 posts.

Thank you no link dumpers again this week! Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted and please approve your comments by then if they need moderating so I can see others leaving you the blog love. Also remember if you comment anonymously on a post I won’t know who you are, there were two this week but I’m afraid I didn’t know who to credit the comments to. 

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 February Rockfish Wellies:

  1. Top commenter from this week Merlinda from Pixiedusk. 
  2. I love an outdoor fire for cooking, but Four Acorns takes it a step further with amazing looking pancakes on the fire!  
  3. The snowdrops are stunning in the countryside right now, Stopping at Two discovered the odd 5 million in Rococo Gardens, personally counted of course! 

Country Kids Communities 

I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

 

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 8185 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @entertainingeliot, @outnumberedoutdoors@mylittlebabog and @bakedbymumnyiris. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

via @RiplApp #countrykidsfun featured images week 73 with thanks to @entertainingeliot @outnumberedoutdoors @mylittlebabog and @bakedbymumnyiris thank you for all the lovely tags this week. Please keep them coming. Don’t forget the #CountryKids link up will be live from midnight tonight. Happy weekend ?. #outdooradventures #outdoorslife #outdoorphotography #outdoorsandhappy #outdoorfun #woods #kids #happytimes #sunshine

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Valentine’s Day Crafts and Treats

Posted on February 23rd, 2018 - Fiona

Our February half term activity hour is always well supported by our hardy winter guests. It may have been freezing cold but we had warm hearts inspired by fun Valentine’s Day crafts. We even included a little Valentine’s treat for the wild birds and the fairies that in turn rewarded the children.

 

Valentine's Day Crafts and Treats

 

While we waited for everyone to gather, we had a look at the new Orchard Toys jigsaw I’d been sent. The children had no problem putting it together and pointing out the things they could see. There was some pretty bunting included which I promised them they would be making later in the afternoon.

 

Making Orchard Toys Jigsaw

Valentine Day heart craft.

When everyone was gathered round we set to work on our first craft. We shaped clay into simple hearts, added a hole with the end of a paintbrush and painted them to make simple decorations for the children to keep.

Making clay hearts for Valentine's Day

Valentines treat for the birds.

The hearts were going to need time to set before they were taken home so we laid them aside to begin our next task. I had premixed melted lard and bird seed which was now just beginning to set and perfect for moulding into shapes. With their new found heart making skills from the clay the children made heart chunks for the birds. We wrapped them in wool for them to take back to their gardens and hang up for the birds. Everyone took a bird spotter sheet to go with their food so they could see which birds came to their gardens to eat during their holiday.

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Valentine’s Day Cards.

A quick clean up and we were onto Valentine’s Day card making. Our first job was to find some pretty pink petals. The children knew just where to look and raced off towards the Coombe Mill train tack and our flowering pink camellia bush.

Picking flowers for Valentine's Day Cards

Armed with petals we returned and set about cutting paper cards with pop out hearts to which we stuck the petals with a flour and water glue mix.  The children added their own messages and pictures to personalise their cards.

Making Valentine's Day pop out cards

Valentine bunting for the fairies.

Finally we made some valentine bunting to decorate the fairy gardens full of happy wishes for the fairies. We hung this up and in return the fairies sent the children looking for hidden treats in the gardens. Magically there was one for everyone with some careful hunting high and low. I do love our Coombe Mill fairies!

 

Hanging heart bunting and looking for fairy treats

I think I sent this group home happy and tired with fond memories of Valentine’s Day. Fingers crossed they slept well and gave their parents a lovely evening together too!

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Treats

 

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Country Kids 17th February ’18

Posted on February 16th, 2018 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to: 

“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 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

 

Country Kids 17.2.18

Half Term Antics

If you have school children who have just enjoyed a week off school I hope you’ve been able to make the most of your time together and enjoy some outdoor adventures. The weather is never perfect in February but the right gear and the right mindset can still make outdoor time so satisfying. We have had a lovely time with the farm full of eager little helpers including my niece and nephew who trek down from Cheshire to be with us whenever they can. My own kids are going into exam season now and this holiday was much needed. I’ll be sharing all our adventures over the coming weeks, I hope you will too, as always check out the link up below. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • 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.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • 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. Karen from Two Tiny Hands on 12 posts
  2. Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope  and Sara from Mum Turned Mom who commented on 11 posts.
  3. Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 8 posts.

Thank you no link dumpers again this week! Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted and please approve your comments by then if they need moderating so I can see others leaving you the blog love. Also remember if you comment anonymously on a post I won’t know who you are, there were two this week but I’m afraid I didn’t know who to credit the comments to. 

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 February Rockfish Wellies:

  1. Top commenter from this week Karen at Two Tiny Hands
  2. You have to admire the warm hardheartedness of the Brownies in Kids of the Wild’s post this week 
  3. We love the forestry Commission trails and the new Highway Rat Trail looks well worth a visit as tested by Are we Nearly There Yet

 

Country Kids Communities 

I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

 

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 8185 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @mytwomums  @verymuchsoblog  @wouldliketobe and @pixiedusk. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

It’s all about half term fun at the beach in my #countrykidsfun featured images this week. Thank you for all the lovely tags. Enjoy your weekend and keep the outdoors photos coming. Link up for #CountryKids us from midnight tonight for all outdoor family adventures. Hope to see you there too. Fiona xx. #beachlife #beachlove #februaryhalfterm #outdoors #outdoorsandhappy #seaside #seascape #ukbeaches #winterbeach #seaair #adventureawaits #adventuretime #coast #sand #sea #sunset #boats #fishingboats

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