A mansion with a pool and a tennis court

Posted on September 29th, 2017 - Fiona

Who doesn’t dream of owning a beautiful home with stunning views over rolling hills, a pool inside a walled garden and a tennis court? My kids have loved this particular home of family friends for as long as they can remember. The friendly elderly couple who own it have spoilt them rotten with picnics and ice creams over the years, a poorly written thank you letter and a load of lost tennis balls all they seem to receive in return! However the excitement of visiting these lovely folk and enjoying an afternoon at their mansion, as the kids refer to it, has never lost its appeal.

 

A mansion with a pool and a tennis court

Outdoor Pool Antics

We planned on visiting on a warm sunny day. In the end a stubborn cloud hung over us but that didn’t stop our enjoyment. The kids were in and out of the pool, splashing, pushing each other in and avoiding my camera – not too successfully!

 

 

Pool at the mansion

They even managed a race or two

Swimming Race

Anyone for Tennis?

 

If they weren’t in the pool then there were tennis games in play. I think Farmer Nick was a bit of a pro in his time and spent a good deal of time, coaching and umpiring games for us all.

 

tennis at the mansion

 

The orchard was blooming under the weight of the late summer fruits which I couldn’t help indulging in, whilst being careful not to be caught by the eager wasps.

Beautiful gardens at the Mansion

orchard with apples and plums 

 

Clio was taken with their beautiful flower borders and paths. One day I will have a garden like this.

 

 

Clio in flowers

 

Even the tortoise made an appearance lured by some freshly picked tomatoes from the greenhouse. This began round two of why we can’t have a tortoise at Coombe Mill from Guy. My reply was when we own a mansion!

 

 

Tortoise eating tomatoes

 

It was a lovely happy afternoon on our summer trip to Sussex that keeps visiting this kind couple and their beautiful mansion right up there in the fond memory bank of childhood days.

A Mansion with a pool and a tennis court in Sussex 


Country Kids 23rd September 2017

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 - 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. 

Welcome to Country Kids 23.9.17

 Making the most of living by the sea.   

Time at the seaside defies the seasons. This was us enjoying a day a couple of weeks ago but it could so easily be any time of year with no falling leaves to define the season.  Blue space is revitalizing and I fully intent to keep coming back as winter approaches, even if wellies and jumpers replace t-shirts and flip flops. Fingers crossed you are finding some outdoor fun this season too with an adventurer or two 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. Emma from The Joy of Five who commented on 17 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 14 posts.
  3. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 12 posts. 

We have no bloggers link dumping this week, although do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.

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 September Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Emma from The Joy of Five. 

Mad House Family Reviews takes us through some beautiful old towns in Brittany

World of Country Life has something for everyone as shared by Zen Baby Travel

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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.

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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 6390 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @craftsonsea@peacockfeather, @dear_mummy & @pixiedusk. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images of the week from @craftsonsea @peacockfeather @dear_mummy @pixiedusk thank you for all the lovely outdoor tags this week. Please keep them coming. Remember #countrykids will be open from midnight for all outdoor fun blog posts too. #zipwire #nationaltrust #forest #countryside #outdoorsandhappy #funseekingkids #explorerkids #outdoorkids #beach

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Crazy Golf from Brighton to Coombe Mill

Posted on September 22nd, 2017 - Fiona

Over the summer holidays we took a family trip for a few days mid week to stay with Nick’s Mum in Sussex. When we come here Brighton is always a favourite place for the kids to visit. The pebbly beaches, shopping and pier are a huge draw to my teens. Heading into town on our first day Farmer Nick had something new he wanted to try out, crazy golf. We have played in the past and always enjoyed it but this time was slightly different, we are seriously looking at a crazy golf course for the farm and this was to be not only a fun game in teams but also a fact finding mission for what we would need.

Crazy Golf Brighton to Coombe Mill

Crazy Golf in Teams at Brighton

WE split ourselves into two teams as we were too many to play all together. I was on a team with the triplets and I must say the shouting, cheering, accusing and competitive drive reached fever point on each hole. You would have thought their lives depended on the game; however despite this they all agreed it was great fun.

 

Playing Crazy Golf at Brighton Seafront

 

There were several out of bounds balls requiring fence leaping and fishing in ponds to continue play!

 

Guy fishing for lost golf balls

 

My favourite moment was Jed claiming his hole in one!

Hole in One at Crazy Golf for Jed

Farmer Nick spent as much time analysing the flooring, height of the surrounds, materials, features and complexity of each hole in preparation for making our own version at Coombe Mill.

 

Features on the crazy golf course at Brighton Seafront

Crazy Golf at Coombe Mill

We may be some way off the cleverly made course in Brighton, but Nick has terraced the orchard with his beloved digger in preparation for creating our very own Coombe Mill Crazy Golf.

 

 

We have kept all our Facebook followers guessing over the purpose of the new terracing, but I’m hoping you’ll agree it will be a fun use of a wasted slope. I can’t wait to move this project on. Fingers crossed I will have something to share by next summer.

 I’m thinking fairies & gnomes in the woods for our theme rather than the Pirates of Brighton. What do you think?   

 

 

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Country Kids 16th September

Posted on September 15th, 2017 - 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 16.9.17

 Slipping into Routine

So September marches on, routine is taking over in our house with school runs and clubs and I’m guessing we are not the only ones.  Thankfully I have my eldest home from Uni for one last week and he and Amber are covering the routine here while Farmer Nick and I are in Greece. I’ll still be checking in to catch up on your adventures 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. Susan from Susan K Mann who commented on 22 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts, Big Love & Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One who commented on 14 posts.
  3. Dawn from Dear Mummy Blog  & Anne from Raisie Bay who commented on 11 posts.

I would also like to say a massive thank you to Emma over at Bubba Blue and Me, who’s currently undergoing a blog transfer and removed her post in the middle of the week but still did a total of 12 comments! 

We have no bloggers link dumping this week, although do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.

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 September Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter :

I loved reliving our annual nature raft race along the river here at Coombe Mill through the eyes of Mummy Needs Wine

Staying on the river theme I loved all the summer wild river swimming over at Four Acorns

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 6295 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from  @cardiffmummysays @themumzilla @home.corner.stories @flip_flops_or_wellies.. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week from @cardiffmummysays @themumzilla @home.corner.stories @flip_flops_or_wellies. Remember #CountryKids link up is open from midnight on the blog for all your outdoor fun posts. Thank you to everyone who joined in the community this week. Please keep the photos coming. Happy weekend 😊

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Stickman takes to the Zip Wire

Posted on September 15th, 2017 - Fiona

We have had lots of fun this summer with raft races on the river. I wanted to keep the river focus for the group of older children we had staying as they had spent so much time body boarding from one end of Coombe Mill to the other during the week. I knew to keep their interest in activity hour we needed a river game, but I was also mindful of some little ones who would be joining us too. From learning about bones, to making our own stickman, dressing him or her and then sending them off on a zip wire adventure we had a wonderful afternoon of creativity and fun that met the expectations of all ages.

Stick Man Takes to the Zip Wire  

From bones to sticks

We began guessing the animals in my book of Bones which got everyone thinking about structure for stick man.

From bones to sticks in activity hour   

 

Then after a quick look at my demonstration stick man the children set off to find sticks and nature to build their own.

 

finding nature to make Stickman

Making Stickman

With the help of some string, and sections of one of my kids old toy story duvet cover, stick men were created and clothed.  

Making stickmen

A harness for Stickman

Once the stick men were completed the children set about colouring and fixing toilet roll harnesses ready for the stick man adventure down the river zip wire.

 

Making a stickman harness ready for a zip wire adventure

Bring on the zip wire adventure 

when everyone had finished we set off for the river hoping our idea would work. To my delight our plan came together perfectly. The kids fed their stickmen one by one on to the zip wire while Amber and I held each end. The drop from the top of the bridge to the river edge was just enough to give stick man an exciting ride.  

Each Stickman was cheered and had two rides. How tight the string was pulled and how heavy the sticks were affected the speed of each passenger.

 

Stickman on a zip wire adventure

From zip wire ride to river race for Stickman

We managed not to lose any in the water but I think the older kids were lightly disappointed at how slick the operation was. As they had wetsuits and body boards they were desperate to use I suggested we raced the stickmen bridge to bridge for the final game. The older ones would following them down in the water and rescue them at the end while the little ones could throw them off the bridge and race to the finish line along the river bank.

Stickman racing down the river Camel at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

It was a perfect way to end the afternoon giving all the children the thrill they wanted. We left them all playing in the river. Only Guy complained at the wet bottoms on the train at 6pm where they had only just come out of the river to the train still in their wetsuits.

 

 

 

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