Country Kids 5th August 2017

Posted on August 4th, 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 #50 things along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids 5.8.17

 Bring back summer! 

 After a promising start at the beginning of the week with sunshine and beach trips, the weather certainly took a turn for the worse in Cornwall. I don’t often concede to indoor time but Wednesday saw the kids enjoying an indoor trampoline park and me taking the 17 year old for a driving lesson. Thankfully that was the only wash out day and the farm rides have been largely dry and the train able to run in the evenings.  I hope you have a managed a few adventures too and will 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. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love & Michelle from Mummy From the Heart who commented on 12 posts.
  2. Sonia from Mummy Constant who commented on 11 posts.
  3. Mrs S from Otis and Us who commented on 10 posts.

A massive welcome to Lucy from Momma Mack, who joined in for the first time last week!

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week, you all put in the extra effort and we had no link dumpers so I’m thrilled.

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. 

  

July Welly Winner

Congratulations to Kirsty at My Two Mums  who is our July Country Kids welly winner. Kirsty, Clara and Monkey love their outdoor adventures around Dorset and beyond. Do follow their journey over on their blog. We loved the fun and love of life in this National Trust post.   

 

Kirsty please email or DM me your choice of wellies showing in stock from the amazing Rockfish selection and a UK delivery address. 

Country Kids welly winner July 2017 My Two Mums

 

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

Top Commenter: Louise from Little Hearts Big Love and Michelle from Mummy from the Heart.

Mad House Family Reviews went off the beaten track through some delightful Breton villages 

Zen Baby Travel made the most of the beautiful Lost Gardens of Heligan, a Cornish classic I must revisit with my own kids. 

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 5350  posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @mumfriendlyjo@maria.migo.illustrations, @cheryltimetocraft & @mrs.chellebelle. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week go to @mumfriendlyjo @maria.migo.illustrations @cheryltimetocraft @mrs.chellebelle . Mentions for you all in my #countrykids linky tomorrow on the blog. Thank you for all the lovely tags again this week. Please keep them coming. #beach pebbles #countryside #coombemill #summerdays #funinthesun #gardening #childhoodunplugged #childhoodmemories #outdoorsandhappy #adventureisoutthere #happykids #kidsadventures

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Minibeast and Frog Activities with Crafts

Posted on August 4th, 2017 - Fiona

With a summer that has been characterised by sun and rain the bugs and insects are rife here on the farm. Rather than say “ew”, we have been embracing them and making them part of our activity hour studies and crafts. We had so much fun a few weeks ago despite a very damp day I decided to revisit the world of the minibeast on a sunny afternoon with frogs and some new crafts.

 

minibeast and frog activities with crafts

A Giant Minibeast Board Game

The make-believe bug pair’s game of last time was a big success so I built on the idea for this week with a giant minibeast game that the children helped to create. I had a worm board and a dice with some challenge cards and squares set out and the children added the rest.

 

diy minibeast board game for kids

 

They made coloured counters from milk bottle tops with fingerprint minibeasts on the top and decorated the playing board with lots of little creepy crawlies in fun colours.

 

Making a Minibeast board game at coombe Mill Farm Holidays

 

When they were all finished we played a game. It was great fun with everyone joining in the challenge questions like “Leap like a frog” and “sing Incy wincey spider” to move up 3 places.

 

 

The game provided the perfect mix of jumping around and concentrating on counting on places together with painting fun. I’ll definitely be looking at DIY games more in the future but for now my discerning little ones had spotted my pebbles waiting to be painted.

 

Painting Bug pebbles 

I collected and painted white a selection of bug shaped pebbles from a family beach trip the day before and the children couldn’t wait to get turning them into bees, ladybirds and centipedes like the ones in our fairy gardens.

Minibeast painted pebbles

 

Off on a minibeast hunt

Once everyone was cleaned up we left our pebble bugs to dry in the sun and headed out with magnifying glasses to find some real bugs down in the fairy gardens. Farmer Nick’s carved fairy toadstools always reveal a wealth of little beasties scurrying to and fro and the children were thrilled with crowing round to identify them all. We saw centipedes, beetles, woodlice and lots of worms. There was even a shiny unidentified bug that had everyone confused and fascinated in equal measure.

 

Bug hunting at Coombe Mill Farm Holdiays

 

We progressed down through the bug hotel peering into pipes and dislodging logs where we saw spider webs and snails but no spiders in residence.

 

Bug hunting in the bug hotel

Baby Frogs on the farm paths

From here we headed over to the farm in search of baby frogs. We were rewarded with lots of little jumping frogs that leapt from our hands. The children laughed as it was just as they had practice leaping like a frog in our minibeast game right at the start.

 

Discovering mini frogs on the Coombe Mill Farm pathways

Help the frog catch a fly

Back at our craft table we continued the frog theme with some fly catching frogs that made another great little game for the children to keep. I’m going to follow up with a tutorial on these for #Trash2Treasure as they are such fun and easy to make.

 

Making DIY frog catching a fly game

 

Mini beast crafts have so much millage and so many possibilities; I have a stack in my head I still want to try. They are great for normalising touching and investigating these little beasties in real life for kids.

 

 

 

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Country Kids 29th July 2017

Posted on July 28th, 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 29th July 2017

 Summer Holiday Fun 

So the summer holidays have begun. If you have children home from school for the holidays I hope you are enjoying some quality family time. We have been out fruit picking this week, making ice cream from the proceeds and enjoying the crazy zip wire at our local fruit farm.  Remember the sun is strong if you are out in the middle of the day, cover up with cream and hats and I hope you’ll have a few adventures 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 Crazy with Twins who commented on 16 posts.
  2. Sara from Mum Turned Mom who commented on 15 posts.
  3. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 9 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.

A massive welcome to Rachel from The Little Pip and Escape With The Family, who joined in for the first time this week!

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 July Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Emma from Crazy with Twins

Shadow puppets are a great idea over at Right from the start blog for a creative garden day.

Wave to Mummy shares her favourite beach to visit for a family day out from London. 

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 5190 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from  @catrionamackenzieblog @mrs_hs_fav_things @pamleboutillier and @courtneykickery. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images of the week go to @catrionamackenzieblog @mrs_hs_fav_things @pamleboutillier @courtneykickery mentions for you in my #countrykids Link up on the blog tomorrow. Thank you for all the wonderful tags this week. Please keep them coming. Happy weekend from Cornwall xx

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The alpaca whisperer returns

Posted on July 28th, 2017 - Fiona

Once a year our quirky alpaca are sheared. We have one of the few expert shearers in England come to us and he is in high demand covering all the country and Europe too. They don’t call him the alpaca whisperer for nothing. He has a way with these funny beasts that will make your heart melt. While Farmer Nick risks being spat and kicked, Colin the shearer has them practically kissing him with affection!   

Alpaca whisperer at work

Preparing for shearing

We had moved the alpaca from their favoured field down by the river up to the winter chicken enclosure with the usual ‘stand well back and hope with a big stick in hand just in case’ technique. Here they munched happily on hay overnight and most importantly kept their coats nice and dry for the morning.

 

Alpaca waiting to be sheered at Coombe Mill

 

For the previous 2 mornings Farmer Nick had warned the guests the shearer was coming at 8am and that they would need to be down at his shed bright and early to catch the action. Well an 8am start isn’t everyone’s idea of holiday fun, but surprisingly we had one of the biggest turnouts ever to watch the action. I had to ensure all the pre-farm checks were complete ahead of this as we knew it would run straight into the morning feed run while Nick helped the shearer set up in his shed. Thankfully it was a beautiful morning and it was no hardship being up early.  

The alpaca whisperer in action

By 8am Colin was ready for his first alpaca and the guests all assembled to watch. Toffee was out first, except he just sat down in the chicken coop doorway and had to be carried into Nick’s shed!

 

Carrying an alpaca

 

In no time at all the ’50 shades of Grey’ style restraints had Toffee stretched out and Colin was good to go. He did spend a little time filling our guests in about the restraints and reassuring them it didn’t hurt or feel uncomfortable, this was a comfort to our curious guests. Parents and children alike were mesmerized by Colin’s quick and thorough work.

 

Watching the alpaca whisperer at work

In just minutes the first coat was off

 

We were all up bright and early this week to watch an expert at work shearing Toffee and Caramel. He is very informative and happy to answer questions from all our watching guests. #alpaca. #alpacashearing #countrylife #countryside #farm #coombemill #holidayfun #educational

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The legs and head take a little longer but our Alpaca whisperer makes it all look easy. It is a good opportunity for the children to come forward and stroke the alpaca and his trusty assistant clips the hooves then too. There is a little souvenir piece of fleece for everyone.

 

Sheering alpaca with an audience

 

Toffee went out as he came in, being carried! Caramel is the friendlier of the two and walked in no problem. Our Alpaca whisperer showed his skill on Caramel who really relished the attention. Even the older children came to stroke him just free standing with Colin. I was so mesmerized I managed not to take a photo and am now kicking myself.

Happy Alpaca

Farmer Nick may be some way off becoming an alpaca whisper; however he did successfully move the pair back into the stock trailer and over the river into their summer field next to the rabbits to enjoy the rest of the summer without their heavy coats. This means they are on the morning feed run route and in with a chance of some cornflakes from the children.

 

Feeding alpaca by hand at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

What happens to the Fleece

The guests certainly had a tale or two to take home with them and a good chunk of fleece. The rest will go to Kaye, our local crafting friend who makes rugs and these gorgeous mini alpaca to sell at the local craft fairs. This one is our souvenir from last year’s fleece; a remarkable likeness to Caramel don’t you think?

A toy alpaca to match real alpaca using their fleece

 

Country Kids


Country Kids 22nd July 2017

Posted on July 21st, 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 22.7.07

 Let the summer holidays begin! 

So my kids broke up from school yesterday and are super excited for the holidays stretching ahead of them. It is a time for them to chill out, forget being cool and enjoy family time and summer fun here on the farm. I hope we will have many adventures together over the coming weeks. Whether you are dreading the holidays ahead or looking forward to them, some outdoor time home or away makes each day an adventure. I hope you’ll share yours 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. Joy from Pinkoddy who commented on 19 posts.
  2. Emma from Bubba Blue and Me & Naomi from Trips with a Tot who commented on 14 posts. 
  3. Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One who commented on 13 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 July Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Joy from Pinkoddy

I love the colour and fun of a day at the Cornbury music festival from Bubbablue and Me

My Two Mums supports an important day with the National Trust 

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 5075 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @calunica, @wildcountryhome@mytwomums & @sophieblovett. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#CountryKidsFun featured posts this week from @calunica @wildcountryhome @mytwomums @sophieblovett mentions for you all in my #countrykids linky on the blog tomorrow. Thank you for all the lovely tags this week. Please keep them coming. Have a lovely weekend with lots of outdoor fun! #outdoorlife #mudkitchen #treeclimbing #sunset #yellow #kayaking #outdooradventures #countrylife #countryside #lovelife #lovelifeoutside

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