Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on September 9th, 2016 - 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. 

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My post this week is from a fun afternoon at Coombe Mill centered on nature. We made Nature books and river art and ended up just little soggy but with artwork to be proud of. More about this on my post here on the linky.  

 Please come and share your adventures.

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.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  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.
  • Link 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.

Thank you to my top  commenters from last week:

1st Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 32 posts this week

2nd Tracey from Mummyshire who commented on 20 posts this week

3rd Kim from Northumberland Mam who commented on 19 posts this week

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Do check out their posts linked above too. 

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

A huge thank you to Keitha from Keithas Chaos and Jenny from The Gingerbread House for popping by a few Country Kids post last week even though you didn’t join in yourselves. 

 ‘link dump and run’ culprits raised to a massive 5 which after last week is a little disappointing.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

I am delighted to introduce Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of the September Rockfish Wellies:

Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a fab 32 post comments last week.

Northumberland Mam went to see the Tall Ships regatta in Blyth with lots of learning opportunities

Searching for all the beehives on the trail at Colchester Castle Park made a fab day out for Him Me Three

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 Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

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Nature Books and River Art

Posted on September 9th, 2016 - Fiona

When I run activity hour I never know how many will come along, sometimes it is just a handful, other times it is a full house. This was one of those days where everyone came along inspired by the idea of creating nature books and embarking on a river art challenge.

Bodyboarding down the river to admire the river art

Nature books and a Nature walk

We began by making nature books with coloured card, paper, sticky labels and duck tape colours. My two tables were full to bursting as everyone gathered their materials and queued up to have their books stapled.  

Making nature books in Activity Hour at Coombe Mill

 

When everyone had finished we went off on a nature walk to find interesting leaves, flowers and more to paint, print or stick into our nature books. We passed by the lilac bushes to check for butterflies and despite the number of us and the noise we brought we still saw several.

Nature Hunt to collect inspiration to fill nature books

Back at base the children set to work following my example book. I was delighted how engaged they all were, from flower initials to leaf prints and collages.

Filling Nature Books with Nature from the farm at Coombe Mill Holidays

River Art Challenge

We had already used up our hour but I had promised the kids a river challenge and many were wearing beach shoes in preparation so we left our nature books with paint drying and headed down to the river. 

Here everyone split into teams and the challenge was to build the highest rock tower. My own boys ended up soaked of course building the tallest tower in the middle of the river. There was somewhere shallow enough for everyone to build and enjoy a paddle and the results were amazing.

River art on the Camel at #coombemill. Part of activity hour yesterday . #River #riverart #rivercamel #cornwall #countrykids #adventure #challenge #kidsofinstagram #play #water #summer #fun #holiday

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River art challenge at Coombe Mill

Before we knew it six o’clock rolled round and Guy, dripping wet, ran from the river to the train to host the last ride of the week. Everyone hopped on with squelching feet and soggy clothes or wetsuits; just as well it was a sunny warm day! The laughter and happiness radiated from the train and I even used one of the photos to update my website homepage.

Train ride in wet suits

While the youngest headed indoors the older ones took body boards and continued their river fun on body boards stopping to admire their river art along the way!

Bodyboarding down the river to admire the river art

It was yet another memorable August week here on the farm with many promising to return and assuring parents they would never outgrow Coombe Mill!  I am enjoying the preschool crafts and games again now in September; hopefully some of these toddlers will one day become the new generation of nature loving adventure seekers here. 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 - 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. 

The Fairground at Boconnoc Steam Fair 2016

My post this week is from a local country steam fair we enjoyed. No surprise that the fun fair was the highlight with the kids. More about this on my post here on the linky.  

 Please come and share your adventures.

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.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  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.
  • Link 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.

Thank you to my top  commenters from last week:

1st Kim from Northumberland Mam who commented on 29 posts this week

2nd Keitha from Keitha’s Chaos who commented on 22 posts this week

3rd Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 18 posts this week

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Do check out their posts linked above too. 

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

 ‘link dump and run’ culprits fell to 2 which I think is the lowest ever which really is great, thank you.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Rockfish Welly winner for August

Sorry about the Mess returned to Coombe Mill and shares the most amazing video of their family stay here on the farm and out and about in Cornwall. How could I not make Chloe my August winner? If you’ve not already seen the post please do and be sure to view the video below, watch out as it many make you want to book a holiday. You have been warned!  

Posts from last week in with a chance of the September Rockfish Wellies:

Kim from Northumberland Mam is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a fab 29 post comments last week.

The grapes were ready to be picked and turned into delicious juice over with Holloway Family North.

Catching the Magic went exploring the magic of the Crystal Castle.

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 Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

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The Boconnoc Steam Fair 2016

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 - Fiona

With the boys away on scout camp and Clio at a loose end we took her and her friend to the Boconnoc Steam Fair. We had fond memories if visiting in previous years so knew we would be in for a treat. It was turning in to a stunning warm summer’s day and it was a tossup between this and the beach, but as this is a one off it won the toss.

Boconnoc Steam Fair

The girls were tempted by the food stalls as soon as we arrived and as it was lunch time I could see their point.   

Lunch for the Girls at Boconnoc Rally

With tummies full we set off exploring the rows of stalls leaving Farmer Nick to tractor shows and vintage cars. It wasn’t long before Clio had spotted something she wanted. She has so many friends’ birthdays coming up and the stands were full of just the right things.

Clio hunting for bargains

It’s lovely to see them just being kids again and the fish for a prize stall caught their eye. Clio had no trouble hooking her duck and choosing a fun inflatable ball for them both to play with.

Hook a Duck

I was quite taken with some dear little Cornish dolls made from silk flowers. Whist chatting to the owner and asking if she minded me taking a photo she was very wary. I had no idea but apparently craft copies are rife and they were very wary of having their ideas poached telling me of how it had happened in the past. I really felt for them as their ornate dolls were beautiful and original. She allowed me my photo and Clio bought a couple of bracelets there to complete her shopping. If you like the look of them they make them to order and are only £5 each.

Flower Dolls

Shopping complete we headed for the fun fair. The girls spotted the dodgems immediately and invested in 4 rides for £10. It was worth every penny to see their faces.

Fun on the dodgems at the Steam fair today #daysout #familytime #cornwall #dodgems #fun #countrykids #fair #countryfair @hey_its_clio @_hannahbate_

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I even went on once myself and we all giggled away as we crashed into one another. It was about 4 minutes a turn which felt reasonable value.

Girls on the Dodgems.

I nearly accompanied the girls on the big wheel but it span a bit too fast for my liking so I watched the girls instead

On the Ferris Wheel

We had such a fun time; they even indulged me in a fairground group selfie before heading back to find Nick.

Fairground girls. Having fun with @hey_its_clio and @_hannahbate_ #countrylife #countryfair #countryfair #countryfair #fun #girlpower #motheranddaughter #countrykids #daysout #funtimes #schoolholidayfun #schoolholidays #selfie

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Back together we lapped up the afternoon sun with ice creams and watched the big steam engines roll past.

Traction Engines

Nick couldn’t resist taking me for a quick tour of the vintage cars and I must say I did hanker after the canary yellow VW van and an old Triumph Stag just like the one we had pre children. I have a feeling when they all leave home we may treat ourselves again.

Vintage Cars

 

The Boconnoc Steam Fair: Need to know tips:

  • Runs for 3 days at the end of July each year
  • £28 for a family ticket, concessions for seniors and children.
  • Free field parking
  • Porta loos regularly serviced.
  • Endless food and drink stalls reasonably priced
  • Camping on site for the 3 days available
  • About 30 minutes drive from Coombe Mill

Thank you Boconnoc Steam Fair, we had another great visit and will no doubt be back next year.

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 26th, 2016 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids from Coombe Mill 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: A special Cousin bond playing together at Plymouth Hoe

The kids have had their younger cousins to stay over the summer and  seeing them all playing together has been wonderful.  More on this special cousin bond and a lovely relaxed day out  in my post this week.

Please come and share your adventures. 

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.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  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.
  • Link 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.

Thank you to my top 3 commenters from last week:

1st Sandy from Mommy’s Little Princesses who commented on 40 posts this week

2nd Steph from Mummy Plus 3 Girls who commented on 33 posts this week

3rd Cheryl from Time to Craft who commented on 32 posts this week

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Do check out their posts linked above too. 

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

I’m disappointed to say that our ‘link dump and run’ culprits more than doubled this week to 7 whole people, if you could pop back and share a little blog love that’d be fab, thank you.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

Your Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of the August Rockfish Wellies:

Sandy from Mommy’s Little Princesses is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a massive 40 post comments last week.

Chococlate and Wine and I’ll Be Fine had a magical day at Castell Henllys taking part in some Fairytale Fun.

Owl displays, fairground rides, face painting and play areas make a great family fun day out for Little Hearts Big Love.

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 Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

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