Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on February 19th, 2016 - Fiona

Valentine’s Day

Farmer Nick and I managed an epic fail on Valentine’s Day not even managing a card for one another despite the fact we were engaged 21 years ago to the day. I saved all my creative ideas to use with the guests for a Sunday Activity Hour. Usually we do this at the end of the week but we were going away ourselves for half term so I decided to do it at the start of the week and take advantage of the Valentine’s Day theme.  I had been planning the day for a while and knew I would struggle to fit everything into the hour but as the train driver joined us too it didn’t matter if we overran a little.

 

Valentine's Day Activity Hour

 

As everyone assembled their first task was to go scavenging down by the river for interesting leaves, twigs and foliage to make a valentine’s collage.  I showed my example and the children raced out to see what they could find.

 

Collecting leaves and Flowers

 

Armed with ideas and nature I handed out glue sticks and paper and the children set to work.

 

Making Nature Collages

 

Meanwhile Clio and Guy, my little helpers for the afternoon, were using the twigs the children found to make stick arrows to guide the children to the fairy garden where they hid 30 little red hearts that Clio and I made earlier.  Their arrival back in the games room signalled the 1 minute warning for the children to finish their collages. Curious as to what would happen next I asked the children to go in search of 3 red hearts each and that to find they had to take their clues from the sticks they collected earlier. It didn’t take them long to spot the arrows along the path and follow the trail leading to the Fairy Garden.

 

Following the Trail

 

In the fairy garden the children searched high and low squealing with delight as they found a red heart. The parents helped me ensure every child had 3 hearts each before we headed back to make them into our next craft.

 

Hunting through the fairy Garden

 

Back inside I split the group into older and younger children. The younger ones used the red hearts we had just collected, card and floristry ribbon to make Valentines Badges while the older ones used Duck Tape Colours and floristry ribbon to cut and cover card hearts for the Fairy Gardens.

 

Making Hanging Hearts and Badges

 

Thankfully Train driver Guy was with us as we were now running over our allocated time but everyone had been waiting very patiently to ice a heart cake. I had made these earlier in the day and 2 batches of coloured icing were soon being smoothed over the cakes and sprinkle toppings added. Cakes and crafts in hand we headed over to the train to finish our busy afternoon.

 

Cakes and Train

 

 

It is lovely to be open again after our winter shut down and feel the buzz of life from little ones here on the farm.

 

Joining in with Country Kids   

I'd love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I'd be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

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 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.  The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. My February winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

A few of my favourites in with a chance of the February Rockfish Boots:

 A Family Day Out went exploring near Swyncombe to see swathes of snowdrops.

Meeting lambs, welly wanging and horse riding were on the cards for Life at Cooks Cabin's day out. 

The Gingerbread House went in search of fairies in the village and even got a letter from some. 

Netley Abbey provided a fun day out for Renovation Bay-Bee 

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win of 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun :


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on February 5th, 2016 - Fiona

Winter races and hailstorms

It isn’t often the horse racing comes to our local Wadebridge showground, but having spotted the details online we thought it would make a lovely Sunday treat close to home. The older boys debated coming but eventually stayed home to revise while the triplets jumped into the car.

 

Winter Races & Hailstorms

 

The event was organised to fund raise for the North Cornwall Hunt who are our next door neighbours in St Breward. The village pub and many other local organisations sponsored the races and we bumped into plenty of people we knew. In fact the turnout was truly impressive given the biting wind and violent hailstorms that kept pulsing through all day across the exposed showground.  

 

Rain Pouring Down

 

One such storm drenched us on arrival and we scurried into the large barn, visited by us just before Christmas for an Agricultural Fayre. This time it was set up with a line of ticket salesmen to take your bets, a large screen showing the races, a bar, coffee and cake, various stalls and even a Bouncy Castle for younger children. Already wet and cold it was 5 cakes and coffee before we started!

 

Coffee and Cakes

 

We studied the form and the odds being offered in the barn and visited the horses out in the parade ring before placing a bet on each race. In the end our choices had more to do with the name of the horse and whether or not it had taken a pre race dump than anything too scientific!

Placing Bets and Watching the Horses Parade

Some races we braved the storms and marvelled at the resilience of horses and jockeys against the elements, they were a proper muddy state coming in at the end of the races.

 

Muddy Fields and Wet Races

 

Other times we were lucky and enjoyed a dry race, I was thrilled with how close we were able to stand, definitely the difference with a very local event.

Horses Racing in the Dry

 

With my long lens I was able to see them at the far end of the course too

 

Races in the distance

In-between races the kids played, treated themselves to sweets and ran around to keep warm, my fingers were quite numb by the end but it was still a fun day and we were glad the weather didn’t stop us going. Although, I think it may take until the Royal Cornwall Show in the summer for the turf to repair! 

Kids having a laugh

We warmed up in the evening with a BBQ in our lovely hut with friends, a perfect end to a winter’s day.

 

BBQ and Cheesecake in the evening

 

Joining in with Country Kids   

 

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 

A few of my favourites from last week :

A walk through history on Greenham Common from A family Day Out

A splashing adventure along the canal path for Renovation Bay-Bee 

Testing out Dreamland theme park at Margate looksfun all the way for Family Travel times

Wild about here has a lovely post for keeping kids interested in bird watching

 

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

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 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.  The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. My February winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here  

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win of 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun : 

25% off from Rockfish Wellies

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

 

 



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 29th, 2016 - Fiona

 A Family Short Break in the UK

After a successful summer season and either side of the Christmas festivities we allow ourselves a 6 week window of closure at Coombe Mill. This is an opportunity to take stock of our year, tackle maintenance work and begin larger projects. So far we have installed cattle grids to work the fields leading to the Scandinavian lodges, bitten off rather more than we should have refitting the play barn and installed new wood burners for Honeysuckle and Willow cottages. More on all these projects over the coming weeks, ahead of the start of the new season from February half term.

However life is not all work and our close down periods ether side of Christmas allows us some much needed family time. For the first time since last winter we have been enjoying two day weekends, no changeover, no emergency problems to sort or duties to perform past feeding and caring for the animals; the fact that it is only for a few weeks makes us appreciate it all the more. It is lovely to have the farm to ourselves, to turn the music up in the gym or pop over for a late night hot tub at Tree Roots Cottage; however it is also a chance for us to have a mini break away. We now have Amber to take care of the farm while we are away and took advantage of this taking the kids away for the weekend to our honeymoon hotel in Devon. Nick and I try to return a couple of times each year for a short adult break, yet after taking the children with us this time last year, they have spent all year asking if we would be able to do it again and were super excited when we said we had booked.

 

A Family Short Break in the UK

The weather was pretty awful which was no surprise at this time of year but we still managed to enjoy some golf on the little 9 hole hotel course and some windy and wild coastal walks.

Cliff walks and Golf

 

When the rain came the kids headed for the indoor pool or the squash and Badminton courts. So many matches and rematches took place and Nick and I were delighted to hold our own against our very competitive children, well some of the time anyway!  

 

 Guy and Jed playing Squash

Perhaps the best part for me was not having to think about cooking meals. It was a pleasure to have all my family dressed up for dinner with me, this year they were all old enough to join us in the restaurant, grown up enough to sample and enjoy strange foods and be trusted to sit there long enough without being bored and making excuses to visit the toilet. The introduction of charades by Jed between courses really did help to keep everyone going.

Breakfast was enough to set us up for a full day of outdoor pursuits, although I did find all my full English ended up vegetarian as the boys swapped all their tomatoes for my sausage and bacon! Fortunately I’m the only one who likes black pudding so I managed to keep that.

 

Meal Times at Thurlestone

 

It was only 2 nights away but it felt like longer and I was still excited and feeling rejuvenated driving back over a windswept Tamar bridge into Cornwall, after an almost a perfect break.

 

Over the Tamar Bridge on the way home from Thurlestone

I say almost perfect as we then spent half an hour with me flicking through the owner’s manual and Nick cursing beneath the car on the side of the dual carriageway trying to free rusted bolts from the spare wheel thanks to a huge blow out.

 

Tyre Blowout

 

Thankfully after only one ruined set of clothes, and much cursing, we were finally back on course for Coombe Mill, refreshed and ready to finish the projects we set ourselves with renewed energy.

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids 

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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

 

A few of my favourites from last week:

I love these wild winter fun  beach pictures from Would Like to be on a day out from her Coombe Mill Holiday

for many snow was a feature last week. I love this post from the woods by Over 40 Mum to One and this one from Little Steps who lives close to us where there was no snow but went off to Dartmoor for the day and were rewarded with plenty of snow fun

Walking with children is always more fun with something for them to look out for or do. Diary of the Evans Crittens took scooters along a path to the beach to keep the kids enjoying the fresh air. 

 

Thank you Muddy Puddles 

 

I'd like to extend a huge thank you to Muddy Puddles who have been our Country Kids sponsors for the past 4 months generously giving a pair of free wellies to a lucky country Kids winner each month. I really love their kids clothing and feel privileged to have been working together. We have a new sponsor for February who I will introduce next week, but we are already talking to Muddy Puddles about plans for later in the year so it is and case of 'au revoir' rather than 'goodbye' and watch this space!  

My January winner is Karen J Whitlock with her heartfelt post of her Christmas spent with us at Coombe Mill. Congratulations to Karen please email me your choice of Puddle flex wellies and size.

  

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

   

   



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 22nd, 2016 - Fiona

Fire and Fireworks

With fireworks planned for our New Year party and a beautiful fire station activity book from Parragon waiting to be opened a fire themed activity hour began to take shape.

 

Fire and Fireworks activity Hour

 

While everyone arrived we began to construct our fire station and engine before showing the children the Coombe Mill fire engine Farmer Nick had kindly driven over for us. We talked about fire safety and how our fire engine is used to pump out the hot tub in Tree Roots Cottage at the end of the week and cleanout the pig sty, I’m pleased to say it hasn’t ever been needed to put out a fire here but with the nearest reserve team a good 20 minutes drive away I’m rather pleased we have our own resources in an emergency.

Fire Engine

 

The children then set about some firework crafts making a rocket from some green and red painted toilet rolls I had left over from our Christmas crafts.

Making the Rockets

Next we made firework pictures with wax crayons and brushed over watered down black paint to create the effect of fireworks popping out of the night sky.

Firework painting

All the time I had one eye on the weather which was due to take a turn for the worst, the first drops of rain accompanied us as we headed over to the den building zone and Guy showed everyone how to make a campfire safely within a DIY fire pit. In minutes it was burning brightly and we even had to move the seats back as the wind took hold before toasting our marshmallows on skewers.

 

Beside the bonfire

 

I had a bucket of sticks ready and invited the children to take one each back to the tent. Here we took our time making Catherine wheels while the wind and rain lashed down on the tent roof.

 

Making pinwheels

There was no chance of running the train but at least we managed our real fire before the heavens opened.  

  

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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

 

A few of my favourites from last week:

All my favourites this week have a common theme, they are all family outings making the most of nature, enjoying the fresh air and making memories at little cost:

Catching the magic explored a beautiful beach in New Zealand, gorgeous photos from their mid summer visit  

The beach and the forest give a weekend of outdoor fun for Dairy of an Imperfect Mum

Heading East long the River in London brought adventure for Hern Hill Mum and the family

Along came the snow and fivelittledoves knew just how to make the most of it

Mummy Travels discovered the fun of the Stick Man Trail at Wendover Woods

 

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

January Giveaway Family Fun 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here  

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

   

   



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 15th, 2016 - Fiona

New Year’s Eve

Our tent has really come into its own for big functions. It was the base for our Halloween games and then the shelter for our Christmas Party. Following on from the success of these I was keen to host our New Year’s Eve celebrations here too. In previous years we have had drinks and nibbles around the BBQ hut, however only a few can fit inside at a time leaving everyone else hoping the rain held off. Furthermore lighting was always an issue with floodlights rigged up but never powerful enough to really do the job. This year was much better for everyone with the space of the tent and fairy lights from the electric in the nearby train tunnel.  

 

New Year's Eve Fun & Fireworks

The week was notable for its rain but we actually had clear skies and stars for New Year’s Eve, even the wind dropped and it was surprisingly cosy in the tent when everyone crowded in to share a drink and something to eat despite the falling temperature outside.

 

New Year's Eve in the Tent

We deliberately organised the event for 6pm to allow all the younger children to join in too. I’m sure the children thought it was later than it really was and danced around enjoying the atmosphere while the parents chatted.

Kids enjoying the evening

I gave Nick a 10 minute warning when I thought everyone was there and had had something to eat and drink and he disappeared to set up the fireworks. This was what the children had really been looking forward to and we all came out of the tent to watch as Nick set off a wonderful display, to be fair the video shows then much more than the photos.

Watching the New Years Eve Fireworks

We were out for over an hour in total which given the temperature had sunk to just 4 degrees with the clear skies was really quite impressive. It’s amazing what running around can do for children and a few glasses of fizz and good conversation for us parents!  

 

If you fancy sharing New Year with us next year we offer up to 10 nights for the price of 7 and our New Year’s Eve celebrations are all inclusive.

Joining in with Country Kids   

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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

 

A few of my favourites from last week:

Stopping at Two shared her Christmas at Coombe Mill and I loved reading Karen's interpretation of Christmas with us. 

Would like to be joined us for New Year and shared several posts on here time here, I think this is my favourite

A walk up Rough Tor with friends was on the cards for Mothers Little Steps to watch the starlings.

Wander Mum experienced the two faces of the alps with a week of all weathers. 

This lovely post from Mum Turned Mom reminded me why I love running Country Kids.

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

January Giveaway Family Fun 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here  

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

   

   



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