Country Kids 9th September 2017

Posted on September 8th, 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 9.9.17

 Making the most of late summer   

I refuse to call it autumn yet if even nature is suggesting otherwise so late summer it is! Getting outdoors after school is still an option despite the nights beginning to draw in and weekends still have summer warmth in the middle of the day. Fingers crossed you are finding some outdoor fun between the school runs 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. Anne from Raisie Bay who commented on 20 posts.
  2. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 14 posts.
  3. Emma from Bubba Blue and Me who commented on 12 posts.

Also a massive #CountryKids welcome to Helen from Talking Mums, who joined in for the first time this week!

We had 2 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 : Anne from Raisie Bay

A farm visit is a great day out even if it rains as Life at Cooks Cabin discovered. 

There is a lot to be said for simplicity in days out with kids. A quick beach trip can be just the ticket as Side Street Style shows

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 6195 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @theseasonalchild@overeastfamilyfarm, @packetmixmum and @genuineplacebo84. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images of the week go to @theseasonalchild @overeastfamilyfarm @packetmixmum and @genuineplacebo84 thank you for all the lovely tags again this week. Remember the #countrykids linky is open from midnight if you have any outdoor fun posts to add. Thank you for supporting the hashtag for the great outdoors and please keep the photos coming. Happy weekend 😊. #fireworks #shillouette #tractor #tractorwheel #apples #applepicking #familyfun #woodlands #outdoorsandhappy #love life #makingmemories #childhood #outdooradventures #kidsoutside

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A quick heads up about my Facebook Giveaway. If you fancy spending a family Christmas with us here on the farm head on over to our page and enter to win! 

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August Garden Party for all the family

Posted on September 8th, 2017 - Fiona

It is years since we have held a traditional summer garden party at Coombe Mill and we decided on a whim about a month ago to plump for the last week of the summer holidays after rediscovering photos of our last big garden party in celebration of the Royal Wedding. We still had some late availability so it felt like a good way to give the week a little bonus push. What we could never have foreseen was the glorious bank holiday weather that would make the day a huge success.

 

August Garden Party for all the family

I spent the previous day preparing by baking cakes and shopping so there would be plenty of food to go around. Nick and the kids  set up games, bunting and the bbq on the morning and were ready to relax on the lawns with our guests by the afternoon.

Garden party games

In true local farm style the big attraction was the tractor pulling. We knew this would be a bit hit having tested it in the past for the kids birthday parties. We simply had two tractors with rope, a start line and a finish line and the kids had to race them over the finish line.

 

 

Even when the team events finished the children delighted in steering while parents dutifully pulled them along.

 

Tractor pulling at the Coombe Mill Garden party

 

Even the little ride on tractors came racing alongside their parent counterparts.

 

Mini Tractor riding at the Coombe Mill Garden Party

 

Splat the rat was next on the popularity list. This age old game never ceases to appeal to grownups and kids alike.

 

Splat the rat garden party game

 

The teens spent hours playing badminton tournaments taking advantage of the beautiful still day

 

 

Even the little paddling pool, giant 4 in a row and tin can alley were all in use.

 

Garden party games

Food and drink for all

Playing games in the heat proved to be hungry work and Farmer Nick’s BBQ soon had people drifting over for a drink and a bite to eat.

 

BBQ at the Coombe Mill Bank Holiday Garden Party

 

I think my garden party cakes and toasted marshmallows were the food highlights for the kids. They were very patient waiting for me to cut into the cake.

 

Celebration cake for the Coombe Mill Bank Holiday Garden Party

Friendships to last the holiday

For me the highlight was seeing everyone making friends, young and old alike. Friendships blossomed as the sun set over the valley. Kids ran in groups while adults chilled out with wine.

 

Making frineds at the Coombe Mill bank holiday Garden Party

Choo Choo it’s 6pm

There was huge excitement as the train made it’s evening appearance, no one could miss out as the railway line ran right though the middle of the party.

 

Train ride at the Coombe Mill Garden Party

 

The fun continued until the light began to fade and the dew set in. It was a lovely way to start the week and the weather was simply perfect. I’ll have to make sure I don’t leave it as long to run the next Coombe Mill garden party.  

Our next big party will be Christmas Eve. If you fancy joining us for that why not pop over to our Facebook Page and Win yourself Christmas on the farm.
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Country Kids 2nd September 2017

Posted on September 1st, 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 2.9.17

 Back to school! 

 So this is the week we make sure the uniforms are ready, the shoes polished, pack lunch things are in the fridge and the kids are ready to move up a class or school. It is this coming Tuesday for my own children and I have to say I’m not looking forward to the early starts and two schools runs again, however looking back we have had a wonderful summer both personally and as a business and I have plenty to share over the coming weeks.  I hope you are also ready for the new term  with an outdoor adventure or two in hand for the link up. 

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. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 20 posts.
  2. Sara from Mum Turned Mom who commented on 18 posts.
  3. Dawn from Dear Mummy Blog who commented on 14 posts.

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, a ticking off to the one link dumper we had 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. 

  

August Welly Winner

Congratulations to Clare at Flip Flops or Wellies who is our August Country Kids welly winner enjoying outdoor fun in the south west of England. I loved this post of Canoeing in Devon and Cornwall. It takes me back to our French adventures and makes me realise we should try it here too.  Do follow their journey over on their blog. 

 

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

http://www.flipflopsorwellies.co.uk/family-canoeing-in-devon-and-cornwall-with-tamar-trails/

 

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

Top Commenter: Michelle from Mummy from the heart

Watch out for pirates in the Maize Maze. A fun day out from Over 40 Mum to One.   

Up close with the Polar Bears in Copenhagen for Renovation Bay-Bee

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 6050  posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @talking_mums@thefrenchiemummy @bakedbymummyiris  & @thecampfirediaries Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week with thanks to @talking_mums @thefrenchiemummy @bakedbymummyiris @thecampfirediaries . Thank you for all the lovely outdoor fun tags again this week. Please keep them coming. Remember the #countrykids blog link up is live from midnight and I'd love to see you there too. #noahsark #river #outdoorsandhappy #countryside #kidsoutdoors #explorerkids #lovenature #naturekids

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Blackberry Juice Tie Dye and Muffins   

Posted on September 1st, 2017 - Fiona

I love working with nature and when blackberry season comes around I can’t resist popping on my creative cap for activity hour.  Every year we end up baking with blackberries, whether to make crumble, ice cream or cakes. This year a friend had given me a bag of windfall apples from the garden, so I decided on blackberry and apple muffins, with tie dye experimentation to follow.

Foraging for blackberries

We began by handing out blackberry collecting trays for blackberry picking. We didn’t have to go too far and had more than enough from the hedgerows around the cottage gardens.

foraging for blackberries

Preparing Blackberry and Apple Muffins

Back at the craft table we washed hands and blackberries and began peeling our cooking apple.

peeling apples to make muffins

It took quite a time to get all the ingredients measured and mixed with my team of 14 eager helpers. We managed and with spoons and mixture in all directions enough landed in the muffin cases to go into the oven.

Making blackberry and apple muffins at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

 

It would appear my own kids are not the only ones to love baking for the fight over the mixing bowl after. Spoons and sticky fingers delved in to ensure none of the mix was wasted.

 

Licking the baking bowl

Tie dye with blackberry juice

While our muffins cooked we cleared the table, washed sticky fingers and set up for a little creative tie dye fun. I had been blackberry picking in the morning and blended my foraged finds into a rich mixture and had a little test go to ensure it worked.

 

Blackberry juice tie dye

Happy that this was a runner with the children I brought my mixture to the table along with enough pieces of cloth for everyone to have a go. We used some of my supply of loom bands to make the ties and everyone crested their own designs wrapping the bands around the fabric.

Making blackberry tie dye cloth

 

Dipping the cloth in the blackberry dye was messy fun. I had a sheet of kitchen roll on hand to dry each one, before peeling off the loom bands to reveal the tie die cloth.

 

I was thrilled with the results everyone achieved. Time was marching on, but they all wanted to mount their cloth, as I had done, on coloured paper and card to show it off to its best.

 

Finished tie die with blackberry juice mounted on card

Those muffins were delicious.

In any case the extra time gave my muffins a chance to cook and cool sufficiently for everyone to take one home – or eat it there and then.

 

Backberry and Apple Muffins made and baked with kids at Coombe Mill Holidays

There were only 3 muffins spare to bring back to my house so I had to make a fresh batch for my own kids. As for the blackberry dye mix, I couldn’t throw away all that goodness, instead I boiled the remaining juices to make sure it was hygienic and turned it into ice cream.

 

 

I do like foraging in autumn, maybe we will go hunting for elderflower or mushrooms next.  

 

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Country Kids 26th August 2017

Posted on August 25th, 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. 

 

Body boarding in the rapids in the river Camel

 Bring on the Bank Holiday Activities 

Where has summer gone? I can’t believe we are now into the bank holiday weekend and the children will soon be back to school. Each year I’m sure the holidays pass faster. I’m still to sort out school uniforms and shoes for the new term, we’ve just been having too much holiday fun. Fingers crossed you are more organised than me and are all sorted with a few outdoor adventures to share on the link up below too. 

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. Caroline from Two Plus One is Three & Sonia from Mummy Constant who commented on 21 posts.
  2. Sara from Mum Turned Mom who commented on 18 posts.
  3. Cheryl from Time to Craft who commented on 11 posts.

A huge Country Kids welcome to Caroline from Two Plus One is Three, Louise from We Travel in Threes & Laura from The Mamma Fairy who all joined in for the first time this week!

We had 1 bloggers link dumping this week, please do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then 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 August Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Caroline from Two Plus One is Three and Sonia from Mummy Constant

Stopping at Two enjoyed a fun-filled day at Countryfile Live with wool spinning, dog agility and so much more.

Canoeing down the river turned into a real adventure for Mum Turned Mom and her family.

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 5885 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @mumof2point5@i_am_carop, @claudine.fontana & @chelseamamma. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week from @mumof2point5 @i_am_carop @claudine.fontana @chelseamamma. Thank you for all the lovely tags on outdoor fun this week. Please keep them coming. Remember the #countrykids link up is live from midnight tonight. #fairy #princess #ferns #outdoorsandhappy #explorerkids #log #tractor #adventureisoutthere #funseekingkids #outdooradventures #kidsoutdoors #nature #summerholidays

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