Homeward Bound in April Showers

Posted on April 14th, 2018 - Fiona

Last weekend we were away for Greek Easter leaving our oldest children running the farm. The weather here in Cornwall was glorious and we returned to happy guests and sunburned teenagers! However April can be very changeable. It turns out we brought the drizzle from Sussex back home with us for the rest of the week. It wasn’t a wash out by any means but there was a certain amount of shower dodging. As it was the second week of the school holidays for many, including here in Cornwall, the farm was busy with school age children. They were great at dressing up in wellies and overalls and coming out to feed the animals regardless of the weather. The farm ride can take a good hour and a half and children often drift off before the end, my photos this week are from the end of a drizzly farm run with some very enthusiastic children who stuck out the weather and completed the course. So often I share photos of the tractor going to the farm but I realise I never share the homeward bound journey. What I noticed most after 4 days away was how much the spring growth was starting to show in the hedgerows and along the tractor path. Even through the dampness of the morning there is something spring like that appealed to me when I looked back at these homeward bound photos.

Homeward bound from the farm with spring growth visible.

Homeward bound on the tractor at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

Racing on the last leg home

The children always squeal in delight as Farmer Nick revs the tractor up for the last few yards home.

 

Driving fast homeward bound on the tractor at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

Drawn to the fairy gardens at the end of the feed run.

There was no running off indoors for these three as they set off to explore the fairy gardens.  

 

Exploring the fairy gardens at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

Along came the sun

The day developed into a spring beauty and the farm continues to bloom. In fact we hit 20 degrees here by mid week.

Spring blooms on the farm

 

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Country Kids 14th April 2018

Posted on April 13th, 2018 - 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 14.4.18

As the holidays draw to a close

If you have been on the same school holidays as us you’ll be getting ready to return to school next week. It has felt such a long holiday having Easter weekend right at the start and we have certainly packed in the fun here on the farm. I’m sharing our Good Friday Easter crafting fun this week on the link up with bunny bonnets inspired by Flopsy, Mopsy and Cotton-tail the new new additions to the farm this Easter.  Please come and join me with your Easter holiday 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.
    • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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. Jo from Where Jo Goes who commented on 24 posts.
  2. Keitha from Keitha’s Chaos & Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 22 posts.
  3. Kara from Chelsea Mamma & Are We Nearly There Yet? who commented on 19 posts.

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, sadly we had 4 link dumpers, come on this isn’t what Country Kids is about, please stick to the rules.  

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.

You can currently buy from the Rockfish webiste and save 10% at the checkout by entering Rockfish18 

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

Top Commenter: Jo from Where Jo Goes.

Stopping at Two returned to Coombe Mill for Easter and share their week with us, How could I not love this!  

Mother’s Little Steps took advantage of a Beautiful Cornish sunshine day over the Easter break for a trip to their favourite beach

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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 9070 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came @georgethefarmerau@outnumberedoutdoors, @trulymadlykidsuk and @familyfourfun. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun featured images week 80 with thanks to @georgethefarmerau @outnumberedoutdoors @trulymadlykidsuk and @familyfourfun . Please keep the outdoor posts coming we have over 9000 now. For bloggers the #CountryKids linky is life from midnight with me and I’d love to see you there. Have a lovely weekend and enjoy the outdoors. Fiona 🌿🍃🌷🦆🐰🐸🐝🐞🐾🦔 #outdoors #kidsoutdoors #beach #mist #funtimes #donkey #donkeyride #cowboys #river #outdoorsandhappy #lovelife #explorerkids #fridayoutdoorfun #adventure

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I'm shocked to the core by the sad news from Louise at Little Hearts Big Love who has lost her eldest daughter Jessica on Sautrday Morning. Louise has supported Country Kids since it started with wonderful family adventures and I'm sure you'll join me in sending much love to the family at this time. If you are wanting to offer support to the family, we are arranging a holiday for Louise, Michael, Sophie and Peanut here at the farm when they're ready for it, just email me if you'd like to contribute ([email protected]). There is also a Just Giving page for the Little Hearts Matter charity who have supported the George family throughout Jessica's heart journey. Here is the link if you'd like to donate there.

Fly high Jessica, you touched so many hearts. 

 
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Easter Crafts and Activities made easy

Posted on April 13th, 2018 - Fiona

I love Easter time. The farm is bursting with new life and the options for Easter crafts seem endless. I had so many ideas for activity hour around the Easter theme and an eager group to come and join me on Good Friday.

 

Decorative eggs ready for the Fairy Gardens

Making Easter Bunny bonnets

Easter wouldn’t be complete without an Easter Bunny. We have 3 new little bunnies on the farm and I thought I’d make some Easter bunny bonnets with the children. This was a very simple but effective craft from a paper plate and strips of fabric. The children needed a little help cutting out their paper plate and negotiating the fabric with not very sharp kitchen scissors but apart from that it was all their own work.

Making Easter Bunny Bonnets

 

The finished results certainly warranted a group photo

 

Easter Bunny bonnets

Designing Easter Eggs for the Fairies

Now wearing our Easter Bunnies we set about covering Easter egg card shapes in silver foil and decorating them with Duck Tape colours and floristry ribbon to make decorative Eggs for the Fairy Gardens.

Making Easter Eggs for the fairy Gardens

 

Easter Cards

Out last craft before going off to hang our eggs was to make Easter cards. The children delighted in carefully colouring the Easter egg designs before cutting them out to stick onto coloured card of their choice. Messages inside went to family members, it was lovely to see them colouring and writing in the chilly March weather and really taking pride in their work. We parent were all for moving on from our Easter Crafts but the children were determined to take their time to make their cards just perfect.

 

`Making Easter Cards

 

Decorative eggs ready for the Fairy Gardens

Hanging Easter Eggs and a thank you from the fairies

Finally everyone was ready to take their Eggs along to the fairy gardens and find a branch to hang it from.

 

hanging in fairy gardens

 

There was one surprise left; the fairies had left some chocolate eggs to find in return for their beautiful decorative eggs. A treat no one could refuse!

 

Finding Chocolate Eggs in the fairy gardens

It was a lovely set of Easter crafts to kick start our action packed Easter weekend here on the farm.

 

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Country Kids 7th April 2018

Posted on April 6th, 2018 - 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 7.4.18

April Fool’s Day and Easter Fun 

Combining April Fool’s Day and Easter Sunday gave us a chance for some Easter Magic on the farm covered in my Easter Egg hunt post this week. We had 3 new baby rabbits arrive to join Buster featured in my picture here today and our lambs now total 6. With the first mow of the year complete and the new growth sprouting in the hedgerows it is finally feeling very springlike here at Coombe Mill.  I hope you have enjoyed a lovely Easter break yourself with plenty of family fun in the great outdoors to help wear off the Easter Eggs! Please do share with me on the link up is 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.
  • 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. Keitha from Keitha’s Chaos who commented on 21 posts. 
  2. Kim from Northumberland Mam who commented on 20 posts.
  3. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love and Su from Ethan n Evelyn who commented on 13 posts. 

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, we had a week with no link dumpers so a pat on the back to you all! 

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.

March Welly Winner

Congratulations to Kara from Nearly there yet blog  who is our February winner of the lovely Rockfish wellies. Kara took the family to the ancient technology centre at Cranborne for a fascinating day out. Kara, do DM or email ([email protected]) your choice of wellies from the Rockfish range including size and colour as shown in stock. 

 

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

Top Commenter: 

Ethan and Evelyn found so much for the children to do at Eastnor Castle over Easter

Making an ordinary moment magical at Bodnant Gardens, From Mummy to Mum got some beautiful family photos.

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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 8470 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @onemorethanthree, @essexkate@stoppingattwo and @nathanapplegate. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

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Grand Farm Easter Egg Hunt 2018

Posted on April 6th, 2018 - Fiona

Easter day has taken on a distinctive pattern at Coombe Mill over time. Those who have been coming for years are well aware of the traditions. This keeps me on my toes as we have to vary things each year, especially for the eagerly anticipated Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. I cross my fingers each year it won’t pour with rain, and thankfully again it didn’t. I had laminated all my clues just in case but thankfully it remained dry.

2018 Grand Farm Easter Egg Hunt at Coombe Mill Family Holidays Cornwall

April fool’s Day

Before the Easter egg hunt we have our regular morning animal feed run. It was rather apt that Easter Sunday was also April fool’s day as our chickens played a clever trick on the children. Only the regulars knew this was a regular prank and were ahead of the game rushing to the chicken coup. On Easter Sunday the chickens lay Cadbury Crème Eggs, and thanks to some careful counting and one of my children to run ahead there is magically enough for all the children.

 

Magic chickens lay Cadbury Creme Eggs on Easter Day

Grand Easter Egg Hunt preparations

I had all my stack of chocolate eggs, my Easter Bunny onesie and laminated rhyming clues at the ready and crept away from the reed run to set up the Egg hunt with the help of Theo and Clio. Working nimbly and swiftly we hid hundred of Eggs at each location with some cleverly hidden Egg clues leaving me just enough time to catch up with the tractor and trailer returning.

 

2018 Easter Egg hunt set up

 

Not wanting the children to find the eggs before the start I gave everyone just 15 minutes to wash hands and be back for the Egg hunt, this certainly wasn’t a problem for the children who couldn’t wait to get going.

Under 4’s Egg Hunt

To give the younger children a chance, I do a little Egg hunt first for them. The older ones watch on eager to join in while the tots explore the little gated ride on play area themselves. Hunting out the shiny wrappers brings smiles to their faces, though half of them are not quite sure whether to play or hunt first!

 

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Let the Easter Egg Hunt begin

Finally the older ones patience pays off as the little ones finish and I prepare to share the first Egg clue!    

 

Watching the Under 4's Easter Egg Hunt

 

The children all want to help read the clues to give themselves a head start on where to race off to, but I catch the regulars out right at the start by changing the places from last year, a quick back track and my Ahoy Captain clue has them all running to the pirate ship.

 

Pirate Boat Easter Egg Hunt

 

Egg hunting is a frenzied business and soon they are left stumped for where the next clue is. The parents have spotted it but it takes the children a while and even longer to reach it!

 

play boat Easter Egg Hunt clue

 

From the pirate ship we search the train stop and then the den building zone.

 

Easter Egg Hunt at the Train and Den building Area

 

The next clue takes the children off round the fairy gardens where there are so many secret hiding places.

 

Easter Egg Hunt in the Fairy Gardens

 

From the fairy gardens to the games room and then one that no one could fathom. I have just completed a new Nature trail and no one knew where to go for that. It was a good chance for me to gather everyone close and give the slower ones a chance to catch up before tipping them with enough clues on where to go. Up the slopes they climbed searching for eggs and the next clue as they went.

 

 

Finally our last clue is read out and a charge for the sand diggers and castle play fort leaves space for everyone to search and play.

 

Finding Easter Eggs in the Sandpit

 

I couldn’t believe it had taken the best part of an hour, I’m sure I had more stops and clues this year. Anyway the last clue promoted sharing and caring. A theme we would come back to on activity hour the following day. To my delight the children took it to heart and were excellent at offering a few to others who had been less quick in their searching. Everyone ended up with a good haul and a smile as they set off to enjoy the rest of their Easter Day.

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