Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on September 7th, 2015 - Fiona

Country Kids from Coombe Mill


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on September 7th, 2015 - Fiona

Country Kids from Coombe Mill


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on September 4th, 2015 - Fiona

Back to School Stationary Pots

For activity hour of this week we were preparing for the new school term.  I have some delightful coloured sticky tape from Duckman Colours and whilst opening a tin of beans I had a flash of inspiration.  My own children are all collecting stationery ready for their move to secondary school and I suddenly thought we could turn baked bean tins into colourful stationery pots for their bedroom desks with the help of some funky tape and a little imagination.  Then I thought they could be great for younger children as well with somewhere to keep a sheet of paper with reading targets and spellings or homework. 

To making it a little more fun on the farm we collected sticks and feathers for our pots and turned the sticks into ink pens.  We talked about how long ago all writing was created with ink pens and that our stick pens were similar to this.

 

Back to School Stationary Pots

 

The children chose to make their stick pens first; we began with a farm hunt to find a couple of sticks for each child.

 

Hunting for Sticks

Back in the craft tent we began whistling one end of each stick with pen knives; the older children did their own whilst Guy helped the younger children.

 

Guy whittling sticks

 

Next they decorated the stem of their pens with forestry ribbon before dipping them in paint and writing messages to go in their stationery pots.

 

Making stick pens

With a pens complete we set about making our designer stationery pots.  Everyone created their own middle section with felt tip pens on white stationery paper.  When finished they wrapped their chosen design of duck tape colours around the top and bottom of their tin.  By the end every pot was unique though the owl design tape was a definite favourite.

 

Stationary Pots

The whole activity was surprisingly popular; the children loved the old fashioned style writing and happily skipped away clutching their new stationary pots and stick pens.  For a step by step guide to making these stationery pots and decorating regular pencils to match please check out September’s Trash 2 Treasure link up this coming Monday.

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids 

If you have been outside enjoying the summer weather then please come and join me on the linky. All outdoor fun from playing in the garden to days out are welcome but please make sure they are predominantly outdoor based. Country Kids is all about promoting fresh air and time away from sofas and screens. I would be very grateful if you would take my badge or link back to me and please remember to check out the other posts here, you may just find the inspiration for your next post.  

Country Kids is around in these communities, I’d love you to join me: 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

There is nothing quite like a day at a sandy beach in the summer sunshine as The Mama story discovers, while rock pools produce sea life finds for Mad House Family Reviews.

A lazy family afternoon down by the river brings a smile to all for Side Street Style

A birthday treat at the Wetland centre was a great hit for Mummy 3+1 dog while a birthday princess walk with the family fruit picking looked quite magical for Clarina's Contemplations.

The Just So festival is not one I have heard of before but looks perfect for families as The Brick Castle discovered. 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 28th, 2015 - Fiona

A visit to Polzeath

We have been enjoying a long weekend here at Coombe Mill with some of my long-term NCT friends and their children.  Our eldest are all now at 17 with siblings every couple of years thereafter.  Even though we left  Surrey when Alistair was just four years old we have stayed in touch and met up periodically ever since.  As adults our friendships have never wavered, and it is lovely now have to see the children looking forward to meeting up too.  On our last day together one family headed back home while the others joined us for a day at the beach.  They had never been to Polzeath and we were keen to show them what a wonderful beach it was and how much fun surfing could be.

A Day at Polzeath

With Jed in plaster after falling of the trampoline in our garden, and Clio on crutches after someone fell on her foot in the indoor play barn at Coombe Mill, the pair of them were left to play on the beach and guard all our possessions.

 

Jed's cast and Clio's Crutches

The rest of us climbed into wet suits, our friends hiring theirs from  Surf Up where Guy and Jed are board riders, this also entitled them to borrow surf boards, these combined with our body boards and surf boards meant we had enough for one each.

 

Pre-swim photo

It was lovely to see Alistair and Felix having a laugh with the girls and quite forgetting their usual objections to me hovering with a camera, as a result I captured some rare and natural photos of them before they headed into the sea.

 

Fun messing around on the beach

I followed them all in with my camera, there was a perfect offshore we and creating beautiful surfing waves.  Alistair and Felix spent some time trying to teach the girls how to catch the waves and of course demonstrating in style how it is done.

Surfing fun at Polzeath

The beach was packed and the lifeguards really had their work cut out keeping an eye on everyone between the flags.

 

Busy Beach and Lifeguards

There was no way I was missing out on these lovely waves so I ditched the camera for a surfboard.  Usually I only body board but the girls had these so I figured as the waves were so clean I’d give stand up boarding a go.  After about an hour of trying I actually managed to catch a few, this is a real achievement for me.  Sadly there was no one to take my photo but I was so excited I did insist on standing on the board on the beach and pretending!

 

Fiona standing on a Surf board

I rarely indulge in ice creams on the beach but as it was such a lovely day it was worth making an exception.  How the hours drifted past I will never know but it was glorious watching the sailing boats on the horizon, the buzz of people on the beach and marveling at the waves. Soon we were wishing our friends a safe journey home and racing to get Guy back in time for the evening train.

 

After the sea fun on the beach

Polzeath you are still one of my favourite beaches even on a crowded August day, as for our friends I have a feeling they will be back to join us again soon. If you were wondering where Farmer Nick was, he doesn’t do beaches, but he did finish making Sally the Pig her new garden fence ahead of the arrival of her piglets.

Joining in with Country Kids

If you have been outside enjoying the summer weather then please come and join me on the linky. All outdoor fun from playing in the garden to days out are welcome but please make sure they are predominantly outdoor based. Country Kids is all about promoting fresh air and time away from sofas and screens. I would be very grateful if you would take my badge or link back to me and please remember to check out the other posts here, you may just find the inspiration for your next post.  

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 (no need for a hash tag in Pinterest)

 

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

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Susan Snaps had a blast at The Ekka having a go on the rides and watching the fireworks displays.

Exploring picturesque Oregon One Tiny Leap shares their fun at Canon Beach and Ecola State Park on their around the world trip.

Over 40 Mum to One enjoyed their day wandering around Brill exploring the old windmill as well as Hartwells Barn.

A blogger meet up was on the cards for Bubba Blue and Me at Rushmere Country Park exploring the woods on a photography walk.

Little Hearts Big Love took a step back in time as they explored the little village of Cregneash on the Isle of Man and learnt about life as a crofter.

An underground adventure was enjoyed by Kids Days Out Reviews who went exploring the White Scar Caves and learnt all about the stalagmites and stalactites. 

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on August 21st, 2015 - Fiona

Annual Nature Raft Race

It has become a bit of a tradition at Coombe Mill to run a recycling raft race at Easter time and a natural raft race from nature in August.  This is the third year for the Nature raft race originally inspired on a summer’s day at the farm with The Boy and Me and Mummy Mishaps.  Several of the guests with us this year have actually been staying for all three years, hence it has become a bit of a tradition on this week.

 

Annual Nature Raft Race

 

I began the afternoon with a quick demonstration of a raft I had made earlier in the day and tested for buoyancy.  This gave those who were new an idea of how to go about making their raft.  The rules were very clear: if it was found in nature it could be used and if not I confiscated it.  I did a quick circuit around the different groups as they began to build taking away baler twine and the like to make sure everyone had to think creatively for a string substitute.  Reeds and ivy were perfect and one or the other bound each of the rafts that were made.  Most people worked in family groups; it was lovely to see the parents fully involved and really quite competitive over their designs and ideas.

 

Making the Natural Rafts

 

When the allotted half an hour was up we began to make our way upstream to the Coombe Mill footbridge. I have just discovered Periscope and recorded from here on my iPhone  

 

Excitement was building and I had a job to gather all the children together for a photograph ahead of the big launch.

 

natural raft racing

 

Counting down on previous years with a ‘3, 2, 1’ caused some confusion for the children, so this year we agreed on a ‘ready steady go’.  There was no cheating at all and the children all found a space over the bridge and waited for the command before releasing their rafts from the top of the bridge into the water.

 

Dropping the Rafts into the River

 

The excitement was immediate as the children rushed down from the bridge to follow their rafts downstream.  There was much shouting and cheering as they raced along the river bank and down to the finish line to wait for the rafts to appear.  Thanks to a little help from Guy and @DadneedsDecaf wading through the river behind the rafts every one of them survived the journey to be cheered under the finishing bridge.

Rafts Racing Down the River

By this stage there were many more children and grownups venturing into the river, from paddling to body boarding, re-racing rafts to just daring each other to take a dip.  I love to see people taking advantage of nature’s playground here at Coombe Mill.

 

Kids having fun splashing in the River

 

Guy treated us to one of his famous jumps from the bridge.  

 

Guy Jumping from the Bridge

 

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids 

If you have been outside enjoying the summer weather then please come and join me on the linky. All outdoor fun from playing in the garden to days out are welcome but please make sure they are predominantly outdoor based. Country Kids is all about promoting fresh air and time away from sofas and screens. I would be very grateful if you would take my badge or link back to me and please remember to check out the other posts here, you may just find the inspiration for your next post.  

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 (no need for a hash tag in Pinterest)

 

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 this version of a pondoscope from Baby Routes, such a fun and easy way to study pond life.

Plenty of frolicking around in the countryside for Jack's Paper Moon and a trip down memory lane with older kids for ClaireJustine and a nature immersion from Growing Family

A fascinating insight into the ghost towns of Salisbury Plain now used by the military from A Family Day Out.

Camp Bestival looks such fun for families, Chelsea Mamma always manages an interesting angle on the events.  

I can see why Storyland is a family favourite day out for Mum Turned Mom.

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

   

   



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