Nature appreciation discovering wild garlic and animals.

Posted on May 25th, 2018 - Fiona

In early May the farm is teaming with wild garlic. Big green leaves, white bulb roots and pretty white flowers. I was keen to run an activity hour that would take us out on a nature appreciation tour searching for garlic and making something with it. Last year we made some delicious cheese and wild garlic scones, this year I thought we’d try my super easy pasta sauce. Since I knew it was very quick and easy to make I had a couple of extra jobs on the farm for us to do with the animals, and then nature obliged with a few more so that we totally overran our time, but no one was clock watching and tummies had been filled.  

Nature appreciation discovering wild garlic and animals

Herb Identification

We began with a little sensory game. The children each sniffed a little wild garlic, rosemary and mint and tried to say what they reminded them of. Some of the things were so funny with the likes of strawberries and honey, but I was really impressed with the little girl who said roast potatoes on smelling the rosemary. I checked with her Mum and like me she adds rosemary to roasties!

 

herb identification

Nature Appreciation through making Wild Garlic Pasta Sauce

Having seen and smelt wild garlic we watched my little video on how to make wild garlic pasta sauce. 

 

 

Then we set off onto the farm to look for some wild garlic while Clio cooked a pan of pasta for us.

 

picking wild garlic

 

On our return we saved a little garlic to add to our recipe cards which were laminated for the children to take home then washed hands and garlic before setting to work on our sauce. The children helped me carefully chop the wild garlic including the leaves, flowers and bulbs and place them in the food mixer. Then we added olive oil and seasoning, replaced the lid and whizzed it all up.

 

Making wild garlic pasta sauce

 

Clio brought us out the steaming pasta and we put some into bowls with the sauce and grated cheese for the children to try. Despite the parents reservations on whether they would taste it, every child gave it a go and most really enjoyed it. Curiosity had the better of the parents and they all tried some too!  

 

EATING WILD GARLIC PASTA

Nature appreciation with animals.

When everyone had finished their pasta we had a few farm jobs to do.

Our first job was to release an emperor moth. I had found her sunbathing on our doorstep just before activity hour and she was sure to be trodden on merging into the paving stones so I brought her along for the children to see. Carefully we freed her onto the grass next to a bush.

 

Placing a moth under a bush

 

Our remaining jobs needed a walk back to the farm.  Lambo needed her bottle, I had carrots ready as edible toys for the rabbits and Farmer Nick had made a sign we needed to put up to protect the nesting wild duck sitting on her eggs.  We headed off over the fields with everything we needed and stopped first to add the sign and show the children the duck. She was pretty well camouflaged and we only found her in the first place when farmer Nick nearly mowed her down cutting the lawns!

 

Protecting a duck nest

 

Over the bridge and a hungry lamb was waiting for us.

 

Bottle Feeding Lamb

 

Jessica, Sophie and Peanut the chicks had come off the heat lamp and we moved them into a much larger home where they could roam and see the world whilst being fox proof and dry.

 

 

Finally we took our sliced carrots into the bunnies and hung them from their toy. Grabbing their treat keeps the bunnies entertained and full up!

 

carrots to rabbits

 

No wonder the time ran away, there is so much to do on the farm at this time of year and it’s lovely to have the children wanting to help. You might have thought they would be worn out after all their nature appreciation and chores, but there was still time for a play in the ford on the way back. It just goes to show that nature’s playground is pretty cool too!

 

Walking through the ford

 

 

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Country Kids 19th May 2018

Posted on May 18th, 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 19.5.18

You know summer is knocking on the door when…..  

Rudolph has lost his antlers. This is one of the regular signs of early summer here on the farm. Our magnificent stag is looking somewhat less majestic without his headgear much to the delight of the children who found it! The plants, and weeds, are running away, we are through lambing and the evenings are stretching out into the night. What’s not to love about the outdoors now?  Please come and join me with your adventures on the link up below.   

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  • 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.
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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. Northumberland Mam with 12 comments
  2. Michelle Twin Mum with 11 comments
  3. Familyalife with 9 comments 

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, we had a week with nojust one link dumper. Please don’t do this it isn’t fair! 

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 May Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Northumberland Mam

Queen of collage had a creative garden session looking at nature 

Lily’s Little Learners had a lovely time at the local country fair 

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Dinosaur world created from Jurassic Coombe Mill

Posted on May 18th, 2018 - Fiona

I love it when I have an idea that jut grows. We had such fun back in half term up in the deer field, where Farmer Nick was explaining the ice age history of the woodland there and I began to think about how we could incorporate this into an activity hour. My mind moved from the ice age landscape to the dinosaurs who would have roamed the Jurassic landscape back then. Creating a dinosaur world from the ancient parts of Coombe Mill began to take shape in my mind whilst I was cycling over Bodmin Moor. Farmer Nick was out shopping and as my plan came together in my mind I had to stop and phone him to ask him to buy me a bag of plastic dinosaurs. He is used to my strange requests and came home with just what I wanted. A little more planning and creative thought and I had our dinosaur world of discovery mapped out.

Dinosaur world recreated from Jurassic Coombe Mill

Dinosaur know how

As everyone assembled the children began to look through 3 lovely dinosaur books we have on the farm from Atlas of Dinosaurs and Lonely Atlas of Dinosaurs which covered the age range of the children perfectly. I was surprised how knowledgeable the children were on their dinosaurs, telling me names, habitats and even how long ago they lived on earth (180 – 65 million years ago) and theories on they became extinct.

 

Reading dinosaur books together

I focused in on the Atlas of Dinosaurs and the page on the UK which depicted a beautifully illustrated landscape that could have been Coombe Mill. The children quickly identified the river and the forested deer field as looking just like the book.

 

Spotting the Jurassic landscape in Coombe Mill through Lonely Planets Dinosaur Atlas

Dinosaur rocks

By now everyone had arrived and we set about painting dinosaur rocks out of old Coombe Mill scavenged ancient chunks of rock which I had pre primed with white paint as a base.

 

Painting Coombe Mill Dinosaur Rocks

 

The children painted their favourite dinosaurs and we set them on one side to dry. I later took them home and varnished them so they could be taken home with the children the following day and kept or hidden locally. My own is now hidden at Coombe Mill and added to our Coombe Mill Rocks page on Facebook.

 

A dinosaur rock for the Coombe Mill Rocks Facebook Page

Creating our dinosaur world

Next we arranged cereal box backing into supermarket vegetable trays as the base of our Jurassic world. When everyone was happy with the fit of the two items we took just the tray with us on a farm scavenger hunt to look for and collect evidence of where the dinosaurs might have lived and what they might have eaten at Coombe Mill. We stopped to look along the river, to collect and smell wild garlic which we all agreed dinosaurs would have enjoyed and headed up into the deer field.

 

A walk to the deer field scavenging for our dinosaur world

 

A play in the trees followed, along with collecting moss as a carpet to our dinosaur world. We also searched for ferns and leaves which we had read they liked to eat.

 

Play in the deer field and moss and fern to collect

 

Back at the craft table the children tipped out their scavenged items, added the backing board back and began to assemble their own mini Jurassic world replica.

Where are the dinosaurs?

 There was just one thing missing, mine had a dinosaur in and no one else’s did. I had a last activity up my sleeve. Clio had laid a dinosaur trail for us while we were on our scavenger hunt. This took us from the games room up to the sand pit where 9 dinosaurs were hidden in the sand; one for each child. They raced along spotting and collecting the clues and enjoyed digging up their dinosaurs. The Play Expert diggers were very handy for the job!

 

Dinosaur hunt and dig

 

Finally with dinosaurs in hand they headed back to place them in their newly made home.

 

Dinosaur worlds completed by children

 

It’s amazing how much fun we had with some lovely books, little dinosaur toys and 30 acres of ancient dinosaur landscape that makes Coombe Mill.

 

 

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Country Kids 12th May 2018

Posted on May 11th, 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 12.5.18

Summer calls and our chicks are growing  

It feels as though the temperatures are finally on the rise and the countryside has greened up for summer. Our little chicks Jessica, Sophie and Peanut are growing fast and it is now a chase around the pen to capture them for a cuddle in the mornings as their feathers form and they find their wings. Live is busy at Coombe Mill for the summer season but we wouldn’t want it any other way. It is lots of fun from dawn to dusk and I’m sharing one of our latest crazes from Activity Hour this week – Kindness rocks. Please come and join me with your adventures on the link up below.   

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  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
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    • 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. We had a triple place tie with 11 comments from Little Hearts Big Love, Over 40 Mum to One and Kids of the Wild
  2. Just behind on 10 comments was Mummy Constant
  3. Baby Isabella on 9 comments

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, we had just ONE REPEAT OFFENDER WITH NO COMMENTS – come on you know who you are! 

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 May Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenters: Kids of the Wild, Little Hearts Big Love, Over 40 Mum to One

Ice cream made from Gorse Flower from Four Acorns I’ve already tried baking a cake with them it is such a lovely idea and we have lots on the farm.

Kids of the Wild is doing so much in the name of childhood cancer including this lovely trip to Cornwall

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Kindness with Coombe Mill Rocks and a Wishing Tree

Posted on May 11th, 2018 - Fiona

Sometimes I have an idea bubbling that I just know I have to use. Kindness Rocks groups have been springing up all around on Facebook and I have been impressed with the fun they are generating. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart shared a post in February about her girls finding some of these rocks and making their own and I thought then we should start a Coombe Mill Rocks page. We have finally set up the page and added many of the decorated Rocks and plaques from around Coombe Mill. To these I planned to add more from activity hour.  I have also had a yearning to make a wishing tree. The two projects felt similar enough to tie together by adding kindness messages to a designated wishing tree.

 

Kindness with Coombe Mill Rocks and a Wishing Tree

More about Kindness Rocks

 In case you are unfamiliar with kindness rocks, the idea is to find a rock, say in the local Facebook where you found it and then re-hide it somewhere else to be found again. The originator write on the back where the stone is from and you can see how far they travel. For this reason I thought it would be perfect for holiday makers here, they can create and take rocks all round the country and further. If you fancy getting involved join our group.  

Kindness tags for our wishing Tree

We began with our kindness tags and the children were soon absorbed in choosing which phrases to use and decorating their coloured card with their choice of material scraps.

 

Making wishing tags

Coombe Mill Rocks Nature Trail

As I wanted to finish the tags with nature we set off outside on a kindness rock hunt. I have quite a collection scattered over the fairy gardens and new wildlife trail and handed the children a tick sheet with just 16 on to see if they could spot them all on our walk and also to inspire them for making their own later.

 

kindness rock hunt

 

When everyone had found all the stones I reminded them to look for some colourful petals and leaves on their way back to finish their Kindness tags

 

Collecting Nature

 

Back in the Games room we put the finishing touches to our tags, laminated them and punched holes to add string for hanging and floristry ribbon to spin in the breeze.

 

Finishing wishing tags

Making Coombe Mill Kindness Rocks

It was time to use my collection of white painted rocks from the farm. Everyone chose one and set to work using their choice of felt tips or paint to carefully create their own special designs.  

 

Painting Kindness rocks

 

I took all the rocks back to my house to dry then varnished them and laid them out for the children to collect after the tractor ride the following morning. They all disappeared. We will have to wait and see if they turn up hidden at Coombe Mill or somewhere near you. They all have Coombe Mill Rocks on the back in permanent market so do let me know if you find one!

Creating our Wishing Tree

Our final task of the afternoon was to return to the nature trail and begin to populate my designated wishing tree. It is a fruit tree and just coming into blossom. We hung our kindness tags and watched as they swirled in the wind.

 

hanging tags on wishing tree

 

I’m delighted with our start to our wishing tree and a Coombe Mill Rocks collection. I think we will be adding to both over the coming weeks.  

 

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