Let’s go kite flying at Coombe Mill

Posted on November 18th, 2016 - Fiona

Kite flying is something I remember fondly from my own childhood. The hours I would spend on our campsite in Cornwall with my kite “touching the sky”. Here with my own children I have grappled with twisted strings and complicated designs down at the beach and more than often given up.  However I wanted to give the old fashioned one string kite flying a go again and thought we could try to make them for activity hour. The forecast was for heavy wind and rain ahead that night; I was banking on the wind arriving ahead of the rain so that we had a chance to try it all out.

Lets go kite flying at coombe Mill

How to make a simple kite

Luck was on our side and we were bless with sun and a real gust building. I risked laying blankets outside with all the materials while the children set to work following my prototype.

 

Activity hour today making kites #kite #kitemaking #kites #crafts #creative #creativekids #countrykids #trash2treasure

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It’s amazing how much fun some colourful ribbon, bamboo and bin liners can create, although I was grateful to the parents for lending a hand too as tying all the string is a little fiddly for little fingers.

 

Making Kites at Coombe Mill

Time to go kite flying

With decorative tails in place and string secured the children couldn’t wait to give their kites a go. There was a handy little slope just up from where we had been constructing them that was perfect to fly a kite.

 

Kite flying a homemade kite

 

There followed a mad half hour of running hither and dither with kites following on behind.

 

Kite flying in the wind at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

More and more completed their kites and added to the buzz of children dashing around flying their newly made creations.  

 

Flying homemade kites. Mixed success 100% fun! #countrykids #creativekids #creative #crafts #kidsofinstagram #kiteflying #kite #kites #homemade #trash2treasure #kidsfun

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Just as I was thinking how lucky we had been with the weather the sky clouded over and the rain drops began. It was already time up on activity hour but the children were feeling cheated of their extended kite flying time so as I had all the coloured wool out with me anyway we moved into the games room to make friendship bracelets and hair braids. The children were thrilled with their braids, though I fear I have now cheated the beach side stalls out of their business from this group!  

 

Making hair braids

 

By the time we finished the sun had returned and it was time for the evening train ride. There were some happy passengers complete with hair braids and having enjoyed the chance to make and fly a kite.  

 

 

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Country Kids 12th November 2016

Posted on November 11th, 2016 - 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. 

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Autumn is beginning to fall from the trees to the ground this week on the farm. The fairy gardens look quite magical with their autumn dusting of leaves. Add a few bubbles and you may spot a fairy!  While our guests have been enjoying autumn on the farm, Nick and I took the triplets for a quick night away to experience the Lewes Bonfire Party. More of that in my post this week, for now I do need to apologise for the disruption I caused to the link up in going away. I promise normal service resumes today! 

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.
    • Large 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.

As I failed to do comments last week being away I am catching up with 2 weeks worth this week. I promised all those commenters would count so here goes:

My top  commenters from 5th November

1st Heidi from Him Me and Three with 27 comments

2nd Louise from Little Hearts Big Love with 15 comments

3rd Michelle from Mummy from the Heart 12 comments

Link dump and run culprets: 3 (boo to you) 

and Wow to My top commenters from 29th October:

1st: Jenny from Odd Socks and Lollipops with 37 comments

2nd: Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be fine with 36 comments

3rd: Sanna from Wave to Mummy with 33 comments

Thanks you to you all, that is really going the extra mile and so appreciated.

There were 2 link dump and run culprits but thank you to Joanne from Kiddie Holidays who commented on 6 posts without even linking up herself.

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

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. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of winning the November Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenters from the last 2 weeks: Jenny from Odd Socks and Lollipops and Heidi from Him Me Three

Sherry from Life at Cooks Cabin had a colourful Halloween and a magical first fireworks night out   

Mary from Over 40 Mum to One enjoyed a different sort of Halloween fun on the Watercress line

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Thank you to those joining in last week again, please keep the tags coming, I love to see them all and we now have over 500 photos in there in just 6 weeks!

My favourites last week were @susankmann @twotinyhands @thishappenedtometoday and @hollowayfamilynorth Do pop over and follow them on Instagram.

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Lewes Bonfire Night Celebrations 2016

Posted on November 11th, 2016 - Fiona

So today I was supposed to share a long overdue kite flying session from September; however we took a spur of the minute decision in the week leading up to Guy Fawkes night to treat the kids to the famous Lewes Bonfire Night celebrations. This is right over in East Sussex and we haven’t been since pre kids. Farmer Nick grew up here and has many happy memories of the Lewes bonfire night. In the past we have held our own Coombe Mill celebrations with friends and guests, however our own children and their friends have now outgrown these. We only had a couple of guests leaving and arriving on the Saturday so we decided to take the triplets, leaving the older kids in charge of the animals and the guests.  As fireworks night is a bit of an ‘of the moment’ occasion I decided to bump kite flying forward another week and share our adventure.

Lewes Bonfire Night Celebration 2016

A 5th of November to Remember

A Coombe Mill Bonfire night certainly did not prepare our triplets for Lewes. We tried to explain to them what it would be like, but the scale of the operation was just beyond their comprehension. The town was diverted of all traffic from midday and on street parking suspended.  Shops across the high street were being boarded up in preparation and excitement building. With Nick’s Mum living in the town we were sorted for parking and wandered through the beautiful Tudor lanes and Grange Park in the afternoon on foot to see the town being transformed.

Lewes Grange Gardens and Tudor Street

I’m afraid I only thought to take photos of the pretty parts and not the boarded up high street!

 

It was bitterly cold in the evening as we headed down into town for the procession. This goes on for hours with each bonfire society parading. I remember struggling to see anything through the crowds in the past, but somehow the triplets wriggled through to the front in their eagerness to see what was going on. Bands marched and effigies were raised high supporting giant signs. We were looking out for friends of ours in the Southover society parade, but somehow missed them.

 

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The huge fire torches made quite an impression on the triplets and they kept trying to grab the burned out ones dropped in the street.

 

Lewes Bonfire societies prosessing

 

Feeling cold and hungry we headed home for dinner, it really is a long night and we were told it would be at least 10.30pm before the fireworks would begin.  With our outdoor clobber back on, a hip flask in hand and tummies full we headed back out for the fireworks.

 

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At this point we had to decide which Bonfire society party to join as different groups split off around the town. As Southover was our nearest and our friends were there we naturally veered off following their loud music and tipsy crowd pullers. This really isn’t one for very young children and I was glad I had waited before taking our triplets, not least because if they became separated from us in the crowd they knew their way home.

Even heading back out at the programmed time there was precious little by way of action for the first hour. Finally the processors turned up at the field; the Teresa May and Boris Johnston effigies took their place on top of the Bonfire and the Pope stood up on his platform.

 

Southover Bonfire Society 5th November 2016

 

Nick and I knew just what would happen next but the triplets couldn’t believe their eyes. The pope was pelted with hand fireworks while the fire popped and cracked burning our Government with bangers constantly thundering round. I’d like to say it sounds scarier than it really is, but every time I go to a Lewes Bonfire night event I worry for the poor person playing the Pope.

 

Lewes bonfire society fireworks ? Southover #bonfirenight #outdoors #fireworks #Lewes #lewesbonfirenight

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The fireworks themselves lasted for ages making anything else I’ve ever seen look tiny. I’m sharing just a small clip from my phone, but honestly, against the biting cold evening sky they were incredible.

 

 

It was a very long way to travel for one night, but it is a 5th of November my children will always remember. Even the New York Times thought it worthy of a video

Lewes Bonfire Night 2016, you rocked!

 

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Country Kids 5th November 2016

Posted on November 4th, 2016 - 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. 

Country Kids 5th November

We have been in Halloween overload here at Coombe Mill. With 3 weeks of half term guests this year we have enjoyed our Halloween fun day, which is my post this week, and made good use of our famous Ghost Train too. As we clear away this weekend for Bonfire night I am am on sweet wrapper patrol right across the farm after a marathon run of Coombe Mill Trick or Treating!  

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.
    • Large 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.

Appologies my top  commenters from last week:

I’m afraid I have failed to get through comments this week. Our duty Manager Amber has been on a much deserved holiday leaving Nick and I flat out with the business and the kids this week. I will catch up next week so your comments won’t go unrecognized. I really appreciate the support from those who join in with me. 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

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. 

October Winner

  • *Drum Roll * My October winner is Michelle Twin Mum for her post from the Battle of Hastings reenactment day. Congratulations Michelle, please pop over to the Rockfish website and email or DM me your choice of wellies from the current range.   
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For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of winning the November Rockfish Wellies:

Last week’s Country Kids top commenter will go through and be recognized next week.

Raising money for  fab cause Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops went exploring a charity welly walk complete with Yukky Dip and Pantomime. 

This post about Belton House from Caroline over at Becoming a Stay at Home Mum captured my imagination with it’s stunning grounds and space to play in the autumn sunshine.

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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.

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Join the 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.

Thank you to those joining in last week again, please keep the tags coming, I love to see them all and we now have over 450 photos in there in just 5 weeks!

My favourites last week were  @Squishedblueberries  @verymuchsoblog  @The_dadventurer and @becomingasahm Do pop over and follow them on Instagram.

My #countrykidsfun favourite snaps of the week: @squishedblueberries @verymuchsoblog @the_dadventurer @becomingasahm Thank you for all the outdoor fun tags. Have a great weekend and keep the photos rolling. #countrykids #outdoors #outdoorlife #outdoorkids #countryside #nature #woods #autumn #leaves #familytime #autumnleaves #bubbles #landscape #view #adventure

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Halloween Fun Day at Coombe Mill

Posted on November 4th, 2016 - Fiona

Half term and Halloween may have come out of sync in recent years, but there was no way our regular guests were going to let that stop the fun they expected from a half term holiday here. It has become something of a tradition on the last day to have a massive Halloween fun day. Each year in my endeavor to ensure it lives up to expectations the activities grow. Not surprisingly this year was our most exciting yet.

Trick or Treat at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

When I say Halloween fun day I really mean a full day.

Halloween fun day timetable

Fancy Dress Feed Run

We like to make the most of those spooky outfits so we begin with a fancy dress feed run. I had decorated the tractor and trailer the previous afternoon and left it hidden in Farmer Nick’s shed. There were children who had held back from taking a turn at driving all week just to be able to drive on the Halloween fun day ride.  Thankfully high spirits and scary clothes didn’t put the animals off their breakfast!

Halloween Fun Day Fancy Dress Feed Run

There were a welcome couple of hours after this for everyone to enjoy lunch and their last day on the farm while I rustled up my children to help Amber and I undress the Feed run trailer and add all the decorations to the Ghost Train and then stage the clues for the scary Scavenger Trail. It was a race against the clock for us but we made it back to the games room for 2.30 with everything in place for the rest of the Halloween fun day activities.

Crafts

We made tin cans into devils, pumpkins, monsters and black cats with crape paper and paint and left them to dry for games later on.

 

Making scary tin cans for Halloween games later.

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Toilet rolls became mini devils and Frankenstein’s and I took inspiration from last week’s woodland weaving making spiders to take to the giant web, which was still going strong down by the river.

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I couldn’t believe this week’s children hadn’t spotted the giant web, it was a whole new discovery to find the web and add their spiders. 

 

spider web weaving at Coombe Mill Halloween Fun Day

Halloween Trail

Our fun day continued as the children joined us for a Halloween Trail challenge. Handing out trail sheets and pens the they were tasked with counting how many of the marked items they saw along the walk.  

Halloween Woodland Trail

 

Amber was waiting at the end of the trail with her witch’s cauldron to collect completed sheets. These were exchanged for a dip into the pot where the children rummaged between the bones and skin (twigs and leaves) for a gold token to buy them a ghost train ride.

 

Halloween Woodland Trail: Collecting Golden Tokens on Completion

 

Queuing is never a problem with the rope swing, bamboo tunnel and stream to entertain while waiting to dip into the cauldron.

 

Playing along the Halloween Trail at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

Halloween Games

We left everyone playing down the Halloween trail to set up the games. This was a chance to run off some excess energy, test the children’s teamwork skills and bring a little silliness and competition into play. We could have run this session for much longer as after an hour and a half the kids were still going strong but my voice was failing and darkness setting in!

Our tin cans were put to use in team tower building competitions. Tactics and teamwork were essential to build the highest tower.

 

Halloween ? tin can tower building. Who can make the tallest tower. Team work and strategy needed. Great fun and educational on our Halloween fun day. #halloween #tincans #games #education #learning #teamwork #challenge #countrykidsfun #funday #kids #competition

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Moving over to the lawn our tins were used for racing games along with broom sticks, the competitive side in the children really shone through and I was delighted to see my triplets join in too after helping to organise things all day.

Halloween Fun Day Games at Coombe Mill Holidays

 

We quietened everyone down with pin the arm on the skeleton with forfeits and the ever popular apple bobbing and find the sweet in the flour.

 

Halloween Apple Bobbing, Find the sweet and pin the arm on the skeleton games

 

Musical bumps and musical statues was much harder to judge than I imagined, I think everyone must have been seasoned party goers!

 

Musical statues at the Coombe Mill Halloween fun day

Ghost Train

Some of the younger children must have been flagging by now, but they certainly weren’t going to let it show, as they all raced over for the ghost train. I collected gold coins from the Halloween walk as the children boarded and with squeals of joy Guy led lap after lap round the track and through the spooky tunnel.

 

Halloween Ghost Train at Coombe Mill Holidays

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Trick or Treat

No Halloween fun day would be complete without a little Trick or Treating. Here at Coombe Mill we make this an organised procession from property to property. A lit pumpkin signifies we are welcome and we do our utmost to ensure little ones go first and older children, who can be inclined to push in their excitement, go after.  They system works well with each door only being knocked on once all evening and a parent from the group running ahead to open up for us. I was thrilled to see not only pumpkins but wonderful house decorations to welcome us too.

 

Trick or Treat at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

Thank you to all the parents for making this last part of the day so successful for the children. Each finished with a huge haul of goodies and crafts to remember their Halloween fun day at Coombe Mill.

If you would like to join us next year, all the activities for the Halloween fun day are free for our October half term guests but, be quick this is a popular week!  

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