Country Kids 5th May 2018

Posted on May 4th, 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 5.5.18

Welcoming May 

Hopefully the chill of April is now behind us and we an look forward to some warmer days for May. Certainly our little abandoned lamb featured here is happy to see the sunshine as it means she can roam our garden and not be shut into the greenhouse! With the days now stretching out into the evening there is plenty of scope for outdoor fun, please  do share yours with me 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.
  • 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 15 posts.
  2. Lucy from Kids of the Wild & Kara from Are We Nearly There Yet who commented on 14 posts. 
  3. Joy from Pinkoddy & Kim from Northumberland Mam 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.

April Welly Winner

Congratulations to Karen from Stopping at Two  who is our April winner of the lovely Rockfish wellies. Karen brought the family back here to Coombe Mill for a 3rd holiday over Easter and shares all the things they enjoyed out and about here on the farm. Karen, do DM or email ([email protected]) your choice of wellies from the Rockfish range including size and colour as shown in stock. 

Country Kids April Welly Winner Stopping at Two

 

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

Top Commenter: Jo from Where Jo Goes

Louise from Little Hearts Big Love shares a very special last Leogland trip for the cousins all together. 

West Country Mum found the ultimate mud trail for the ultimate country kid! 

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 9350 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @cardiffmummysays@kippersandcurtains, @thefrenchiemummy & @mudpiefridays. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun featured images week 83 with thanks to @cardiffmummysays @kippersandcurtains @thefrenchiemummy and @mudpiefridays . Thank you for all the lovely tags this week. Please keep them coming. Don’t forget the #CountryKids link up will be live from midnight tonight. Happy bank holiday weekend 😊. #outdooradventures #outdoorslife #outdoorphotography #outdoorsandhappy #outdoorfun #woods #kids #happytimes #sunshine #beach #bluebells #fishingnets #ponddipping #countryside

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Create a Spring Flower Garden

Posted on May 4th, 2018 - Fiona

I have really taken to creating flowers from toilet rolls and after the success of our Mother’s Day crafts making cards with toilet roll flowers I decided to take all the elements from here and make two new flower crafts. This coincided with a lovely educational story book arriving for me to review from Quarto Kids all about the seasons in the garden. Before I knew it I had a spring flower garden theme coming together for our guests to enjoy.

How to create a paper spring flower garden

The Magic Garden

We began in the games room reading The Magic Garden. It is quite short and illustrative and the perfect length for the children. It put everyone into a creative mood and ready to go out and view the farm gardens with fresh eyes.

Reading the MAgic Garden

Nature Hunt

So with flower tick sheets and pens we set off in search of a signs of spring flowers on the farm. It is amazing what you find when you have your eyes really open. We hardly travelled any distance to find our first three flowers. The lawn around the games room was filled with buttercups, daisies and daffodils. Just as well Farmer Mick hadn’t yet come along to do his first mow of the year! We soon followed up with the Camellia and primrose and the first bluebells. The Rhododendron was only in bud and the honeysuckle just in leaf so these were much harder. It will be a few months before we see the new season Fuchsia but we still walked over to the bush where they will appear and checked along the river bank for Red Campion.

 

Spring flower hunt

Creative Flower Pots

We arrived back at the games room just as the rain began and quickly moved the craft table under shelter. The children chose to make the flower pots first. It is a relatively simple craft that needed minimal help from the grownups, yet gives a pretty result. We covered toilet rolls in a choice of fabric.

Then we cut out squares of crepe paper and poked them through pipe cleaners to make magical colourful flowers.

The girls were thrilled with their finished flower pots.

Finished spring craft flowers

Spring flower garden wreath

Then we moved onto the flower wreaths. The first task was to cut the centre out of a paper plate for the frame. Then we cut and painted toilet rolls to make the flowers.

 

Making spring paper plate flower wreaths

 

By stapling the painted flowers on to the paper plate and hanging with ribbon we had pretty wreaths. I had wanted to collect ivy to place between the flowers but the rain was really pouring down so the girls decided to leave their wreaths at the games room to dry and add their own ivy later.

 

Finished paper plate flower wreaths

 

I think they would have happily stayed and crafted all evening once inspired. Their combined concentration and willingness to do everything was infectious. Its amazing how fast time goes and how much creative fun can come from a book and some throw away household items.   

 

Inspired to create a spring flower garden

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Country Kids 28th April 2018

Posted on April 27th, 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 28.4.18

Is it summer yet? 

I’m never quite sure as we approach May if it’s OK to call it summer now. As far as I’m concerned it is only 7 weeks till mid summer’s day so I’m going with summer. We are in the middle of birthday season here, my triplets turned 14 this month and my eldest turns 20 next week. Goodness I can hardly call them Country Kids anymore! Never the less Clio features in my post this week along with her friend and cousins for Greek Easter. I hope April has been a happy month for you. Please come and join me with your adventures 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.
  • 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. Malin from Sensational Learning with Penguin who commented on 18 posts.
  2. Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 17 posts.
  3. Sara from Mum Turned Mom who commented on 8 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.

 

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

Top Commenter: Malin from Sensational Learning with Penguin

Over 40 Mum to One shares a lovely double visit where the need for wellies and waterproofs couldn’t stop a good adventure.  

Renovation Blog Bay-Bee visited beautiful Arundel Castle just as the tulips were in season  

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 9200 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @mummyconstant, @mrs_hs_fav_things@tammymumuk and @farmerswifeandmummy. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun featured images week 82 with thanks to @mummyconstant @mrs_hs_fav_things @tammymumuk and @farmerswifeandmummy. Thank you for all the lovely tags this week. Please keep them coming. Don’t forget the #CountryKids link up will be live from midnight tonight. Happy weekend 😊. #outdooradventures #outdoorslife #outdoorphotography #outdoorsandhappy #outdoorfun #woods #kids #happytimes #sunshine #kidsplaying

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Orthodox Greek Easter 2018

Posted on April 27th, 2018 - Fiona

Farmer Nick is half Greek thanks to his father. This has come with many benefits to me over the years as I adore our Greek holidays, meeting extended family out there and here in the UK and the wonderful tradition of celebrating Orthodox Greek Easter. If I’m honest the only downside to our Greek heritage is our Greek surname of Cambouropoulos which most people understandably struggle to pronounce and spell! As an English person learning the Greek language I can honestly say that is very hard too. Anyway back to Greek Easter, the Orthodox Church sets its calendar differently to the Anglican one and we usually benefit from two Easter celebrations as a result. We had a wonderful time here on the farm for English Easter with our Easter egg hunt and activities, then the following weekend we travelled with Clio and her friend to Seaford to family friends hosting Greek Easter in the UK this year.

 

Orthodox Greek Easter 2018

 

We are lucky enough to have Nick’s Mum living close by and we were able to stay there along with Nick’s brother and his girls. This alone was wonderful for Clio, being surrounded by teenage girls for the weekend instead of all her brothers, who had opted to stay home and run the farm for us this year. If you have ever watched my big fat Greek Wedding, then there is a certain ring of truth to it about every good Greek gathering. Food and socialising is everything. The day starts early for the host who has to prepare and begin to cook the spit roast lamb from early morning. Having hosted it ourselves in the past I know this takes plenty of skill and patience. By the time we all arrive armed with designated plates of food the lamb is well under way. Clio and her cousin took their seats by the BBQ to share lamb turning duties. 

 

Cousins turning the lamb at Orthodox Greek Easter

 

Let the merriment begin.

 

The day rolls by in a blur of socializing, mouth watering Greek delights, wine and music. It is wonderful seeing all the generations mixing together with the younger children enjoying the day alongside the teens, adults, and grandparents.  

 

 

The smells of food waft from the BBQ and kitchen making everyone hungry. I think starters may be my favourite part, there are so many to choose from though Kokoretzi has few takers so I get more than my fair share (all the bits of the lamb you would probably never use like liver, kidney, tongue etc on a big BBQ skewer – look away now if you are vegetarian).  

 

Greek Easter starters

 

But filling up completely is a mistake with Greek style roast to follow.

 

Spit roast lamb at Greek Easter

 

Play time and cracking the red eggs is always the best part for the children

 

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A welcome pause in the food allows just enough of a gap to tuck into puddings.

 

Greek puddings

 

We left late afternoon full and happy while Yia Yia brought all the girls home later. Phone games and bubble blowing kept the cousins busy while the little ones played and the more senior generation took 40 winkes! 

 

Relaxing at Greek Easter

 

Celebrating Orthodox Greek Easter in Seaford

 

 

Next year Orthodox Greek Easter falls at the end of the English school holidays so we are hosting down at Coombe Mill, be warned if you happen to be staying that week, you may just get an unexpected invite to join our festivities.  

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Country Kids 21st April 2018

Posted on April 20th, 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 21.4.18

The grass is growing and spring is here

Spring has felt a long time coming, especially on the farm. We had run out of hay for the animals and there was none to buy, all the farmers were facing the same problem with the longer than expected cold spell. Finally things have changed, the temperature is up and the grass is growing, the animals are happy and so our our holiday makers. It was even proper beach weather by the end of the week. I hope you were able to take advantage?  Please come and join me with your adventures 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.
  • 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. Sonia from Mummy Constant who commented on 14 posts.
  2. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 13 posts.
  3. Jo from Mum Friendly who commented on 12 posts.

Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave. Sadly we had 3 link dumpers PLEASE GO BACK IF THIS IS YOU, IT’S NOT FAIR TO OTHERS

Please remember I comment count on Thursday afternoon so please make sure your comments are in by Thursday lunchtime. 

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: Sonia from Mummy Constant

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


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 9130 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from  @susiehawes @cardiffmummysays @wendy_naptimenatterblog and @_lauriesharp. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun featured images for week 81 with thanks to @susiehawes @cardiffmummysays @wendy_naptimenatterblog and @_lauriesharp thank you for all the lovely tags again this week. Have a wonderful weekend and make the most of the April sunshine. For bloggers I’d love to see you over at #CountryKids for this weeks outdoor fun link up from midnight. Fiona ☀🌿🍃🌱🐾🐓🦆😄 #outdoorfun #fridayoutdoorfun #nationaltrust #statelyhome #countryside #adventurekids #explorerkids #lovelife #outdoorsandhappy #outdooradventures

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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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