Posted on January 12th, 2018 - Fiona
Traditional New Year’s Eve celebrations may revolve around fizz at midnight but when you have younger children we think it’s great to do something fun as a family at a time they are able to enjoy. I remember as a child myself fighting to stay awake with my parents till midnight to see in the new year, then finding it all a bit of an anticlimax on orange squash and being grumpy and tired the next day. For this reason here on the farm we run from the afternoon New Year crafts into a family party as the night sky settles in. This has the added benefit of leaving the traditional party hours free for adult time celebrating New Year while worn out little ones sleep.
A Versatile Games Room
My own children helped me turn the games room from craft centre to party room with twinkle lights, music, drinks and a table of party food straight from the oven. We even rigged up a heater to make it warm enough to take off coats and really enjoy the atmosphere.
As the guests arrived the children played games and danced while the adults enjoyed a drink and a chat in comfort without the usual wellies from the farm duties.
Fireworks to Impress
Farmer Nick snuck away from the party to prepare the fireworks for us and I prayed the rain would hold off for us to enjoy them. We had sparklers for the children to start and their little faces were a picture as Guy and Jed lit them and handed them out along the path.
Then we followed the beam of the tractor lights along the path to stand and watch the display.
With Rockets and a giant mixed display box we were kept entertained for a good 5 minutes. Not quite central London but enjoyed just as much.
As Nick and I cleared up and prepared to return home for our own family celebrations for New Year we knew we had left some happy little ones excited for 2018.
Celebrating New Year with Younger children on the farm
Posted on January 5th, 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.
6 years of Country Kids!
As we move into January I realise Country Kids is moving into it’s 7th year! My kids have gone from kids to practically gown ups in that time but the linky is still one I’m passionate about and so it continues. Essentially outdoor family adventures make memories and healthy happy families. I hope you will stay with me on the outdoor journey for another year. Whether you are taking time out at the park, the beach, the woods or just frolicking in the garden it is time well spent. Capture those moments and share them on the link up below.
Happy New Year!
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.
- 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.
My top commenters from last week:
- Emma from The Joy of Five who commented on 17 posts.
- Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops who commented on 16 posts
- Sanna from Wave to Mummy who commented on 15 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
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 16th December added to the shortlist for winning the December / January Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter: Emma from The Joy of Five
- Snow has arrived in America and Mum turned Mom is making the most of it with her little girl
- Marsh Farm looks like a perfect place for visiting Santa for a great pre Christmas day out as told by Our Little Escapades
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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 7735 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.
My bumper Christmas and New Year featured photos came from @lucyathomeblog @countryvicarswife @laurasidestreet @wouldliketobe@_lauriesharp @packetmixmum @four_acorns and @dear_mummy Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.
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Posted on January 5th, 2018 - Fiona
We make no secret of loving the beach at any time of the year; however one of my favourite days to visit is Christmas Day. The weather doesn’t need to be perfect, just warm enough to face changing into a wetsuit and dry enough not to ruin a walk. Christmas Day this year delivered on both these criteria with the typically Cornish mix of warm with outbreaks of drizzle and occasional sunshine. Just to further encourage a family beach visit Jed had a surf board for his Christmas present which he opened with great excitement here in the morning and couldn’t wait to test it out.
Everyone has their own Christmas Day traditions, ours is Stockings in the morning, followed by feed run with the guests and then family cooked brunch.
Refuelled by something warm to eat, we head out for a walk, preferably to the beach, while the Turkey cooks for an early evening Christmas dinner. I like it this way as it ensures I manage to join the family for the daylight hours and not be left stuck in the kitchen cooking. With the window wipes on and off during the car journey to the beach I had my doubts about our plan this year, however the kids were keen and who am I to stop their fun. Half of us hit the waves while half walked the beach and coast path. I left Theo with the camera so he is responsible for most of the beach photos.
I hadn’t thought to bring my long lens and really wanted to capture Jed trying out his new surf board so I risked my camera in the water and waded in while Theo held my surf board. I even managed a couple of little video clips before a wave nearly had me over and the camera ruined for good!
After nearly an hour in the water I had to drag the kids out, they were going blue but still having a wonderful time on their Christmas Day surf.
Changing back on the beach is the most unpleasant part, but we made up for it with the heating on high in the car going home and a wonderful traditional Christmas dinner within a couple of hours of being home.
I always say kids are like puppies, they need a good dose of exercise every day in order to relax quietly. Surfing and sea air clearly did the trick; they all played Monopoly and watched films with us in the living room late into the night. It was my perfect balanced Christmas Day.
A Christmas Day Surf 2017
Posted on December 30th, 2017 - Fiona
We are right in the middle of the festive period and I hope it is a happy one for you and your families. Here on the Farm the children have been enjoying plenty of fun each day out feeding the animals and making new friends. Between Christmas wrapping paper and New Year fireworks keeping the animals safe and well is our priority. This year has delivered more than the average rainfall and some strong winds for Cornwall; this is the worst conditions for our animals who cope with the cold so much better than the wet. Never the less Farmer Nick has been providing plenty of hay and treats and all the animal shelters have survived the winds – so far! On the sunnier days the beauty of the farm shines through and it feels as though animals and nature alike uncurl to appreciate the winter sunlight. We will be busy with crafts, partying and fireworks with our guests again tomorrow for New Year’s Eve, but rest assured it will all be away from the animals that will be tucked up with plenty of hay whatever the weather throws our way.
A few Festive Farm Fun Photos
First hold of a chicken and looking confident.
Rudolf having a well earned festive breakfast after his hectic Christmas schedule!
Our alpaca are becoming more friendly by the day and taking a shine to spiced Christmas apples!
Festive farm fun from afar, watching the children on the morning farm ride from across the lake.
Our cheeky ponies sticking their heads into the trailer in search of apples.
Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year
Posted on December 22nd, 2017 - Fiona
Whatever 2017 has held for you I hope you have a fun family festive season.
Ditch the stress, embrace a child’s eye view and remember nothing matters more than being around those you love.
Embrace some family time outdoors between the movies and festive food remembering that outdoor kids are healthy kids.
From all of us here at Coombe Mill Holidays we wish you health and happiness this Christmas time.
Thank you for supporting my blog in 2017, for all the lovely comments and shares on my posts, for joining in with Country Kids (which returns for the new year here on the 6th January) and for helping me win the UKBA 2017 and reach the BIBs finals.