Baking savoury scones from foraged herbs.

Posted on June 16th, 2017 - Fiona

I was determined to fit in a week working with herbs, and in particular wild garlic, before it was over on the farm for another year. Wild garlic has such a strong smell rather like spring onions and so useful in cooking. I had a feeling many of our children staying would not have noticed it during the week with us and so I decided on a spot of foraging for herbs and baking savoury scones as the basis for our activities this week.

Writing up the recipe for Wild garlic and cheese scones

 

Preparing to study herbs

We began by cutting up a cereal box to make a backing board for our theory work together with a clever little pouch to store the herbs we would find. Printed information sheets on each herb were stapled next to the pouch with sensory information to fill in on the herbs.

Making herb identification holders

 

Foraging for herbs

With our work all prepared we set off in search of our herbs. The wild garlic was just at the end of flowering and having showed the children what to look for they soon came across some along the farm paths. Armed with a good bunch for everyone we headed into my garden for snippets of all the other herbs I had growing. We had 6 to collect in total and the children needed help to carry back their haul.

Foraging for herbs at Coombe Mill

 

Making wild garlic and cheese savoury scones

Back at the craft tables we washed hands ready for cooking. I had all the ingredients for cheese and wild garlic scones. We measured, mixed and kneaded the ingredients together before cutting them into hearts and stars to go in the oven. The children were wonderful at taking turns to help at every stage.

 

Making wild garlic and cheese savoury scones

Completing herb worksheets

While the scones cooked the children began to complete their worksheets using the collected herbs. They rubbed each herb on the page to release the smell and then wrote down how it smelt, felt and looked along with what foods it was used in. They were great at suggesting foods the herbs reminded them of.   

 

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Writing up the savoury scone recipe

They worked really hard and made a lovely job of completing their worksheets before moving on to recapping the recipe we used for the scones. I handing out printed sheets where the children just had to fill in the amounts of each ingredient and mount them onto coloured card of their choice decorating them with felt tip pens.

 

Writing up the recipe for Wild garlic and cheese scones

 

I just had time for a photo of everyone with their competed recipes and herb cards while our delicious smelling freshly baked savoury scones cooled enough to eat.  

 

Writing up the recipe for Wild garlic and cheese scones

 

I was thrilled that every scone was eaten with the children all tasting their hard work and the parents polishing off any going spare. I can safely say cheese and wild garlic savoury scones make a very tasty snack. This turned into a really fun and educational afternoon with even the parents learning a thing or two about cooking with wild garlic.

 

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Country Kids 10th June 2017

Posted on June 9th, 2017 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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“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 #30DaysWild along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

 

Country Kids 10th June 2017

 Summer days  

I hope you have had a good week and managed to dodge the showers. We have been away with our older boys for a few days leaving Farmer Amber in charge of the farm and younger kids. We made the most of the outdoors despite the rain and chillier temperatures and returned just in time to take all the family to the Royal Cornwall Show which is something we all enjoy. I hope to hear about your latest outdoor adventures on the link up below. 

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  1. Helena from Queen of Collage who commented on 19 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love & Merlinda from Pixiedusk who commented on 15 posts.
  3. Emma from Bubba Blue and Me who commented on 13 posts.

 

We have no bloggers link dumping this week, although do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.

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 June Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Helena from Queen of Collage

Kippers and Curtains makes festival going look very appealing with these lovely photos.

Little Steps enjoyed a lovely day out at one of our local beaches. 

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Life Underwater Studies for Preschool Kids

Posted on June 9th, 2017 - Fiona

I feel like we have been so lucky this year with plenty of dry weather and if you follow my Country Kids posts you could be forgiven for thinking the sun always shines on Coombe Mill. However sadly this isn’t always the case and the rain caught up with us just in time for my life underwater studies. Thankfully it was warm enough to still be outside but due to the frequency of the showers I based our activities under the eaves of the games room. At least water was in the theme for the afternoon.

 

Life Underwater studies for Preschool Kids

 

We began with a gorgeous little mini game I’m reviewing from Orchard Toys at the moment as the children were the perfect age. It is called little bug Bingo and since many of the bugs were to be found on or around our lakes and river it felt like a good link. The children soon picked up the idea of the game taking it in turns to turn over the cards and match them to their place mats.

 

Play Orchard Toys Little Bug Bingo on holiday.

 

We moved onto a delightful story from Quarto Kids about life under the ocean. The children really took to this with the lift up flaps despite only being in black and white. There was a treat at the end as I handed out colouring pens and every one had a chance to turn the pages from black and white to colour.

 

 

We still have tadpoles in huge quantities in our lakes so we had a little look at the Frog life cycle using our bingo matching skills to place the elements of the frog life cycle into place

 

Matching game to understand the frog lifecycle

 

That was enough studying for my little ones and they were keen to see some real life underwater. In case we couldn’t get out on our underwater search I had brought a bucket of underwater life from the pond up to the table. The children crowded round to look at the tadpoles and water boatman swimming among the reeds in my bucket.  After a quick lesson in how to use a magnifying glass they were captivated.

 

Studing life underwater in a mini pond in a bucket

 

Underwater life seen through a bucket pond sample

 

I promised if the rain stopped we could all go to release them and see what else we could spot on the way. However first I had a fun fishing game lined up.  A bath mat became my pond with bracken leaves as fish. The children used sticky weed on sticks as fishing lines and had great fun trying to catch a fish. This is such a simple game we have used before and would be ideal to play down at a park or by a river too just by collecting things from nature.

 

Fishing game played with nature

 

Finally we had our break in the rain and set off with tick sheets showing life underwater in our lake and river. We spotted sticky weed and bracken in the hedges from our fishing game, stopped to look for fish swimming upstream on the bridge over the river and spotted plenty of tadpoles in the lake while I carefully replaced our bucket full.

Nature walk to study life underwater

 

There were plenty of tadpoles, carp popping to the surface and more bugs on the surface to tick off on our water life spotters worksheets

 

Studying Life underwater worksheets by the lake

 

We came back a different route stopping to check the frog hiding under the bridge.

 

Spotting the Coombe Mill frog under the bridge

 

I was so pleased we were finally able to complete our walk and the children could see the pond life in the lakes and not just in my bucket.

Life Underwater studies for preschool children

 

 

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Country Kids 3rd June 2017

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 - 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 #30DaysWild along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids 3rd June 2017

 Half term fun from the farm 

We began our half term with the most spectacular overnight Thunderstorm I think I’ve ever seen. It was great right up until the point I released it had taken out the WiFi in time for changeover. Thank goodness for paper back up or I’d have had no idea who was arriving or where! We were back online late afternoon and since then we have enjoyed a mostly dry and really quite warm week here on the farm. Our chickens are back free ranging with the ducks ( more about that tomorrow on the blog) we had an unexpected new born lamb and my own children have been hanging out down by the river with the older guests staying.  I hope your half term has been a happy one with a few adventures to share 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.
  • 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:

  1. Helena from The Queen of Collage who commented on 17 posts.
  2. Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 16 posts.
  3. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love & Dean from Mothers Little Steps who commented on 10 posts.

We have no bloggers link dumping this week, although do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.

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. 

  

May Welly Winner

Congratulations to Sonia from the Mammaschool, who always embraces outdoor learning and fun and has been top commenter last month with this lovely post about calming everyone with a beach trip. Sonia please email or DM me your choice of wellies showing in stock from the amazing Rockfish selection and a UK delivery address. 

Country Kids welly winner for May

 

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

Top Commenter: Helena from Queen of Collage

West Country Mum has been studying the ocean with a lovely beach trip and a visit to the Sealife Centre 

Learning about Buoyancy led to an afternoon of garden fun in the sun with Little hearts Big Love 

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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 4150 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @mummy_and_the_mexicans @him_me_three@jollyjilly58 @ladybirdsadventures . Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

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The Lostwithiel Festival or LostFest 2017

Posted on June 2nd, 2017 - Fiona

The beautiful old market town of Lostwithiel is a tourist attraction all year round with its quaint train station, river, antique shops and quirky boutiques along twisted narrow lanes. Once a year the usual peace and quiet is replaced by LostFest, the Lostwithiel Festival held each year for just one day. We have been before and loved it, as it is only half an hour from Coombe Mill and fits nicely between the morning farm run and evening train ride here.  A dry day makes all the difference and as the sun was shining we picked up a couple of Clio’s friends and Guy and set off.

 

The Lostwithiel Festival or Lost Fest 2017

 

I had forgotten how pretty Lostwithiel is in May with the wisteria draped over the old cottages.

 

Wisteria over Lostwithiel Cottage

 

Thankfully we had agreed meet up points as it was busy and the kids were off exploring while I was admiring the cottages. Delicious smells finally made everyone hungry and brought us back together after enjoying a good wander around the craft stalls with delicious smells from the pop up food stands around.  Nick and I couldn’t resist buying the giant Greek olives and sweet deserts we love for supper and I fell in love with a printed reversible skirt that even came in its own pretty reusable bag.  

 

Stalls at the Lostwithiel festival 2017

 

Food is a big part of the Festival and we were spoiled for choice.  Having older children with their own tastes and ideas we just sent them off with money to make their own choices while we enjoyed a Mexican feast watching the world go by down by the river. Here we reminisced on previous years when the children were younger and would play on the rope swing still hanging from a tree on the far riverbank.  Guy caught us up with ice cream in hand and announced that he was going to go and join the kids in the river.

 

Eating Ice cream at LostFest 2017

 

I barely had time to grab my camera and head up onto the bridge before I saw him taking over the rope and land in the river! I think at this point he wished his brother Jed had come along too; the pair of them would have been showing off for hours.

 

 

Without the girls wanting to go in he was soon out and swapping a t shirt for a hoodie and joining us watching a very clever crafter turn hazel sticks into flowers.  Nick and Guy watched with interest as each flower was made in about 5 minutes. My husband is all charm and even bought me one for £2 to see if we could recreate them from our willow bush.

 

 

Watching wood whittling at Lostwithiel Festival 2017

 

Meanwhile the girls had found the face painting tent and all came out with glittery moonshine faces.

 

Girls with facepaint at LostFest 2017

 

However they were less than impressed when Guy took to bashing them all over the head with his newly purchased inflatable hammer!

 

Blow up hammer at LostFest

 

We stopped to watch the classic Morris Dancing in the street before winding our way home after another lovely LostFest day.

 

Morris Dancing at LostFest 2017

 

 

Thank you all at Lostwithiel who work to bring this day together. It was a great atmosphere with some really interesting stalls and wonderful live entertainment. We are looking forward to LostFest 2018 already.

 

LostFest 2017

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