A deer field adventure inspired by the ice age.

Posted on March 23rd, 2018 - Fiona

We have 13 deer at Coombe Mill, 10 are native to Coombe Mill and 3 came from a city zoo in London a few years back. The Londoners as they became known have always been brave with the guests, almost too much so for wild animals, but our timid native deer remain as shy as ever. When the tractor and trailer arrives with the children each morning on the feed run the Londoners come down in anticipation of breakfast while the locals hide up in the trees, only daring to venture out when we have left and the food already eaten! I was determined to find a way round this during the cold bleak winter period. I began leaving their food in the usual place inside the field, then walking up into the trees towards the shy herd. This flushed them out and sent them running down towards the food where they would stop and feed. Thrilled with my invention I persuaded Farmer Nick to try it with the children over half term; the result was as I hoped for the deer with an added play bonus of a deer field adventure for the children.

A deer field adventure inspired by the ice age

A trek for little legs

To me it is no distance up the field, but for little legs it can be quite an expedition and it was a struggle to get everyone up before the confident Londoners ate all the grain!

 

feeding the deer & going on a deer hunt

The ice age brought to life

Once up in the trees it is like a scene from just after the ice age. Huge moss covered granite boulders are left where the glaciers retreated and melted, old oak trees provide a natural canopy sheltering the floor below from sun in summer and rain in winter. This is a part of the world that looks quite untouched by mankind and a perfect hiding place for the deer. It is where they will cub in summer and where they retreat from the open fields when they feel unsure. With us up in the trees the deer duly came down to feed.

kids watching deer

Nature’s Playground

The children watched, captivated for a time, then the beauty of their surroundings took over. A deer field adventure began with boulders to climb and jump from, trees to peep through, tag to be played.

 

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To top it all a little rabbit sat waiting to be stroked. It one from our wildlife trail, but one of the Dad’s told the children he was a real one frozen there from the ice age, it was a freezing morning after all and it’s stone structure made this seem quite believable!   

rabbit statue

The deer had long since eaten all the grain we had put down and had snuck up past us into the top field where they watched the children at play from afar in their favourite part of the field.

deer watching the kids play

Eventually we persuaded them to move on and they raced down at twice the speed they climbed up still wielding sticks scavenged from the top.

running down the deer field

Sometimes I wonder how feeding the animals in the morning can possibly take close to two hours, then I look back on my photos and moments like this and it is easy to see where half an hour disappears on a child led feed run!  

A deer field Adventure inspired by the ice age

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The farm on the cusp of spring

Posted on March 17th, 2018 - Fiona

This week has felt like a week in transition, a week on the cusp of spring. We have experienced rainy days and puddles to jump in, then sunny days with temperatures climbing to 15 degrees. The snowdrops and daffodils have bounced back from their snowbound state and the animals are darting into their shelters when the cold hail comes and then sunbathing in the afternoon sun.  Spring feels so close, yet at the same time still so far. I know one warm week and the grass will start to grow and the trees come into bud and the farm will start to look very different. However for now it is still hats and coats on the farm most days, not that our little helpers are bothered. With a lovely group of children ranging from just 18 months to 8 years we have had a wonderful week. Lambs have been tagged and moved, the Ram and alpaca moved and it is just the chickens waiting for the corner to turn on spring and the ground to dry out to be let into their summer field with the ducks.  Even our crafts this week have featured spring flowers. Summer we are ready for you!  

When egg production reaches double figures in the morning you know we are on the cusp of spring.

Eggs from the feed run

Never too young to learn about farm life

Toddler watching the goose

The lambs are a sure sign of spring

Cuddling a lamb

Plucking up the courage to help drive the tractor is a holiday highlight

Young Tractor Driver with Farmer Nick

Hopefully the deer have had their hay feeder filled for the last time this season. New spring grass will soon see them through to winter again.

Rudolph the stag at the cusp of spring at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

Do you feel on the cusp of spring too; have you had those tempting sunny days that make you feel summer is close, only to see the cold and rain follow quickly after?

We still have one family lodge left on Easter Week if you fancy coming to join us this spring. 


Country Kids 17th March 2018

Posted on March 16th, 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 17.3.18

Come on spring where are you?

The days are drawing out with plenty of time to be outdoors after school, but somehow the sunshine and temperatures still aren’t shouting spring yet. Looking back to photos from last year we had bluebells coming through and Iris by now. We have moved many of the animals into their summer fields this week, perhaps that will inspire the warmer weather to do more than wave and disappear?   

My post this week is looking back at our mother’s day crafts, a day where we did the the sun and some warmth.  As ever the link up is below for you to add your outdoor fun and please do sign up to the email going forward. 

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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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  • Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
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  • 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 & Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One who commented on 11 posts.
  2. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart & Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 10 posts.
  3. Louisa from Inside Out who commented on 9 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 March Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Malin from Sensational Learning with Penguin and Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One. 

Raisie Bay took a step into history at Bletchley Park

The snow came to Cornwall and it wasn’t just my family out enjoying it Mother’s Little Steps did too 

 

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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 8600 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from @born.voyage@wildmamawildtribe@rupanyupliving & @memeandharri. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

Featured #countrykidsfun images week 76 with thanks to @born.voyage @wildmamawildtribe @rupanyupliving @memeandharri thank you for all the lovely tags this week. Please keep them coming and have a lovely outdoorsy weekend. #CountryKids linky is live as always on the blog from midnight and I’d love you to join me there. Fiona xx. #countryside #farmgate #countrylife #spiderman #bluesky #bench #cycling #dogwalking #sticks #fields

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Mother’s Day Crafts from the farm

Posted on March 16th, 2018 - Fiona

I really miss homemade Mother’s Day crafts from my children. Playgroup and primary school were always a guaranteed source of at least a badly concealed card to wake to on Mother’s Day. However despite prompting I’m lucky now if they tidy the kitchen for me ready to make their dinner!  I was determined the same wouldn’t happen to our farm Mummy this week despite her little one being here on holiday rather than in school. (Thankfully a few schools do still authorize educational leave). I racked my brain for some creative ideas and this is what I came up with.

 

Mother's Day Crafts from the farm

Mother’s Day Flowers

We began by carefully cutting our cereal box back board and toilet roll flowers. All the cutting was simple shapes and very manageable for my 5 year old.

 

Cutting mother's Day flowers from toilet rolls

 

With flower colours chosen we began to paint our flowers. As there is no need to keep in the lines younger children would find this fun too, essentially paint all you see but mind your clean back board isn’t underneath; we had our wipe clean garden table.

 

Painting toilet roll flowers

 

Next we selected some fabric from my scrap collection (a handy upcycling of unclaimed left behind clothes over the years!). This I stapled round a toilet roll and fixed to the board. We then stapled the flowers into place and used a felt pen to draw in the stems.   

 

Adding stems to 3D Mother's Day Flower Card

 

A little message on the front and it was all ready to hide till Sunday.

 

Mother’s Day Plant Pot.

What could be more traditional than a Mother’s day potted plant? We filled an old garden seed pot with compost and went off round the farm with a big spoon to dig up our choice of plants. We decided on a fragrant spring collection with the wild garlic just coming into leaf, some snowdrops, mini daffodils and some mint from my garden.

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Back at the craft table it was another chance for a rummage in my material bag to decorate the pot.

 

Decorated Mother's Day Pot

 

A piece of cereal box on a stick made a perfect message space

 

Homemade Message on a Pot Plant Gift

 

Our crafts were finished and Mummy was instructed not to look on the walk back to their holiday lodge, this was to be kept and carried home very carefully!

 

Did you receive any homemade Mother’s Day Crafts this year?

I have a draw with various treasures I’ve kept from my children over the years, plenty that sadly I didn’t but I’m glad I kept a few.   

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Country Kids 10th March 2018

Posted on March 9th, 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 10.3.18

From Snow to Rainbows

The weather has jumped between sunshine and showers at an alarming rate giving us some spectacular rainbows and the temperature returned to double figures however I do miss the  novelty of snow here in Cornwall. Thankfully all the animals survived the cold snap and were delighted to see our solo little helper this week who has had the farm run all to herself and joined in with everything each morning.

My post this week is looking back at our snow days last week. As ever the link up is below for you to add your outdoor fun.

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. Karen from Two Tiny Hands who commented on 19 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love, Michelle from Mummy from the Heart & Emma from Crazy with Twins who commented on 16 posts.
  3. Kara from Are We Nearly There Yet and Chelsea Mamma who commented on 14 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 March Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Karen from Two Tiny Hands

Dear Mummy made the most of Snowmaggedon, with some outdoor family snow time. 

Julia Donaldson trails are great ways to encourage adventure for the kids, check out the fun the Stopping at Two family enjoyed. 

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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.

 

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 8520 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured photos from the week came from@renovationbb  @daisythebus  @laurasidestreet and @over40andamumtoone  Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.

#countrykidsfun week 75 featured images with thanks to @renovationbb @daisythebus @laurasidestreet and @over40andamumtoone . Thank you for all the lovely outdoor tags this week, many of us, me included, reliving fun in the snow. Remember the #CountryKids linky is live from midnight tonight. Hope to see more of your adventures over there. Till then remember outdoor time is healthy happy family time, please keep the tags coming, I try to like and comment on them all. Have a lovely weekend and a happy Mother’s Day. Fiona xx. #snow #outdoors #funoutdoors #fridayvibes #kidsoutdoors

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