Seaside Family Fun

Posted on March 4th, 2016 - Fiona

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Over half term we took a couple of days mid week to visit family in London and Brighton. We are lucky in that Nick’s Mum still has a large family house despite living alone and it does mean we have a great base for visiting friends in the area and catching up with the children’s cousins. The closest big city is Brighton and the children love to visit, from the pier to The Lanes, the pebble beach to the hustle and bustle of city life, it is all so very different from Cornwall and it always features somewhere in our itinerary.

Family Fun Beside the Seaside for the Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK, family.

After trailing round the regular shops trying to sort school trousers and shoes for the boys we rewarded ourselves with a wander through The Lanes. Clio and I love the beautiful jewellery while the boys and Farmer Nick could spend hours looking at the gun shop!

Exploring Lanes with the kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

There is one shop quite special to both Nick and I, it is where my engagement ring came from and in fact 21 years ago exactly to when we were there. A bit of a staged photo but the kids were fascinated to hear that this was the shop we stood in deliberating over rings all those years before.

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Me and #Farmer Nick I front of the jewellers in The Lanes in #brighton where we bought my #engagement ring 21 years ago this week

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The lanes link the shopping parades to the sea front and as we emerged we dropped down onto the beach. It was sunny but freezing cold, despite this the kids played and we enjoyed a picnic lunch. I think the locals must have thought us quite mad with our picnic on the pebble beach in February but we did head for a coffee after!

Picnic and Coffee on the Seaside for the kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

Revived, and feeling warmer, we enjoyed a family golfing challenge on the seaside crazy golf course. The holes were really well maintained and great fun to play. It is still on the back burner as an idea for Coombe Mill, although to make it as fun and interesting as this one would cost a pretty penny!  

Crazy Golf in Brighton for the kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK,

All in a lovely day in a city with a bit of everything to offer it’s visitors

 

Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky. All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out. All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air. I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. My March winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

Huge congratulations to Little Hearts Big Love who is our Februaury Rockfish winner with a wonderful poem and photos from their Forest Stick Man adventure. Louise enjoy choosing a pair of your favourite Rockfish wellies. 

A few of my favourites in with a chance of the March Rockfish Boots:

Leeds Castle is somewhere I've always wanted to visit, The Joy of Five had a wonderful day that left them wanting to return

Island Living 365 Enjoyed a great day out with giant balls and pillow outdoor play at aMazin

My Little cheeky Monkey enjoyed a lovely country walk making the most of muddy puddles and nature

Herne Hill Mum proves there is countryside on the door step for Country Kids fun even in the city


Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win of 25 off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun

25% Off Rockfish Wellies Week 5  

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Strong Boys On & Off the Pitch

Posted on February 26th, 2016 - Fiona

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that Guy and Jed had taken up Rugby; they absolutely love it and will go out in any weather, happily rising on a Sunday morning when previously they would lie in.

 

Strong Boys On and Off The Pitch

I’m keen to support their enthusiasm as it is a great team sport, fantastic exercise and they both seem to show a talent for it; Guy as prop and Jed as wing. I turned up early to collect them with my long lens just to see how they were progressing and was quietly impressed with the skill they showed and the quality of passing between them and their team mates. It was only a practice session but they have since played in 2 matches and helped their team win against Newquay last week.

 

Boys at Rugby Training

 

Coming home it was straight in the bath as they were caked in mud, however they may as well not have bothered, there was some bleating coming from the top field and Guy, volunteered to go and check it out. He had his knife in anticipation it was yet another ewe stuck in the brambles in our top field. As expected as soon as Guy approached the eve she gave a huge tug and freed herself together with a trail of brambles and speed off down the field. As he was already up the top he decided to carry on round the perimeter of the field, there lying in the undergrowth was a lone sheep. As he approached she made no noise, nor did she attempt to stand up, he was sure she was dead, yet when he leant over to touch her she flinched. He tried to free her of brambles and help her to stand with no luck. It was pouring with rain and he had no choice but to return to the house for assistance. Ally was on hand to put his gym work to good use and carried her down the field to a waiting tractor and trailer, please excuse the photo quality it was torrential and I just grabbed a few phone shots.

 

Rescuing the Sheep

 

Safely in the shed we rigged up a heat lamp as she was shivering violently, added a bucket of water and some feed and left her in peace. We kept popping back to check on her each time fearing the worst but amazingly she was still hanging on, yet still unable to stand. As a result she couldn’t access her water so we used one of the bottles ready for lambing and took it in terns to feed her while Nick gave her a syringe of magic antibiotic.  

 

Bottle feeding and antibiotics

 

We were becoming optimistic as she began to gain strength, however we worried that there was a more serious problem as despite her kicks she couldn’t put weight on her legs, even with us trying to help her up. Hours became days and we kept turning her over and feeding her with her bottle and despite beginning to look brighter she still couldn’t stand. Farmer Nick had a word with our farming neighbours who specialises in sheep and he have us a bottle of liquid molasses he uses for ewes struggling with twins; warming the syrupy mix seemed to make it quite palatable to our young lady. 

 

The Magic Gloop

Eventually I had a final go at righting her knowing we would soon be going away for half term and with a wobble and a stumble she stood! The kids couldn’t believe it when they came home from school and it took just one more night in the trailer before she was strong enough to go back out in the field again. She really is a miracle sheep, I have never seen one come back from looking so near death before.

 

Miracle sheep stood up and in field

 

I was very proud of how the children had pulled together on the wettest of days, helped the ewe, nursed her and refused to give up on her. Hopefully the lamb she will be carrying will have survived too, we won’t have to wait too much longer now to find out, as we begin lambing any day! 

Joining in with Country Kids 

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky. All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out. All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air. I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with#CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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 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. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. My February winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

A few of my favourites in with a chance of the February Rockfish Boots:

Possibly my favourite Stick Man post of all time from Little hearts, big love

Boys united on a forest fun run from I wasn't expecting that

Cannons and  castles makes for a perfect day out for Over 40 Mum to one

Making the most of a day at the beach from Mummy Mishaps 

A day of snow in France makes the holiday for Chelsea Mamma

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win of 25 off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun

25% Off Rockfish Wellies Week 4

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

 


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on February 19th, 2016 - Fiona

Valentine’s Day

Farmer Nick and I managed an epic fail on Valentine’s Day not even managing a card for one another despite the fact we were engaged 21 years ago to the day. I saved all my creative ideas to use with the guests for a Sunday Activity Hour. Usually we do this at the end of the week but we were going away ourselves for half term so I decided to do it at the start of the week and take advantage of the Valentine’s Day theme.  I had been planning the day for a while and knew I would struggle to fit everything into the hour but as the train driver joined us too it didn’t matter if we overran a little.

 

Valentine's Day Activity Hour

 

As everyone assembled their first task was to go scavenging down by the river for interesting leaves, twigs and foliage to make a valentine’s collage.  I showed my example and the children raced out to see what they could find.

 

Collecting leaves and Flowers

 

Armed with ideas and nature I handed out glue sticks and paper and the children set to work.

 

Making Nature Collages

 

Meanwhile Clio and Guy, my little helpers for the afternoon, were using the twigs the children found to make stick arrows to guide the children to the fairy garden where they hid 30 little red hearts that Clio and I made earlier.  Their arrival back in the games room signalled the 1 minute warning for the children to finish their collages. Curious as to what would happen next I asked the children to go in search of 3 red hearts each and that to find they had to take their clues from the sticks they collected earlier. It didn’t take them long to spot the arrows along the path and follow the trail leading to the Fairy Garden.

 

Following the Trail

 

In the fairy garden the children searched high and low squealing with delight as they found a red heart. The parents helped me ensure every child had 3 hearts each before we headed back to make them into our next craft.

 

Hunting through the fairy Garden

 

Back inside I split the group into older and younger children. The younger ones used the red hearts we had just collected, card and floristry ribbon to make Valentines Badges while the older ones used Duck Tape Colours and floristry ribbon to cut and cover card hearts for the Fairy Gardens.

 

Making Hanging Hearts and Badges

 

Thankfully Train driver Guy was with us as we were now running over our allocated time but everyone had been waiting very patiently to ice a heart cake. I had made these earlier in the day and 2 batches of coloured icing were soon being smoothed over the cakes and sprinkle toppings added. Cakes and crafts in hand we headed over to the train to finish our busy afternoon.

 

Cakes and Train

 

 

It is lovely to be open again after our winter shut down and feel the buzz of life from little ones here on the farm.

 

Joining in with Country Kids   

I'd love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I'd be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 Google Plus community page  for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me 

Share your posts on  Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet 

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

Win with Rockfish Wellies 

 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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 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.  The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. My February winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

A few of my favourites in with a chance of the February Rockfish Boots:

 A Family Day Out went exploring near Swyncombe to see swathes of snowdrops.

Meeting lambs, welly wanging and horse riding were on the cards for Life at Cooks Cabin's day out. 

The Gingerbread House went in search of fairies in the village and even got a letter from some. 

Netley Abbey provided a fun day out for Renovation Bay-Bee 

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win of 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun :


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on February 5th, 2016 - Fiona

Winter races and hailstorms

It isn’t often the horse racing comes to our local Wadebridge showground, but having spotted the details online we thought it would make a lovely Sunday treat close to home. The older boys debated coming but eventually stayed home to revise while the triplets jumped into the car.

 

Winter Races & Hailstorms

 

The event was organised to fund raise for the North Cornwall Hunt who are our next door neighbours in St Breward. The village pub and many other local organisations sponsored the races and we bumped into plenty of people we knew. In fact the turnout was truly impressive given the biting wind and violent hailstorms that kept pulsing through all day across the exposed showground.  

 

Rain Pouring Down

 

One such storm drenched us on arrival and we scurried into the large barn, visited by us just before Christmas for an Agricultural Fayre. This time it was set up with a line of ticket salesmen to take your bets, a large screen showing the races, a bar, coffee and cake, various stalls and even a Bouncy Castle for younger children. Already wet and cold it was 5 cakes and coffee before we started!

 

Coffee and Cakes

 

We studied the form and the odds being offered in the barn and visited the horses out in the parade ring before placing a bet on each race. In the end our choices had more to do with the name of the horse and whether or not it had taken a pre race dump than anything too scientific!

Placing Bets and Watching the Horses Parade

Some races we braved the storms and marvelled at the resilience of horses and jockeys against the elements, they were a proper muddy state coming in at the end of the races.

 

Muddy Fields and Wet Races

 

Other times we were lucky and enjoyed a dry race, I was thrilled with how close we were able to stand, definitely the difference with a very local event.

Horses Racing in the Dry

 

With my long lens I was able to see them at the far end of the course too

 

Races in the distance

In-between races the kids played, treated themselves to sweets and ran around to keep warm, my fingers were quite numb by the end but it was still a fun day and we were glad the weather didn’t stop us going. Although, I think it may take until the Royal Cornwall Show in the summer for the turf to repair! 

Kids having a laugh

We warmed up in the evening with a BBQ in our lovely hut with friends, a perfect end to a winter’s day.

 

BBQ and Cheesecake in the evening

 

Joining in with Country Kids   

 

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 Google Plus community page  for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me 

Share your posts on  Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet 

A few of my favourites from last week :

A walk through history on Greenham Common from A family Day Out

A splashing adventure along the canal path for Renovation Bay-Bee 

Testing out Dreamland theme park at Margate looksfun all the way for Family Travel times

Wild about here has a lovely post for keeping kids interested in bird watching

 

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

Win with Rockfish Wellies 

 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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 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.  The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. My February winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here  

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win of 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun : 

25% off from Rockfish Wellies

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 

 

 



Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 29th, 2016 - Fiona

 A Family Short Break in the UK

After a successful summer season and either side of the Christmas festivities we allow ourselves a 6 week window of closure at Coombe Mill. This is an opportunity to take stock of our year, tackle maintenance work and begin larger projects. So far we have installed cattle grids to work the fields leading to the Scandinavian lodges, bitten off rather more than we should have refitting the play barn and installed new wood burners for Honeysuckle and Willow cottages. More on all these projects over the coming weeks, ahead of the start of the new season from February half term.

However life is not all work and our close down periods ether side of Christmas allows us some much needed family time. For the first time since last winter we have been enjoying two day weekends, no changeover, no emergency problems to sort or duties to perform past feeding and caring for the animals; the fact that it is only for a few weeks makes us appreciate it all the more. It is lovely to have the farm to ourselves, to turn the music up in the gym or pop over for a late night hot tub at Tree Roots Cottage; however it is also a chance for us to have a mini break away. We now have Amber to take care of the farm while we are away and took advantage of this taking the kids away for the weekend to our honeymoon hotel in Devon. Nick and I try to return a couple of times each year for a short adult break, yet after taking the children with us this time last year, they have spent all year asking if we would be able to do it again and were super excited when we said we had booked.

 

A Family Short Break in the UK

The weather was pretty awful which was no surprise at this time of year but we still managed to enjoy some golf on the little 9 hole hotel course and some windy and wild coastal walks.

Cliff walks and Golf

 

When the rain came the kids headed for the indoor pool or the squash and Badminton courts. So many matches and rematches took place and Nick and I were delighted to hold our own against our very competitive children, well some of the time anyway!  

 

 Guy and Jed playing Squash

Perhaps the best part for me was not having to think about cooking meals. It was a pleasure to have all my family dressed up for dinner with me, this year they were all old enough to join us in the restaurant, grown up enough to sample and enjoy strange foods and be trusted to sit there long enough without being bored and making excuses to visit the toilet. The introduction of charades by Jed between courses really did help to keep everyone going.

Breakfast was enough to set us up for a full day of outdoor pursuits, although I did find all my full English ended up vegetarian as the boys swapped all their tomatoes for my sausage and bacon! Fortunately I’m the only one who likes black pudding so I managed to keep that.

 

Meal Times at Thurlestone

 

It was only 2 nights away but it felt like longer and I was still excited and feeling rejuvenated driving back over a windswept Tamar bridge into Cornwall, after an almost a perfect break.

 

Over the Tamar Bridge on the way home from Thurlestone

I say almost perfect as we then spent half an hour with me flicking through the owner’s manual and Nick cursing beneath the car on the side of the dual carriageway trying to free rusted bolts from the spare wheel thanks to a huge blow out.

 

Tyre Blowout

 

Thankfully after only one ruined set of clothes, and much cursing, we were finally back on course for Coombe Mill, refreshed and ready to finish the projects we set ourselves with renewed energy.

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids 

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these 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 Google Plus community page  for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me 

Share your posts on  Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

 

A few of my favourites from last week:

I love these wild winter fun  beach pictures from Would Like to be on a day out from her Coombe Mill Holiday

for many snow was a feature last week. I love this post from the woods by Over 40 Mum to One and this one from Little Steps who lives close to us where there was no snow but went off to Dartmoor for the day and were rewarded with plenty of snow fun

Walking with children is always more fun with something for them to look out for or do. Diary of the Evans Crittens took scooters along a path to the beach to keep the kids enjoying the fresh air. 

 

Thank you Muddy Puddles 

 

I'd like to extend a huge thank you to Muddy Puddles who have been our Country Kids sponsors for the past 4 months generously giving a pair of free wellies to a lucky country Kids winner each month. I really love their kids clothing and feel privileged to have been working together. We have a new sponsor for February who I will introduce next week, but we are already talking to Muddy Puddles about plans for later in the year so it is and case of 'au revoir' rather than 'goodbye' and watch this space!  

My January winner is Karen J Whitlock with her heartfelt post of her Christmas spent with us at Coombe Mill. Congratulations to Karen please email me your choice of Puddle flex wellies and size.

  

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall