Leibster Blog Award

Posted on December 12th, 2011 - Anya

The Award

I have been awarded with the Liebster Blog award and am very honoured.  This is an award bestowed upon bloggers with less than 200 followers and the idea is to foster new connections between bloggers.  Apparently the word Leibster is German and means dearest, so this is a great award to have been given by the lovely  Mum.

Blog award

The rules

The rules for the award are fairly straightforward, to thank the person who nominated you and nominate 5 other bloggers with less than 200 followers. 

More Than a Mum

To me   is a cheerful and approachable fellow twitter friend.  I find her upbeat and enthusiastic about life, full of ideas and ambition so please follow if you are not already doing so. She has a lovely parenting blog at http://morethanamumblog.wordpress.com which is well worth a visit for all things parenting. A great writing style and interesting posts that keep you coming back. I must also give special thanks as she is a big supporter of our Country Kids linky https://www.coombemill.com/blog/post/2011/10/10/Country-Kids-from-Coombe-Mill.aspx with some awesome outdoor play features. Thank you. 

My 5 Recommended Bloggers

Here is my list of 5 bloggers I am following who appear to have less than 200 followers. Sincere apologies if I have misjudged this and you have more but the Liebster award comes to you with best intentions and congratulations from Coombe Mill!

Pippa who hosts http://redrosemummy.blogspot.com/

A truly lovely lady tweeting at  with a parenting blog about her son Bud, together with reviews. Well worth a follow

Rachel who hosts http://www.confessionofsahm.com/ 

Rachel is a self confessed twitter and blog addict and keeps her blog lively and up to the minute. Catch her on twitter at  to follow.

Sharon who hosts http://i-heart-motherhood.blogspot.com/ 

Read all about the fun and games with her 2 youngsters as they make their way through the joys of childhood together well as reviews on parenting products. Follow on twitter at  

Clare who hosts http://www.emmysmummy.com/ 

A truly bubbly lady with a delightful toddler called Emily who is the center of her lovely blog, not to mention parenting product reviews and some great competitions. Catch Clare on twitter too at  

Amanda who hosts http://mummymisfit.blogspot.com/

I love Amanda’s writing style. She has a book out called Diary of a Mummy Misfit and her parenting posts on the blog are so well written I often find myself laughing out loud. Well worth a read.  will find Amanda on twitter

Go girls and share your recommendations


5 Things My Children Say That I never Say

Posted on December 5th, 2011 - Anya

A fun tag to join in with:

The Lovely Emma from mummymummymum has tagged me in this great meme from Helen at The Crazy Kitchen to think of 5 things my children say that I never say. Me and the kids here on the farm

  1. “Mum, “my shoes are too small”
  2. “Mum,” (crying) “****** just beat me up”( ******* being a brother!)
  3. “What, broccoli? Why do we always have to have vegetables?”
  4. “I done…..” how many times do I correct them  to “I did…..” (playground language)
  5. ” I’m not tired ” (as eyes are closing in front of TV!)  

I am now tagging:

Your challenge is to think of 5 things you child/children say that you never say, and link back to Helen’s original post.

Doctor Dilemmas

Posted on November 29th, 2011 - Anya

Looking so Vulnerable

I have a poorly soldier upstairs today. 7 years old but when feeling unwell he looks so much younger.

My Poorly Boy


Doing the right thing

It is hard as parents to get it right when children are unwell. Last night Guy was running a temperature of 103 degrees and finding it hard to breath. I was torn between Googling symptoms, checking for meningitis rashes wondering whether to call the out of hours doctor or just dosing him up and going to bed! In the end I did all the above except call the doctor and rationalised that it was just the nasty cough making his chest hurt! This morning he climbed out of bed and collapsed in a heap as his legs had given way. I would have been most alarmed by this but my other children have had this ‘dead leg’ syndrome with a temperature and virus before now, so I just calmly helped him to the loo and back to bed to sleep it off.   

Did I get it Right?

To see him now tucking into his toast and hot chocolate on the sofa with his Care Bear I  am happy, that on this occasion, I did the right thing. It is not easy though, even though I have 6 children and the experience of many poorly soldiers through bugs, viruses and infections over the years I still worry with each one if I should be taking them to the doctor. I don’t want to waste the doctor’s time or infect the rest of the surgery, but at the same time they are a tad too precious to take chances. Parenting is no easy business and really does require us to have our wits about us and be a bit of a ‘Jack of all Trades’!

What do you do when faced with a poorly child?


Your Blog is Great Award

Posted on November 28th, 2011 - Anya

I’d Like to Thank……

The lovely Red Rose Mummy at http://redrosemummy.blogspot.com/ for giving me my Tell Me About Yourself Blog Award! Red Rose Mummy is a fairly new blogger with so much to offer. If you are not already following her on twitter or signed up to her active and well written blog then I can highly recommend it.

I was honoured to receive the above mentioned award, until I realised it came with strings attached!
1. I must tell you seven things that you don’t know about me (gulp).
2. I must pass this on to 15 other bloggers (gulp again, sorry if you have been had before).

Thinking hard on 7 things about me that anyone would want to read, but here goes:

1.I didn’t get into reading books for pleasure until I hit 40, but now have to read every night before I go to sleep and more if I find an opportunity window. All those wasted years! 
2. I was a bit of a rebel as a child, being asked to leave both Brownies and Sunday school for being a disruptive influence!
3. I used to have to taste butter, margarine, spreads and lard straight from a spoon at 9am every Tuesday morning in my 20s…… I was the “Fat Buyer” for Tesco. Product tasting was all part of brand development  and so I found myself in the kitchens approving or not the latest fats. Things improved for my waistline when I moved into Salads and Health and Beauty. I was also the condom buyer at one time, I could tell some tails from those days!
4. I can’t abide parsley! I was sick on it as a very young child and my mother only confessed that in my 20’s as she was sure I would grow out of my hate for the poor unobtrusive herb.

5. Despite living on the Farm, my husband would say I am no more a natural at farming now than I was 9 years ago! I love the animals and coming out on the daily feed run, especially on a Sunday morning, but I spend all my time chatting to our guests and taking photos and still have to check with Nick which animals have what food when I am in charge (not very often)!

6. I only need 4 or 5 hours sleep a night. I used to curse this and lie awake for hours,now I find I actually work best from 11pm when the house is quiet and I can really concentrate. This is also when I write most of my blogs!
Oh my have I rambled through to 7 already?  
7.I am quite incapable of managing twitter on my phone passed the bare basics. I have to blog in the office on my main work PC.  I am doing a 2 in 1 with this one and linking this confession to  the lovely Clare at  where I was tagged in the “Where do you blog” meme. So here is my (rather messy) office.
and I am  now tagging   and  to carry this one forwardMy Office
I am dutifully passing the prestigous “Your blog is Great award” on: With 15 at a time appologies if you have already been tagged elsewhere for this!

How we came to run CoombeMill

Posted on November 24th, 2011 - Anya

Past life

Desire to see more of the children

Wanting a country life style for them

village school

challenges when we arrived

What we’ve added, enjoyed and challenges

plans for the future

Advise to others leaving corprate life, changing to work for self

Risks, gambles, how to minimise the risk