Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 30th, 2015 - Anya

Football Fever

Months ago I took the opportunity to sign my football crazy triplets and I up to a day out at Plymouth Argyle organised via the boy’s local village football club. At £20 a head for a full day of fun and a chance to see their first ever professional league match it seemed a golden opportunity. Beforehand the boys were fairly indifferent claiming Plymouth were a “no where” team and why couldn’t they go and see Manchester City or chelsea play. However as the day arrived and they dressed in their kit ready to be trained by the team coaches the excitement began to build.

 

A fun day at Plymouth Argyle Football Club for my Coombe Mill Kids

 

Our meeting place was by the official shop. Not my favourite place as after half an hour of hanging around they had fallen in love with some “must have” purchases. There were some really pricy named kit they could have gone for so I decided mine were actually quite sensible, one of the benefits of earning and spending their own money.

Plymouth Argyle supporters club shop purchases by the triplets

We were treated to a full tour of the grounds by the coaches. The children were fascinated by the contrast between the basic away players changing rooms and the more modern home team facilities. Though I must say club funds must be struggling as all the showers looked rank.

 

Home vs away changing at Plymouth Argyle Football Club

 

Looking down on the pitch I was struck by the size, I’m sure our village pitch is smaller! Up close felt just as vast though I must say it was in perfect conditions for the time of year.

The Stadium at Plymouth Argyle Football Club

The day wasn’t just about watching as the kids actually had a full hour of coaching with spectator’s gallery above for us parents. This one of the highlights for my three and they came out more than ready for their buffet lunch all courtesy of the day.

 

Coaching session with Plymouth Argyle team coaches

 

We had time to kill before the match against Luton town and watched some of the supporters arrive and the stands fill up on either side. The children were amazed by the number of away fans travelling the 4 to 5 hours it must have taken from Luton. Within the stadium there is a thoughtful family room which was open to wonder in and out at any time before or during the match complete with plenty to keep children busy from a supervised 3 a side football match area to pool and other table top games. The triplets were so engrossed they nearly missed the start of the game!

Family games room at Plymouth Argyle Football Club

Outside the pomp and circumstance surrounding the start of the game really helped everyone feel part of the afternoon and ready to cheer on their team. Our lovely mascot regularly came up encouraging us to shout for Argyle banging football rhythms out next to us and the boys wanted photos of the cheer leaders to make their older brothers jealous!

 

Soaking up the pre match atmosphere at Plymouth Argyle

I never thought I could sit though a football game in the freezing cold and genuinely enjoy it as much as I did; I was cheering Plymouth on wrapped up in the atmosphere with the children.

 

Plymouth Argyle vs Luton Town Football league game

 

The coach approached us just before half time to see if Clio would come onto the pitch at halftime and join a penalty shoot. The boys were beside themselves with jealously and Clio quite bemused as to why she was chosen. I’m sure it was because she was the only girl on the day. After playing so well in the coaching session she really didn’t do herself justice on the big pitch, but I’m still proud of her, there were hundreds watching!

 

Clio's moment of fame at Argyle in the half time penalty shoot

We sloped off 5 minutes before the end with the score at 1 – 0 to Luton to beat the rush to leave. The kids were furious but soon saw my point when we passed several supporters being marched away by the police to their van, something they were blissfully unaware of within the grounds. The car park so empty when we arrived that morning was by now a sea of cars and I was delighted to be hitting the road ahead of them all leaving. 

Back home Nick had steak pierrade waiting for us, a perfect way to end a long day. It was a pleasure to have taken them all just to listen to them retelling the highlights to their older brothers and Dad.

 

Return Supper from Farmer Nick at Coombe Mill

 

If you ever have the chance to do something similar at your local club, do take it up, I was surprised how much we all enjoyed the day and I am not a football fan but would happily go again. Plymouth Argyle have now risen to number two spot in the triplets mind, it may take them a while to overtake their heros though!

 

  

 

My thanks to St Tudy village football club for organising the event for their club members.

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If you have been outdoors enjoying family time please come and share on the linky. All posts from playing in the garden to fun at the beach are welcome. Country Kids is designed to inspire time away from screens and central heating to explore the outdoors through play, crafts and learning creating happy healthy kids. Please join me, grab the badge and check out what others have found to do outside this week.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Rain or Shine Mamma has a lovely idea for a scavenger hunt to help little ones understand nature from litter.  

The country has been gripped by snow even though we have none in Cornwall, my kids are envious of the fun had by Nikoteen 87 and Claire Justine

Walking Poles transformed a frosty family woodland walk for Mum turned Mom

I do love educational visits about our history, Redpeffer enjoyed a winter living history event in Bromsgrove while  North East Family Fun found some wonderful Roman discoveries on a day in south Wales.

Plutonium Sox explored one of the Country's great National Trust Estates for a fun day despite the cold.  

 

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 23rd, 2015 - Anya

 

Winter Beach Fun

There is nothing I love more than to see the sea in winter time. For us summer is so easy, the kids have the discipline of surf club each week so I know I’m going to get some sea air, but in winter short days, cold weather and school commitments can make it so much harder. This year I vowed I would make more of an effort to enjoy some of the nicer winter days down at the beach and I’m delighted to say I’m managing it so far.

We were blessed with some lovely sunny and mild days over the New Year break which made my children believe it is summer and strip off to play in the rock pools!

 

 Playing in rockpools at the beach in winter. Cornwall

 

A football at low tide is the perfect way to keep warm after a chilly play in the water. The children do love it when the grownups join in too and frankly it helped to keep the grandmothers warm!

 

kids football on the beach with grandmothers too

 

We had such a lovely couple of hours we returned when the children’s cousins came to stay. This time the tide was in so we took the spades down along the coast path to the softer sand and built a huge castle. With no prospect of the tide reaching it the kids used it as a jumping challenge. It’s fair to say my lanky 16 year old had a huge advantage of leg length and strength over the triplets and their younger cousins, but that didn’t deter any of them from trying to clear the huge castle.

 

 

Teen jumping the sandcastle at Polzeath Beach. a short drive from Coombe Mill Holidays

 

 a great day out from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, cornwall, UK

 

 

Trying to jump the sandcastle

 

It was wonderful to see them piling on the castle one after another, crashing, falling and laughing with sand flying everywhere until the castle was conquered. It reminds me how it really is the simple things in life that makes childhood memories to cherish.

 

Sandcastle conquest at the beach. Laughter and fun on a day out from coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

After ice creams and pasties we stopped to watch the sun sink low and head back along the coast path to the cars. I love this time of day on the beach in winter, the sunsets are magnificent and travelling home with sand in my hair I feel like it is summer.

 

Icecream at the beach & walk the coast path at Polzeath

A great day out from Coombe Mill Holidays. Cornwall

 

Keen to hang on to the summer feeling and the merry mood of the kids we phoned ahead to Farmer Nick to light up the BBQ hut and defrost some Coombe Mill sausages. It was the perfect end to a winter beach day as everyone piled in to warm up around the coals as the darkness set in. 

 

 In the BBQ hut at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

 

These are some of my favourite winter days in Cornwall, making the most of our beautiful beaches and enjoying an alfresco winter meal. We are open again from half term on 14th February if you fancy some good old fashioned family fun on a winter holiday.  

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids

Country Kids is all about enjoying quality family time outdoors, for breathing in some fresh air and letting kids run free away from sofas, screens and central heating. It really is refreshing for mind and body and not just for the kids. If you have found a break in the weather and managed an outdoor adventure however big or small then please do join me here on the linky. Grab the badge and check out the others who link, there are always some wonderful ideas to make you want to grab your coat and wellies.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

I love these hobby horses from a fun day out at Hadrian's Wall with North East Family Fun

Long Grass makes a perfect playing field for Jack's Paper Moon

It is the RSPB birdwatch weekend this weekend, twitching can be fun in many locations as Diary of the Evans Crittens and The Princess and the Pickle discovered.

Gemma The Family Girl matched my post last week with a trip to Plymouth Hoe showing just how much the city has to offer. 

Extraordinary Chaos found that a football match can make a great family day out, having just been myself I couldn't agree more.  

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 16th, 2015 - Anya

 

Plymouth Hoe and Ice skating

 

A Family day out at Plymouth Hoe & Ice-skating

All through the Christmas holidays the children had yearned to go Ice skating. Last year my brother came down and we all skated at the Eden Project which isn’t far from us. This year our passes had run out and with everything happening on the farm the time just ran away with us. Then the kids’ cousins came to stay and it seemed an ideal opportunity to give it a go. We opted for Plymouth on a tip off from a friend who joined us. It was a long journey over the border and I was keen to grab a little fresh air in the daylight hours before our skating started. I’d not visited Plymouth Hoe before, a seafront park dating back to medieval times, and was keen to see what was there as it was walking distance of the skating rink.

 

Plymouth Hoe Map

 

Walking anywhere in a party of thirteen through a city isn’t easy so I was glad it wasn’t far before we were clear of the shops and heading out to the coast. Entering the Hoe there were several war monuments and statues. Plymouth was heavily bombed in World War Two and much of the old city fell. It was  good to see that away from the concrete 1960s city centre there is an area to remember the past. My children of course saw it as a climbing opportunity.

 

Climbing the monuments at Plymouth Hoe

 

Having scaled a few monuments they took a moment to read the plaques and reflect as well as admiring the remains of the old city walls.

 

Memorials and the old city walls at Plymouth Hoe

Then the freedom of green grass took hold and they dashed across towards the sea front.

 

The park space at Plymouth Hoe

 

Standing tall on the cliff edge is the light house. It looks quite magnificent and I’d like to return one day to walk to the top. The visibility from there on a clear day like this one must be amazing.

 

Lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe

The children found a telescope and shared a 20p to survey the coastline.

 

Telescope over Plymouth Hoe

The views are quite spectacular stretching from the Barbican with its imposing yachts over to Plymouth Sound where the sun glistened across the water.

 

Views out to sea at Plymouth Hoe

 

I took the chance to step back and swap to my distance lens, this way I even captured the teens enjoying themselves unaware of my camera on them and a spot of imaginative play from the younger ones.

 

Capturing the kids unaware at Plymouth Hoe

We could have spent so much longer there in the beautiful afternoon sun and I’m sure we will return but the 4pm ice skating beckoned and they were not about to miss out.

 

Racing off to Ice-Skate from Plymouth Hoe

 

The rink wasn’t too busy and larger than at Eden, skates were tightened and they zoomed off like they skated only yesterday. I took a little longer blaming my delay on hanging back to grab some pictures of them first!

 

Ice-skating in Plymouth

 

Joining in with Country Kids

January is perhaps the hardest month to get out and enjoy a little fresh air, the days are chilly and cold and often damp, yet if you make an effort in those windows of sunshine, it really is refreshing to feel the winter air in your lungs and see the kids at play. Wrap up and hit the beach, the woods or even part of a city as we did this week and come back to share here on the linky. Please grab the badge and remember to visit others, Country Kids is full of inspiring posts to make you want to find your coat and wellies and head outdoors.

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A few of my favourites from a wonderful selection last week:

This walk from Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary between the stormy weather shows off just how remote and beautiful the Shetlands are and how quickly it can all change. The same is true of Ireland when Kate Takes 5 ventures towards a childhood favourite spot on a too blustery day.

Chocolate is not the only fruit found a fun designer London bus trail while the Mini Mes and Me enjoyed a muddy visit to the Gruffalo Trail whilst Can I Walk Mummy discovered a map of the solar system. This encourages me that my new wildlife trail in making is going to be popular.

Something always appeals to me about the beach in Winter. Mummy Mishaps and  Mummys Crochet World share a first visit of the new year.

Finally you may see these fun outdoor crafts repeated by me here at Coombe Mill in our activity hour, they are both educational and simple to do. A Windsock by Baby Routes and the Grapefruit Trap by From Wild About Here

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on January 9th, 2015 - Anya

Country Kids from Coombe Mill


Happily Ever After

Posted on December 20th, 2011 - Anya

Taking Time OutSarah and Paul

Taking time out from busy lives is never easy. In our case, leaving Coombe Mill on a busy Christmas changeover weekend to Travel en family Cornwall to Essex really does take some planning. However last weekend was my niece’s Wedding Day and with nearly 12 months notice there was no excuse not to make the effort to meet up with all my family and see her special day. Farmer Ted and Gill came into their own managing the changeover for us here at Coombe Mill leaving me to simply pack with Wedding attire for 8. 

The Journey

There is no easy way to do a 5 – 6 hour journey with children. Having tried various methods over the years, the one that works for us is pack at night, set the alarm and travel early morning while the rest of the world is still asleep and the roads quiet. It worked as planned and with a quick McDonald’s breakfast stop we were at the Premier Inn Braintree http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/BRABAR/braintree-freeport-village meeting with family and friends by lunch time. Our first time in a Premier Inn and I must say I would use them again. My only criticism was that there was nothing for the children to do, though they were very patient when the kids took over the foyer to practice their Gymnastics.  Outside play in a car park at -2 degrees did have its limitations and our late extended family lunch in the pub soon lost its attraction for the children once the food was eaten and the adults chatting and drinking!

The Wedding Morning

I made a point of capturing some of the morning action for Sarah since this is the part she will have missed with her own preparations. I would love to have seen some of these scenes from my own Wedding.

Breakfast at the Premier InnWedding party are ready, what about my gang!!Wedding Bus in Loading

 

The Amazing Wedding of Sarah and Paul

The sun shone, the couple looked so perfectly in love and the day went like clockwork. I don’t think I have been to such a beautiful Wedding and I was so pleased to have been part of such a special day. Even my gang scrubbed up well after the picture above in the car park and wore their Sunday best!

I have turned the Service and Reception into Videos which I hope Sarah and Paul will enjoy watching when they arrive home from honeymoon in the New Year! 

 

A Personal Message

Thank you Sarah and Paul for all the work and effort you and those close put into the day. From the written instructions, to booking the accommodation, the bus and that fun photo booth, you really did make it a great day for all your guests as well as a magical one for you both. Wishing you all the happiness in the world! Fiona x