Country Kids from Coombe Mill

December 11, 2015 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

Wadebridge Christmas Fayre

Tipped off by a friend that there was a free to enter Christmas Fayre up at the Cornwall showground I was keen to pay a visit. Apparently it has been running for years under the trendy title of 'The Fat Stock Show' and then 'The Dead Stock Show'. Funnily enough the appeal was limited to a few farmers! This year they had opened it up to all small crafters and crofters, given it a more appealing name and not surprisingly we weren't the only ones keen to fill in a bleak December day with some free Christmas cheer.

 

Wadebridge Christmas Fayre

 

Nick and I only managed to raise Clio and her friend and Guy to come with us, the older boys suddenly had homework to do and the other two conveniently disappeared on the farm together. None of us knew what to expect as we parked up in a field and heading down towards the open sided barns.

 

Going into the Christmas Fayre

 

Inside I could see where the traditional names came from with dead butchered pigs up for prizes in one corner and live show pigs and piglets in pens next to them!

 

Pig and Piglets

 

The girls and I marvelled over some truly amazing prize winning vegetables, cakes and of course pasties up for judging reminding me that my own vegetable patch is sadly lacking by comparison.

From here we dawdled over the pretty Christmas crafts and jewellery, I always have one eye on things I could adapt for activity hour here on the farm before the girls then sat to watch the cattle judging over a snack.

 

 

Girls looking at the produce

 

I caught sight of Guy over the other side of the judging ring and we wandered round the other animals together, before stopping at the cleverly placed hand wash stand.

 

Guy with the animals

 

Then we saw something I've been looking for Coombe Mill: a fibreglass cow with udders to practice milking and even a mechanical expresser to attach. A supporting table beside revealed the quantity of milk produced in Cornwall which was quite impressive.

 

Fake Cow Milking Station

 

Seeing craftsmen at work is always fascinating, I was most taken with the spinners who were turning sheep fleeces into wool, they made it look so easy I was dying to have a try. Guy was more interested in the wood carvers and checked out the hen houses he was making.

 

Spinning Wool and Chicken Houses

 

The highlight for Guy was entering the Mole Valley Farmer's competition to win a quad bike. It looks enormous, and I was quite shocked they actually let an 11 year old enter.  If he actually wins on the Christmas draw I can already see there will be a huge argument over who it belongs to and where it can be ridden on the farm; this is one competition I'm rather crossing my fingers doesn't go in our favour!

 

Guy and the Quad Bike

 

 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Birthday celebrations in somerset for Life at cooks Cabin

Ditching Black Friday shopping in favour of a reservoir walk felt like a breath of air for Mum Turned Mom

I love this family beach day from Renovation Bay-Bee

A Victorian Christmas at Speke Hall looks well worth a visit from Mini Travellers Write up

 

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

December Giveaway 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. 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. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.

 

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Trash to Treasure - December

December 6, 2015 at 10:30 PMCoombeMill

How to Make an Outdoor Stick Christmas Tree Decoration

December is here and for me that means time to indulge in creating some Christmas decorations made simply from bits and bobs around the house and garden.  I love to gain inspiration from winter fairs, on line or shop windows, however if I can make something similar myself then it gives me so much more satisfaction than buying decorations and I know the children staying will love making Christmas crafts in our Activity Hour.  I have already shared my Christmas centrepieces this season and festive post boxes, this week I'm sharing an idea to decorate the garden, front door or any outdoor space with these hardy and colourful decorative Christmas Trees.   

 

Christmas Tree Twig Tutorial

 

We made these stick Christmas Trees last year on the farm at Christmas and I hung a few in the fairy gardens. They have actually survived a whole year and are still hanging there a year on so no problem leaving these outside in all weather.

 

Year old Christmas Tree

What you'll need

Straight stick

Floristry ribbon colours of your choice

Scissors

String or wool

What You'll Need Xmas Tree Sticks

Method

  1. Cut strips of ribbon 50 - 60 cm long

  2. Rip them length ways to make 2 ribbons from each

  3. Begin to tie the ribbon strips around the stick with equal lengths left either side and secure with a granny knot

  4. Keep the knots tight together as you work up the length of the stick

  5. Starting on one side at what will be your top, cut diagonally away from the stick to give it an angled edge.

  6. Cut down the other side to create a similar edge to give it an even Christmas Tree look.

  7. Tie one last ribbon around the top and loop the long ends round to create a bow to finish it off.

  8. Tie some string or wool to the top and hang your finished tree in the garden.

Step by Step Stick Xmas Trees

A few additions you could try

Try hanging them off branches on a Tree and call it a Christmas wishing tree

Place them round the garden and turn it into a treasure hunt to find them. I am planning to do this along our Welly Walk to keep the children looking out for them and counting them after the success of our witch's walk at Halloween.

Try varying the colours with some rainbow, some two tone and some single colour.  

 

How to make a Stick Christmas Tree vlog tutorial

 

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If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Post can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new. 

 

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

  

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

 

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. Our favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas.

 

Thank you for all the wonderful posts again last month and congratulations to the Creative Pair who has won the Duck Tape Colours with this beautiful match box advent calendar Match Box Advent Calendar

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I also really enjoyed Christmas crackers by Saw it, pinned it, did it  and homemade firelighters by Craft Invaders

 

 

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Christmas is Coming

December 5, 2015 at 10:00 PMCoombeMill

 

Weekly Photos from the farm

It has been quite miserable outside this week so I thought I share our little midweek fun of  putting up the Christmas Tree, Nick and I bought this gem for just £10 and I have to confess I was a little worried as we opened it up thinking that half the branches would fall off or be damaged at that price. Much to our surprise it shook down into a perfect tree shape. I worked with Theo to put the lights on as at just 13 he is much taller than me and could reach the top!

Guy and Clio then took over from us with squeals of excitement as trinkets and decorations made from years gone by emerged from the box to take their pride of place once more on the Tree.

 

 Decorating the Christmas Tree at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

 

By the time it was finished it resembled a bit of a dogs dinner but it is their handiwork, their artwork and all our family memories of Christmases gone by. I think I will actually be quite sad when no one wants to help me decorate the tree and I finally have my magazine like minimalist vision.

 

Christmas Tree at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall 2015

 

Next week I will be onto putting up the holiday cottage and lodge trees, however we always leave a box with the decorations inside so each family can make their own Christmas traditions dressing their tree together.

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

December 4, 2015 at 11:10 PMCoombeMill

Eden in November

Living in North Cornwall has some real advantages, lovely beaches, Bodmin Moor, the Camel Trail and some great local tourist attractions. One of these is The Eden Project. I happened to spot a weekend in November on their website inviting Cornish residents within our post code free entry on proof of address. This also coincided with the Ice skating being open for the winter season so with free entry I looked up the times. To my delight the last session on a Saturday was half price, which meant just £3 each to skate and nothing to enter. With a large family deals like this really pay off. I signed up and after a busy morning on the farm decommissioning the play barn for refurbishment we were off.

 

A November Adventure at the Eden Project

 

With the late afternoon sun shining down the kids headed for some of their favourite outdoor areas from years gone by. Climbing logs which in younger years they could balance on top of they now feared for their safely in climbing high, a reminder that with heights approaching 6 ft on the teens balance isn't what it once was!

 

Wooden Climbing Frames

It didn't stop them giving it the full beans racing down the boulevard steps!

 

Racing down the steps

I do like to go at least once a year as there is always something new I take away for Coombe Mill. This year it was the painted tarmac hopscotch. Unbelievably Nick had to teach them the official hopscotch rules. Soon bored with the real game on a child's size board they took to challenges of leaping clean over the board. Meanwhile I was working on where best to paint it when we next have the paint out to redo the car park markings. Any of you who know Coombe Mill, please do add your suggestions.  

 

Hopscotch and jumping competition

 

No one can visit Eden without stopping to Admire Weee Man; made from junk I just love this photo of the boys all discussing the various gadgets and uses over the years with their Dad

 

WEEE man

 

The Mediterranean Biome was closed for a wedding but we took our time in the tropical one slowing shedding layers as we climbed the steps and the heat took hold.

 

In the Tropical Biome

There was a plan to our order of events; we were suitably hot and ready to enter the ice rink tent. Not surprisingly the session had sold out so I was glad I had booked ahead on line. For once it was a role reversal with Nick opting out and agreeing to take charge of my camera, he conceded it was really difficult to take photos as everyone moved too fast, I actually think he did pretty well.

 

Ice Skating

 

It was totally dark by the time we headed home. If you noticed Clio's absence, she was on a sleepover, knowing how much she loves skating I took her and her friend the following 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.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

ChelseaMamma met Father Christmas with plenty of magic in the woods at Lapland UK 

Christmas traditions are set for Life as our little Family as they go to choose their Christmas Tree

An inspiring landscape leads to chalk art in the garden for Creative Star 

The Joy of Five shows a familiar story to me of how her teen loved reconnecting with nature and family after reluctantly being persuaded out

Photos from Fingle Bridge by Domesstique make me want to put on my walking boots and head on out there.

 

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

December Giveaway 

 

I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. 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. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here   

Congratulations to Aly Hodge from bug Bird Bee who wins the November Puddleflex wellies from Muddy Puddles with a fun write up on the first day of her family holiday here at Coombe Mill. I still chuckle looking at the kids picking up our very heavy piglets. 

 

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Christmas Fun in an Educational Board Game

December 2, 2015 at 10:30 PMCoombeMill

Christmas is exciting for youngsters, there is a magic that we openly create as adults and then sit back and delight in with the festive build up from baking to crafts, parties to the fun of Christmas Eve and arrival of Santa. But how many times have you stressed over presents, wondered what to fill a stocking with, buy for a friend's child, a niece or nephew? The clever folk at Orchard Toys have the perfect answer, not too expensive, full of Christmas cheer and educational too; quite simply the perfect game for 3 to 6 year olds this Christmas time.   

Christmas Surprises

Christmas Surprises a Festive Shape and Colour Game

 

Two fun games in one with double sided cards so carefully designed

Game 1

Beat your opponent and decorate your Christmas tree first by matching all the coloured bauble pieces from the centre of the table, great for colour recognition and speed of identification. There is a colour dice instead of a number dice so no number recognition is necessary to play. Simply roll the dice, see what colour it lands on and if that colour bauble is available on the table you can place it in the correct space on your card. Up to 4 players can play and the winner is the first to fill their card.


Christmas Tree Game

Game 2.

Help Santa fill his sack with presents. This game teaches shape recognition; again no number knowledge is requited as the dice has a different shape on each face. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and see if they can find a present the same shape as is shown on the dice face. The player then takes the present and places it in the corresponding empty shape space on their Santa's Sack. The winner is the first to fill the sack. Will the sack full you can then turn over the presents to reveal what Father Christmas will be delivering.

Santa's Sack Game

 

Both these games are a great teaching resource whilst being fun to play. While enjoying the game your child will be:

  • Improving social skills and observation
  • Improving their manual dexterity
  • Building on speed of recognition for colour and shape
  • Meeting learning objectives from the Early Learning Goals in the national curriculum.

 

Step by Step Christmas Game

 

All the boards and counters are made from heavy duty wipe clean card, so no problem if some sticky fingers are at play and the visual bright colours and merry Christmas designs are eye catching and designed to appeal to children. All this for just £9.50 from the Orchard Toys website.  

Win your Christmas Surprises Game

Orchard Toys have a Christmas Surprises game to give away to one lucky Coombe Mill Blog follower. To be in with a chance just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part and a Merry Christmas from us all!  

Christmas Surprises Game

Disclosure

I was sent my Christmas surprises game for the purpose of this review. All opinions voiced are my own. If you are visiting Coombe Mill this Christmas our copy will be in our reception shop for you to borrow and enjoy in the peace of your holiday cottage or lodge.

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