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April 18, 2015 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

 

 

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April 17, 2015 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Easter holiday fun

Here on the farm we have enjoyed a wonderful Easter holidays full of children, fun and laughter, the weather has been mixed but we are always prepared and the fun carries on regardless.  

Crafty Fun and Games at Coombe Mill

Easter give such wonderful opportunities for crafting and games leaving us spoilt for choice at Activity Hour. After a reasonably dry week it poured with rain on Friday but we were prepared with Farmer Nick's new tent. We covered the new ping pong table with dust sheets and pulled up the benches Farmer Nick and Felix had finished making just that morning laying out our crafts as everyone scurried in out of the rain and wind.

 

Ready to begin Activity Hour in the new ping pong tent at Coombe Mill Family Holidays, Cornwall

 

I had spent my evenings the previous week working out how to turn a previous week's successful pig craft from a toilet roll into an Easter Bunny. Where there is a will there is a way and my bunny was formed together with Easter Bonnet where the bunny could hop down and rest in your pocket!

 

Demonstrating my Easter bonnet with jump down bunny at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

The idea really appealed to the children and we wasted no time in handing out paper plates to work on our bonnets. The older children worked on the spiral cutting & ribbon pinning while the younger children settled for colouring their bonnets whole.

 

 

Decorating paper plates to make Easter bonnets. A Coombe Mill Holiday craft on the farm.

With bonnets decorated we began to make our bunnies. The children were great at cutting and bending to form the ears while I helped with feet and stapling to their hats, the finished results were a triumph of up cycling!

 

Making rabbits from toilet rolls craft at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Activity hour

 

After all that concentration we had a spot of fun with guess the real egg from the cracked egg in the tray with a chocolate mini egg for everyone selecting the whole egg.

 

Guess the whole Egg Game at Activity hour on the farm.

 

Those with the cracked eggs who lost out on the mini eggs were invited to bring their cracked egg over to lead an egg and spoon race. It was harder than you might imagine keeping the lightweight egg shell on a spoon and race but even the youngest children showed great skill and everyone ended up with a chocolate egg reward.  

Egg and Spoon Race

Back in the tent we shared some of the website letter forming worksheets for the younger children and farm word search for the older children as created for us in partnership with twinkle educational resources.   After a week on the farm all the children could easily place the lifecycle pictures for a hen in the correct order too.

Educational Teacher approved twinkle Worksheets at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays.

 

It was a wonderful use of a rainy afternoon on the farm whilst still benefiting from some fresh air and a lovely way for the children to spend their last afternoon together. The tent is conveniently located right next to the train station so there was no chance over running, everyone piled out to join Clio our driver as the train drew into the station and rain cleared just in time.  

 

 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Lakes Single Mum popped in to visit us on the farm and wrote this fab post about her morning.

Grand Gardens and Stately Homes have been thoroughly explored this week by Mother Distracted and Little O and Me.

Would Like To Be, You Baby Me Mummy and Chez Mummy enjoyed nature in the sunshine.

Trying something new was on the agenda for Bubba Blue and Me, Stressy Mummy and Me, You and Magoo.

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Leaving children home alone

April 12, 2015 at 10:10 PMCoombeMill

 

Parenting  is all about making judgements, about nurturing and knowing when to let go. But do you know when your children are ready to spread their wings, to stay home while you nip to the shop, go out for a meal or go away overnight?

 

Leaving the kids home alone

We have brought our children up to be self sufficient, to do for themselves and to help us out with the business. My eldest has been babysitting for us for a couple of hours since he was 11, shocking to some, but he is capable, respected by his siblings and we were never more than a few minutes away. As the years have passed and the children grown up we have encouraged them to do more for themselves. My eldest two at nearly 17 and 15 do all their own washing and can make a light meal not just for themselves but for the rest of the family too and answer most of the queries coming through the business.  My only complaint is their reluctance to answer the telephone.  I have to shout at the answering machine for one of them to answer when I am trying to ring home and I know they are there. My last resort is facebook messenger on the wi fi as there is always someone chatting there!

Despite all this I have never thought to leave them overnight apart from last year when we were lucky enough to go to the MAD Blog awards.  The school holidays are my chance to catch up with them, not to be driven by routine, school and clubs and to indulge in some family time. However Nick and I were also craving some couple time. When he suggested we leave them running the farm and have a 2 day break I laughed. I could see how put out he was by my response, developing a male slump and so began to give it serious consideration. The children could do everything on the farm, except have the confidence to lead the feed run, if Farmer Ted and our apprentice Amber could cover this then what was really stopping us? Guy could run the train as usual, they could cook and wash for themselves, answer most problems arising and rather than wanting Nick and I accompanying them all the time would probably relish a little more independence and trust. Going away in term time is out of the question as they have no way of travelling to school without us. We broached the idea with them and they were all very relaxed about it. I think one of my secret fears was wanting to be a good Mummy, to be there to cook an evening meal as I always did, to go on family outings, to be there to answer the business calls and sort out their sibling squabbles. Actually what the children wanted was more independence, less family outings and more trust.

Realising it was time to let go, to give that trust, especially after Theo had disgraced himself earlier in the year was not easy. However I knew Nick and I needed a break too. We took the plunge, gave the obligatory parental warning about not leaving a hob on and burning the house down or a tap running and flooding the place and left.

Grown up treat night away

It felt strange to be away knowing they were in charge, I knew they wouldn't contact me unless there was an emergency and I craved a little reassurance that everything was alright. Thankfully I had my spies with 5 bloggers staying on holiday at the farm; huge thanks to One Dad 3 Girls, Minnowmep, Redpeffer, Southwarkbelle and Ruggles Leisure for those little tweets and Instagram pictures with #coombemilleaster that reassured me that all was well.

We returned 2 days later to find everything much as we had left it, no wild parties, punch ups, missing drinks or anything else you might imagine with teenagers home alone. They had enjoyed their freedom and managed the business perfectly and we had benefited from some couple time.    

If it were not for Nick pushing me I'm not sure I would have felt ready to take this step, in hindsight I can see it has benefited us all and we will definitely do it again. Our children are growing up, they are young adults now and they have shown they are ready to be treated as such.

I sometimes hear parents here on the farm telling their young children not to run and I wonder why not? If they fall it is only grass beneath them, they won't break anything but they will begin to learn their limits and come to understand what their body is capable of.

 

Allow children the space to flourish

 

As parents we are programmed to protect our children, however if you can give them space within that protective sphere to flourish and grow and resist the urge to over nurture, even if it means experiencing a few knocks along the way, it will build their independence and self assurance to their benefit and yours one day.

 

 

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Silent Sunday / Project 52 / My Sunday Photo

April 11, 2015 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

 

Walking up along the river bank at Coombe Mill with bodyboards & surfing down

 

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April 10, 2015 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Easter Day Madness

Easter day on the farm is always packed with fun. We begin with our customary feed run, however there is a surprise waiting at the very first stop as our chickens miraculously produce Cadbury's Crème Eggs in their laying boxes. Thanks to a quick count up and an advanced dash by Guy and Clio there is just enough to ensure one for every child!

 

Coombe Mill Chickens laid Cadbury Creme Eggs

This was to be one of those extended feed runs as along with the regular duties we had twin lambs that had just been born. There was no time to dawdle over the other animals as these little boys needed tagging and tailing and moving with Mum to the safety of our new born pen.

 

Lambs born on Easter Day at Coombe Mill Farm

 

By the time we finished up back at the cottages 2 hours had passed and everyone was very keen to participate in my Easter egg hunt. I insisted on half an hour down time for hand washing and a quick cuppa for the Mums and Dads which also gave Clio and I time to set our trail. We had a real mix of ages from tiny tots to tweens wanting to join in so I split the egg hunt following last year's success into under 5's and bigger kids.

 

Easter Egg Hunt at Coombe Mill Farm

 

Hiding eggs for the little ones means making them all pretty obvious, even then it can take them a while to spot them. We had taken over the toddler ride on play area giving us a perfect safe space with plenty of obstacles to place our chocolate treats on. The little ones loved the space to find their eggs with no chance of the big ones being allowed in.

 

2015 Under 5's Easter Egg Hunt at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

Only when we felt every space had been searched and the older kids were patiently hanging over the fence waiting did I let them begin.

 

Waiting for the older children's Easter Egg Race to begin

 

Holding back children on a mission to find chocolate is no easy feat, the only thing I had in my favour was that only I knew where they were hidden so there was an incentive to stay close. When the far play area was in view I gave them all permission to run off and  search, they didn't need to be told twice!

 

 

Running to the Coombe Mill Castle Play Area to hunt for chocolate Easter Eggs

 

It felt like just minutes of dashing hither and dither across the climbing fort, tractor, zip wire and more in their quest to gather the largest haul of eggs. It was like a swarm of locusts descending.  

 

Easter Egg hunt 2015 for older Kids at Coombe Mill Holidays

Once they thought it was all over I gathered them together and they raced across to the other side of the farm to raid the pirate boat for yet more treasure!

 

Searching the Pirate Boat for Easter Eggs

 

Finally everyone sat about enjoying their bounty in the play areas and around the campfire in the den building zone.

 

Eating Easter Eggs from the 2015 Coombe Mill farm hunt

I left them all to play smiling to myself as a group of children teamed up to create the world's largest  den together. A great way to stay active and burn off all that chocolate!

 

 

Meanwhile I had a little treat hidden in the garden for my own children especially for the teens who felt too old to join in with the Coombe Mill hunt but who are really still kids at heart. On finding their Eggs they enjoyed a silly sibling moment together.

 

Breaking Easter Eggs

 

Joining in with Country Kids

If you have had fun outdoors hunting for Easter eggs or exploring beaches, woodland or games in the garden please come and join me here on the linky. Outdoor fun away from screens and sofas is good for us all, indulge the kids in some fresh air time and see how much better you all feel. Please grab the badge when linking and remember to check out the other posts too, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure. 

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A few of my favourites from last week:

One Dad 3 Girls came for their third holiday at Coombe Mill and tell of the magic of our morning animal feed run. 

We are not the only farm with spring animals, Kissy Bass found her kids lending a helping hand on a farm day out 

The Easter Holidays have created time for some lovely looking day trips, My Travel Monkey enjoyed a day at the sea front in Brighton

Mummy Travels met Shaun the sheep at Kew Gardens while Me and the Tiny Three uncovered some local history  

On the topic of history The Boy and Me uncovered dinosaur feet while Elizabeth's Kitchen diary searched for fossils on the shores of the Shetlands

Easter wouldn't be complete without an Easter Egg hunt, it seams we were not the only ones enjoying some chocolatey outdoor fun last week. Lots of lovely garden hunts and organised ones too, I particularly liked the look of the National Trust Trails that Chelsea Mamma and Nikki Young Writes completed.   

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