After much organisation and preparation we were all set to leave the farm for a family short break to visit family. However this was one trip with a little hiccup; ten minutes before leaving, with the car packed, the bikes on board and just locking up the house, Theo was sick. Excitement we thought, perhaps travel sickness at the prospect of the journey (he does suffer) but no, 3 more spectacular episodes and we knew our plans were going wrong. With no idea how long Theo's bug would last and everything in place we decided Nick and the children should go ahead and I would stay with Theo. We waved them off and settled in for a quiet day together disappointed to be left behind.
Down in Sussex the family delighted in seeing Yia Yia and spending a day with their cousins. This was followed by a morning of beach fun with games of who can throw the stone the furthest or seek shade buried in pebbles before cooling down in the sea. My thanks to Clio for taking her camera and filling me in on all the fun.
Meanwhile back on the farm Theo was feeling stronger and we took a stroll round the farm together while waiting for a friend who was kindly running us to Newquay airport to meet up with the others. In a funny way we actually had a lovely 24 hours together once Theo was feeling better. As third of six, these occasions are very rare.
Reunited as a family once more we spent a wonderful day with old family friends over a picnic and their garden pool. Thanks to the scorching weather the water was warm and the children jumped and dived and raced and swam for hours on end to the delight of the older generation looking on. I had briefly questioned the wisdom of flying up to join the others for just a couple of days but this alone made it all worthwhile and Theo was clearly back to full strength.
No trip to Yia Yia would be complete for the children without the obligatory trip to Brighton, the fun of the pier and *cringe* the £1 shop and Primark, all things we don't have in Cornwall. I am surprised Theo wasn't sick again from the packet of blue sweets he scoffed! Jed and I cycled the 8 miles down and had a nightmare with the cycle route which ran out just when we really needed it, leaving us crossing 3 lanes of dual carriageway traffic together, only to find when back safely onto a minor road the cycle path reappeared! It was quite terrifying and the bikes went home on the back of the car.
Last but not least a visit to my Mum in Buckinghamshire. A chance for Grandma to catch up with us all. Happy family times despite the drama at the start!
Farmer Ted and Farmer Kym managed the farm in our absence and I also had the benefit of tweets from @geekisnewchic and @crazywithtwins who were both staying for the week to reassure me all was well at Coombe Mill.
Joining in with Country Kids
I'd love to hear how you have been spending these lovely summer days outside. If you have a post about a day out, a trip to the park, an outdoor craft or picnic or fun in the garden please do grab the badge and share your story here. If it's outdoor family fun it's perfect for Country Kids! Remember to check out some of the other posts here, there are always some lovely ideas to inspire your next adventure.
A few that stood out for me in so many wonderful posts were:
National Play Day from Pink Oddy A wonderful concept to share and support.
Dragon Hunt from Time to Craft for the beautiful photos.
Unst Island from TangoRaindrop a fascinating holiday review.