Showing posts with label Coombe Mill. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Coombe Mill. Show all posts

Friday, 11 July 2014

Learning to ride a bike

I know that's it's been a while since I last blogged but I just haven't had any urge to.  I take all the photos but can't seem to get any words out.  But then the lovely Fiona from Coombe Mill mentioned me in a Country Kids tweet this morning and I decided to actually write something.

Last year I tried to teach my middle boy to ride a bike.  He did manage some short distances on grass but really wasn't very keen, and then the weather turned and that was the end of that.  He didn't show any enthusiasm for learning to ride his bike, preferring to go out on his scooter, and we never pushed him.  Then yesterday, as he had the day off school due to the strikes, I decided that it was finally time for him to learn.

After a back-breaking hour, lots of tantrums and tears, he did it.  It's one of those moments when I realise that all the effort I put into teaching my children is really worth it.  In just one afternoon he has mastered the skill of keeping his balance, learning to steer, pushing off on his own, and stopping without falling off!  In his own words, the next step is taking part in races!  I am a very proud mummy.

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Monday, 31 December 2012

Another year over

Another year is ending and as I sit and reflect on events from the past year, Is wonder what the new year will hold for me.

Without dwelling on anything too much, 2012 had lots of ups and down; very much like most years I suppose.  It's been too easy for me to just think about the negatives from the past year, but I don't want to start a new year feeling like that.  There have been struggles and tensions which are usually money related but lots of good times with the children too.  My youngest started walking, my older boys have won trophies for kickboxing, and we've had a few swimming successes.  In fact, just before Christmas my 5 year old did his 25 metre swimming badge which is utterly amazing as in the summer he was afraid to put his face in the water!

                   

My oldest learnt to ride his bike, and my youngest took took a huge step just before Christmas when he gave all his dummies to the Christmas Fairy.

We've enjoyed a fabulous holiday at Coombe Mill in Cornwall (which I won) and we've spent an amazing weekend at Bluestone National Park Resort in Wales where we visited The Kingdom of the Elves.

On the feed run at Coombe Mill

Santa is under there somewhere.....

It has been a really good year!

But it's now time to say goodbye to this year and look forward to the next.  So what's in store for us?  I wish I knew that but all I can do now is try to make the most of it.  I never usually make resolutions but there are a few things I'd like to do for the year ahead.

This is the year that I am determined to become more organised.  It doesn't come naturally and as I spoke about it early last year, you'd be forgiven for thinking that I'll never manage it.

I'm going to try with a few small things.

Firstly, I am finally going to meal plan.  I've managed to save a bit of money this year by changing my food shopping habits but I still feel that I'm wasting money by not having a meal plan.  I'm going to do some research online to try to come up with interesting ideas for meals.

Secondly, hubby and I started writing down everything we spent before Christmas to see where we can save some money.  I've already had a look at free online budget plans/spreadsheets so we can do this properly from now on.

Finally, I need a bit more organisation for my blogging and competition entering.  They are my only real hobbies but I feel that I need to allow myself set times to get things done.  It's something that I think I'll need to work on a bit as there's going to be a lot of organisation for me to fit everything in.  I think I need to get involved a lot more with everything.

I can't be too rigid in my plans as I'm easily bored so need a bit of flexibility in there.  If you have any tips or ideas that could help me then I'd love to hear them.

I'll keep you posted.

Happy New Year to you!


Thursday, 25 October 2012

Coombe Mill - part 2

One of the best bits of staying at Coombe Mill was the feed run every morning which my boys thoroughly enjoyed.  But the is more to Coombe Mill than the animals.

On our first night there we went for a wander around the grounds and the children were delighted to find this fantastic play area.  There was a pirate ship and a trampoline and lots of muddy puddles for the little one to jump in (though these are weather dependant!)  It was hard to get the children out of there but as it was getting late, and we were all starving I bribed them with chocolate appealed to their better nature to get them to come back to out fabulous Scandinavian Lodge.

Ship Ahoy!
The Scandinavian Lodges are amazing.  The one we stayed in could sleep up to seven people so there was lots of room.    The living/kitchen/dining area was open plan and the full ceiling height made it even more spacious.  It was like a home from home as the kitchen was fully equipped with every appliance including a washing machine and tumble dryer, making those wet, muddy days so much easier and I could throw it all in the wash.  

The decking outside our lodge
Popping into reception was great as there were lots of things there to borrow or buy.  From bread and milk to homemade meals and desserts to buy.  Wellies, potties, games to borrow.  There's no need to pack your car with everything your little one needs as most of it is available to borrow on a first come first served basis.

I mentioned one of the play areas earlier; well that's not the only one.  There was another outdoor play area right next to our lodge.  The children would go racing off to it at any opportunity.  My oldest just loved the zip wire and the younger two loved the swings and climbing frame.  There's a baby swing here too which my little one thoroughly enjoyed.







If the weather is really bad there is an indoor play area.  We did have a look but never used it as, even though we stayed in October, the weather wasn't too bad, and even if it was raining the kids didn't care and would be outside playing with their waterproofs on.



We had lots of fun at Coombe Mill but we did spend some time exploring the surrounding areas.  It took us a while to get used to the narrow country lanes (though I do think that some of them could have been avoided if we hadn't followed our sat nav!), but we found some absolutely beautiful areas.  From Port Isaac on a drizzly day......














To the amazing Polzeath beach.  Who would have thought that it's October!!  The children adored it here.

 We also found a lovely little model railway museum and my train obsessed 2 year old can't believe his eyes.

We ended our week with a visit to Padstow for fish and chips, followed by ice-cream.  


Rain or shine, there is so much to do whether you stay on the farm, or go exploring.  This was my first visit to  Cornwall (and Coombe Mill) but it certainly won't be my last.
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Monday, 15 October 2012

Our holiday at Coombe Mill - the animals

What seems like only weeks ago, I entered a competition over at Coombe Mill to win a weeks holiday with them and to my utter amazement, I won!  It couldn't have come at a better time as finances have been a bit tight this year and we'd decided not to have a family holiday.  Even more amazing was that this year I had really wanted to go to Cornwall as it's somewhere I've never been.

I had already chatted to Fiona, the lovely owner of Coombe Mill on Twitter and knew that my family would love it there.  I wasn't wrong.

We arrived late on the Saturday afternoon, and after a quick look around our fabulous Scandinavian lodge, we set off to find the animals.  We were greeted by some ducks who decided to accompany us on our walk, much to the delight of the children.  We then came across these fine fellows who are obviously used to being fed by visitors.  We felt very guilty at being empty handed and promised to return the following day, bearing gifts.


The next morning we were all up bright and early to go on the first feed run of the week.  I don't know who was more excited, me or the boys!  Farmer Ted arrived on the tractor and the boys couldn't believe it when he asked who wanted to drive!!.  Needless to say, Zac and Ethan couldn't wait to have a go.  We were very lucky that there were only a few children there and so every child got to have a go at driving each morning.

Here's some of my favourite photos from the feed runs


I took over 250 photos throughout the week and it is so hard to choose just a few, especially as the animals were so photogenic.


I enjoyed the feed runs just as much as the children, even with a wilful 2 year old to look after....
The pout
In the 90 minutes that we spent on the feed run, there would be numerous mini strops due to the little one not being able to do what his big brothers were doing.  He wanted to go in with the pigs, chase the ducks, feed the donkeys (he did try this but couldn't quite grasp the concept of keeping his hand flat).  He also tried to feed the chickens but the poor things ended up covered in food as he just threw it over them.  He loved it though, and started saying all the names of the animals, which is amazing as he hasn't said that much up to now.  His favourite word at the moment is 'duck'.

There was one other thing that the children loved to do every morning.  They were determined that they would be able to get the sword out of the stone!
The Sword in the Stone
I've decided that it's impossible to write about our fabulous stay at Combe Mill in one post, so watch out for the next instalment.  I've developed an innate love for this beautiful place and Cornwall as a whole and can't wait to go back.

I am linking up with Country Kids on the Coombe Mill blog

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall