Category Archives: Country Kids

Now the Country Kids thing doesn’t just mean being in the countryside. Fiona, who by the way is an absolute superwoman – she’s a mother of 6, runs a beautiful holiday farm in Cornwall and writes an award winning blog! (She also has a cracking figure and great hair. I know, sickening isn’t it?). Anyway, she’s really passionate about getting outside with your kids and spending quality time together, whether it’s exploring a wood or playing in the paddling pool in your own garden (you might want to rethink that one at this this time of year) and that’s what this link-up is about.

We spent an afternoon at the beach with the smalls. Their grandparents live about 20 minutes from the coasts so most visits feature a beach trip. Our poor deprived children don’t know that white sandy beaches exist, they think the North Sea is it and that all beach trips are freezing. I love these visits and I think these are the days I will remember when they’re grown up.


All images were taken on a Canon Eos 3 with Fujifilm Neopan 400CN



Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

I’m linking up with Country Kids again because I found some great new reads last time and, well, because Fiona asked me! She’s really passionate about getting outdoors with your kids and enjoying some good old family fun. It’s always fun to see what other people are up to so you can copy them and your kids will think you’re really fun and have the best ideas so you can be inspired.

My folks and I took the smalls to Old Yarr Estates in Astwood Bank, which is minutes away from where I grew up. I’d never been before but the lure of “Pick Your Own” strawberries got me there and when I spied the tearoom, it was love at first sight. I had one of the best Eggs Benedict there EVER, and I’m a girl who knows her Eggs Benedict. We will definitely going back there…and soon!

I was telling the little dude that when I was little, we used to pick our own strawberries sometimes and that you could only get them in summer. That’s right, young people! Once upon a time they were a seasonal fruit. I don’t think he believed me, along with the “We didn’t have iPads or a telly with a remote”. I had proof though!


Summer ’84. Got to love the knitwear and polyester combo that I’m rocking there

..And I recreated the same scene (more or less!) 29 years later…I even tried to make it look a bit vinatgey for you. You’re welcome.

Are those some impressive cloning skills or what? (the kid, that is. Not the animals.)

I’ve seen what you’re up to, dude…

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

This week, I’m linking up with Coombe Mill’s Country Kids (thanks for having me, Fiona!). Country Kids is all about having fun outdoors and spending time together as a family. It being Spring and all, we went to the Ashridge Estate for a picnic and to look at some bluebells. We’re just like an Enid Blyton family…..We’re very fortunate to have so many fantastic places on our doorstep and have been making an effort to visit them recently. Now that the children are older, it’s nice to take them exploring and it’s good to visit new places rather than going to the same old spots. Beloved was up for the bluebell idea the moment I mentioned going to M&S for posh picnic food (£36….kinda didn’t mention that bit). It took us a couple of hours to reach the bluebells, thanks to the kids stopping to look at snails, climbing on trees/tree trunks/anything tree related, Little Dude directing us with his pedometer and the scooter that he’d insisted on bringing (I’d said no but was overruled)…We were convinced we’d walked for miles but it was probably only half a mile! When we finally reached the spot where the bluebells were, Beloved said “Er, so what do we do now?” “Um, look at bluebells?”. So we did.

“Hey babe, just ignore the kids and let me take a photograph, OK?” Some excellent parenting there…Woodland picnicking  Scanning bluebells with his pedometer. Computer says they’re blue flowers what are really a bit purple. Good to know.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall