This last week has really felt like Spring has finally sprung. The sun has shone, the weather has been a warmer and coats have even been abandoned on school runs, and trips to the supermarket!!
Last Sunday with the Christmas holidays almost at an end (booooo!), and after the constant requests from the boys, especially Jenson, about me taking them to the beach we set off for Instow after breakfast. Father Christmas gave the boy some sandcastle and sand play items and ever since Boxing Day they had been asking me daily if I could please take them to the beach so they could use them! I think when Father Christmas decided to give them those gifts, he was thinking ahead to the summer months lol!
We have been so lucky with the weather this half term, asides from a little rain it has been quite mild really and we probably should have made more if it by getting out more than we did. However, on the days we did get out we did not need coats because it really has been quite warm! I mentioned in my Orange and Pumpkin Cake recipe yesterday, that we were sent a fun Halloween Pack from Flora and among the activities we could choose from was an eye and spoon race. Basically, an egg and spoon race but with eye balls instead of eggs – not real eyes of course but some homemade ones.
A year ago I took the boys for our first visit to Coombe Mill which I wrote about here. Last week we returned again to see Fiona, her wonderful farm and family and to catch up wth TBaM and her family too, as they were staying at the farm for week.
I know it has been said time and time again on blogs that I have read, written by people who have visited Coombemill themselves, but honestly, it is an amazing place. Peaceful, relaxing, calming and beautiful , it has a magic that you will only understand once you have been there yourself. When you are there, it feels like you really have escaped from the rest of the world, which if you were on holiday there I think is a good thing.
Coombemill is also the perfect place for children. I know my two would love to have it as their back garden for sure – a place where they can run freely, explore and play in all that open space. Another wonderful side to Coombemill is the opportunity the children who stay on the farm get to help feed the animals on the daily tractor feed run every morning at 9am. The feed run lasts a good hour or so and as well as feeding the various animals, the children also get to collect eggs and can even hold baby chicks and stroke the pigs, goats and chickens.
Our annual day trip to Coombemill is one I look forward to and I hope it is something which we are allowed to continue each summer because I just love it there. It is lovely to see Fiona and her family and catch up with friends too. If you ever get the chance, visit Coombemill because then you will know exactly what I am trying to convey.
Thank you again Fiona for letting us visit (and the tea bags and cake!) and TBaM for lunch and having us spend the day with you.
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It is official I am unfit and suffering from a sore bottom after a 5 mile bike ride today! However, it is worth the saddle sore aches and pains in my posterior and legs, because we enjoyed a lovely family bike ride along the Tarka Trail to Fremington Quay. Despite some moaning on the way there from Burton about how far it was (I must admit it was further then I remembered but then when OH reminded me that it was only 2.6 miles each way, I felt a little silly as that is not very far at all!)
Anyway, we arrived and immediately the boys and I were ravenous and despite it only being 11.30am we three tucked into our picnic while OH hung on til 12pm (the official lunch time!). Some food and much needed drink were all the boys needed to re charge their batteries and off they went to play on the pirate ship adventure playground and have some “jump on and tickle Daddy time”!
The journey back seemed to go by much faster than the journey to Freminton Quay, and we only stopped once (unlike about 6 times before!), so I think the ice creams the boys ate before we set off helped that!
Despite how tired I am feeling and how much I ache, it is all good and we cannot wait to do it again very soon.
(ps. to all you monkey fans – he was there today but inside monkey rucksack!!)
I was recently sent some new soft drinks by Panda for a review. I remember drinking Panda Pops when I was young, but unlike the drinks we have been sent, they were unlikely to have had no added sugar! Nowadays Panda has been relaunched and they now contain natual flavours and no artifical colours or added sugar. These bottles are great for when you are out and about as the re-sealable (sports caps) lids means no leakages on bike rides!
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