On the farm

This week a good friend of mine invited my boys and I to visit her farm. Like a lot of farms this year my friend was left with a lot of lambs that had to be bottle fed – rubbish weather, not enough grass, no grass = no milk produced by mummy sheep – and she thought my boys would enjoy the experience of feeding them! My boys always love the farm but this time it was extra special, they were so excited to help out.

PickleGryffin was the first to start the feeding. The ewes without milk and their babies are kept in the barn separate from the rest to save confusion at feeding time.

Bear

Bear really enjoyed it, luckily his ‘baby’ was one of the oldest and wasn’t too bothered about his manic giggling haha!

cows

After the lambs Bear went to ‘help’ with the cows, lovely Welsh Blacks who I believe are all currently pregnant. I adore cow noses, they are so ridiculously cute! Gryffin was still helping with the lambs – lots of hungry little mouths!

tractorI think it’s every little boys dream to drive a tractor isn’t it? Bear wanted to drive this home! Worry not, the keys weren’t in it so the only thing he could do was switch the lights on and off. Still fun though clearly!

SamMeet Sam – the ex house dog rescue that now lives on the farm. Loves mud, children and his ball!

run

After being helpful and a lovely dinner it was apparently time to run around the farm like a loon!

carry

carry 2

And this is how you catch hyperactive children and carry them around on the farm ha!

shoulders

spring

After lots of running around and general silliness, Bear felt ready to embrace spring!

friends

My favourite photo of the day, we all had a fantastic time at the farm and the boys left having made friends and memories for life =)

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Easter Trail

On Sunday we headed towards our local National Trust property for the Cadbury Easter egg trail. I’ve been to Bodnant Garden only once before with my boys, it wasn’t too enjoyable an experience since Bear was hardly walking at the time so had to be carried – like many places in North Wales it’s pretty hilly ha!

It was a really fun experience even though Bear didn’t really play along with the hunting for clues and answering the questions – which was really the point in the trail. Fun was had all the same! We spent the entire morning there exploring all the different paths – we did end up leaving the trail completely but in doing so went around the entire property, we headed away from the formal gardens and headed towards the waterfalls and wooded areas. It is absolutely beautiful there, one of my favourite places!

directionsReading the sign at the very start of the trail

done 5Gryffin clearly very excited! Taken minutes before he went skipping off down the path singing…

which way

‘Which way should we go Daddy?’

manorThe old Manor, still on the trail at this point!

off trackHere we left the trail and headed off on an adventure – according to my boys!

water fallOoo water – we stopped and threw some sticks, naturally!

done 19We had to check under this bridge for trolls before the boys would walk across.

done 18I think these are all the same stream just at different points on the footpath. Apart from the ‘Oh how pretty’ my brain wasn’t terribly switched on, more just enjoying the moment!

biggest treeBear found the biggest tree in the whole wide world apparently – he HAD to have a photo! He looks tiny and you can’t even see the top haha!

old mill

We found the old mill that is now home to fish stealing otters and bats! Exciting! Then we headed back up to join the trail as little legs were getting tired.

Follow daddy

Daddy is hunting for questions as well as carrying everything – silly mummy forgot her bag!

tree

The last clue hid from us – it was on the wall at the back somewhere!

rock climbing

Bear ‘rock climbing’ since the tree he tried to climb beat him up – no joke, that is actually what he claimed happened! Must have been an Ent…

done 17

A very tired Bear waiting to collect his prize! Gryffin was far too tired for photos, he just wanted a snuggle.  Off home we headed with chocolate eggs and sleepy boys. Waiting for them there was a special treat I’d made for them – no chocolate from mummy this year!

done 7

Gryffin’s bunny.

done 8

Bear’s bunny.

We all thoroughly enjoyed our trip to Bodnant Garden, the Easter egg trail and our adventuring. I will definitely be doing the same again next year! Hooray for Easter!