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Saturday, 4 January 2014

Celebrating The New Year in the Woods #CountryKids

yearsNew Years Eve 2014

On New Years Eve we went around Nanny's house as usual.  The kids provided the entertainment and made up a show for us.

New Years Eve 2014

They all  made it to mid-night.  We celebrated by linking hands and singing Auld Lang Syne. 

New Years Eve 2014 Sparklers

Then we went outside for sparklers and party poppers.


New Years Eve 2014 Sparklers

 New Years Eve 2014 Sparklers Party Poppers

New Years Eve 2014 Sparklers

New Years Eve 2014 Sparklers

New Years Eve 2014 Sparklers

Outside, we watched fireworks and lanterns. 

 When I was young, all the kids in the street would link arms and run down the road shouting "Happy New Year!" to all the other neighbours and anyone who could hear.  I think I will bring back this tradition next year as we Izzy will be able to run down too!


New Years Eve 2014 Dinner
  New Years Eve 2014 Dinner

On New Years Day we had a delicious dinner and tea and played family games.  Nanny bought all the Grandkids Cluedo Junior to share and we enjoyed playing that.

New Years Eve Day  2014 Child Sleep

The late night eventually began to creep up on the kids and an earlier night was had by all.

The next day, we had planned to meet up with friends in the woods for a little celebration to let the New Year in.  

During the Summer Holidays, we had promised all the kids that we would come down again and have a night time fire, so this seemed ideal.


New Years   2014 Child Walk Woods Wellies Torch

Armed with torches and wellies we set off for a very muddy, slippy walk into the woods.  For this reason, Izzy went for a walk with Nanny instead as I knew it would be difficult walking her home in the dark as the walkway is narrow and next to a stream.

New Years Woods  Light Fire Flint
Makala Doughty
We set up camp and lit the fire.


New Years Woods  Party Celebration Fire
Makala Doughty 
New Years Woods  Party Celebration Fire
Makala Doughty 
New Years Woods  Party Celebration Fire Scary Ghost boy pic
Makala Doughty
 The kids posed for scary photos with the torch shining on their chins!
New Years Woods  Party Celebration Fire water pond play
Makala Doughty

They played by the water.

New Years Woods  Fire Soup bread Cheese

We warmed up with soup, homemade bread and cheese.

New Years Woods Champagne Bubbly Two Glasses

Makala and I finally got to pop open and drink our bottle of bubbly presented to us by Moneysupermaket.com for taking part in the Retail Royalty Challenge.  
New Years Woods Champagne Bubbly Two Glasses Friends
Katie Doughty 
  That was good karma indeed and much appreciated!

New Years Woods Champagne Bubbly Two Glasses
Makala Doughty 

 We toasted the New Year in.  We sand Auld Langs Syne again while I croaked it as I've lost my voice!

New Years Woods soup fire
Makala Doughty
New Years Woods soup fire bubbly champagne cheers


New Years Woods soup fire toast marshmallow

New Years Woods soup fire toast marshmallow

New Years Woods soup fire toast marshmallow

We toasted marshmallows.

New Years Woods soup fire toast marshmallow friends
Makala Doughty

Then the kids took it in turns opening up a promo advent calendar that my mum had passed onto me.  That kept them quiet for a while!

Then came the moment we were all dreading- walking back through the mud, this time in complete darkness.  

We were all starting to get the heebie jeebies...not helped by Danny who loves to tall scary stories!  We all stuck together and shone our torches.  

With great team work, the kids all helped to carry things and when Rebecca and I got tangled in some brambles, Jack stopped to shine his torch on us, we all got back safely and happily.

Mum kindly gave us all a lift home as I had drank too much bubbly to drive.

I can't wait for all our Country Kids adventures of 2014!

Happy New Year everyone!
Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall









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  1. What a fab couple of days celebrations - there's nothing better than being surrounded by loved ones and good friends over Christmas and New Year! I love the idea of the night time fire and well done to the children for coping with the darkness so well. Happy New Year to you all and here's to more outdoor fun in 2014 - thanks for linking up and sharing with Country Kids.

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