Snap Shots from an 11 year old

What happens when you give a camera to a Tween?

This is exactly what i did In the summer. Jak was nearly 12 and is just getting into photography.

We was staying at a Haven caravan site in caister, our caravan was pretty close to the grassy sand dunes and on the other side was a lovely wide beach. Jak went off one morning with the camera in hand and came back with these fabulous shots

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Photos by Jak Wright, 12

What do you think? Will he cut it as a Photographer

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Oh I do like to be beside the seaside

There is nothing quite like a lovely stroll along the seafront, especially after a hectic few days spent in the City of London. We don’t live too far from the seafront but don’t often get the chance to visit it, we spent the last couple of days of our half term holiday staying at Nanny’s house which is a lot nearer to the beach but still a 45 minute drive away.

Nanny wanted to surprise the boys so she didn’t tell them where we was going, they took a few guesses but was wrong until we was about 5 miles away and they started to read the road signs. We drove past all the attractions and the busy part of the sea front, as just a little further down the road is a lovely part of the beach which not many people visit, I think as it isn’t near the rides and shops that it can be a bit more peaceful.

As soon as the boys were out of the car they ran off towards to the promenade, they couldn’t wait to get down to the beach. The sun was shining and even though it is still February it was still very pleasant.


The eldest took his socks and shoes off and went running along the sand, I did try to remind him that it wasn’t summer but nothing was going to stop him from feeling the cool sand in between his toes.



The boys spent ages searching the beach for different coloured stones, Oliver and I was looking for shells but we didn’t find many, Oliver picked up a little stone and put it to his ear telling me that he was listening for the sea



I told him that it had to be a shell to be able to hear the waves, he just laughed at me and told me i was silly 🙂

We didn’t have any buckets or spades so the boys used their hands to dig and Joseph found a big stick to make marking in the sand with



I loved watching the boys play and run around so freely on the sand, enjoying themselves and laughing.





Oliver kept picking up the sand and letting it run through his fingers, not once did he ask for a spade to dig with, he was having too much fun just feeling it.

Jak tried to make sand angels, he took his top off as he didn’t want it to get all wet from the sand



After a good hour of running around and skimming stones across the waves



We went for a walk along the promenade to but some chips, Along the way we found a little park for the boys to play in

20140224-063855.jpgOliver loves the swing and shouts higher, higher all the time whilst the boys played on the see saw



The walk along the promenade was lovely, the gardens were beginning to bloom and was just so nice to be out enjoying the sun.

The day was even better as we got to spend it with Nanny



I’m linking up our outdoor post with Coombemill Countrykids linky


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Holidaying at Haven in Perran Porth

This summer we holidayed at a Haven site in Cornwall called Perran Porth, we have been to many holiday sites before which are mostly Haven sites but this one is amazing and never fails to keep us happy.

We love to go on holiday in England, there are many beautiful places to explore and enjoy that we probably have three holidays a year in a camp site, either staying in a caravan or a chalet. As a previous Haven employee i guess i am quite biased as to where to go lol, I worked two summer seasons whilst at University at Blue Dolphin in Yorkshire but weirdly enough as a family we haven’t holidayed there.

We took our holiday during the first week of the summer holidays, Daddy booked it two days before we left and told us that he had got us a chalet to stay in, the cost was £750 for the week which included entertainment passes, not bad for a family of 5! The chalet was a nice little surprise as it was very clean and spacious and we had our own parking space right outside of it, for a standard accommodation it was brilliant! It was situated close to the entertainment complex and among some of the many sand dunes that surround the park.

20130822-120007.jpgThere was a nice little area out the front which was on a slope and Oliver liked to run up and down it but also play in the sand



We spent one of our days playing among the sand dunes, having running races down them, rolling down them and just walking among them, there lots to explore and right on your doorstep! The sand dunes are huge, the boys loved playing on them, we even saw children using their body boards and sliding down the dunes on them.

running races
running races


leaping onto the sand
leaping onto the sand

The entertainment was very good and we always found a table to sit whatever time we arrived at the family club house, the only problem was having to walk through the amusements to get to the bar as the young ones just wanted to go off and play on the games instead of going into the Live Lounge, Oliver ran off a few times and after a frantic search i found him sitting on the rides in the amusements. There is a small soft play area in their that the young ones spent a lot of time playing in




The best part of Holidaying at Haven is the evening entertainment and the kids clubs, Haven is the home to the fun loving characters Bradley, Rory, Anxious, Greedy, Polly and Ned. Joseph’s favourite is Bradley, he has his own little Bradley Bear that he takes on every holiday that he goes on, even to Nannies house. We attended the Meet and Greet Breakfast time which cost us £10, Joseph got to meet Bradley and Polly whilst eating his breakfast off of his very own Character plate, which now has it’s own place along with the cup in our kitchen cupboards at home


There are free clubs for the children to attend with activities running from morning to night, organised sports, crafts and adventure activities. Jak like to meet up with his friends at the multi sports court where he enjoyed a game of football. There is indoor and outdoor swimming pools which are heated and can get quite busy at times but the children had fun going down the flume and you can also book to do many water based activities but these are at extra costs.

We dined in the beach themed restaurant called Surf Bay one afternoon and booked the campervan to eat in, in the middle of the restaurant is a camper van which has a table inside to dine in. It didn’t cost us any more to dine in it but we did have to book




We don’t normally enjoy the food that is served up on holiday sites as we are lovers of olive oil and garlic but the food that we ate in the Surf Bar was gorgeous, we ordered the Deli Tapas Board and dined on sunblushed tomatoes, garlic, olives, rock salt facaccia and jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese yummy!

The best part of Perran Porth site is the location, with a short walk down the hill to the beach and walks along the cliff tops to nearby towns, it’s ideal. The views of the beach down below are stunning



And the waves are ideal for a spot of surfing/body boarding



On a couple occasions we walked down to the beach later on in the day either to have a walk or to go surfing. With the beach so close we made the  most of it and had fun playing in the sand, Daddy and Jak went for a run along the long beach a couple of times.

With so many things to do at Perran Porth you are never going to get bored

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We had a lovely holiday and will definitely be back next year, the boys made lots of friends and Daddy and I enjoyed watching them having fun.



209/366 Surf looks good Mum

I love this picture of Oliver looking out to the sea. He loved walking around on the sand and spent hours just slashing in the many rock pools that are on the beaches of Cornwall. Here Oliver was walking around on the sand and watching the waves crash against the beach. What’s great is that we had that huge beach pretty much all to ourselves