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Half Term Family Fun at Flear

We had a super half term here at Flear this autumn, with a pumpkin competition, a treasure hunt, Ceramic painting, and a bonfire & firework display complete with mulled cider and flapjacks. We all loved it! There was also time for a walk on Dartmoor and a windy beach outing.

It’s worth saying that the best holiday here can be doing as little as possible, drifting from the pool to the playbarn to the valley to the beach etc. so of course none of these activities were compulsory, but a big thank you to all our families who enjoyed it with us!

An afternoon’s walk on Dartmoor with the kids was incredible. Spot the shorts in late October…

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Here is one of the “Clue” pumpkins scattered around Flear, this one was down by the playarea. Find them all and solve the clue…

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Some beautiful skies over our valley this week.

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Followed by some cold and frosty mornings!

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A pumpkin outside Quarry Cottage awaits it’s destiny… Things soon warm up – the red glow of the Autumn sun is warm and magical.

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Ceramic painting fun in the Playbarn. The ceramics were then fired in Bridget’s Kiln here, and ready in time for the children to take them home at the end of the holiday.

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Preparing the field for the festivities – a quick mow and setting up the cordons for the fire and fireworks. The gorgeous views looks out towards Salcombe.

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Laying out the light trail up to the top field, so our guests can follow it in the dark.

 

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First of all, the bonfire to get things going!

 

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And then, the Firework fun on the top of the valley, with mulled cider, flapjacks and ginger cake!

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Our ponies, Abbie and Willow were treated to a night time walk back to their field after the display in order to protect them from the noise.

School holidays come to an end but the Summer rolls on!

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The boys LOVED the ferry ride…

As the School Holidays come to an end, we look back on another beautiful Summer, but also look forward to the rest of Summer still to go!

With warm sunny days reaching right to Halloween the last 5 years running, we’re hoping this year is no different. Today, to mark the end of School holidays, we had a family trip on the Rivermaid Ferry to the nearby beaches and fishing village of Salcombe.

A lazy start at Flear meant that by the time we arrived, the first thing we needed to do was feed the kids. The ferry handily drops-off outside the The Ferry Inn. We had a decent meal outside overlooking the Estuary and the beaches on the other side.

After lunch, a fun but VERY brief ride on the East Portlemouth Ferry left us on the sands on the other side of the estuary, for a few hours of lovely beach time.

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The Water is a good temperature for swimming at this time of year. No wetsuits required!

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Lots of sandy shoreline, so beautiful and almost deserted compared to just a few days ago.

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The Wooded Hills that surround the beaches above make it a truly breathtaking environment. Of course the views are largely wasted on the boys who are more concerned with running in and out of the surf, pretending to be speedboats, or throwing stones into the water endlessly, delighting in each splash as if it’s the first they’ve ever seen. It’s simple fun, but we’re relaxed, and that allows them to be…

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A calm journey home up the Estuary to Kingsbridge. A brilliant and easy day out – Recommended to our families! (Ferry Timetimes are in the Playbarn).