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March 20, 2015 at 11:50 PMCoombeMill

Match of the Season

My football crazy triplets had their latest league match away. It was a beautiful sunny day if chilly and I was on rota to take them. From the day before it was looking increasingly likely that Jed wasn't going to make it. He lives for his football playing on the trampoline with Guy and around the garden at every opportunity.


Trampoline fun with a football at Coombe Mill

However he had been complaining of a sore throat since coming home from school on Friday from an amazing school match down in Truro and by Saturday had retreated to the sofa with a dovet. I knew then he wasn't going to make the village league match the following morning but hadn't the heart to dampen his spirits, instead telling him we'd see how he was feeling. After a desperate night, no sleep and a burning temperature it was clear I was taking the team without Jed.


Poorly Jed unable to play football

When we arrived at the away team grounds I discovered there were three absentees all with similar symptoms to Jed and we were struggling to put a team together. The home team agreed to play 6 a side, the sum total of our team. This gave them a bank of substitutes to use as they set into their hour long match.

There was a quick warm up and a pep talk from our leader to bolster their spirits before they lined up to shake hands with the opposition, a lovely touch to begin and end all their matches.


Preparing to play the Dobwells v St Tudy Football league game


Guy was standing in for Jed as goalie instead of his usual position in defence. He put his all into the game and really wanted to keep the teams winning run this season alive. Throughout the first half the team worked well and their energy up and down the pitch was commendable. 


Ist half of the Dobwells  v St Tudy Football league game

Guy was put through his paces in goal, with some saves and some frustrating misses. All of which left him coated in mud on the slippery pitch. At half time the score was 4: 2 to us.


Guy in Goal for the St Tudy Team under 11's football match

By the second half we could have done with some substitutes, our boys were beginning to flag and the parents and coaches were shouting encouragement and directives to rally them on. The away team brought the scores to a draw and Guy looked crest fallen; the team had to dig deep but had plenty of support. Clio had taken residence on top of the away team spectator's stand and was shouting louder than everyone else put together. She knows all the team and the rules and was directing them all from her elevated position, matched only by the alpaca watching from the field across the pitch! 

 Clio and the alpaca watching football

Not one but two more goals expertly slid by their goalie in the second half with just one flawing Guy to leave St Tudy with a win of 6 : 4.


2nd half of the St Tudy v Dobwells under 11's football league game

The boys triumphantly shook hands with a sporting Dobwalls team as they came off the pitch and took a well earned drink suitably proud of themselves.


 Sporting end of match handshake


I had planned to nip off to Trago which is only 5 minutes away while they were playing, but the game was far too intense to leave even for my shopping loving daughter.


 Football Victory at Dobwells for St Tudy Football Club


By the time it came to run the evening train for our young guests Guy was still in football mode kicking his ball across with him. His new Chelsea Ball did a victory lap pushed by the train. 


Guy's Football Train Ride

After locking away the train Guy showed the curious three year old passengers how to kick the ball.  It was the sweetest moment of the day to me; the twins were thrilled as they booted the ball towards Guy and he made a play of saving it from the imaginary goal and gently gaving it back to them to try again.   


Football lessons at Coombe Mill from Driver Guy at Coombe Mill


I hope my children's love of the game continues, it is such good exercise and a brilliant team sport which is supported and run so well in our local village.



Joining in with Country Kids

Country Kids is all about getting children outdoors, away from screens and sofas and using their energy in physical play, learning or crafting in the fresh air. While we wait for the spring warmth to take hold it can be tempting to stay indoors, however a little outdoor family fun each week is healthy for mind and body. If you have an adventure to link please grab the badge code and remember to check out the other posts linked up too.  

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Lambing is in full flow around the country and here at Coombe Mill. Bubbablueandme enjoyed a lambing weekend. 

Playing in nature is great for children. I was really taken by the secret den from Wild about there and the mud kitchen at Raisie Bay and a muddy river walk by Baked Potato Mum

How cool would school be with activity sports like these from Susan Snaps

Finally much as I love cornwall travelling away with children looks fun with Outdoor Families and One Tiny Leap 


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My Little Pony Giveaway

March 16, 2015 at 10:50 PMCoombeMill

Friendship is Magic


Gallop Away with May The Best Pet Win

The horse may have bolted but My Little Pony has galloped out on to DVD with episode 7 to 11 from season 2 of the popular My Little Pony series with May the best pet win. Join Rainbow Dash and friends on their latest adventures.

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic: May The Best Pet Win is out now on DVD

What's in the Box:

1. 1x DVD with 
  • May the Best Pet Win
  • The Mysterious Mare Do Well
  • Sweet and Elite
  • Secret of My Excess
  • Family Appreciation Day
2. 1x Surprise My Little Pony Figure
  • I received a Lilac Hearts toy but it may be a different figurine in your box

What's in the Box

After realising that she is the only one in her group of friends not to have a pet, Rainbow Dash organises a competition to determine who the best pet is for her. The pets must race one another through seven rounds of a challenging contest, resulting in a final battle against Rainbow Dash at ‘Ghastly Gorge’. 

During the race, Rainbow Dash finds herself in trouble when her wing becomes stuck under a boulder. Things are looking dire, but after almost completely giving up hope, help arrives in the most unlikely of friends.

As ever there is a serious underlying message for children coming through as the ponies discover that the most important quality in a pet, friend or relative is not how cool they are but that they are there when you really need them.


May the Best Pet Win DVD is out now with a special Limited Edition My Little Pony Toy included. The toy itself is plastic and sturdy but be careful with very young children as it is only 4 cm by 4cm.

Lilac Hearts Pony Toy

We have a copy of the DVD here at Coombe Mill for guests to watch in their holiday cottage or lodge.

Watching the my little Pony DVD


This would be a great way to chill out with some quiet time after a busy day on the farm meeting our little ponies Skippy and Dinky who love a cuddle and for someone to groom them.


Horse Grooming


Win your copy of My Little Pony - May The Best Pet Win

If you fancy winning a copy of this magical DVD produced by Hasbro Studios just follow the instructions below. Good Luck to all taking part and remember if you don't win it is now available to buy for £7.00 on Amazon (price as of 14th March 2015).


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Welcome Rocky

March 15, 2015 at 9:50 PMCoombeMill


Spring has to be my favourite time on the farm. New life is bursting forth with snowdrops, daffodils and buds on all the trees and the excitement builds on the farm as we watch bellies swell and try to guess who will be first to give birth.


Spring growth on the farm at Coombe Mill Cornwall


We had been letting our Pigmy Billy goat gruff run free with the ladies over the winter months and were hopeful of a spring kid. As we headed into March one of the goats was looking as wide as she was long and we were worried she was about to give birth amidst the horrid week of cold hail showers. In anticipation Nick rigged her up a shelter in his shed and iKomms SW popped round to install a camera overhead so I could begin 'operation goat watch'.

 Pregnant goat at Coombe Mill Farm coming indoors to kid

Clearly our lady had been eating more than her share of the food as she seemed to go down in size once we had her in her VIP quarters! The weather warmed and it felt only fair to let her go back to her friends again.

Meanwhile Ginger, the bad tempered mother of our adorable kid from last year was showing signs that she might also be close, we left her in the field as the weather had warmed and just made sure there was plenty of straw in the shelters.


 Ginger and Titch the goats at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays


Then last week she ran down for breakfast with the rest of the goats but looking half her size, Nick suspected that she may have had her kid and embarked on a thorough search of the field. There in one of the shelters quivering in the corner was a dear little newborn trying to stay warm lying on his already dead twin. That was the end of the feed run, thankfully we only had one family with us that morning and they fully understood. I was away with Clio at the dentist and Nick was on a mission to save the goat.

By the time I came back with Clio, minus 2 back teeth, the goat was next to the boiler and refusing the special colostrum Nick had gone out to buy. I took over and spent the rest of the day trying to syringe drops of milk into one end and cleaning up the other!


New born kid goat in a crate


He was a fighter in every sense; he refused the milk dribbling it down his chin but also refused to give up on life. By the time the children came home from school he was beginning to bleat but still not drinking and I was warned them as they cuddled him that he was unlikely to make it through to tomorrow. They have seen it all before but still the first one we lose each year hits us all hard.


First Night Cuddles 

Finally I had all the children in bed knowing that what would be would be and began the night shift. By the early hours of Wednesday morning I had made a breakthrough, he had finally begun to swallow his first drops without a fight and was looking brighter. I was so delighted I began sharing with a few late owls on twitter.  Eventually I crawled into bed around 3am having managed to get down a full two ounces of milk.

By morning I had a different animal. I was welcomed by a bleating and the children who had beaten me downstairs and already squabbling over giving him his first feed. He was out of the danger period and strengthening by the hour.  I enjoyed a quiet minute myself feeding him outside and introducing him to the outdoors when they were all safely in school.


Feeding the abandoned baby goat

I had no time to pander to him though as the pre school were due for a farm fun day as our Comic Relief fundraiser, however guess who stole the show.

St Tudy Pre-School meet Rocky

Kido just wasn't doing it as a name so I introduced him on facebook where Rocky came back as the overriding vote. I think it really suits him, as he is sweet and colourful just like a rocky road treat though he needs to beef up a bit to step into Sylvester Stallone's shoes!


Facebook Naming Rocky


I'm pleased to say he has continued to strengthen this week and has become the family pet with my children taking it in turns to feed him and play with him, even my Screenager has him lending a helping hand whilst gaming. He is rarely alone for any time.


Rocky the family pet at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.


Out on the farm he joins in with the feed run, stops by the properties for anyone wanting a cuddle and spends the rest of his days while the children are in school enjoying the space in my greenhouse and waiting for them to return and take him out to play once again. He has even had a ride on the Coombe Mill railway. 


Rocky the star of our working farm holidays


Rocky's first week captured.




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Silent Sunday / Project 52

March 14, 2015 at 10:50 PMCoombeMill

Rocky the Goat

Sometimes farming doesn't go to plan and this little fellow was abandoned by his mother, on the positive side we've built him up nice and strong and is now a big hit being bottle fed his milk in the trailer on the farm feed run. 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

March 13, 2015 at 11:50 PMCoombeMill

Coombe Mill supporting Team Honk for Comic Relief

It's that time of year again when the blogging community unites over fundraising for Comic Relief inspired by the wonderful work and example set by the fabulous three of Annie, Penny and Tanya who make up Team Honk. Last spring we all joined forces to take the Team Honk relay baton from Lands End to John O'Groats and I was thrilled to be part of the first day's activities down here in Cornwall.  This year the big event was a 6 hour dancing marathon or Danceathon in London, this was less practical for me but I still wanted to join in and help fundraise so I spoke to our local village playgroup to see if they fancied a farm fun morning for a small charge per child for Comic Relief. They jumped at the opportunity after enjoying their visit here last year and the date was set for last Wednesday.


Team Honk FUNdraising day

In preparation I'd baked homemade chocolate button cookies and pear cake early in the morning, I was up anyway thanks to a certain addition to my house overnight, and made sure we had milk and water for the children to drink. I'd bought in plenty of tea and coffee for the parents and staff and all I needed was a dry day.  

The playgroup arrived and the heavens opened! We piled everyone aboard the tractor and just crossed our fingers the rain would stop. Luck was on our side and by the time we crossed to the farm the rain had stopped.

Off on the feed run

Nick did his usual tour which took us nearly 2 hours with so many children. A few remembered coming to the farm last year but for many this was a very new experience. It was lovely to see them really getting involved with feeding the animals and laughing when the animals tickled their hands taking the food. Many of them were only 2 years old and they did so well listening carefully to all that Farmer Nick was teaching them.


St Tudy Pre-School meet the animals

From the farm we drove the tractor across to the train station, greeted by an owl with a red nose! Guy was at School so Farmer Nick became the train driver. Despite the long morning the children bounced back to life as they saw the train emerge from the engine shed!


A Train Ride run by Farmer Nick

Nick drove everyone back to our house for lunch. They had all come prepared with packed lunches and the staff marvelled at how well they all ate. I wasn't surprised at all, farming is hungry work! My pear cake and freshly baked cookies from early in the morning went down a treat for pudding and everyone felt refreshed.

Lunch and Cookies

However the highlight of the kitchen was our 1 day old abandoned goat. I had been up with him all the previous night and was shattered, however it was worth it as he was now drinking and thriving and ready to greet the children. More on his story to come on the blog next week!


Kids with the kid

We wanted to give the children a little down time before they hit the play areas which I had anticipated and already printed off some easy to make Mother's day card ideas I'd seen from A Thrifty Mum; they were just the ticket for a spot of crafty fun.


Finger Painting Fun

We finished the day with a play in one of our big play areas. The children could have spent longer and loved their time here.


Finishing off the visit on the play area


Every child paid £3 for their day plus extras for cakes and coffee which made £70 from Coombe Mill to Team Honk for Comic Relief. Thank you to St Tudy playgroup for coming to Coombe Mill and supporting our fundraising. If you would like to donate to Comic Relief via the blogging community pop over to the Team Honk Danceathon Giving Page.



Joining in with Country Kids

Country Kids is all about leaving screens indoors and heading out for some family fun. If you have been outdoors and enjoying the beginning of spring please come and share with me here on the linky. Fresh air and exercise is good for us all. Please grab the badge and remember to check out the other pots here, it might just inspire your next outdoor adventure.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Nothing quite like a farm visit for children, OK so I may be a little biased on this one but I did love the look of Folly Farm by Entertaining Elliot and Cout Farm by You Me and Magoo

I do love an out of season beach trip but this trip from Cracked nails and split ends was made extra special by the visiting seals

A castle with a moat and plenty to discover for One blue One Pink while a donkey completes the castle day for Mummy Travels

Finding pebbles and making rock bugs combines outdoor fun and crafting with some beautiful results for A Lancashire Lass


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