Holiday with the Solo Travel Steriliser

Posted on June 28th, 2016 -

On holiday with Baby

Packing to go on holiday with a baby can feel like taking everything and the kitchen sink with you. Here at Coombe Mill we know just how stressful packing can be with the worry of a journey ahead too. We do everything we can to ensure when you arrive to everything ‘just so’ for your family break. All our properties have built in stair gates top and bottom. Extras from cots and highchairs to blackout blinds and more are no trouble to order. We even have a borrow room with toys games, potties and trainer seats and even baby bottles and a sterilizer kit. But there is only one steriliser here to borrow so we advise you to bring your own.

Babies visiting the Coombe Mill farm.

The Milton Solo Travel Steriliser

The baby sterilising experts Milton, have come up with the perfect portable lightweight steriliser for Mums on the go. It is a 2-in-1 microwave or cold water steriliser, ideal for sterilising when travelling or away from home. It cleans and sterilises bottles, teethers, plastic toys, breastfeeding equipment and other small baby equipment. It takes from 2 minutes in the microwave and in 15 minutes for cold water.

Its unique ‘lay flat’ design fits in most microwaves. Just as well all our properties have a standard size microwave. There is no waiting around after a fun day out on the farm or at the beach.

The Milton Solo Travel Steriliser is a practical way to sterilise that works at home, for a day trip out, an overnight stay or packing for that special holiday away.  The patented vent technology means the Solo retains more heat for better sterilisation, automatically releasing excess steam gently and safely.

 

Milton Solo 2 in 1 Bottle sterilisers as reviewed by Coombe Mill.

Need to know details:

RRP: £10.99.

Available at John Lewis, Kiddicare, Ocado and Superdrug

The Travel Steriliser is just one from the Milton Product Range

Win your Milton Solo Travel Steriliser with Coombe Mill.

Win your own Milton Bottle Steriliser, perfect for holidaying with kids.

The lovely folk at Milton are giving Coombe Mill readers the chance to WIN one of two travel sterilisers. If you are a parent on the go and would like to be in with a chance of winning just follow the instructions below.

Milton Bottles

Disclosure

I have not tried or seen this product myself; all information regarding the product is from Milton. However I did use Milton tablets to sterilise bottles and breast pumps with my own children. I would recommend them as a trustworthy brand.  

 

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From Dirty Laundry to Boot Room Chats

Posted on June 26th, 2016 -

No more airing your dirty laundry in public!  

Long ago our new boot room was a laundry room and a hive of activity here on the farm. A meeting point for parents as washing machines whirled and tumble driers spun at the end of a day on the farm. However the room has looked very sad and unloved for the past 12 months since we decommissioned all our remaining riverside lodges. The cottages and Scandinavian lodges all have their own washing machines and tumble driers which much more convenient for our guests than carrying washing out to an onsite laundry.

Old Laundry Room before renovation work at coombe Mill self Catering Holidays

Pondering a new use for the laundry

It has taken us a long time to work out how best to use the space. It was always going to be a big job to make all the electrics safe in the room after the machines were removed, but as the log cabin stands in a prime spot in the middle of the Coombe Mill estate we were keen to come up with a new use that would be beneficial to our holiday guests.

  1. We considered a games room, but found a better space for this
  2. We thought of moving our storage room here to make it more convenient for our cleaners, but decided the steps weren’t ideal with heavy Henry Hoovers and log baskets.
  3. Finally we agreed the area currently most cramped was the borrow room. This space was impossible to keep tidy with everything from welly boots to dressing up clothes fighting for space.

The old cluttered borrow room at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

 

The games, toys and dressing up clothes all moved over to a spare corner of the new Games Room. Now you can see the books clearly and collect a game without them all toppling down on you.

New Games room with games and toys to borrow at Coombe Mill Family Self Catering Holidays. Cornwall

DIY SOS to create a boot room

Farmer Nick took professional help in making all the electrics in the new boot room safe before getting the family team involved in painting, cleaning and re-flooring.

Cleaning and painting the old laundry room at Coombe Mill

With a clean fresh room we began to plan our displays. I was keen to hang the wetsuits rather than have them all jumbled in a bucket and create a hanging wall rather like in the utility room of Tree Roots Cottage for farm overalls. There was also the question of what to do with wet items.

Nick used old sections of roof from the play barn which he cut to size, glossed, hung with pegs for the overalls.

Creating overall hanging space in the New Boot Room at Coombe Mill Family self Catering Holidays. Cornwall

For wet items he plumbed in an old shower tray with one of the roof panel boards above and attached a hanging rail. This made a perfect place for wet wetsuits to hang or farm overalls to dry. With a tap right outside our vision was taking shape.

Wet Suits to borrow from the Coombe Mill Boot Room

Finally with all the remaining items carried over I wasn’t happy with the clutter still in buckets on the floor. Nick put up shelves for me for the wellington boots. Now it was possible to clearly see sizes and pairs just at a glance.

Wellies to borrow from the boot Room at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

Badminton rackets and cricket / rounders sets were hung on more pegs along with baby carriers.

Cricket, Baby Carriers and Badminton to borrow from the Boot Room at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

Finally we removed the old Laundry sign and added a shiny new one so everyone would know what was inside.

From Laundry Room to Boot Room at Coombe Mill Holidays

Our boot room makeover complete

At last we have a boot room to be proud of. One that could really be used without undertaking a giant hunt in the hope of emerging with the item you needed and a separate games room with everything from scrabble to ping pong.

A new Boot Room on the farm at coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Swapping soap powder and dirty laundry woes for beach tips and the best farm puddle gear seems a much better way to socialise on holiday.

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Baby Deer do as Mother Says

Posted on June 25th, 2016 -

We’re Going on a Deer Hunt

June is the month where we start our baby deer hunt in earnest. It is a highlight of the morning feed run to go trekking through the beautiful Jurassic age field with its granite outcrops, old oak trees and bracken patches. The deer stand at a distance watching us.

 

Deer in our top field eyeing me up. #deer #countryside #countrylife #animal #trees #Cornwall #meadow #woods #farmstay #holidays

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We stay in a group so as not to frighten the flighty deer and hunt up through the field into the undergrowth. Deer hide their newborns in camouflage locations to keep predators at bay, returning just couple of times a day to feed. The youngsters know to keep very quiet and still and this is their best means of defense. Only when you go too close will they jump up and run to find their Mother.

Setting off on a hunt for baby deer at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

We only want to take a peep and not disturb them so we have a system of being very quiet and putting our hand up from a distance if one is seen. This way everyone can look in without scaring the fawn into bolting. Despite this Mum still seems to know we have been around and the following day they have been moved to a new hiding place leaving us searching once again.

Baby Deer

Baby deer are called fawns or fowls depending on species. Ours are Fallow Deer and they have fawns with a singleton known as a calf. Animal Corner has a wealth of information.

The photo below is from last week and the clearest I have. It was so temping to move the bracken for a closer look but I knew that would be wrong.

 

Look who we have spotted hiding in the bracken here on the farm. #deer #calf #fawn #bracken #farm #holiday #nature #countrylife #countryside #cornwall #CoombeMill

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This week we found a younger deer with darker markings. I’d say this one is under a week old and even more hidden by bracken making it very hard to focus the lens or move in too close, Mum was doing her job well!

Baby Deer June 2016 at Coombe Mill Farm Self Catering Holidays. Cornwall

 

By the end of the week the little one from the first photo was up and spending parts of the day out with Mum. It is not until they are all up that we will know for sure how many we had this year.  Birds of prey, foxes and dogs are a constant hazard in the early weeks; we are keeping our fingers crossed for the two we have seen.

 

One of our dear little fawns is up from his hiding spot and sticking close to Mum. #deer #fawn #animal #farm #countryside #cornwall #holiday #baby #babyanimal #shy

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 24th, 2016 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill June 25

 

New Runner ducks were a hit with the children here at Coombe Mill this week.

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

I have been running this linky for over 4 years and would love you to join in. The objectives today are the same as they have always been:

“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the #30DaysWild challenge and National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Link posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

Thank you to my top 3 commenters from last week:

1st Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 20 posts

2nd Sarah from Boo Roo and Tigger Too who commented on 13 posts

3rd Becky from Lakes Single Mum who Commented on 9 posts

Do check out their posts too. 

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

Thank you for interacting more again this week, ‘link dump and run’ culprits dropped again this week from 6 to 3. Please pop back here to rectify if this was you last week.

Welcome to our new  members joining Country Kids  for the first time last week, lovely to see you here and please join in again. 

Squidge and Boo enjoy water play in the summer sunshine

Chocolate and Wine I’ll be fine enjoyed some fab adventures despite the rain.

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish Wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

Post from last week in with a chance of the June Rockfish Wellies:

My most commented post from Glimmer of Hope about meeting an idol not far from home.

Herne Hill Mum enjoyed an unusual day out exploring Nunhead Cemetery 

Would Like To Be enjoyed a picnic in the countryside.

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Making Father’s Day Crafts

Posted on June 24th, 2016 -

With Father’s day almost upon us Father’s day crafts felt like an obvious choice for a theme to our Activity hour this week. The children were all quite young so I wanted to keep things as simple as I could whilst still creating something worthwhile and fun to make. 

Father’s Day Crafts

We began by making cards. Each child chose from my lovely stash of colours paper and then glued on their choice of Father’s Day Messages. From here it was into the paints for a spot of colour play and creative designs.

Making Father's Day cards

Making #fathersday cards at #activity hour. #farm #crafts #fun #kids #holiday #cornwall #coombemill

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What Daddy doesn’t appreciate a Number I Dad Medal? The children set to work painting and colouring our pre cut circular medals. I had a plan for these but we needed to allow the paint to dry first.

Making the dad medals at Coombe Mill self Catering Accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK,.

While our medals and cards were drying we set off on a nature hunt through the fairy gardens. Farmer Nick had just finished trimming back the overgrown branches and mulching them for the fairy garden pathways. It was looking very green and spacious in there.  The children were able to easily pick out some fallen purple Rhododendrons and their choice of leaves for the next Father’s day crafts.

Hunting in the fairy garden at Coombe Mill Family Farm Self Catering Accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK.

We worked our way along the river bank picking daises, red campions and buttercups. The children compared their favourites and held up the buttercups under chins to see who liked butter!

Flowers along the river at Coombe Mill family farm self catering accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK.

When we reached the Mud kitchen we set to work making Father’s Day pies with some of our collected treasures.

Mud Kitchen Fun at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

With pies safely cooking in the oven for the Daddies the children took the opportunity for a little free play. Clambering aboard the tractor, they re-enacted the feed run each claiming they were Farmer Nick. They would jump off, telling us which animal they were feeding next, have a little play and hop back aboard the tractor again. This was all quite spontaneous and not in my plan, but I was happy to go with the flow and watch their game develop.

Fun on the Park at Coombe Mill Family farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

Finally the last imaginary animals were fed and we continued with our remaining nature treasures back to the craft table. Here we made nature ties with pretty flower designs.

Making the ties at Coombe Mill family Farm self Catering Accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK.

While the children finished their ties I laminated the Medals and threaded wool through. They each finished up with a fine set of gifts from our Father’s Day Crafts and enjoyed their afternoon out in the fresh air making them.

Father's Day Crafts at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.


Win Christmas 2016 at Coombe Mill

Posted on June 20th, 2016 -

Christmas 2016 is near!

It may feel too early to be planning Christmas in summer, but in fact it is only 26 weeks away. If you have family to bring together and arrangements to make sorting where to host your family Christmas with which extended family members this is the part you’ll want to sort early.  

Here at Coombe Mill we would love to make your Christmas special.  We’d like to take away the stress of planning and entertaining the children over the holidays and replace that with a magical week of family time together joining in with all we have to offer here on the farm.

 

Win Christmas 2016 at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation #CoombeMillXmas

 

Making Christmas Special

Join our Christmas train each day and meet Santa in the Grotto on Christmas Eve.

Help us make Christmas decorations in our Activity hour

Tractor rides everyday on the farm  to help feed the animals including Christmas Day

Join our Christmas Eve party with drinks and nibbles for all the family

We offer 10 nights for the price of 7 for those booking to stay

 

Win Christmas 2016 photos from the farm & accomodation

 

What Other’s Say about Christmas on the Farm 

Karen Whitlock 

Christmas at Coombe Mill was something very different and very special, and yet still very Christmassy. The girls still talk about their time at Coombe Mill, and I am sure this will continue over the years to come. It really was an unforgettable experience with memories we will always treasure.

This is Karen’s blog post from Christmas 2015

Pamela Agar

We all adored our Coombe Mill Christmas – the festive activities, treats and decorations made an already perfect family holiday destination even more special. We are dreaming of going back!

This is Pamela’s blog post from Christmas 2015 and another from around the farm

Maggie Hill

Each of Maggie’s children age 10 – 5 had their own message to share

“I loved seeing Farmer Nick dressed up as Father Christmas on the Christmas Day feed run”

“I like going out to feed the animals and see my new friends after I’ve opened my presents on Christmas Day”

“I like being away from home spending Christmas in beautiful Coombe Mill”

“Christmas time is brilliant at Coombe Mill”

Kara Guppy

Kara’s Blog post Christmas 2013  and Christmas 2014

Coombe Mill made our Christmas magical – so good in fact we went back the following year

Christmas Eve 2015 at Coombe Mill

Check out our Pinterest board with reviews from others who have stayed at all times of year.

Win your #CoombeMillXmas

If all of this sounds like the Christmas for you why not enter to win.

1st Prize

A free holiday from 20th December to 27th for one lucky winning family of up to 6 people plus a cot (you can pay to upgrade to a larger property if required)

2nd Prize

50% off any property still available at Coombe Mill over Christmas and you can take advantage of our 10 nights for the price of 7 deal from 17 – 27th December.

3rd Prize

 25% off any property still available at Coombe Mill over Christmas and you can take advantage of our 10 nights for the price of 7 deal from 17 – 27th December.

Good luck to all taking part. Don’t forget you can always book to stay for Christmas and still receive our 10 days for 7 deal. I hope we will be able to welcome you soon.

Coombe Mill at Christmas 2016

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Summer Jobs on the Farm

Posted on June 19th, 2016 -

Summer is a wonderful time at Coombe Mill. The flowers and gardens are full of colour, and the baby animals of spring are thriving and delighting all our holiday guests.  

Summer Jobs on the Farm at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation Cornwall, England, UK.

The animals are looking healthy and enjoying the lush green grass. However with the warmer weather comes a whole host of summer jobs for us. It is not just the animals that are thriving, the flies are now around, maggots and insects can cause problems for the sheep and many of the animals have hooves growing out of control.

Farmer Nick the Farrier

We had booked the farrier well in advance and brought the donkeys and ponies together into a small paddock ready for his visit. However an hour before he was due, we had a phone call to say he was in hospital having stitches in his leg. Clearly not everyone’s animals are well behaved for him!

Not wanting to lead the donkeys and ponies back to their fields again untreated, Nick decided he was going to do a makeshift job himself. Thankfully we have a lovely Slip Knot Bentley grooming kit that came into its own. With help from Felix and Guy, we put on head collars and one by one tied each up to the tractor for Farmer Nick to trim their hooves, sand them off, hoof pick and spray for any infection. Guy gave them each a quick brush down before leading them back to their new summer fields. Thankfully it was only a couple of weeks before the farrier was able to come out and do them properly but Farmer Nicks quick fix certainly helped tide them over.

Pony and Donkey care at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

 

Sheep Shearing

The alpaca and sheep both need their coats shearing in early summer.  This is most definitely one of the summer jobs for the experts and we had booked our local sheerer for the half term week to the delight of the guests.  There is a fair amount of planning before he arrives. The sheep need their coats to be dry and the forecast was for thunderstorms.  All the ewes had to be moved to the field backing onto the big shed and a corral set up in there ready to usher them indoors the day before if the heavens opened. We were lucky and it was early evening the night before when the thunder finally arrived with us. Felix and Farmer Nick soon had them all filing inside with the lure of food.

Sheep Filing into the Shed at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation.

It was only Rambo the Ram who put up a fight giving them a bit of a runaround before being lead into Peacock world for the night.

 

Catching Rambo at Coombe Mill Family Self Catering Accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK.

The morning tractor ride and animal feeding perfectly coincided with the start of shearing for the guests. Everyone crowded round to watch through the doorway as they sheerer worked with Guy as his apprentice bringing the sheep over.  

Watching the sheep shearing at Coombe Mill Family Self Catering Accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK.

 

Watching an expert at work is always mesmerizing. He handles the sheep so well so they lie quite still for him.

 

Sheep shearing on the farm today

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By the time the sheerer had finished, farmer Nick had fed the rest of the animals with the guests and was back with the help of Jed and Theo to finish off their summer beauty session. It was a case of wormer in the mouth, nasty blue fluid on their newly shorn backs to prevent fly strike, a quick manicure for nails and spray for any maggots and foot rot. All this before they were allowed into the trailer ready for the short journey across the farm to their new summer pastures.

Sheep Care with Theo at Coombe Mill Family Self Catering Accommodation, Cornwall, England, UK.

No one likes this task, it is hot and sticky work but essential for healthy sheep.  The poor sheep have no idea what is going on but the sheer joy of seeing them let out on the new fresh grass together is wonderful.

Sheep in their new field at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation for families, Cornwall, England, UK.

They will spend the summer here now happily grazing on the three meadows with the alpacas which stretch down to the back of our garden and over the cattle grids to the lodges. Watch out for sheep on the road as you come and go long the top road!

If you are wondering what happens to all the fleeces, we have a lovely local lady who comes to collect them for spinning. In return we receive a beautiful wool rug.

Rug made from our wool in our Self Catering Cottage, Cornwall, England, UK.

Summer jobs still to come

The alpaca are next for shearing but with only one trained shearer in the South West we have to wait our turn. Hopefully he will be with us before the end of the month.   

Sally our breeding sow has left the farm to see her boyfriend and will return next week with the hope of piglets the first week in September.

If you are keen on seeing baby piglets we still have September availability. There are also a couple of July spaces this year to see the animals basking in the summer sun and enjoying life on the farm.  I promise you are only invited to join in with the fun summer jobs! 

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Running The South West Coast Path

Posted on June 18th, 2016 -

Running is one of my passions and a love of the coast another. When I have the chance to combine the two and run the South West Coast Path here in Cornwall I jump at the chance. Last Sunday began damp and miserable with a very soggy feed run followed by Clio insisting that her friend’s beach party at Polzeath was still carrying on. I packed my running kit and body board and reluctantly drove off to the beach, the window wipers swooshing along the country lanes.

 

What a difference a few miles makes. It is less than 10 miles from Coombe Mill to the coast yet by the time we arrived the skies were clearing. Thanks to the overcast conditions inland the beach was deserted. I left Clio dashing over to catch up with her friends who were playing beach cricket and felt much more inspired for my run.

The South West Coast Path from Polzeath Beach June 2016

The South West Coast Path Polzeath to Lundy Bay

 

This was my first run of the year along the South West Coast Path from Polzeath. To make it a circular loop I took the lane to the Lundy Bay Car Park hopping a farm gate along the way to capture these lovely poppies.

 

Poppy season along the coast path #poppy #poppies #flowers #meadow #grass #countryside #coastal

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From Lundy Bay I ran back along to Polzeath via the coast path taking in The Rumps. I had quite forgotten how breathtaking the views can be. Stopping to catch my breath along the way, the combination of wild coastal flowers and dramatic cliffs falling away to turquoise blue waters had me snapping away on my phone.

 

Beautiful colours over The Rumps between Polzeath and Port Quin. #polzeath #coastpath #coastline #cornwall #sea #seascape #rocks #checkoutthatview

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Looking down as close as I dare to the cliff edge #cornwall #rocks #cliff #turquoise #sea #seascape #cliffedge #nature #coastpath #coastpathrunning #vivid #wonderful_places #cornwall

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Our beautiful coastline . #summer #Cornwall #Flowers #naturalbeauty #nature #countryside #coast #coastline #sea #cliffs

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With views like this running is easy. #running #coastpath #cornwall #coast #flowers #sea #bluesky

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By the time I returned I was pleasantly hot and bothered and happy to relax in the sea with my body board for half an hour until Clio returned cake in hand after her beach party.

Polzeath Beach on the South West Coast Path

Back at the farm the sun had finally made an appearance but nothing like the clear skies of the beach. Cornwall has so many micro weather systems at play, it is often worth travelling in search of the sun and for the more energetic I can thoroughly recommend running the North Cornwall stretch of the South West Coast Path.  


Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 17th, 2016 -

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill in the chicken field

A bit of a wet week here on the farm but it didn’t stop our little helpers enjoying themselves. 

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

I have been running this linky for over 4 years and would love you to join in. The objectives today are the same as they have always been:

“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the #30DaysWild challenge and National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for fun outside. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Large unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Link posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

Thank you to my top 3 commenters from last week:

1st Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on 26 posts  

2nd Melody from Domesstique who commented on 25 posts 

3rd Emma from Island Living who Commented on 20 posts

Do check out their posts too.

My top commented post will automatically qualify for a chance at the Rockfish wellies below provided other giveaway criteria are met.

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Welcome to our new  members joining Country Kids  for the first time last week, lovely to see you here and please join in again.

Brightside Blog Flying a kite 

The Little Feather with holiday fun

Reimer and Ruby Family fun in the forest

Mumzilla Exploring a beautiful Castle 

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish Wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. 

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here

Post from last week in with a chance of the June Rockfish Wellies:

My most commented post from Glimmer of Hope about an adventurous boy  

A dolls house transformed into a bug hotel from Wild about Here 

A visit to Tropical birdland by Mommy’s Little Princesses

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Creative Ways to Discourage Crows

Posted on June 17th, 2016 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

We have a reoccurring problem each summer with crows. They seem to multiply with the warmer weather and as we have been basking in glorious  sunshine this summer so their numbers have swelled. It would appear we are quite unwittingly providing a nutritious diet for them courtesy of our lovely farm eggs. Each day we go searching for eggs for breakfast with the holiday guests, only to find many have already been devoured by crows with the shells scattered over the farm. Last year we addressed the problem with a lovely big scarecrow, which helped for a while until the crows wised up. It was time to get our own back once again on the thieving crows. 

Scaring off the crows with beer cans and sticks 

Half term brings a mix of younger and older children to the farm and I was keen to find something that everyone could join in with. Fending off the crows felt like a perfect mission. I had been waiting to make my beer can flowers with a group of older children and this was my chance. Apparently crows are scared off by intimidating eyes. By making tin cans to look like a pair of eyes we could win the war of the eggs.

Creative Ways to discourage crows on the farm

 Each of the children worked on an eye each and the idea was that we would plant them in twos on long sticks in the chicken field to look like eyes. For the younger children we made stick scarecrows with colourful tunics as I didn’t want them cutting themselves on the cans. The children wasted no time scouring the fairy gardens for sticks and beginning their challenge.

 

Making scarecrows to discourage crows at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

 

A last visit to chicken world was seen as a bonus and they proudly strode off waving their tin can eyes.

 

Taking scarecrows and eyes to the chicken field to discourage the crows at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays. Cornwall

 

Despite having a hammer with us, the ground was very firm after weeks of no rain and we had to raid Farmer Nick’s shed for a metal pole to bash a hole into the ground for our eye sticks and scarecrows. However the finished effect was suitably scary.

 

Planting our scarecrows to keep the crows away

 

While we were there we gave Queenie, Jack and Jill their evening bottles and the children took the opportunity of a last egg hunt and chance to cuddle a chicken. 

 

Feeding and petting animals at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays

Something pretty to keep 

Back at base we made the remaining half of the can into tea light holders for the children to take home. I helped the younger children to fold theirs into shape as they are quite tricky to get right. for a tutorial on how to make these see my Trash 2 Treasure post.

 

Making Tea light holders at Coombe Mill Family arm Holidays

 

After working so hard we made good work medals. It was lovely to see the designs and wording they came up with teamed with their choice of wool necklace.

 

Keepsake Good work medals from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays

 

It had been a wonderful sunny week on the farm and some great friendships had been formed. Thankfully with most rebooking, these childhood bonds will have a chance to mature again next year.  I have explained to the parents that returning is conditional on bringing the sunshine again!

 

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