Little Robin Redbreast Watching over Sally

Posted on September 24th, 2016 -

Usually we have our piglets at around the time we return from visiting family in France over the summer.  Sally, our breading sow, has a regular date with her boyfriend up on a pretty farm on the moor. Despite being reluctant to enter the trailer in spring, she jumps out to greet her new companion and spends a happy vacation there for a round a month. This year however things didn’t go to plan, Pasty the boar had gone off the boil and a new boyfriend was summonsed.

Where have all the piglets gone?

It was with some relief that we received the call to say that Sally had definitely been serviced and was ready to return home.  The net result is that the much awaited piglets are later than ever this year, resulting in many questions from our regular guests.  That said there is no doubting now that Sally is most definitely in the family way, and we suspect due next week.

One very rounded Sally the pig asleep in her bed this morning. I have a feeling our Autumn Piglets are near. #farm #autumn #nature #pig #piglets #coombemill #farmstay #cornwall

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I have been keeping a close eye on Sally on my morning farm checks ahead of the feed run. Instead of rushing to the gate to greet me she has now taken to lying in bed and sleeping in, a sure sign the piglets are growing and zapping her energy.

You can really see her belly protruding as it houses the piglets. I wonder how many she will have this year; last year she had a whopping 14.  

I may not be the only one watching over Sally

I have noticed I am not the only one keeping an eye on our Sally. A friendly little robin sits all puffed up on her fence looking in each day too.

Robin watching over Sally the Pig

If only I could communicate with the Robin and ask her to come and tell me when Sally goes into labour, it would save me a lot of checking each day! However the fantasy notion is soon broken as the cynic in me realises the robin is actually loitering in the knowledge it will soon breakfast time and an opportune moment to pinch a little of Sally’s treats!

It is the cheeky Robin who has the last laugh! 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill 24th September

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:

“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 National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

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Trying to Pull the sword from the stone continues to delight children here each week.  

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.
  • Linked 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  commenters from last week:

1st Cheryl from Time to Craft who commented on 25 posts this week.

2nd Samantha from Chocolate and Wine and I’ll be Fine who commented on 23 posts this week.

3rd Tracey from Mummyshire who commented on 22 posts this week.

I would also like to say a massive thank you to Merlinda from Glimmer of Hope who commented on a whopping 29 posts even though she hadn’t joined in with us this week! For putting so much effort in I’m sending her a little thank you present: a Coombe Mill hat.

Fantastic work ladies, thank you so much. Do check out their posts linked above too. 

Massive welcome to Ashley from Views from an Urban Lake who joined with a wonderful after school blackberry picking adventure.

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

 ‘link dump and run’ culprits was down to 2 which is an improvement on last week, please don’t be guilty of this. 

Introducing Rockfish, the Country Kids Sponsor

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You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies 

I am delighted to introduce Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. 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.  

Posts from last week in with a chance of the September Rockfish Wellies:

Cheryl from Time to Craft is the Country Kids top commenter for this week with a fab 25 post comments last week.

Dutch Dutch Goose shows off the beauty of the Isle of Skye with it’s stunning landscape, castles and seals.

Burnished Chaos shares a great action day bringing history to live at a Roman Fort

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Kayaking along the river Gardon

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 -

Each year on our family holiday to France one of the highlights of the week is kayaking down the Gardon.  This is our 4th year and I was worried it may have lost its appeal. I couldn’t have been more wrong, old rivalries and competitive family banter kept the day as fun filled as ever.

Finishing kayaking on the river Gardon and enjoying a swim

Let the adventure begin

Just to kayak the 8km from the start to the collection point would take 2.5 hours, however we always manage to spin it out into a full day trip.

Kayaking down the river Gardon

Half the fun is in stopping to moor up and swim along the way, jump from the rocks and enjoy a picnic.  Sometimes it feels like we have only just begun paddling again before someone spots another good stopping place. Every year their favourite jumping places beckon and the confidence of their jumping increases. It certainly makes jumping from the Coombe Mill Bridge look rather tame!

Rock jumping on the river today #daring #daringkids #river #riverfun #toomuchfun #countrykids #summerdays #summer #pontdugard #france #holiday #rocks #challenge #adventure #teen #rockjumping #jumping

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Jumping from rocks into the river Gardon

The picnic I make beforehand seems to vanish in minutes, but kayaking is hungry work!

Pont du Gard

One place we always make time to stop and swim is at the famous Pont du Gard. It is such an impressive site as you turn the corner and see the elaborate viaduct towering overhead. There is actually parking there and many day trippers are lining the banks too enjoying a family day, it takes all our best kayaking to navigate between the swimmers with much calls of “Attention, Pardon” as we skim by.

Pond du Gard by Kayak

It’s all about winning! 

After the Pont du Gard it is a long row along the open waters of the Gardon to the finishing line. By tradition we are always with ‘Kayak Vert’ which is the last stop. As usual it was a battle for the finishing line between us all with Team Ally, Clio and Jed winning.

While waiting for the bus to take us the 8k upstream back to the car we jumped in for one last swim together with much laughter at the funny moments of the day from a person overboard, a kayak with a paddle floating off, who became stuck in the reeds or beached by choosing the wrong course.  

Finishing kayaking on the river Gardon and enjoying a swim


Our 4th visit certainly hadn’t lost its appeal and I’m sure we will be back for a new family challenge in 2017.


Tips for kayaking on the river Gardon

Wear swimwear as it always gets wet inside the boats.

Life jackets are issued though the river isn’t very deep in most places.

The trip is suitable for all ages from age 3 upwards.

There are waterproof barrels issued with each kayak for keeping valuables and clothes dry.

Take a picnic it is hungry work and plenty of water.

Going in a group makes it competitive and good fun.

Average fitness is fine, all my children managed and I had no issue with little arm strength, the current does half the work for you! 

Coaches leave from Collias where there is a free car park and return you to your car at the end.

Prices are around 16 Euros each so it isn’t cheap but is a great day out for all the family.

The river section includes passing through the famous Pont du Gard.

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Robinson Crusoe now on DVD

Posted on September 19th, 2016 -

On an exotic island, Tuesday, an outgoing parrot, lives with his quirky animal friends in paradise. However, he can’t stop dreaming about discovering the outside world and the adventures it holds. After a violent storm, the friends wake up to find a strange creature on the beach in the form of Robinson Crusoe.  Here their island adventure together begins. Heralded as “A whole lot of fun” by Absolute Radio, “Fantastic” by the Daily Express and “A perfect watch” by OK! Magazine, it is sure to excite the whole family with sun, sea and a whole lot of fun.

win robinson crusoe

There is something quite appealing to kids about an island adventure. Even our own little river island here at Coombe Mill inspires imagination and make believe by the children on holiday. From rope swings to bridge crossings, camps to cooking a little island to themselves bring out the best in kids with technology cast aside in favour of imaginative play.

making a camp on coombe mills island

Transform this into a tropical beach side island and it isn’t hard to see why the story of Robinson Crusoe has been inspiring kids for generations.  This latest version looks set to be the most captivating yet.

screen shots from film

Robinson Crusoe: Need to Know Facts:

  • Certificate: PG
  • Run time: 90 mins approx.
  • RRP: £19.99 for DVD and £24.99 for Blu-Ray

Why not supplement the story with these creative activity sheets to keep kids busy long after the film has finished. 

activity sheet 1 activity sheet 2

Win 1 of 3 copies of the DVD & extra Goodies with Coombe Mill

If you fancy treating the family to an afternoon in with this wonderful adaptation of a classic tale on DVD then just follow the instructions below.

Along with your DVD the winners will also recieve:

  • Colouring Book.
  •  Robinson, Cat, Lizard and Tapier Mask.
  • Sticker Set.

Good luck to all taking part.

Robinson Crusoe


We received a test disk for the purpose of this review. My children thoroughly enjoyed the film and now our copy can be borrowed from the Coombe Mill Games Room by our holiday guests.  


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Preschool enjoyment for our Indian Summer

Posted on September 17th, 2016 -

The temperatures have been unusually mild for September this week and it has suited our preschool age children perfectly. No need to worry about too many layers and no sliding around in mud on the farm. Instead we have been enjoying some lovely mornings feeding the animals. Friendships have been building and confidence growing.  This week I’m sharing just a few of the morning highlights. All of these photos are candid shots when the children were unaware of my presence. I love capturing their excitement and wonder on the farm when they discover something new. These photos were taken on Wednesday when the mist and drizzle had lifted to give a glorious summer’s day. Everyone had been on at least one feed run before and yet still there are new things to discover all guided by Farmer Nick.

A Preschool Week of Farm Fun

The Tractor ride takes the children over Coombe Bridge from where I shared photos last Sunday. Arm gestures suggest something has caught the eye of the little girl riding up front and she is pointing it out to Farmer Nick as they cross the river.


Tractor conversation with Farmer Nick


I ran back under the river but couldn’t see anything but the usual beautiful view.


Autumn hues Under Coombe Bridge


Hunting for eggs is always a favourite talk for the preschool children and this photo captures the delight of a family collecting their haul inside a Coombe Mill hat to show Farmer Nick.


Collecting eggs on the Coombe Mill morning animal feed run


Queenie the goat really should be weaned off her bottle now but she is still so tiny we have kept it going to the delight of all who have a turn feeding her.


preschool child feeding queenie the Coombe Mill farm goat


Staying at Coombe Mill is a very social experience for all ages. These two have formed a lovely bond going hand in hand round the farm. They even teamed up to try and pull the sword from the stone together. Sadly for them the stone remains, dashing their hopes of being the next Kind and Queen of Coombe Mill!


Pulling king arthur's sword with preschool teamwork


The autumn light makes the deer field perfect for photos. The preschool children trekked right up the field with farmer Nick for a close up of the deer. I hung back to see them peep through the trees and check if all was clear before coming down to eat.


Coombe Mill deer watching our holiday makers through the trees


As the deer hunters returned the last deer prepared to run away, they are such shy animals.


A deer hunt at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

We may run the feed run each morning, but there is always something new. Today it was a surprise toad heading into the preschool play barn at the end. Still in full animal mode the children were only to keen to study the little toad up close.


preschool child investigating a farm toad


If you have a preschool age child and fancy joining us this autumn we still have a few spaces for most weeks and piglets due shortly too.

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