Country Kids from Coombe Mill

September 20, 2013 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

A Helping Hand


Weekends are a busy time for us here on the farm. Saturday is our changeover for the holiday cottages and lodges. It is all hands on deck and everyone in the family has their jobs but when the regular work is done there is time for play, or for those who are keen there is the chance to earn themselves some extra pocket money with a never ending list of jobs needing doing. Last weekend Guy and Jed decided to give the ride on play area a really good sort out. Over the season the tractors had become grubby, the leaves beginning to spoil the racetrack and the prolific farm foliage encroach on the park. 

They swept out the leaves and chopped back the encroaching brambles, feasting on blackberries as they worked.

Ride on Play area in for a seasonal clean

Into the car park to hose down the equipment at the DIY car wash. A thorough blast and watch out if you stood in the way before they carried or rode them back, I think you are just a little too big for that one Guy! 


Cleaning Ride On Tractors


They know how important safety is and took a broken tractor back to Dad's shed for parts. This also provided a perfect excuse for a quick blast round on the quad bike.


Removing Broken Tractor for Safety


Finding the extension hose they were able to clean the big heavy train and the signs inside the play area. A caterpillar stopped proceedings and they fetched a jam car and made him a home. I think he is a bit late coming out this season but the boys were delighted to discover him sunbathing on the play petrol station. He was lucky not to be water blasted away!

Caterpillar on the Little Tikes Car


Job complete and in good time for the new guests to arrive and enjoy their hard work. 

By the time the last guests arrived we were blessed with a clear starry night and Guy decided to get the telescope out. We won this one with Kidz Outdoors and have never really mastered it, however Guy was really inspired to persevere this time and with a little help from Dad, he managed a good half moon in perfect focus and wanted me to take a photo. It took some fiddling with my camera settings but eventually we captured on film what we could see through the lens.


 The Moon in clear Cornish sky over Coombe Mill



Guy is now quite taken with the telescope and it has moved down to my office to make it more accessible. Our next challenge will be to capture the stars.

Funny how even a day of chores with children can become an adventure. They found enough blackberries while clearing up for me to make a pot of jam and the caterpillar survived a week in a jar before being set free in the greenhouse; they are now on butterfly watch! 

Caterpillar release and Blackberry jam

Joining In with Country Kids

Now the autumn weather is beginning to set in, getting out and about is not always so easy. I do hope you will stick with me, don the wellies and head outdoors from the garden to the woods, the park to the beach. The thought of warming soup or hot chocolate on your return always make some outdoor time worthwhile. Please grab the badge and join the fun on the linky here. 

Last week I was particularly taken with:

Keitha's Chaos and her Picture Scavenger Hunt after being inspired reading about Time to Craft doing the same the previous week. I love to see great ideas being copied and adapted through the linky.

Happy Homebird Where Grandad and Little Bird became detectives to save the nature trail signs after the vandals. I so want to create a trail like this for Coombe Mill.

Caterpillar Tales has had a wonderful time so close to where I used to live in Surrey you can almost see my house!

Chelsea Mamma for an adventurous outdoor birthday treat my kids would adore.


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"Bob the Builder Can We Fix It?"

November 16, 2011 at 1:30 PMCoombeMill

What's going on? 

This week for the 1st time in 9 years we have closed the doors. Panic not, ringing to book a holiday is no issue as I still have control of the office! However our beautiful estate is being turned upside down with building work going on in a major way. Trevarno Scandinavian Lodge is being built at one end and a new road is being ploughed through from the river to the cottages at the other. As if that wasn't enough, we have bought the stretch of land from the cottage gardens down to the river which will be part of a new and VERY exciting play area. It will mean that the cottages, like the lodges will be river fronting. Please don't worry if you are coming for Christmas it will all be made safe and the building work stopped during the festive break. 

Measuring out the New Ground Level for TrevarnoNew Road through the Cottage lawnEntrance to the lane by Coombe Bridge

Bob the Builder with Scoop, Muck and Dizzy have arrived!

The children were thrilled to come home from school and see all the machinery in action. It is like having the full cast of Bob the Builder here on site. We even have Penguin as Pilchard the cat, though she is somewhat less impressed by all the commotion. The diggers and dumpers are moving soil from the lodge site to the new play area and Farmer Nick has been helping out on the dumper. Well he couldn't possibly miss an opportunity like this for a spot of "boys toys" play!

Digger and Dumper in Action

"Working together to get the job done"

A Hidden World War 2 bunker?

Having cleared away the scrub from the new land, we have uncovered an old walled area. The builders and friends have been putting in their two pennies worth as to it's origins. The most popular theory is that it was the footings for a temporary World War 2 Tank and Vehicle shelter. Our boys are very excited by this prospect. Anything war related has them jumping into their dressing up clothes! Anyway, we are using the wall to house the new play area and yes the "Cannon purchase" will be part of this! Keep watching the blog for updates on our progress, along with any more "random purchasses" from Farmer Nick or hidden treasures discovered!

The Walled Play area and new land

The walled Play area in it's infancy with bark chippings going in

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