Then Came The Floods

January 9, 2016 at 9:00 PMCoombeMill


So many of us have been affected by the storms these past couple of weeks. Here on the farm we have had the wettest Christmas and New Year I can remember. This said we were all safe, the cottages and lodges dry and it even let up for all our crucial festive activities. However, just when we thought it could do no more we finally woke to sunshine but a river that gave away the extent of the overnight rainfall landing in our little valley.    

 Coombe Bridge in flood at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

Coombe Bridge was just passable for the feed run though the river was lapping at the edges of the road.


Crossing Coombe Bridge with high waters at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall 

On foot there was no avoiding wading through the puddles.


Puddles at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall 


Just one little footbridge to the farm was passable and the ford disappeared beneath the torrents of the raging stream. Only the tractor and trailer could pass through, anyone attempting it on foot would have been washed downstream.


Tractor & Trailer crossing a flooded ford at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall 

The view upstream highlighted trees literally swimming in the river

Trees in the flooded fields at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall 

While peeping across from the flooded banks to the Scandinavian lodges made me realise just how little room there was for any further rise in the water levels.


Scandinavian lodges from flooded fields at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

Thankfully this was as far as it rose, the sun rained down on us and the river slowly retreated leaving us safe for another day. I hope it has done it's worst now where you are too.


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Weekly Farm Photo

October 17, 2015 at 11:00 PMCoombeMill

Standing outside here on the farm on the first of the cold frosty mornings this week I was moved by the beauty of our river, I stood until my fingers were numb just transfixed by the beauty of the morning unfolding before me.


Water you are the tide of life

Great oceans to babbling brook

We all make time to stop and look.


The river at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays from the river bank 

Watching in awe I hear your call

My world feels small

My worries fade.

 River Camel from Coombe bridge downstream at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall


Oh mighty river cast your spell

As rising mist fills the air

And magic flows for all who stare


The River Camel at Coombe Bridge as the morning unfolds 

How lucky I am to stand and know

This reassuring rhythmic flow

Is right here for me to hear.


Silent Sunday / Project 52

December 30, 2012 at 1:41 AMCoombeMill

A last photo for 2012 from Coombe Mill


A giant catch from the floods at Coombe Mill



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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

March 17, 2012 at 10:35 AMCoombeMill

A hardy bunch of Country Kids!

I think we were in good company this past week with some stunning March sun shine. Sunday and Monday in particular were glorious days here. "Coombe" is Cornish for valley and our converted Water Mill is right down on the river ensuring a sheltered micro climate. My children announced summer had arrived and quite spontaneously decided to strip off - well tops anyway, and climb down over the bridge for a quick cool down in the river! Dashing in for the camera I caught them on film for this week's Country Kids:

What did you and your kids get up to in that lovely weather? Whatever outdoor fun you've had, please join me on Country Kids and be inspired by the adventures of others here too. 


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More than a Holiday

October 31, 2011 at 7:43 AMCoombeMill

Where learning is fun

We all know kids learn best when they are seeing and doing and not just listening in the classroom. Coombe Mill allows children the chance to learn so much from science to geography. The daily animal feed run is always packed with inquisative children asking farmer Nick one question after another as they help him on his morning chores.Farmer Nick answers questions from children and parents


Practical learning on holiday can also be supported by our education pages which cover many of the national curriculum topics



William's Project

We were thrilled to hear that one of our young guests had chosen the River Camel for his school project. The river is a beautiful feature of Coombe Mill, enjoyed by our guests for fishing and play.  It clearly made an impression on William. We are delighted he has brought his project back with him on holiday to show us and agreed to share it here.


By William Age 8


I hope this is the first of many school projects we will be able to show case here on the blog. A huge thank you to William for sharing his good work. If anyone else has completed the education sheets, a Coombe Mill dairy or similar project to William and would be happy to share them please do let us know.

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