Weekly Farm Photo

June 27, 2015 at 11:20 PMCoombeMill

A scene from our morning feed run. This young helper was delighted to be throwing the corn for the chickens and ducks, there is no need to be careful here, in fact the further the corn is spread, the more the chickens can share without fighting over the same patch of food. This was just the second stop of an hour and a half of farm fun and despite the damp start to the day the children all relished the tasks handed out by Farmer Nick. 

 

Feeding the chickens at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays with corn flying

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June 26, 2015 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

Launceston Steam Fair

We had a wonderful family day at the Launceston Fair a couple of years ago and on hearing it was taking place again we were keen for a follow up trip. I am still coming to terms with my teens choosing not to accompany us on all our family outings and reluctantly left them to fend for themselves at home instead taking just Guy, Clio and Clio's friend.

 

Launceston Steam Fair

On arriving the sun was shining and the fair had a real festival buzz about it. The kids wasted no time in spotting the most sick making machine at the show and insisted on making it their first venture. I conceded on the basis that at least they hadn't eaten anything yet! It was rather like a mini fairground wheel that tossed you upside down and back to front, it made me feel sick just to watch but Clio insisted her screams signified she was enjoying the ride!

Clio on the Gyro Ride

Guy found a paintball shooting range. What boy could resist proving himself here with plenty of scary targets waiting to be struck?

 

Guy at the Shooting Range

 

The girls then sauntered off to look at jewellery and clothes tents. I was really impressed with the range of stalls there, always something to tempt you that you don't see in everyday shops.

 

Range of stalls

 

Besides the stalls there were endless displays in the arenas. Guy set his new back pack come stool up in the front row to watch as the Minion dance moved into war time classics before the mini plane came thundering down the field, although apparently there was insufficient space for it to actually take off.

Guy sat watching the show

My favourite display was the kids on their motorbikes. How they make those stunt bikes climb and jump I don't know but it is a thrill to watch.

 

Kids on Scrambler Bikes

 

Motion in miniature had us all captivated as from fairground ride to steam trains every stand had a mini working model. Further down the big brother counterparts whistled, chugged and sputtered oozing charm and nostalgia for a bye gone era.

 

Vintage Vehicles

Having munched our way round the stalls and invested in far more impulse purchases than strictly necessary we were about to leave when Guy spotted the bike challenge from last year and just had to have a go. It looks so easy, just cycle a few yards on a bicycle with the handlebars on back to front and claim £15. Needless to say it is much harder than it sounds and poor Guy had to forfeit his last £2 and concede defeat. No doubt he will be back for another try next year!

Guy on the wrong way bike

The video captures much of the fun from the day and the children are looking forward to more Cornish events this summer.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

 

 Farm fun with animal interaction that reminds me of Coombe Mill on a day out for Life at Cooks Cabin

This fairy walk from The Evans Crittens will have you captivated 

Outdoors Mom combines nature and Frozen to the delight of her children.

 If only Edinburgh Zoo was closer, North East Family Fun make it look like a great family day out

 Elizabeth's Kitchen Diary takes the family on a real adventure camping where the sunset and sunrise meet

All my Geography lessons in one day with these welsh Caves from 92 three 30 

Small Wonders proves that you don't need to wait for a sunny day to enjoy the outdoors 

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A refreshing change for adult evenings

June 22, 2015 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Here on the farm we favour a traditional countryside childhood of yesteryear. Children are encouraged to be hands on in their learning and fun. From feeding the animals in the morning, to running around in our 30 acres, dabbling in the stream and imaginative play in the fairy gardens in the afternoon, it is a busy day here on the farm for little ones.  By the time they have joined driver Guy on the evening train ride it is time for baths and bed ready to do it all over again in the morning.

Fun around the Farm

 A wonderful experience for all our little ones but one that can leave parents and grandparents with a long evening stretched out ahead of them.  There are always the TV and DVD players in our properties or lovely log burners to curl up in front of with a glass of your favourite tipple, but how about sharing that adult time in a more traditional manner, just as the kids have done during the day? Older children will enjoy this too as a change from modern day gadgets on holiday.

 

Traditional Games Experts Gibsons

In our borrow room you can find everything from first stage children's jigsaws to scrabble and other board games or puzzles for adults. Gibsons, the family run traditional puzzle and games company trading since 1919, have a wonderful selection on their website and for those who enjoy quintessentially British landmarks and London’s iconic buildings their 1000 piece jigsaws could happily take up your evenings on holiday. We are lucky enough to have their Buckingham Palace Jigsaw Puzzle here to borrow.

 

Jigsaw Pieces in Box

 

The Gibsons puzzles are of a high quality with a beautiful picture quality. We have had a go ourselves but as non experts were soon defeated; however if I were relaxing on holiday it would be quite addictive and fun to do as a family. Experience the Queen’s official birthday with the royal family as it comes to life as you  complete the challenging puzzle. With the royal family just welcoming baby Charlotte it’s the perfect time for the nation to put the pieces together and discover the true beauty behind the palace gates.

 

Making the Gibson's Jigsaw

The Buckingham Palace Jigsaw Puzzle is just one of Gibsons British-themed gifts. Go to www.gibsonsgames.co.uk to see the Royal Babies and London Landmarks puzzles. I'm rather taken with some of the old style farming countryside puzzles myself.

 

Gibsons Jigsaw Catalogue

 

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I was sent my copy of the Gibsons Buckingham Palace 1000 piece jigsaw to review and keep in our borrow room for our holiday guests to enjoy. All thoughts and opinions on the puzzle are my own.

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Friends for Priscilla the Peahen

June 21, 2015 at 9:30 PMCoombeMill

for 2 years we had carefully nurtured young Priscilla and Percy our peacock and peahen in the hope of breeding them, yet in Peacock World they failed to thrive. Last year we let them free range and risk predators in the hope that maybe their freedom would bring the conditions they required to breed. Sure enough Priscilla began to lay eggs. Our joy was soon dampened when they were stolen by predators so we tried incubating a clutch, but failed to bring these to term, two dying during hatching. On the plus side the pair remained on the farm and roosted well, until one day we found just the remains of Percy. We suspect he was taken by a fox, just what we had feared all along with allowing them to free range on the farm.

Ever since Priscilla has remained savvy and avoided the fox, however she clearly missed her partner and we missed his magnificent display of affection for her as we passed on the morning Tractor rides.

Percy the Peacock Displaying

Nick has been on the lookout for a new partner ever since but failed to find anything within a sensible distance of Coombe Mill, until now. Our local Wadebridge fowl auction had not one but two pairs of birds going in. I agreed to manage changeover with Amber while he set off early for the auction.  All morning we crossed our fingers that he would win one of the lots. Finally he drove back into the car park, the boot loaded with two beautiful looking peafowl. 

 

The new Peacock and Peahen

Theo had the Tractor and Trailer ready at hand, all be it brimming with brambles where he had been clearing the fairy garden for me in preparation for my Bug Hotel. He and Nick carefully transferred the carry cage on to the trailer and drove them down to Peacock world. The last nursing sheep and new lamb had been released to the field that morning in preparation and their quarters cleaned out in anticipation of our new arrivals. 

 

Moving the new Peacocks and Peahens

Priscilla was hovering close by the whole time and came swooping in for a closer look at her new playmates as we moved back. Nick was keen to capture her and keep her inside Peacock world too in the hope that she might lay some fertile eggs this season with her new younger man. However hovering close by was one thing, encouraging her through the door without letting the other two escape was quite another. 

 

Priscilla meeting her new friends

Cue a little lateral thinking! Nick rigged up a trap with a cage and pull down door, placed some food inside and ran a piece of string attached to the door through his shed spy hole. Jed was assigned to project 'Capture Priscila' and spent the rest of the afternoon popping back to the shed and peeping through the window to see if she had fallen for Nick's trap. Needless to say by night fall the trap was still in place and Pricilla free ranging nearby!   

Setting up and watching the Peacock trap

 

However it was only a matter of time before Priscilla did indeed fall for the trap and we had the three safely in together. Priscilla had begun laying eggs outside so we were hopeful our plan would work. 

 

Friends for Priscilla the Peahen

Nick set her a nesting box and she laid an egg on top of the house! WE moved the nesting tray and she pooped on it laying her egg on the concrete. Things were not looking hopeful and in fact four eggs was all she produced so we took the decision to collect them for the incubator with our fertile bantam eggs.

 

Priscilla and her eggs

 

We are now playing a waiting game, to be fair it feels like a real long shot that these will hatch but we are hoping against the odds. Either way they are clearly happier free ranging and we will have to risk their not so friendly predators again later this season once the trio are firmly established here at Coombe Mill. For now they appear to be best of friends and I have even caught the young Peacock showing his forming feathers for the ladies so fingers crossed for our happy threesome!

 

New Peacock Displaying

 

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Weekly Farm Photo

June 20, 2015 at 11:50 PMCoombeMill

The first fawn of 2015 at the farm. The mothers hide them in the bracken with top cover from the trees to protect them from buzzards above and foxes below. They are extremely camouflage and know to sit very still until Mum comes to feed them. This little one knows he has been seen and is watching me watching him! He is just wondering whether to run or sit still. I had to be quick taking my photo and move back so as not to disturb him further or make him bolt and reveal his vulnerability.  

 

1st Fawn of 2015 at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK

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