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 

http://www.coombemill.com/education.

 

 

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.

Silent Sunday

October 30, 2011 at 10:48 AMCoombeMill

I am spoilt for choice for this week's Silent Sunday, so many happy memories from a wonderful half term, but here goes for one of my favourites:

 

Polzeath Beach with Lifeguard Flag

 

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Cooks Surprise

October 28, 2011 at 3:44 AMCoombeMill

Is it a sauce, a jam or a coulee?

I am renowned for just bunging ingredients in a pot and cooking. It sounds random but usually I have an idea at the back of my mind which just develops as I go. I hate waste and love to use fruit and veg in season, especially if it is local or better still from our farm. Naturally when a friend offered me the last of her defrosting redcurrants from the depths of her freezer I jumped at the chance. Fruit jams and chutneys are not my strength but I was determined not to waste anything. Already defrosting I had to act fast and simply dumped the huge bag of redcurrants in a large pan with a large 1kg bag of granulated sugar. Possibly not the correct sugar, but the one I had in the kitchen! It slowly bubbled away and began to thicken. The pith and bits were just too much so I sieved the entire pan full and bottled in old coffee jars. 2 months later I am thrilled to say I am still using my redcurrant goo as a coulee on deserts, as a jam on toast, a sauce with roast chicken or a topping to homemade ice cream! 

I am proud to say that nothing goes to waste in our house, even the pigs rarely get a look in!

  Redcurrant jam all bottled up thick and delicious jamDelicious on ice cream with sliced banana

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Country Kids

October 27, 2011 at 1:46 AMCoombeMill

An Afternoon with Friends

Half term and our boys had some old friends round for the day.  Fun and play for them and a lovely excuse for me to abandon work in favour of catching up on some mummy chat. On wondering out onto the farm to check on the boys, we found them just over the style from our deer field having a wonderful time in a grand tree climbing competition. I was mightily relieved they all made it down safely and very proud of myself for resisting the temptation to warn them off going EVEN higher, allowing them instead to trust their own judgement.  

 

 

 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Farm Holidays Cornwall

Hope you can come and support healthy outdoor play for children. From the garden to the beach, I would love you to join in with your snaps or video this week. Read more about Country Kids here

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Time Out from being Mummy

October 25, 2011 at 12:09 PMCoombeMill

Busy lives

Anyone with children has a busy life. Weather you have 1 or in my case 6, they are demanding and time consuming. We cherish and adore them and want to do everything we can to make their lives the best they can be. Sometimes that can leave little time for being ourselves.

Making time for myself

Not everyone will agree with this and not everyone may feel the need, but much as I love my children I need time away from them too. A night away with my husband or a day out with girl friends, even my working time is important to me. I know I need the break when I get snappy at small things and want them in bed before they are really ready to go. It's not that I love them any less than ever it's just that I need some time as Fiona and not Mummy.

My treat

This Sunday I spent a night away with friends on a girls SPA break. The Bay Hotel is Just half an hour away in Newquay. http://www.newquay-hotels.co.uk/the-bay.html This has become an annual treat for us and is bliss. Not too far away, this hotel specialises in wonderful treatments and yummy food right on the famous Fistral beach. Never thought I could pack in so much exercise, chat, pampering, food and alcohol into 24 hours! A great place for a girls retreat and 24 hours is just perfect to recharge the batteries and leaving me ready for some more "mummy please can we......" and "mummy what's for dinner?"

 Our treat captured on video

 

Anyone for the kids?

Next time your partner, the grandparents, a friend, nanny or anyone you trust offers to have the children for a day or a night, try and take them up on their offer. Coming home to hugs all rounds is as wonderful as being away for a few hours. If your children are very young and you don't feel ready to do this, just park the thought because as they grow older and more independent the time will one day feel right.  

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Valentines Day: The Funny and the Serious

Valentines Day: The Funny and the Serious

February 14, 2013 at 12:00 AMCoombeMill

Valentine's Day Reflections

This is a special day for Farmer Nick and me, 18 years ago today he proposed to me. I never would have believed when I said "Yes" and burst into tears that I would be reflecting back on that day happily from our holiday farm in Cornwall with our 6 boisterous wonderful children. I still have the card he handed me back then. We were on our way for a holiday of a lifetime to New Zealand and had stopped at Bangkok to refuel, when he produced the card. I had not bothered as he assured me we were flying the other way round the world and crossed the date line missing the 14th. We did leave on 13th and arrive on the 15th so I didn't think to question this!

 Valentine's card from 18 years ago

It would have been a pretty miserable holiday if I had said no! As it happens I was beginning to wonder if he would ever ask, we had been together 3 years by then and I had long since made up my mind! Needless to say it was a holiday I will never forget and a country I hope to revisit one day. Is romance dead? This was quite out of character for Nick as my Valentine's presents since then have invariably had a plug attached and belong in the kitchen (no not the bedroom!). I have a large farmhouse kitchen but there is barely an inch of space remaining or a gadget I don't possess!

Counting my Blessings

When I look around the blogging community at some of the recent heartache I remind myself how lucky I am to be mussing over my latest kitchen gadget with the man of my dreams and healthy lively children. I have been so proud to be part of the blogging community in support of those in need when disaster strikes someone dear. Such an amazing outpouring of support, love, poems and beautifully written tributes I have read. It is something I find hard to express, but that doesn't mean I haven't felt with all my heart the pain for these people I have never had the privilege to meet. Today of all days I am thinking of Jennie from Edspire who has lost dear Matilida Mae so recently,  Multiple Daddy who lost the lovable Multiple Mummy so tragically and Tamsyn who is fighting to bring her husband back to a life he can appreciate and the many like them who are unknown to me but for whom Valentine's day will be a struggle with what might have been.

Life is a rich circle and while some would rather by pass today others may be starting on a new journey of love and hope, just as Nick and I were all those years ago and for them I feel excited.

A bit of Fun from the Farm

Out on the farm this is a happy time of year, the animals are partnered up and spring new born's are eagerly anticipated. I couldn't resist a bit of fun in caption form to mark the day. Something light hearted to make you smile, whatever your take on the day.

 Boyo the Bore is loving his holiday with our Dotty

Pigs at Coombe Mill Farm on Valentine's Day


A little domestic going on here?

Peacock's at Coombe Mill Farm on Valentine's Day



Sorting out your priorities is very important.....

 

Wallabies on the Farm on Valentine's Day


Hopefully in the family way....

Pregnant Sheep on Valentine's Day


Saucy Geese

Geese on the farm on Valentine's Day


I think Clio may be out staying her welcome!


Pony love on Valentine's day


 Seeking a private spot on the farm....

Ducks on the farm on Valentine's day

A case of the Cart before the Horse!

Mummy and baby bunny on Valentine's day


Happy Valentine's Day to you and your loved ones from

Fiona, Farmer Nick and the Children x


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