Independance Day in Support of small businesses

As a family business ourselves I am always keen to support other independent businesses working hard to make their living. To this end I am backing businesses aligned to Coombe Mill with a free advertising offer on my blog. If you have an on line business or Cornish shop selling products for children such as educational, safe and helpful toys, products that make light of parenting, or travelling on holiday, or a parenting blog, I would be delighted to have you sign up and advertise here with me. Local Cornish businesses such as restaurants, pubs, and tourist attractions which are family friendly and with in 45 minutes of Coombe Mill are also most welocme.

Each week on a Monday I feature a favourite site and promote this on twitter, facebook and my blog home page so there is nothing to lose and everything to gain from joining me. Here are just a few of the lovely businesses already linked up, please come and add yours too




To support Coombe Mill in return I would be delighted if you could grab the code here and feature our Family Farm Holidays on your site  


Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


I am linking this post to  and her blog over at “All About the Boys”

 as she is dedicating 29th February to promoting Independent Businesses. See what others are doing over on her blog and follow on twitter with #independenceDay


12 facts, 12 questions 12 answers 12 taggers


I have been double tagged by the caring and friendly  , who blogs at and the lovely ladies at   who have so much happening over at to continue with this meme. I understand it has been circulating a while but it has only just reached me, so I hope I don’t repeat too many already well used answers! Just as I was about to publish I received a 3rd tag from the lovable   with her facinating tails of her life and her gorgous boys in the Country I’ve not added a 3rd round of answers for fear of the longest blog ever on myself but thank you for tagging me! 

The Rules:

1/ Post the rules (done)

2/ Post 12 fun facts about your self

3/ Answer the questions set for you by your tagger in your post then create 12 new questions for fellow bloggers you plan to tag

4/ Tag 12 people and link them to your blog

Ok So here is my 12  fun facts about myself, I have a feeling some may have popped up in other memes before for which I am sorry, but there is a limit to the number of fun things I can think of about myself!

1. I was thrown out of school choir for messing around (and not being able to sing!)

2. I was thrown out of the Brownies for bad behaviour

3.  I was a bit of a shy and geeky teenager, did me well for studying though!

4. I was once the Condom buyer for all the Tesco stores (amongst other less exciting over the counter medicines)

5. I had lunch with Vidal Sassoon himself and meetings with Nicky Clarke as haircare buyer for Tesco  

6. I made it round Europe on £300 for a month at age 18 with an inter rail card.

7. I cycled from Bordeaux to Calais at age 16 with my friend over 3 weeks

8. I had 6 children in 6 years

9. I am the only person I have ever met who can wiggle their fingers from the last joint alone!

10. I can do the splits with my first 2 fingers (I suspect I may be double jointed).

11. I am flat footed.

12. I think I enjoy an occasional night out dancing till the early hours more in my 40’s than I ever did in my 20’s! 

Phew! That’s the confessions bit over with!

These are  12 awesome questions to me:

1. Where was your first holiday?

Cornwall in a Caravan from baby to age 13, no surprise then when it became my dream to one day live here.

2. What is the earliest memory of your childhood you can remember?

Playing in the garden of my parents 1st house, I can see my young self riding around on my toy tractor and trailer delivering sand from place to place while Dad cut the lawn and Mum hung out the washing. Happy care free days, I must have been age 3 or 4.

3. What do you like best about being a parent?

The unconditional love of my children. Even when I shout and know I am being a tad harsh on them, they still come back and love me just the same.

4. At what age did you stop studying? And what was it you studied?

I stopped at 21 after my degree in Economics and Politics, oh and then I worked for Tesco and the first thing they made me do was a diploma in Grocery Marketing, no getting away from student days!

5. What has been your proudest moment so far in your life?

Oh gosh, this is hard, I think I have to be so honest and unoriginal and say holding my 1st born for the 1st time.

6. Describe your blog in 3 words?

Mummy’s Farm Tales

7. Do you have any phobias and if so, what are they?

I don’t think I do, I have become a very practical and rational person, unless you include someone forcing me to parsley; I just can’t stomach the stuff, revolting weed! 

8. What does your family think of your blog?

My younger children love to see themselves on my blog, the eldest avoids the camera at all costs. Poor old Farmer Nick is quite confused by the whole thing and will say “Are you tweetfacing on the blog again?”

9. What is your favourite recipe?

Now that is an easy one, I have just blogged it: My totally scrummy Sticky Toffee Pudding

10. Home cooking or restaurant?

Restaurant – no washing up and a chance to glam up after a day on the farm!

11. What age was you when you passed your test and how many tries did it take?

18, Passed 2nd time. I was mortified when I failed the 1st time, I think it was my first ever memorable failure in life and it hit hard, I remember being quite nervous at the retake.

12. Where is your favourite place to be and why?

Right here in Cornwall. With our beautiful 30 acre farm, stunning sandy beaches with rock pools, basking sharks, dolphins and surfing waves, amazing restaurants and the rugged Moors all on the doorstep, this is my piece of heaven.

That was a total pleasure, quite lost in my own thought for those questions. Thank you Angoe!

and 11 more from   

1. If you could swap lives with someone for a day, who would you choose?

My children, I would love to understand the impact of what I do and say on them

2. What is the most important thing you’ve lost?

I lost a diamond from my engagement ring just before Christmas. It is still missing and I am saving to have it replaced and reset 🙁

3. You win a million in the Lottery. What’s the first thing you’d do?

This really shouldn’t be hard but I am going to have to come back to it!

4. How many Facebook friends do you actually speak to on a regular basis?

None, I interact with everyone on the Coombe Mill page but am hopeless at regular entries on my personal site

5. What was your biggest misconception about motherhood/fatherhood?

That there is a “one size fits all” approach to parenting. I have 6 children and while we are consistent and fair as parents, they do not all respond to praise and discipline in the same way.

6. What is the most important thing blogging has taught you?

I have learned that I enjoy writing which really is a suprise to me!

7. Who is your hero – and why?

My husband, because I admire and respect his judgement and know he is always there for me.

8. If you could choose to be reincarnated as an animal, which one would you be?

One of our deer. They are so beautiful and graceful and have a really interesting field with lots of camouflage hiding areas. 

9. What’s your best moneysaving tip?

Scratch cooking with simple ingredients

10. What advice would you give yourself, if you could go back 20 years in time?

I would love to be able to do this. Confidence, confidence and more confidence. It is something I have gained with age and feel so much more capable as a result.

11. What’s your biggest pet hate?

I do find myself feeling put out by rudeness, just no need for it.

For my 12 Questions I decided to split them into life sections:


1. Who was your first memorable childhood friend and are you still in touch?

2. What was the worst fib you remember telling a grown up in authority e.g. parent, friend’s parent, teacher etc

3. What event or achievement were you most proud of as a child 


4. What was your 1st proper job, did you make the right choice or if you had your time again would you do something completely different?

5. Most embarassing work blunder

As A couple

6. Best part of being in a relationship (on reflection if currently single) 

7. Worst thing about coupledom!

 As a Family

8. What do you like to do as a family for holidays and day trips

9.What are the really important rules in your household that no one would dare to break

10. What is your favourite family meal, the one that you all enjoy together

As You Now

11. How do you make time for “you” in the day and what do you do with that time? 

12. How would you like to develop your blog over the next 12 months? Do you have a plan and stick to it, a plan but then go with the flow or des your blog simply evolve with you?

Now to tag 12 new bloggers in the hope that they haven’t already been tagged or asked the same questions!

 a great supportive twitter friend who I have actually met here at Coombe Mill 

 Who I hope to meet one day with her lovely brood!

 Who I am about to meet here at Coombe Mill this week!

 As they feature on my blog this week with their lovely range of kiddy gear

My late night tweeting buddy who looks half her age

 Because she is so thoughtful on twitter and I’d love to read her answers

 She is a confessed bookworm but I also think she is a budding photographer

Happy blogging everyone!





Project 52 & Silent Sunday Link up Sshhhh…….


Child and baby lamb



TheBoyandMe's 366 LinkySilent Sunday

Sticks and stones won’t break their bones!

I love it when kids play outdoors with nothing more than space and imagination. My triplets and their new friends had so much fun with sticks and a pretend battle ground on our new land, they quite lost themselves in the games and played happily till tea. I think Daddy originally sent them out to collect stones from the land ready for grass seeding, that bit somehow became forgotten! Despite the whirling sticks and shouts from us parents no one was injured! Sometimes it is good to give them a little slack to enjoy their play.

Kids Play fightingNew Play area with bark chippings downInvading new territory!

Adding in a little structure then brings out the competitive spirit in all the children. Who can jump highest and furthest?

Jumping in the new play area

Who is the fastest runner?


If you have been enjoying the great outdoors with the kids, please share your play time fun with me here on the linky;  new linky every Saturday promoting the benefits of fresh air and fun for children. If you can grab the badge too that would make my day:


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

A beautiful new born lamb on Shrove Tuesday

It was all hands on deck on Tuesday evening when the guests staying in discovered a lamb lying on the drive to their lodge. It had tumbled out from the field, bleating but no sign of Mum. Farmer Nick brought him straight to me in the house while he and the children set off in search of bottles, lamb milk and a make do home. An old bedside cabinet has done the trick as a home and a quick trip to our friendly neighbouring farm at the top of the lane sorted the milk till morning. (Trip to the pub for dinner now aborted!)

Lamb in the kitchenFelix mothering baby LambLamb resting in his new home

After posting some early pictures on Facebook, Pancake was suggested as a name with it being Shrove Tuesday. Just like my pancakes, the name stuck! I have been doing night feeds and Pancake has been smothered in love by all the children. Even the guests were only too keen to come and have a stroke at the end of the reed run today.

Lamb much lovedBaby Lamb is Loved by all Guests with the lamb


He seemed to be doing so well, taking to the bottle and looking remarkably spritely after his start in life, but things are never so straight forward with animals. This morning we noticed that he was limping on one leg quite badly and realised that the tumble to the road side where he was found must have been worse than we first though. He joined us on the school run this morning so we could ask Richard up the lane what he thought his chances were. Richard farms sheep in their hundreds and has far more experience than us.

Encouraging lamb to brink a bottleOff to see Farmer Richard

He thought it was probably bruised at the shoulder and not broken and that he was worth fighting for. The children were delighted and skipped off to school. I have been watching Pancake all day and now fear the worst. He is hardly drinking anything and loosing the fight to live. The children are going to be heartbroken, they have all gone to bed and I have warned them that Pancake is unlikely to be still with us in the morning. Sometimes farming teaches such harsh lessons to children.

In anticipation of more lambs to come, Farmer Nick and Ted have been moving the rest of the sheep today into new green pastures. The pregnant Mummy’s were delighted at the lush grass in their new field and Farmer Ted and I sorted their field shelter with lots of hay as a delivery suite! We are all watching eagerly now for signs of more lambs and hoping for some “happily ever after” endings.

Sheep are moved to lush pasturesSheep enjoying the grassSheep maternity wing!