Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on February 21st, 2014

Coombe Mill is Open Again

We have enjoyed a lovely six weeks of family weekends here on the farm. The children have been helping us with the animals in the absence of our little holiday helpers and we have benefited from some great days out with the bonus of two days for the weekend. As we embarked on our first changeover of the season last Saturday it was all hands on deck ensuring the properties and grounds were tip top for our new guests. Thankfully the last of the bad weather had passed though just in time, but not without leaving much work to be done on a busy day. Farmer Nick and Felix were in charge of operation trees with branches in the lane to clear before our guests could drive down the hill and another massive tree through our sheep field fencing.

Operation Fallen Tree Clearance


The younger ones cleared the outdoor toddler play area of debris from fallen branches, swept and cleaned the ride on toys and made bundles of kindling for the shop. I turned a blind eye to Clio who had selected herself a pair of new Rockfish Wellies from our borrow collection that were almost waders on her!


 Cleaning the toddler ride on play area

It wasn’t all work though as I caught them hard at play many times riding the play equipment over to the water hose, zooming down the car park and pretending they were still small enough to fit on the little see saw! 

Play Time at work


Eventually it was a good job complete and they were off to play.


Farm Fun

They even enjoyed a musical moment together down by the river. I think perhaps they were inspired by the busking in Plymouth a couple of weeks ago; it was adorable to me as a parent, but they have a way to go before they will be playing on the streets!

Meanwhile Ally was left in charge of log burners ensuring each property was lovely and welcoming for our guests. 


 Wood burner in Water Mill


Arriving to the first dry day for weeks many of our younger guests were quick to stretch their legs after long car journeys and discover our play areas. My own children soon caught them up and joined in too.


Play Areas at Coombe Mill


Those here by 4pm could hop aboard the Coombe Mill Railway; it is always a pleasure to see the excitement when Guy draws up from the engine shed and invites everyone to board. 


 Welcome Train Ride


Come Sunday morning I was thrilled to be sharing our farm once again with visitors and in continued glorious sunshine.  Guy and Clio came along to see if there were potential playmates staying and to help the younger children overcome any fear of the animals. Their ability to catch the ducks and chickens is a real advantage as Farmer Nick is never quick enough. 


It has been such a delight to see happy faces enjoying Coombe Mill again and playmates around for my own children over the half term holidays. Let’s hope we have seen the last of the wild winter weather now.

Joining in with Country Kids

Country Kids is all about enjoying the outdoors. Taking advantage of those days when the weather is kind to take the kids on a family outing, enjoy time in the garden or the park, go for a walk, explore, create and learn about the world around us. Coming back indoors with tingling toes and rosy cheeks is a lovely feeling. Capture those moments on the camera, grab the badge and share here on the linky. If you take a little time to discover some of the other posts linked up I know everyone will appreciate a comment and it is the perfect way to be inspired for your next outdoor adventure.   

A few of my favourite posts from last week:

Stunning photos of Beach fun from Mummy Constant and whipped up storm waves from Zoe Corkhill 

Let’s talk Mommy enjoys some sunshine after the rain on a muddy family walk and The Mimi Mes and Me and The _Moiderer go deep into the woods and The Mummy Diary makes the most of a Country Park.

I love all these posts for their simplicity and happiness. They show that fun days out needn’t cost a fortune.

Without breaking the bank Chelsea Mamma had a Magical Day at Corfe Castle

For a special birthday treat Mixed Bag of All Sorts took advantage of a family fun day treat from Grandma.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall