Our little holiday train has been delighting children now for several years. Each evening one of my children takes the children round the circular track. The times moves with the seasons, we are currently running the train at 6pm which works as a just before bath time treat for our toddlers this week. However when the clocks change the train time will need to move too. By November it will be running at 4pm to catch the last of the day light.
The little holiday train draws up at Coombe Halt with a toot toot. This is the kids queue to come dashing across from the play areas or out of their cottage door. My driver is supposed to wear a lovely train driver’s hat, however Clio claimed it wasn’t trendy enough of her and unless British Rail moved to a beanie hat she wouldn’t be wearing it. The guests did suggest I should dock her wages for non compliance which I thought was fair enough, but then remembered she was standing in for Guy who was playing rugby!
It only lasts around 15 minutes with 3 turns each; however our little holiday train really does keep the little ones enthralled. When they are not riding the children can blow the whistle, wave the flag or best of all man the signals and stop the train. Sometimes it can take an age to journey past the signals as the little ones endlessly have the driver stopping and starting again.
When the time come to wave the little holiday train goodbye for the night the children are in denial. They watch it back up fascinated as it is locked away till tomorrow.
‘Tomorrow’ brought the return of Guy and the train drivers hat, much to the joy of the children.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.