Friendship is a theme I often return to when talking about life on the farm. It is something I try to encourage for the children staying with us. I find children are generally natural friendship makers and all they need is the opportunity to let this shine. The organised farm activities each day at Coombe Mill like the morning tractor ride to feed the animals is one such example. Friendships blossom over common interests and the different ages couldn’t matter less. Older children encourage younger children and younger children respond with an obvious adoration of their older companions. I see this pattern form each week, but some weeks it is exceptional and a delight to watch. This past half term has been one such occasion.
These first photos were taken on the Sunday morning Feed Run. Here the children are familiarising themselves with the animals and each other.
Animal Feed Run at Coombe Mill
On board the tractor and trailer is a great opportunity for children to strike up conversations
Already the children are working together with Farmer Nick
Our smallest pigmy goat called Queenie, laps up all the attention and food.
Under Farmer Nick’s watchful eye the children all line up to watch the deer come down for their breakfast
We were away ourselves visiting family in the middle of the week returning at the end to see friendships cemented and a real togetherness by the time it came to the last train ride and activity hour. We made daffodils from sticks and toilet rolls that they wanted to plant around their newly made den.
All the families staying with us at half term had visited before, but not necessarily at the same time. Two of them have now rebooked for next year. I am already looking forward to seeing these same friendships rekindled in 2018. If you fancy joining them, February is our cheapest school holiday week of the year and the 2018 bookings are now open.
Do you look for friendship and fun for your children on holiday?
“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.
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