The Summer Holidays are a busy time for us here at Coombe Mill. On the plus side there is no more double school runs taking out half our day, but with 6 teens bounding around the house and the business full with holiday makers life can be hectic. Now the autumn has arrived and the kids settled back into the routine of school and college Farmer Nick and I took advantage of our eldest son’s last week before the new term at University to pop out to Greece to catch up with family and chill out with some of our favourite scenery outside of Cornwall.

Galaxidi on holiday in Greece

Galaxidi Greece

It was only a week, but that was just perfect to recharge our batteries and leave us looking forward to returning home, appreciating Coombe Mill and our family life here with fresh eyes. The worst part of holidays abroad is the travelling, with unsociable flights it took us 48 hours to get home and I was quite exhausted and felt I could have slept for a week. To open the door and walk into a spotless kitchen was so refreshing. Whether the kids were covering up from a wild party or just being kind I’ll never know, but it made the perfect home coming. This week has been all about family time, family banter over meal times and feeling reunited. I love going away but I also love coming home to beautiful Coombe Mill and the life we have here. The guests praised Amber our duty manager and all the kids for keeping everything running in our absence. It was a pleasure to pick up the reigns again and see the changes over the week on the farm.  

A lovely warm home coming at Coombe Mill

sunlight over Coombe Mill for Holiday home coming

Our chicks have grown and lost their baby fluff while we were away


cuddles for a growing chick on the farm

Making beach time at home with my girl 

This isn’t the best photo, it is simply a snapshot on my phone through the fog, but we had such fun in the giant waves on body boards together. The mist and dampness of the day couldn’t have mattered less. It is moments like this that make me looking forward to returning from holiday.


Clio at Polzeath

Autumn and winter I’m ready for you now!

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Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

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Country Kids 30.9.17

 Goodbye September   

Here in Cornwall September goes out as it came in, full of sun and showers. One day is like summer returned, the next like mid winter rain. Our trusty tractor and trailer goes out come rain  or shine delivering farm learning regardless. Fingers crossed you are finding some outdoor fun between the school runs and nursery runs with an adventurer or two to share on the link up below. 

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Who doesn’t dream of owning a beautiful home with stunning views over rolling hills, a pool inside a walled garden and a tennis court? My kids have loved this particular home of family friends for as long as they can remember. The friendly elderly couple who own it have spoilt them rotten with picnics and ice creams over the years, a poorly written thank you letter and a load of lost tennis balls all they seem to receive in return! However the excitement of visiting these lovely folk and enjoying an afternoon at their mansion, as the kids refer to it, has never lost its appeal.


A mansion with a pool and a tennis court

Outdoor Pool Antics

We planned on visiting on a warm sunny day. In the end a stubborn cloud hung over us but that didn’t stop our enjoyment. The kids were in and out of the pool, splashing, pushing each other in and avoiding my camera – not too successfully!



Pool at the mansion

They even managed a race or two

Swimming Race

Anyone for Tennis?


If they weren’t in the pool then there were tennis games in play. I think Farmer Nick was a bit of a pro in his time and spent a good deal of time, coaching and umpiring games for us all.


tennis at the mansion


The orchard was blooming under the weight of the late summer fruits which I couldn’t help indulging in, whilst being careful not to be caught by the eager wasps.

Beautiful gardens at the Mansion

orchard with apples and plums 


Clio was taken with their beautiful flower borders and paths. One day I will have a garden like this.



Clio in flowers


Even the tortoise made an appearance lured by some freshly picked tomatoes from the greenhouse. This began round two of why we can’t have a tortoise at Coombe Mill from Guy. My reply was when we own a mansion!



Tortoise eating tomatoes


It was a lovely happy afternoon on our summer trip to Sussex that keeps visiting this kind couple and their beautiful mansion right up there in the fond memory bank of childhood days.

A Mansion with a pool and a tennis court in Sussex 

I have discovered a company that has it all for those who enjoy a good game. Whether you have a mansion with a billiards room aka Cluedo or just a space in the garden for a spot of skittles you will find it all over at  Hamilton Billiards Snooker Tables and Games.

Hamilton Billiards and Games

Anyone for Snooker

OK we don’t have a mansion but we do have a games room with a Pool table and now I know just the company to restore it at the end of a busy season. These folk have thought of everything from the trendy apartment space to the full on traditional Billiards room. Want the style but don’t have the space? No worries, how about a dining table that converts into a pool table; now there’s a thought for the ultimate dinner party.

Range of Pool and Snooker tables

Guild of Master Craftsmen 

Buy from these boys and you are assured of quality. As part of the Guild of master craftsmen you know you will be receiving the best workmanship from a company steeped in history and traditional values of craftsmanship and customer service from antique tables dating back to 1800 to the latest in contemporary gaming design. If you are lucky enough to live near Baldock in Hertfordshire why not pop along to the showrooms and see for yourself. For the rest of us the website has it all from the table to all the accessories you could need.

Save 20% at Hamilton Billiards and Pool

So what about the other balls?

It isn’t just Billiard tables you’ll find, these guys have a wonderful range of outdoor toys that caught my eye. From sophisticated boules and croquet to family fun with giant darts or snakes and ladders and all at really affordable prices.

Outdoor Games from Hamiltons

Win £50 to spend as you like with Hamilton billiards and Coombe Mill


Win £50 pounds to spend on Outdoor Games at Hamilton


Have a good look around the website and see what £50 would buy you. Will it be Garden chess, dominoes or darts, may be chess, pick-up sticks or money towards that dining room pool table you always wanted. Whatever takes your fancy you need to be in it to win it so follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

£50 to spend on outdoor games at Hamilton Billiards.


I have yet to try the products myself, although I fully intent to. I have been compensated to write the post but all content and thoughts are my own.  


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Spot on time Sally our breeding sow gave birth to 11 healthy little piglets. That was back in the first week of September just after the school children had left and our curies little preschoolers were back on the farm. The first morning with new piglets is always a delight. Much as we want to step in and cuddle one we are always mindful of a little mummy and baby time alone for Sally. With this in mind we just peered over the wall to watch the sleeping Sally recovering after a hard night’s work while her curious new born piglets fought with one another for space against the warmth of Mum, ventured round the pen and suckled away on Sally’s ever available nipples.

New Born Piglets on day 1


Every year I am astonished by how fast the piglets grow. They literally double in size within a week and each day become more of a challenge to lift out of the pen. If you ever wondered where the expression “squealing like a pig” came from, I can safely confirm that it originates from the squeal a piglet makes when you take it away from their Mother. In our case it is only for a minute or two while we say good morning and give them a cuddle, but it is designed to alert Mum to possible danger to her piglets. It has to be said I think Piglet squeals are a little like baby squeals, a tuned mother knows a whinge from a proper cry. Sally happily ignores her piglets squeal as we lift them out. She knows they are safe and is far more interested in sifting through her breakfast pile.

New born Piglets just days old

Piglet at 1 week old


Piglets doubed in size at 2 weeks old

Squeals of Joy Over Piglets Arrival

Checking out Mum’s breakfast at 2 weeks old

Piglets in yard at 2 weeks old

The Squeals of joy will continue.

Just as growing children laugh, cry and squabble so do the piglets. Over the coming weeks there will be plenty more squeals as they start to compete for Sally’s food, argue and play together around their sty and garden. Come and see them if you can. Pop over to Facebook and you could be bringing your family for Christmas all paid for by us and seeing some growing piglets.  


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