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Coombe Mill Blog
"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.
The most Romantic Place in the UK
We could be the most romantic place in the UK after this wonderful marriage proposal under the stars in our BBQ shelter this summer. ... Read More
Country Kids 16th June 2018
Country Kids is a blog link up for all family outdoor fun running Saturday - Wednesday. Come and join the fun and gain inspiration for enjoy... Read More
Wild Gorse Flower Cakes Kids Love
Easy to make wild gorse flower cakes. A great way to engage children in a country walk collecting flowers then bake the cakes together with ... Read More
Now Make This DIY for kids
Now Make This 24 DIY projects by designers for kids is a great new book from Phaidon perfect for creative young minds to get to work making ... Read More
A wishing tree where dreams come true.
Discover the Wishing Tree along the kindness trail. Add a wish and soak up the peace and quiet in this nature filled zone amidst the fruit t... Read More
OK so I’m cheating somewhat this week, I’m stealing a couple of photos sent to me by our guests. Their story is so perfect I have to share. It was the half term week and here on the farm and we had a lovely family staying in our Honeysuckle Cottage. What none of us knew was that there was a marriage proposal in the making. We have had the most beautiful weather for the whole of April, May and June to date and sitting out in the evening has been a real treat with temperatures holding up into the 20’s. Anyway, during half term, while the children were tucked up in bed, a romantic scene was being created in our outdoor BBQ shelter. Candles and a tablecloth made a perfect shabby chic alfresco dining experience. Monitors easily reach from the cottage to the lawns, so while little ones slept a romantic scene was being prepared under the stars. Who knew Coombe Mill could actually be the most romantic place in the UK? To me this is the most beautiful place in the world so it makes sense. With all quiet except for the relaxing sound of the river, all still bar the flicking of the candles, what better place could there be to propose?
I think this next photo tells the rest. I am beyond thrilled for the couple and their family. That this wonderful event happened here at Coombe Mill makes me so happy.
It just goes to show a family holiday here is not just for the kids, it is truly for parents too. I hope we will see the family again; after all it is not a moment they will forget in a hurry! While I can’t guarantee the beautiful weather we have had this year, I can guarantee all the makings of a relaxing holiday in the most beautiful setting.
Could we be your most romantic place in the UK too?
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A hot and muggy week, great if you are on holiday!
What a blinder of a week we have had. Here in Cornwall it has been summer wear from dawn to dusk and a real joy for our holiday guests. My own boys taking their GCSE’s and A levels have been less than happy, I just hope the weather holds for them into next week when they finish. We even had to move the ponies to a new field last week as their water trough had run dry! Whatever your plans for the week ahead I hope it includes some outdoor fun and as always please come and join me with your adventures on the link up below.
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Clio told me back in February, as we wandered around the lake, that the bright yellow flowers on our gorse bush were edible. I’ve been thinking about how to use them ever since. Then I saw a lovely post from Annette at Four Acorns who used them to make ice cream and I knew I had to try something. Ice cream sounded delicious but would take too long to set on an afternoon with the children here so I decided to bake wild gorse flower cakes with them instead. I tested a batch out on my own children first, and then happy that they were going to be popular with the holiday guests, I formed our afternoon activities around this idea.
We began with a walk over to the lakes where I knew there were a few bushes for us to raid. It was May and the flowers were nearly over. It was tricky to pick the flowers without getting prickled so the older children and grownups were in charge while the younger ones played on the lakeside play equipment.
Back at the craft table with hands and gorse flowers washed the children helped me add all the ingredients into a big mixing bowl.
We divided the mixture into little cake tins and placed them in the oven.
While the cakes were cooking, the children created a little recipe cards. These had the cooking instructions and a few pressed gorse flowers.
I think they could have been colouring away for hours if they hadn’t spotted me bringing out the trays of perfectly risen wild gorse flower cakes. I placed a plate of cooled cakes on the picnic rug and colouring pens went down as everyone tasted their baking.
I think its fair today they went down a treat. Foraging for edible flowers is a great way to encourage children on a country walk. Remember to take a container to bring your flowers home. Here is the recipe if you fancy giving it a go.
Recipe for Wild Gorse Flower Cakes
All the fun of our foraging and baking afternoon on video
If you have a budding designer in your family then it is a trait to be encouraged. Kids are naturally inquisitive, curious and learn through experimentation and creation. Anything that fuels this behaviour will aid their development. Phaidon have come out with a comprehensive new book containing 24 great DIY projects thought up by designers especially for kids. Turn plastic bottles into model people or buckets into drum sets. Create puppets lampshades and even character footwear from everyday household items. Read on to discover more about “Now Make This” and be in with a chance of winning your own copy.
Now Make This and Coombe Mill
Here on the farm we like to get creative with the children staying for activity hour. Using nature and throw away items, we create treasures for the fairy gardens and holiday keepsakes for the children. I know just how much pleasure the children here have doing this and what a great learning journey it is too.
With this in mind I couldn’t wait to see the wonderful ideas real designers would come up with in the book. Every idea has step by step instructions, illustrations to guide you and a list at the start of what you’ll need. We loved creating the painted window in the Coombe Mill Games room and are going to compare nature with science putting the paper copters to the test against the falling sycamore helicopter seeds in the autumn. As plastic waste is right up there in the news right now, talking about this with children whilst building a plastic man seems a great way to learn about conservation and recycling.
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Back in the New Year I made a commitment to create a new trail in the orchard. Farmer Nick had carved out a pathway so he could mow, but I instantly saw the potential for a new farm trail. I painted some kindness plaques and lay them along the slopes. We used the newly forming trail as part of our Easter Activity hour creating a wishing tree too. However as I showed it to friends in May, I discovered the plaques had been buried in spring growth. Farmer Nick came to the rescue. He screwed the plaques to some old balcony batons and hammered them into the ground. To these I added my painted wishing well under the apple blossom of the Wishing tree.
I’m thrilled with my newly named kindness trail and hope to add to it over the summer. For now it is a beautiful space to explore. Guests can wander through at leisure discovering the motivational messages on the plaques and add a wish to the wishing tree. With no traffic noise, just the distant sound of the river and nature going about its business, it is a peaceful setting to reflect, feel grateful and dare to hope for the future.
Wishing tree and wishing well.
Kindness plaque and wishing tags on the Wishing tree.
Kindness plaque standing proud on a banister in the ground.
Coombe Mill Lodges located in front of the trail.
Wood chip paths for ease of walking the kindness trail to the wishing tree
“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.