Baby Robins Hatch in Farmer Nick’s Shed

Posted on April 13th, 2019 -

Don’t you just love spring? The countryside is transformed as hedgerows come to life in vibrant greens and colourful flowers. Here on the farm uplifting change comes not only from the trees and meadows but also from new life. There is something quite magical about the first spring lambs, little piglets and kid goats. However alongside our farm animals, wildlife is responding to the spring conditions too. Imagine our surprise and delight when Farmer Nick discovered a perfect little robin’s nest hidden in a cunning location within his shed. We have watched from eggs through to baby robins flying the nest.  

Baby Robins hatch in Farmer Nick's Shed Coombe Mill

A safe nesting spot

If finding the perfect home preoccupies us as humans, imagine how important it must be in the wild. One clever little robin opted for the middle tray in Farmer Nick’s nuts and bolts collection. We were quite oblivious to this homemaking until Farmer Nick pulled out the draw in search of a 2 inch screw only to find the most perfect nest, Mummy Robin and a clutch of eggs sitting in there.  She must have taken a liking to Cornwall’s Pirate fm radio, which is always on in there, or more realistically the dry windproof conditions!

 

Robin sat on eggs

They could be Cadbury Mini Cream Eggs.

The little robin eggs really do remind me of Cadbury Mini Eggs in looks and size. I popped my ring in next to them just to show how little they are. It has given me some wonderful inspiration for my Easter crafts with the holiday makers this year!

 

Robin Eggs in nest

 

Newly hatched baby robins

 

Mummy Robin continued to sit on her clutch of eggs and listen to the radio as Farmer Nick pottered about his business, until he noticed she was flying in and out more often. A closer inspection revealed 5 perfect little baby robins all reaching up for food. No wonder she had been flying in and out.

 

Nature is harsh

Sadly within the week, despite her cunning nesting location, there were just two baby robins in the nest. Nature can be harsh, but looking at how they fill the little nest I can’t imagine there being space for more. Curiously made me research this, according to the RSPB website site only around 57% of a clutch will make it to fledgling chicks, so our Mummy is typical after all. 

 

Almost ready to fly

The two survivors gradually put on weight; we watched their wings grow in preparation to fly the nest.

 

Farmer Nick get’s his screws back.

They have now flown the nest and Farmer Nick can reach his precious screw collection again. If you wanting encourage nesting birds, recommend a trip to a DIY store for these organisational trays and a nice sheltered spot in a shed or garden to attach them!

 

empty robin nest

 

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Sticker World Farm, Castle, Airport

Posted on April 8th, 2019 -

We all know kids are a source of creativity and imagination. Without the wisdom and experience of life the world is full of possibilities. Lonely Planet kids aims to fuel this creativity and expand young minds with their fun to create themed sticker world books. We have looked before at Sticker World Zoo, Museum, Theme Park and know how much fun they are. Imagine my delight in discovering there is now Sticker World Farm! This is an opportunity for kids to create their very own farm just as they want it. Farmer Nick watch out, there could be some little experts joining you soon full of farming ideas! Alongside Sticker World Farm, in the new series there is Sticker World Castle and Airport. We have all 3 to giveaway to one lucky winner. Read on to discover more about the range and for your chance to win.  

 

Sticker world farm airport and castle

More about Sticker World Farm, Castle and Airport

Create your own farm or airport or restore your own castle. The books guide you through the process giving just enough information to keep ideas realistic, yet allowing creative minds to flourish. With over 500 stickers in each book there is no shortage of options to make your farm, airport or castle bespoke.  Create a map, choose your crops or animals, design your coat of armour or create a colourful luggage tag. Each book is packed with information and challenges making learning fun and creative.

 

 

Pages from Sticker World Farm by Lonely Planet Kids

What we love

  • Interactive

  • Educational

  • Creative

  • Fuels imagination

  • Fun subjects kids love

  • Can be as simple or advanced as the child chooses.


Play for an insight into Sticker World Farm Book 

Need to Know

RSP £5.99 per book
Suitable for  Age 5 upwards
Product Dimensions
  • Soft back
  • 40 pages,
  • 500 stickers
  • Dimensions: 216mm × 270mm
Illustrated byAviel Basil
Written byKait Eaton
Produced byLonely Planet Kids
StockistsLonely Planet online shop, Amazon
ISBN: 9781788680271

 

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3 Sticker World Books

 

Disclosure

I was sent the sticker books for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.  

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March 2019 Highlights & Cornish Events April 19

Posted on March 29th, 2019 -

Welcome to my monthly news highlights from March 19 at Coombe Mill holidays together with a guide for what’s on in Cornwall for April 19. A handy guide to plan your time here if you are visiting this month. We have so much going on here that I want to share it’s no wonder spring is my favourite season filled with hope and possibilities.

 

March Holiday Farm Highlights and Cornish Events April 19

Last minute April 19 Easter Holiday Offer

It’s no April fool’s Joke!  We are now taking short breaks to fill any remaining gaps for the forthcoming Easter holidays. These start at £569 for 3 nights. With so much to see and get involved in on the farm right now it will make the best Easter present for all the family.

 

Spring fun on the farm

Take a virtual tour of our properties

I have been replacing the carousel of 3 photos at the top of each property page with a video tour. They are only an amateur guide taken on my phone but it now gives you the chance to see our properties on film, by photo and through floor plans all on one page. We have so many different styles of properties; it is now even easier to find the one that most suits your family.

 

photo tour of Coombe Mill

Work Complete in Honeysuckle and Willow

Over the past few months I have been updating you with upgrades to our Honeysuckle and Willow semi detached cottages, from kitchen makeover to new carpets and full wi fi.  The final upgrade last month was a full rewiring which included removing the bedroom electric heaters with more substantial and effective night storage heating to keep you nice and toasty all year round. Furthermore we have taken away the meter box so all your electric usage from the washing machine to the heating is now included in the price. Speaking of price we have made all these changes without increasing any prices on 2018.  

 

Honeysuckle & Willow Cottages at Coombe Mill

2020 prices at 2019 rates

It isn’t just Honeysuckle and Willow that are holding their prices. The weekly rates for all our properties are now up for 2020 and are currently available to book at the reduced 2019 rates. There is no guarantee this will be the case all year, so I recommend being the early bird catches the worm and booking ahead for summer 2020!

 

Summer in the goats at Coombe Mill Holidays Cornwall

On the Farm 

Lambing

Lambing is one of the great joys of spring on the farm. We are now well underway so if you are staying from now until mid May you’ll have a good chance of seeing an adorable newborn taking its first steps in life.  

Lambs April 19 at Coombe Mill Holidays

Piglets for Sally

This year Sally took an early trip to visit Pasty her boyfriend. The result of which has been 7 healthy March piglets.  Anyone who visited last year will know we were somewhat shocked to discover that all her piglets turned out to be boys. Unbelievably the same thing has happened again. This doesn’t matter apart from they will have to leave us earlier than we would like and be separated from Sally by 3 months. Right now they are adorable if growing fast and definitely a highlight on the morning feed run.  

 

piglet being stroked

Christmas has Company

Christmas, our female Turkey has suffered a bit of an identity crises being in with the ducks and geese. Last year she even incubated a gosling egg thinking it was hers! We have taken the matter in hand and introduced 2 more female turkeys and a male. Christmas is now in good company and both the turkeys and geese are laying eggs so hopefully there will be more new life to share later in the season.

Christmas the Turkey and friends

 

With the goats looking pregnant and the bluebells beginning to appear, it is a wonderful time to visit. I hope we will see you soon. To tempt you further here are a few of the family events on in Cornwall over April that you might enjoy:

What’s On in Cornwall April 2019

 

Event

Venue

Date

Price

Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

Stately Home and Garden

Pencarrow House

31st March Opens for the season offering house tours, freedom to explore gorgeous gardens. Tea Room 

£11.50 Under 16 Free

http://www.pencarrow.co.uk 10 minutes

Farm themed Easter Event

 

Eden Project

6 – 25th April

9am to 6pm

 

Free with entry £25

child (4 – 15) £12.60

https://www.edenproject.com/40 minutes

The Secret Garden outdoor threatre production

Minack theatre

9 – 19th April

£14 and £7 Child (under 16) http://www.minack.com
1 .2 hour
Duck Race and Easter TrailLappa Valley Railway19 – 22nd April£7.50http://www.lappavalley.co.uk40 mins

Organised Cornish Spring Walks

Boscastle Harbour

30th March – 5th April

£3 to £5 organised walks for around 3 hours for all abilities pointing out local points of interest.

boscastle-walking-week30 mins

 

Cornwall Spring Flower Show with activities, entertainment and encouragement for kids gardening 

Royal Cornwall showground Wadebridge

6 – 7th April

£10.00 (no child rates shown)Cornwallgardensociety.org25 mins
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts with the National Trust in CornwallTrelissick, cotehele, antony, Glendurgan, Landydrock, Trenwainton, Trerice, Godolphin, East Pool Mine, Tintagel Old Post OfficeOpen everydayfrom 10am – 4pmVaries by Estate, Easter Egg Hunt’s are inclusive in visiting fee for the estates.https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lists/cadbury-easter-egg-hunts-in-cornwall-30 mins +

Easter Fun

Pepper Pig

Titan the robot 

Camel Creek Adventure Park

3 – 15th April

3rd April

10th April

Not shown on website but free 2nd return within 6 days http://www.camelcreek.co.uk/events/cracking-easter/40 mins

Nb: I have not been paid or sponsored to mention these places, they are just the events in April 19 that I feel would be of interest to Coombe Mill Guests.

Wishing you and your family a lovely time in April 19 and hoping the spring weather touches us all.  

Fiona x

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Scratch and Learn Human Body

Posted on March 25th, 2019 -

Science is such a fascinating topic and what more so than learning how our own body works? Since science is a topic children today will need to study until the age of 16 it is even more important that they should enjoy and be excited by the content right from the start. With this in mind we have found the perfect book for age 3+ to begin to understand what makes our bodies tick. Scratch and Learn Human Body from Quarto Kids is packed with discovery and interactive activities making this book a must. To discover more, and for your chance to win your own copy, do read on.

 

Scratch and Learn Human Body

About Scratch and Learn Human Body

There is a new theme to discover on every double page spread. Learn about skeletons, muscles and our organs and how our brain works. Each page has fun to do suggested activities to reinforce the learning. Perhaps the best part is using the clip away scratch pen to uncover different body parts and functions. This is such a simple idea, yet effective at making some difficult concepts more appealing and fun to learn.   

pages from Human Body scratch and learn

What we love

  • Interactive scratch and reveal

  • Clear and simplified illustrations

  • Fun to do activities to demonstrate learning

  • Supports the themes in KS1 curriculum

  • Ideal from Age 3 but suitable all through to KS2

 

Need to Know

RSP £11.99
AuthorKaty Flint
IllustratorAna Seixas
Format
  • Hardback
  • 16 pages
  •  240 x 260 x 10.16mm | 612.35g
Age Range3 – 7 years
PublisherWide Eyed (Quarto Kids)
Available from Quarto Online shop, Amazon, Waterstones.
 1786033232

 

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Scratch and Learn Human Body Book

Disclosure

We were sent our copy of Scratch and Learn for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The Coombe Mill copy can be borrowed by holiday makers from the games room library.

 

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First Spring Lamb Born Early March

Posted on March 15th, 2019 -

There are a few signs for me that spring is really with us. First are the snowdrops and daffodils, then the lengthening days and warmth in the midday sun. Finally the big one here is the birth of our first spring lamb. This year it is Ebony, who I saved from the pot last year, and now leads the way.

 

First Spring Lamb Born Early March

A lucky escape for Ebony

Ebony was herself hand raised having been abandoned by her mother. She has proved to be a gentle and friendly sheep with our guests, but a dubious mother herself. Last year she had twins and rejected one who we raised. Lambo became the star of the farm in spring 2018 but no thanks to Ebony. Farmer Nick was all for calling time on Ebony after twice abandoning her lambs, however I saved her for one more year and now I know I made the right decision.  Ebony has taken to her new son perfectly.

 

Born in the wild

Farmer Nick was feeding the sheep with our guests as the last stop on the morning feed run when he noticed we were one sheep missing. As there was no bleating to indicate being stuck up in the brambles we knew there was a good chance the missing sheep was in labour or just given birth. A scour of the field confirmed our suspicions as Ebony sat nursing her new born up in the trees.  We followed Farmer Nick up the field as he collected the lamb to bring him down and perform the necessary checks with Ebony following close behind.

 

Rescuing Ebony sheep and her spring lamb

Correctly handling a lamb

It may look mean to be suspending the lamb by its legs, but this is actually the safest way, cuddling them to your body may feel instinctive to us but actually risks damaging the new born organs.

Down at the trailer the guests could admire mother and baby while Farmer Nick searched for his new born kit. 

holiday guests meeting first spring lamb

Why tail docking is recommended

In no time the tail is docked with a band below the nerve. This will just fall off in the coming weeks and is pain free. It isn’t essential, but helps prevent muck and poo that inevitably builds up when the full tail is left risking infection.  Iodine on the umbilical cord is also to prevent infection and help the cord dry safely. 

 

tail docking of new born lamb.

A move to the nursery.

We have a special field for our new born spring lambs which is more fox proof. Ebony and her lamb rode in the trailer with me to get there. The rest of the flock looked on with interest as we left them at the cattle grid.

sheep left at cattle grid

Spray marking explained

Before we let mother and baby into their new field Farmer Nick gave them a quick spray. It is hard to see on Ebony as she is so dark, but the 11 means she is the first lamb to give birth to one lamb.

 

Spray paint on sheep

Waiting for more spring lambs 

While Ebony and her new spring lamb enjoy the nursery to themselves, hopefully it won’t be long before another comes to join them. Watching the lambs make friends and skip around together is a real joy.

No wonder spring is such a happy and positive time to be on the farm. We’d love you to come and see them too. Do check out our latest availability this spring.