The farm on the cusp of spring

Posted on March 17th, 2018 -

This week has felt like a week in transition, a week on the cusp of spring. We have experienced rainy days and puddles to jump in, then sunny days with temperatures climbing to 15 degrees. The snowdrops and daffodils have bounced back from their snowbound state and the animals are darting into their shelters when the cold hail comes and then sunbathing in the afternoon sun.  Spring feels so close, yet at the same time still so far. I know one warm week and the grass will start to grow and the trees come into bud and the farm will start to look very different. However for now it is still hats and coats on the farm most days, not that our little helpers are bothered. With a lovely group of children ranging from just 18 months to 8 years we have had a wonderful week. Lambs have been tagged and moved, the Ram and alpaca moved and it is just the chickens waiting for the corner to turn on spring and the ground to dry out to be let into their summer field with the ducks.  Even our crafts this week have featured spring flowers. Summer we are ready for you!  

When egg production reaches double figures in the morning you know we are on the cusp of spring.

Eggs from the feed run

Never too young to learn about farm life

Toddler watching the goose

The lambs are a sure sign of spring

Cuddling a lamb

Plucking up the courage to help drive the tractor is a holiday highlight

Young Tractor Driver with Farmer Nick

Hopefully the deer have had their hay feeder filled for the last time this season. New spring grass will soon see them through to winter again.

Rudolph the stag at the cusp of spring at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays


Do you feel on the cusp of spring too; have you had those tempting sunny days that make you feel summer is close, only to see the cold and rain follow quickly after?

We still have one family lodge left on Easter Week if you fancy coming to join us this spring. 

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Country Kids 17th March 2018

Posted on March 16th, 2018 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”

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Come on spring where are you?

The days are drawing out with plenty of time to be outdoors after school, but somehow the sunshine and temperatures still aren’t shouting spring yet. Looking back to photos from last year we had bluebells coming through and Iris by now. We have moved many of the animals into their summer fields this week, perhaps that will inspire the warmer weather to do more than wave and disappear?   

My post this week is looking back at our mother’s day crafts, a day where we did the the sun and some warmth.  As ever the link up is below for you to add your outdoor fun and please do sign up to the email going forward. 

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The snow came to Cornwall and it wasn’t just my family out enjoying it Mother’s Little Steps did too 


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Mother’s Day Crafts from the farm

Posted on March 16th, 2018 -

I really miss homemade Mother’s Day crafts from my children. Playgroup and primary school were always a guaranteed source of at least a badly concealed card to wake to on Mother’s Day. However despite prompting I’m lucky now if they tidy the kitchen for me ready to make their dinner!  I was determined the same wouldn’t happen to our farm Mummy this week despite her little one being here on holiday rather than in school. (Thankfully a few schools do still authorize educational leave). I racked my brain for some creative ideas and this is what I came up with.


Mother's Day Crafts from the farm

Mother’s Day Flowers

We began by carefully cutting our cereal box back board and toilet roll flowers. All the cutting was simple shapes and very manageable for my 5 year old.


Cutting mother's Day flowers from toilet rolls


With flower colours chosen we began to paint our flowers. As there is no need to keep in the lines younger children would find this fun too, essentially paint all you see but mind your clean back board isn’t underneath; we had our wipe clean garden table.


Painting toilet roll flowers


Next we selected some fabric from my scrap collection (a handy upcycling of unclaimed left behind clothes over the years!). This I stapled round a toilet roll and fixed to the board. We then stapled the flowers into place and used a felt pen to draw in the stems.   


Adding stems to 3D Mother's Day Flower Card


A little message on the front and it was all ready to hide till Sunday.


Mother’s Day Plant Pot.

What could be more traditional than a Mother’s day potted plant? We filled an old garden seed pot with compost and went off round the farm with a big spoon to dig up our choice of plants. We decided on a fragrant spring collection with the wild garlic just coming into leaf, some snowdrops, mini daffodils and some mint from my garden.

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Back at the craft table it was another chance for a rummage in my material bag to decorate the pot.


Decorated Mother's Day Pot


A piece of cereal box on a stick made a perfect message space


Homemade Message on a Pot Plant Gift


Our crafts were finished and Mummy was instructed not to look on the walk back to their holiday lodge, this was to be kept and carried home very carefully!


Did you receive any homemade Mother’s Day Crafts this year?

I have a draw with various treasures I’ve kept from my children over the years, plenty that sadly I didn’t but I’m glad I kept a few.   

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Authentic Egg Cup Pails

Posted on March 12th, 2018 -

Living on a holiday farm, I do like the properties to reflect a little of the romantic rustic nature of the farm. The delightful authentic egg cup pails from Eddington’s, and available from Prezzybox, would make a perfect display feature in any kitchen and are perfect for both our modern lodges and 16th Century cottages bringing the farm theme indoors. Even better, they not only look great on display, they are actual egg cups too; perfect for coming back to your holiday property after the morning feed run including egg collecting and serving up a freshly boiled egg. Read on to find out more and for a chance to win your own set.

Win authentic Egg cup pails Egg cup set from Prezzybox


Whether you are after surprising Mum on Mother’s day with a farm style breakfast, or treating the kids to a crème egg in a cup for Easter, these novelty egg cups would make the perfect gift.


Eggs in novelty egg pails from Prezzybox

Need to Know

Made by  Eddington’s
Stockists Prezzybox
Number of egg cups in a pack4
Wash instructionsWash before use.  Hand wash only (I put 2 in the dishwasher by mistake, they were fine but the paint faded a little).
Egg cup size4.5 cm diameter x 4.5cm high (perfect for medium to large eggs)


We will be sweet talking our hens into a regular haul this spring so that our guests can try out their new style egg cups. If you are staying in Trevarno lodge you will be the lucky ones with 4 eggs cups sitting proudly on your kitchen window ledge ready for use. Of course I had to test them myself before featuring them in our properties. They fit the farm eggs here a treat.


4 novelty egg pail egg cups

Win your Authentic Egg cup pails from Prezzybox with Coombe Mill

If you fancy these cute and quirky farm style egg cup pails to give to your Mother or children this Mother’s Day or Easter, why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Egg Cup Pails


We were sent our set of Egg Cup Pails for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions on the product are my own.

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Finding the beauty in Storm Emma

Posted on March 10th, 2018 -

Yesterday in Country Kids I shared our fun in the snow. From sledging to snow man building we packed in every activity possible from our 24 hours of snow on the farm. Away from rosy cheeks and play Storm Emma also left a picture postcard looking winter wonderland at Coombe Mill. I’m sure these aren’t technically the best photos, for one thing I haven’t had a chance to try a snow photo for 10 years and for another my fingers froze to the shutter button if I was out any length of time! However since this week has been marked by the usual sunshine and rain mix I thought looking back at last weekend’s snow scenes which are yet unshared and still such a novelty here at Coombe Mill.

Storm Emma hits the farm

Just as the winds howled around the house and the blizzards drifted across the fields in the early hours of Friday morning these dear little twin lambs were born. How they survived the night I really don’t know but they were as bright as buttons when we discovered them in the morning. A little jiggling round of field shelters and they were soon making friends with our first lamb from last week.


lambs in the snow

The deer huddled under the shelter of the old oak trees and watched as the snow fell


deer in snow


Farmer Nick struggled through the snow bringing much needed hay to the animals while I helpfully held gates open and grabbed a sneaky photo.


sheep in snow during Storm Emma at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Even our wise old owl on the post to the cottages looked rather regal with the backdrop of snow


wise old owl

Our Lakes took on a whole new persona

The lakes were frozen from days of sub zero temperatures and looked so pretty with a dusting of snow on the ice. The ducks abandoned the frozen lakes preferring to bob around in the edges of the river. 

lake and play equipement in snow

In the river icicles’ hung from the reeds while snowdrops and daffodils wilted on the river bank preserving their energy for warmer days. It may be warmer now and spring definitely in the air but I miss the beauty of the snow. I’m sure not everyone agrees, but we did have just 24 hours in 10 years so I think I’m allowed to think fondly of the white stuff!

Happy Mother’s Day, I hope all your children are treating you well. 

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