Posted on April 15th, 2017 - Fiona
I can’t believe how lucky we have been this spring with the weather. To have two great weeks of sunshine in our peak Easter holiday weeks makes our farm holidays worth every penny. Seeing the children out with the animals, learning, playing and enjoying the farm together is wonderful.
Add to the lovely weather several born lambs this week, baby bunnies now running around and friendships forming between the children and our guests really are seeing the best of a farm holiday; so much so a few have already booked for Easter 2018.
Well done Ebony
Our second lamb was born to Ebony; she was our hand raised lamb of 3 years ago. Last year she became a mother for the first time, but promptly ditched her new born twins, Jack and Jill, in favour of breakfast and never returned to them. We hand-raised the twins ourselves and Nick was all for sending Ebony to the cooking pot this year! However I persuaded him to give her one more chance and she was put in with the ram last autumn. I can’t tell you how happy I was to see her and her new born lamb cuddled up together on my morning farm checks earlier in the week. Still the only ewe in the field who will trot over for a cuddle and a handful of grass, she was easy to capture and tag and is now safely with her little baby girl in the nursery. The older lambs in there have now been let back out into the field as they are past the danger weeks from predators.
In hope of Kids
All our goats have been running together over the winter and spring in hope of kid goats. However some of the goats are too boisterous for the children and we had been feeding them through the fence. This week we separated out the rougher ones allowing the children back into the field to feed and cuddle them. This has always been a favourite stopping point on the morning feed run and many of the returning Easter holiday children were delighted to be in with their favourites enjoying the sunshine together.
Even the older children can’t resist the goats, and they are the only ones strong enough to lift them for the little ones to stroke!
Have you seen any newborn farm animals enjoying the Easter Holiday sunshine?
Posted on April 14th, 2017 - Fiona
Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill
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Easter Holiday Fun
I hope your Easter holidays are going well and that you have enjoyed some of the sun and warmth we have seen here in Cornwall. It’s a wonderful time for getting out and about. The sunny mornings have made our early tractor rides to feed the animals popular this past week and putting the train back to 6pm in the evening has been easy with the sun still streaming down on the valley. It’s left a good chunk of the day for farm fun or day trips; a family beach trip saw us all in the sea, yep including me! Whatever your adventures this week I hope you have can join me on the link up below.
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We have 6 new lambs on the farm this week to delight our guests, The Ladybird Adventures have also been farm visiting and seen lambs be born
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Posted on April 14th, 2017 - Fiona
After the success of our Easter Bunny activities last week, I was keen to keep the Easter theme going with this week’s guests. We moved from Bunnies to Easter Chicks and a new treat for our chickens. My biggest worry was that faced with the warmest day of the year, would anyone make it back from the beach in time to join in. I needn’t have worried, I had a couple of families who came back especially to join in and I was glad I put in the preparation time.
Easter Chick Cards
Relying on the warm sunshine to dry out paint work we began by making the thumb prints of our Easter Chick cards. The children drew inspiration from my example card and happily finger printed chick bodies on their own cards.
Easter gardens with chicken and chicks
Setting our cards aside to try we moved onto cutting and painting toilet roll Easter chicks.
Again these were set on one side to dry while we made Easter gardens for our chicks from cereal boxes before running off to collect grass and flowers out of the lawns as a bed for the miniature gardens.
We added 2 chicks and a handful of chocolate eggs to complete our Easter chick gardens.
Nature walk with a purpose
The children had worked really hard on their crafts and I was keen for them to come on a farm walk. I had just the challenge in mind for them in line with our chick Easter theme. Farmer Nick had a long chain in the chicken coop which was waiting for a toy to be hooked on the end. After failing to find anything suitable for weeks, he finally came home with a miniature clothes dryer with pegs hanging down. I pounced on this with a genius idea. We could take it for our walk collecting nature along the way to hang from the pegs as toys for the chickens. We set off through the fairy gardens and down the path to the farm pegging leaves, twigs and flowers along the way.
The children shared the very important job of carrying the finished toy
It’s fair to say the chickens seemed rather underwhelmed with our offering running away from us.
I had a feeling they ventured over to investigate as soon as we had left them in peace, it turns out I was right, when I looked in later they had torn down most of the nature items and were still playing with what remained.
Refilling their toy carousel has now become part of the morning tractor feed run.
Back at the craft tables our finger print chickens were dry and really to have eyes, beaks, feet and wings added.
It was so lovely to feel the warmth of the sun and no one was in a rush to leave, least of all me. I do hope this is the start of a beautiful summer in Cornwall.
Posted on April 10th, 2017 - Fiona
Fireman Sam’s Birthday now on DVD
What an awesome combination, what child doesn’t adore the long running character of Fireman Sam or look forward to their birthday? Put both of these together and you have a DVD guaranteed to delight little ones.
Party planning for Fireman Sam
Everyone at the Station is trying to make Fireman Sam’s birthday a special one. Station Officer Steele has told Sam he should relax for the day and Charlie has asked Joe to make Sam a remote control model of Jupiter, Fireman Sam’s much loved fire engine. The whole village of Pontypandy are on the case organising a party at the fire station. Will things go to plan or will Pizza making prove their undoing? Find out in this great new DVD just released for Fireman Sam fans everywhere.
Need to Know
Pontypandy in the park
Paddle on the great Party Panic
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Play the loveable Fireman at Coombe Mill
We are very proud to have a copy in our games room for holiday guests to borrow. We even have the full dressing outfit for Fireman Sam and our own fire engine! Little ones will love coming back from a day on the farm and watching this family friendly DVD in the comfort of their own holiday property. It is a lovely way to wind down and inspire imagination in children.
Win your copy of Fireman Sam’s Birthday DVD with Abbey Home Media and Coombe Mill
To be in with a chance of winning this childhood favourite and inspiring creative play in your child just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Fireman Sam: Sam’s Birthday on DVD
I was sent my copy of this DVD for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Posted on April 8th, 2017 - Fiona
So spring has finally arrived and the long sunny days have been most welcome this week. It has been the first week of the Easter holidays for my own children. They have teamed up with some of the older children on holiday here playing out till late. Farm duties and preparing our new lodge have been taking up much of the day for Nick and I, but we have been taking advantage of the lovely long spring evenings this week and enjoying a stroll up to the top of our village, where you can see from moor to shore just by turning your head. It just happens this is also the route to the village pub!
Moor to Shore: Looking out to Sea
Taking a breather and stopping to admire the view is a must. Following the sun out to the west you can see its reflection casting a golden glow over the sea around Port Quinn.
Moor to Shore: Inland to Bodmin Moor
Turning 180 degrees and looking inland the wonder of Bodmin Moor stretches out ahead. Rough Tor is one of the Forestry commission sites and well worth a visit for a family day out from here. We have enjoyed many a happy time crawling in and out of the naturally occurring granite outcrops and enjoying the spectacular views back down to the coast.
Back on the farm
Back down in our sheltered valley, the temperature has risen in the day and out of the wind it has been feeling beautifully warm and summery. While Farmer Nick and I struggle to keep on top of lawn mowing and gardening with the spring growth, the children have taken to cooling off by playing in the river.
If you’ve been following my Sunday posts over the past few weeks, you’ll have seen our adorable baby bunnies growing week by week. They now have their eyes open and are ready to be held.
I hope your week has been one of sunshine and fun