April Highlights and Cornish Events May 2019

Posted on May 3rd, 2019 -

Oh my, what a busy month April was here on the farm and we have plenty of fun going forward into May and June for you too. Grab a coffee and have a read.

 

April Highlights and Cornish Events May 2019

Easter Fun

Easter was a bumper few weeks for us here. We enjoyed some wicked Easter crafts with nature cards and decorative logs. The children made these to their own creative designs.

Easter crafts

The Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday was a huge success as always, give or take a few melted eggs at the end of the trail thanks to the phenomenal Easter heat wave

 

On the Farm  

Easter Lambs

It wouldn’t be Easter without lambs and this year didn’t disappoint with twins born on Easter Morning

Easter Day lambs

Baby Robins Hatch

Farmer Nick had one of his tool trays in his big shed overtaken by a clever robin who thought it made a perfect nesting box. It was suitably sheltered and protected by being locked up at night from predators. We watched with interest over the month as her eggs hatched and the baby robins grew before finally flying the nest.

 

robins being hatched in shed

 Goose Nest

It wasn’t just robins laying eggs. We have a goose nest in the outdoor chicken house that we are expecting to hatch any day. However thanks to the location of the nest, half our chickens are still indoors since their home has been taken over! Once the goose eggs hatch all our chickens will be outdoors for the summer months. On the plus side the chickens lay better indoors and there have been enough eggs for everyone staying each day.

Goose Eggs in chicken House

A lucky escape for Queenie

Queenie is our lucky goat. Not only was she rescued and hand reared by us at birth, but she has now just survived a traumatic emergency caesarean section at the vets. We knew she was heavily pregnant and had her separated from the other goats waiting for her to give birth. Sadly the kid was just too big for her and breached, I did my best as midwife to correct the situation when she went into labour under the guidance of our local sheep farmer; however it just wasn’t to be. Nick rushed her to the vet who carried out the necessary c section saving Queenie but sadly not the kid. Queenie is now recovering well with Prince Charles (her kid from last year) who is in with her for company.

A little beauty treatment from the farrier

The farrier came in April and gave all the ponies a little horse pedicure. Our miniature Shetlands, Scooby Doo and shaggy, weren’t at all sure about the merits of this. I received a good kick in the thigh and suffered trampled toes a few times in protest as I tried to hold them still against the fence for the farrier; however in the end they gave in and accepted their treatment. The timing worked perfectly for the feed run and the children were treated to a commentary from the farrier about what he was doing and why. They even had the chance to keep a bit of hoof clipping as a souvenir. You really never know what you are going to learn on a holiday here!

Farrier visit

May looks like it will be just as busy going forward, hopefully with some more beautiful sunshine, farm antics and the sound of happy children playing out on the lawns. We’d love to see you here as part of this too.

Here are a few of the family Cornish events May 2019 locally we think you might like.

What’s on Guide Cornish Events May 2019

Event

Venue

Date

Price

Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

Bluebell and Wild Garlic Sunday.

Recipes and samples all day with wild garlic.

Pencarrow House & Gardens

5th May 

10am – 5pm

£11.50 Under 16 Free

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

Wadebridge Fun Fair

Wadebridge Rugby Ground at Egloshayle

8 – 11th May

5 – 9 Weekdays

2 – 9 Saturday

Free to enter. Kids rides £1 Each

https://www.facebook.com/events/1293814387437702/ 20 minutes

Lost Fest 19

Lostwithiel Festival

 

Lostwithiel Twon centre

19th May

 

Free to visit. Parking on street, may have to walk. Fun entertainment, crafts, food and drink. 

https://www.lostfest.co.uk/ 25 minutes

Before I Wake

Outdoor theatre production

Play marking 100th anniversary of the end of WW1

Minack theatre

21 – 25th May

£14 and £7 Child (under 16)  http://www.minack.com
1 .2 hour

St Ives Food and Drink Festival

Porthminster Beach.

Food, drink, family activities. 

11 – 13th May

No entry fee declared. Pay for activities & food purchases.

https://www.cornwall-beaches.co.uk/west-cornwall/porthminster.htm1 hour 10 mins

 

Launceston Steam Rally. Family fun day. 

Punch & Judy – Children’s Treasure Hunt – Children’s Play Area – Tractor Pulling – Climbing Wall – Birds Of Prey & more

Launceston Rugby Ground

25 – 27th May

Concession: £5.00

Adult: £7.00

Children: (5-16) £4.00

Family Ticket: (2+2) £20.00

Gates open to the public at 9.00am

http://launcestonsteamrally.com/25 mins

Padstow May Day ‘Obby Oss’ Celebrations.

Festival atmosphere, processions, music and fun fair round the key.

Padstow Town centre1st May 10 am – 5pm No entry fee, parking may be tricky with car parks filling early.http://padstowlive.com/events/padstow-may-day/30 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 May 19 and hoping the summer sun touches us all.  

Fiona x

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Record Numbers for a Heat Wave Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on April 26th, 2019 -

The Coombe Mill Easter Egg Hunt is one of the big events of the year here on the farm. Reserved especially for guests staying on Easter Sunday, it is a little chocolately fun the kids adore. It takes some careful planning to set it up without anyone seeing and much finger crossing for half an hour of favourable weather to make it enjoyable. I thought last year was good, but this year we succeeded on every level.

Record Numbers for a Heat Wave Easter Egg Hunt

 

The morning starts early for me placing my premade the clues around the length of Coombe Mill at strategic points including popular play areas the children will guess. By the time we greet the guests for the 9am animals feeding, the clues are hidden and the eggs divided into bags for Clio to hide while we are on the farm.

Easter Day Animal Feed Run

Tractor ride & Easter Egg Hunt preparations

 

We had the most amazing weather with the first heat wave of the year for Easter. All the children were soon excited by the farm, our new born lambs and driving the tractor. There is even the fun of Cadbury Crème Eggs laid by our Chickens on Easter Sunday!  

 

Easter Day Feed Run

Easter Egg Hunt Rules

By the time the tractor came home I was worried the eggs Clio had hidden could be melting as the heat was really beginning to break through. We agreed a quick 10 minute comfort break before meeting back for the Easter Egg Hunt. I made a hurried change into my DIY Easter Bunny outfit, added some bunny make up before heading back out to explain the rules and start the hunt with the first clue.

 

  1. No pushing.

  2. Let younger children have a head start.

  3. No grabbing all the eggs, be considerate and share.

  4. Search for the next clue at each stop and bring to me to read for everyone.

  5. No running ahead and skipping / second guessing where the trail will go.

Rules for Easter Egg Hunt

Let the Heat wave Easter Egg Hunt Begin!

As I read out the first clue the children were super excited guessing my first clue of “Ahoy Maties come and see, what treasures you can find on me” as the pirate ship play boat. They raced ahead and scoured the ship from top to bottom to start their egg collection.

 

Easter Egg Hunt 2019 Pirate Ship

 

The next two clues led them round the train routs and onto the Den building zone.

 

Easter Egg Hunt searching train track & den building

 

From here we skipped off to my favourite ‘the fairy garden’ where there are so many lovely places to hide sparkly eggs amidst the trinkets.

 

Easter Egg Hunt Fairy Gardens

 

A rush along the lodge path via the Games room took the children to the kindness trail and on down to the end play area for their last clue.

 

Easter Egg Hunt along nature trail & Play area

 

I do like to finish at a play area as it is a great way for the kids to hang around and play, whilst munching on their haul. It made a full morning’s entertainment with the feed run as well and a lovely start to the holiday for all our guests. A Heat wave Easter morning no one will forget.

 

Our 2019 Heat Wave Easter Egg Hunt

You won’t be surprised to hear we are already taking bookings for Easter week 2020. We’d love you to join us if you can!

 

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Sounds of Nature: World of Forests

Posted on April 22nd, 2019 -

For nature and animal lovers the new book from Quarto Kids is simply a must. Sounds of Nature: World of Forests explores 10 different forests across the world, each on a double page spread. Packed with interesting facts and information, the book can’t fail to delight. The interactive sounds really bring each forest to life for the reader. Read on to discover more about the book and for your chance to win a copy here with us.

Sounds of Nature World of Forests

More about Sounds of Nature: World of forests   

The clever sound system to play on each page keeps the reader matching each sound to an animal following the number guide.  The deciduous forest of the New Forest in the UK will be the most familiar to most with easily identifiable animal sounds, however even here there are some surprising facts to learn. Did you know there are wild pigs in the forest to eat the fallen acorns and other nuts that might otherwise be poisonous to the grazing ponies and cows? We know how much Sally, our holiday farm pig, loves the fallen acorns here.

Move away from familiar territory, especially outside of Europe, and the sounds of the forest become more mysterious and intriguing. We enjoyed the sounds from the Boreal forest, Mangrove Forest and Desert forest. Though our Alpaca at Coombe Mill are camelids and sound rather like the Dromedary camel of the desert forest.

 

Pages from Sounds of Nature World of Forests

What we love

  • Interactive sound system with number guide to match each animal with its sound.
  • Colourful illustrations which build the forest scene.
  • Informative facts for each animal
  • Quick paragraph detailing each forest habitat
  • Education made fun

 

Video of Sounds of Nature: World of Forests.

Need to Know

RSP£14.99
Age Range5-7 years
IllustratorRobert Frank Hunter 
Book format

Hardback

24 pages

Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 0.6 x 12.4 inches
Publisher Wide eyed Editions (Quarto)
ISBN-10:
ISBN-13:

1786033275

978-1786033277

StockistsQuarto Kids online, Amazon,
Sound SystemComes with 3 AG-13button cell batteries (3*1.5v = 4.5v) replace with similar.

 

Win your copy of Nature: World of Forests with Quarto and Coombe Mill

For your chance to WIN a copy of this lovely book with sounds simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Sounds of Nature World of Forests

Disclosure

We were sent our copy of Sounds of Nature: World of Forests for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. A copy of the book can be found in the Coombe Mill Games Room for our holiday guests to borrow.

 


Easter Card and Decorative Log Craft

Posted on April 19th, 2019 -

Easter Holidays bring Easter crafts. Here on the farm the weather has been dry and sunny inspiring plenty of fun on the farm and friendship building. We have been rounding off the Easter weeks with a lovely nature inspired outdoor Easter card and decorative log craft session.

 

Nature Inspired Easter Card and Log Craft

 

Setting the challenge

It is always a joy to be able to set up outdoors in the sunshine for our craft session. I was soon joined by some eager crafters keen to discover what we would be making. I showed them my example Easter card and Decorative log pointing out that none of the things to make theirs were in sight. This had them a little confused, until I handed out a list of things for them to go and find for themselves in the fairy gardens.

Setting the Easter Card and Decorative Log Craft challenge

 

They didn’t need telling twice and raced off with their lists in search of all the things they would need.  There was quite a few items to collect and it kept them busy hunting.

 

Fairy Garden hunt for craft resources to make Easter cards and decorative logs

Easter Decorative Log Craft

Once back at the craft table, the children set straight to work on their log craft. In anticipation of a large group I had a big tub of flour and water paste ready for them to all dig in and start designing. I love the creativity that emerged, they may have taken inspiration from my log, but they certainly added their own Easter design and took an enormous amount of pride in their creation.

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Easter Cards

As the finishing touches were added to the decorative logs I began to explain how to twist the wool around their Easter card frame. 

Threading wool in to Easter Card

 

Next they scoured the surrounding field for pretty spring flowers and leaves to weave into the frame. Finally they opened their cards to write and draw their chosen Easter Messages.

 

Decorating Nature Inspired Easter Cards

A treat from the Easter Bunny

They were some delightful results with both the Easter cards and decorative logs. With so many attending I was glad I had prepared well with all the basic elements, leaving the children with the creative finding and decorating.  I know from our Christmas Logs and Halloween Logs just how much time they can take. There was just one final treat, the Easter Bunny had revisited the Fairy Garden while the children were working and hidden some little chocolate bunnies for them to find. 

 

Chocolate bunnies in the Fairy Garden

See how we made both crafts on Video

 

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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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