Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 15th, 2012 -

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Father’s Day for Farmer Nick

Posted on June 14th, 2012 -

To Dad from all the children with Love

Farmer Nick to all our holiday guests, loving husband to me and Dad our 6 children, he may not be perfect but we love him dearly and are delighted to let him know on Father’s Day. The kids have come up with their own special ideas, with only the sort of abstract and sometimes random ideas that kids do: Over to the children with their special messages for their Dad; I notice with sadness that for the first time no one chose to use Daddy, some parts of their growing up are so hard to see go!


Alistair age 14

Dear  Dad,

Ally with his Father's Day Card

On Father’s Day I would like to thank you for:Card to Dad

Being funny in your own special way

Letting me drive the tractor

Sharing my taste in food

Taking us to France

Knowing about cars as Mum is rubbish!

But your jokes really suck!

Love Ally x


Felix Age 11

Dear Dad,card for DadFelix and card for Dad

On Father’s Day I would like to thank you for:

Being there to fix things for me

Being amusing

Buying us the quad bike

Being an amazing Dad & not cuddling me so much these days!

But stop being so embarrassing!

Love Felix xx


Theo Age 10

Dear Super Dad,

On Father’s Day I would like to thank you for:Theo and Card for Dad

Driving me from club to clubFather's Day Card

Giving me great big hugs

Not minding when I sneak a sip of your beer

Caring for all the animals and letting us live at CoombeMill

But I’m not so keen on squeezy hugs!



Guy & Jed  age 8 

(they chose to share a letter)

Dear Dad,

On Father’s Day we would like to thank you for:Father's day card for DadJed and Guy with card for Dad

Being the best Dad in the world

The most cuddly Dad too

Looking after the animals and the farm

Helping us build and make things

For being yourself

But please stop snoring and snorting through our TV programmes like the Apprentice!


Clio age 8

Dear awesome Dad,card for DadClio with card for Dad

On Father’s Day I would like to thank you for:

Always having a sense of humor

Being Kind and super

Thank you for the rabbits and play areas at Coombe Mill

You’re the best

But you are impossible to talk too as you are always in a silly mood or a cross mood


I am linking this post to Mummy Central’s Blog Carnival where the lovely ladies there are encouraging us to write our letters to the man that has influenced our lives. Read Donna’s own often shocking heart felt letter to her own Dad and see what others are saying on Fathers Day.

National Trust, pleasing all generations.

Posted on June 11th, 2012 -

 Thought the National Trust was meant for your parents? 


My childhood memory of the National Trust is of anoraks, garden tea and boredom!  Now with their  50 things to do before 11 initiative,  as embarked up on by Kids Outdoors, The Boy and Me , Little Sheep Learning and More than a Mum, it feels like they have something to offer for all generations. We have a couple of gems close to us and Julie, local friend to me and mum to 2 lovely girls, offered to share their appeal……


Julie’s Perspective

Escaping the traffic-jam-from-hell on the M5 last summer, we headed for the A roads and accidentally discovered the wonders of Avebury. Inspired, we bought an annual National Trust family membership and ever since have been getting our money’s worth exploring as many Cornish NT properties as possible. By a happy coincidence my Dad bought a membership at the same time so now we check out these places from the point of view of three generations. Here are two of our favourites within a short drive of Coombe Mill..…


Lanhydrock House

Lanhydrock House


What’s not to like about this place? It is a stunning house set in a large wooded estate which offers you the chance to see what life was like for a wealthy Victorian family and their numerous staff. Bring anyone of any age here and there will be something to capture their interest and make for an enjoyable day out. What I love is that the rooms have been so well preserved it’s almost as if the occupants have just stepped outside for a moment. And having studied the Victorians in recent years, both my girls loved seeing what their life was like at close range.

My Dad was particularly fascinated by the history of the family who owned the house and spent time poring over the extensive background material and photographs which are available to visitors. He was also thrilled to be able to play the Steinway Grand Piano in the Long Gallery (anyone who is a reasonable pianist can!). Having toured the house he was then happy to sit in the beautiful gardens reading the local guide book, browsing the second hand book shop in the old stables, whilst we and the children explored the grounds more extensively.

Play Area at Lanhydrock


There is a small but well laid out adventure playground in the woods just next to the main car park, as well as picnic areas and a plant nursery – all this before you even need to pay to enter the grounds and the main house. Definitely recommended.



Trerice House and Gardens


is an Elizabethan Manor House, a little gem of a place tucked away not far from Quintrell Downs. The house itself doesn’t take too long to tour (so ideal for really little ones) but nevertheless offers a snapshot of times gone by. It is very much a “hands-on” National Trust property with opportunities for youngsters to try on chain mail and armour, and a very impressive helmet. (see photo). They can even imagine a world without their Xbox and try the games that Elizabeth children played.


Trying out the Armour



Outside in their stunning garden, you can have a go at kayling (Cornish skittles) and spaycock (which apparently in Tudor times involved hitting a chicken’s head between two bats – the idea being to make as much mess on your opponent as possible!). These days things are rather more sedate and a cork with a few chicken feathers attached is used instead. The grounds are beautifully maintained and every time you turn a corner there is a bench just crying out for you to sit, reflect and enjoy another photo opportunity!

Gardens to play in and enjoy


As with every National Trust house, the guides are well informed and eager to share their knowledge and passion for the property with you. It is always worth checking the website for any special activities on offer at the time of your visit. And you can guarantee that the café will be a child (and grandparent) friendly place to catch your breath and enjoy good coffee and food!!


My thanks….

to Julie for sharing her family days out here. This is her second post for me as she also shared her family trip to Cardinham Woods. I am rather hoping there will be more to come! If you would like Julie to Guest post for you please do contact her by email on [email protected]  

Silent Sunday / Project 52

Posted on June 10th, 2012 -

It’s Sunday again, no words needed!

 Not found at CoombeMill!


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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on June 9th, 2012 -

Planting the Greenhouse

Gardening is far from my perfect outdoor pursuit, having said that I do adore home grown produce and so make the effort each year to plant out the green house. It is not something I have ever really involved the children in before, but inspired by others linking up on Country Kids like Dad’s Cooking Tonight and Rainy Day Mum I decided to make it a family event. 

The Children were only too happy to help when we suggested they could all help choose what we bought from our local nursery Cedar Croft just up the lane. Up and down the rows of plants we wondered, perusing all the delightful colours and smells. The favourite by far with the children were strawberries so we agreed on a pot each with a strawberry plant, and they all shook hands on not pinching each others’ strawberries. I for see reneging on their promise ahead, but I couldn’t fault the commitment at the time!

At the Nursery

Back at home we set to work digging out the weeds and forking some newly purchased nutrients into the soil, before planning and planting in earnest. I was pleasantly surprised at how focussed the children remained and how much more I enjoyed gardening with their input. All that is left now is to water, wait and enjoy!


Planting the Greenhouse


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