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"Tales from the farmers wife" shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.
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It is December 21st & just 3 more sleeps away from a visit from the scary man with the white beard! I am delighted to join in with the Christmas themed Meme TheBoyandMe tagged me with, as created by Carolin from Mummy Alarm.
So here are my answers:
1. The Christmas song I can even listen to in June is…
Bob Geldolf’s Do they know it’s Christmas. It kind of annoys me to listen to, but it did so much to raise awareness and money for a desperate situation and was put together in such good spirit that it never fails to make me appreciate all I have at any time of the year.
2. Hot chocolate, egg nog or mulled wine?
Hot chocolate all the way. I love hot drinks and options are my favourite. I have tried all the flavours as I have a really sweet tooth and these just hit the spot. My favourite is without doubt the white chocolate. To all you fresh bread and crisp fans it must sound quite sickly but to me this is heaven, even in June! I have been known to stock pile them in the cupboard as they only sell this flavour as special twice a year *addict*
3. When do you put your decorations up?
16th December. Our Christmas guests arrive on the 17th and so the outside lights go up and the real Christmas trees are ordered for the 16th. This way Farmer Nick and I can make sure they are all installed with working lights and a box of decorations ready for guests to decorate as a family on their arrival. Meanwhile our children set about the task of uncovering all their favourite treasures from years gone by and turning our tree in to a masterpiece.
4. What are you having for Christmas dinner?
Breast, Leg and Stuffing our Turkeys are currently being fattened up in Jurassic park here at Coombe Mill. The children are not at all sure about eating them but personally I would far rather one of our own than one from elsewhere where I know nothing of its upbringing! With our own bacon and sausages from our farm piglets it will be a real old fashioned farmhouse feast again for us.
5. What’s your favourite Christmas tradition?
I think this has to be the mince pie, milk and carrot left for Father Christmas and the reindeer. The look on the children’s faces on Christmas morning when they see the half finished milk, mince pie crumbs and bitten carrot dropped around outside just makes me want to cry with joy.
This is followed by stocking opening and the famous Coombe Mill feed run delayed from 9am to 10am for all our kids and the guests. The animals have their special Christmas treats and everyone is so happy and excited on Christmas morning.
6. Have you ever gone carol singing?
Never, after being thrown out of the school choir age 10 I took the hint! Still enjoy a good sing at the Christmas Christingle Service when my voice is drowned out by others and I can pretend I am in tune!
7. When did you discover the truth about Santa?
Age 12, I guess I had figured it out but was still going along with things when my Dad cornered me in the kitchen one December to say, “you know I am Father Christmas and he isn’t coming this year!” I was so disappointed; Christmas lost a little sparkle after that, so I think I will keep the magic going for mine for as long as they keep it going with me!
8. How do you decorate your Christmas tree?
That is all up to the children. I supervise the lights and the rest is up to them. It is a little more tasteful each year as the children grow up and the decorations make it to the top of the tree!
10. All I want for Christmas is…..
A healthy family! With 8 of us before we start on any visiting family there is always someone who is poorly on Christmas day. Last year it was Farmer Nick who left me with the whole thing from our Christmas eve party to presents, the feed run at -10degrees and Christms Dinner. After that I can cope with anything this year – bring it on!!
Taking time out from busy lives is never easy. In our case, leaving Coombe Mill on a busy Christmas changeover weekend to Travel en family Cornwall to Essex really does take some planning. However last weekend was my niece’s Wedding Day and with nearly 12 months notice there was no excuse not to make the effort to meet up with all my family and see her special day. Farmer Ted and Gill came into their own managing the changeover for us here at Coombe Mill leaving me to simply pack with Wedding attire for 8.
There is no easy way to do a 5 – 6 hour journey with children. Having tried various methods over the years, the one that works for us is pack at night, set the alarm and travel early morning while the rest of the world is still asleep and the roads quiet. It worked as planned and with a quick McDonald’s breakfast stop we were at the Premier Inn Braintree http://www.premierinn.com/en/hotel/BRABAR/braintree-freeport-village meeting with family and friends by lunch time. Our first time in a Premier Inn and I must say I would use them again. My only criticism was that there was nothing for the children to do, though they were very patient when the kids took over the foyer to practice their Gymnastics. Outside play in a car park at -2 degrees did have its limitations and our late extended family lunch in the pub soon lost its attraction for the children once the food was eaten and the adults chatting and drinking!
The Wedding Morning
I made a point of capturing some of the morning action for Sarah since this is the part she will have missed with her own preparations. I would love to have seen some of these scenes from my own Wedding.
The Amazing Wedding of Sarah and Paul
The sun shone, the couple looked so perfectly in love and the day went like clockwork. I don’t think I have been to such a beautiful Wedding and I was so pleased to have been part of such a special day. Even my gang scrubbed up well after the picture above in the car park and wore their Sunday best!
I have turned the Service and Reception into Videos which I hope Sarah and Paul will enjoy watching when they arrive home from honeymoon in the New Year!
A Personal Message
Thank you Sarah and Paul for all the work and effort you and those close put into the day. From the written instructions, to booking the accommodation, the bus and that fun photo booth, you really did make it a great day for all your guests as well as a magical one for you both. Wishing you all the happiness in the world! Fiona x
Winter on the farm does need a good pair of wellies. Our kids know all the best puddles to test them on too!
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“Tales from the farmers wife” shares the funny and interesting happenings on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. A behind the scenes look on balancing family, farming, the holiday business and cooking for all.
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