Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on April 14th, 2012 -

Welcome back

The Easter Holidays has seen many regular guests returning to Coombe Mill. I love to see the children meeting up with friends year after year, just as if they had seen each other yesterday! A few new faces each year soon learn to join in the fun, age doesn’t matter, everyone just mucks in together united by their enjoyment of the farm.

Let’s be eco crafty

Our regular guests from Camel lodge love to organise a build a boat competition. Armed with sticky tape they then challenge all the children wanting to participate to raid the recycling bins and build a winning model sailing boat. A good hour after the feed run is taking up with each perfecting their design, sticking and taping till all are ready.

Eco Model Sail Boats ready to launch on the River

Sailing Boats eco crafted at Coombe MillSailing Boats eco crafted at Coombe MillSailing Boats eco crafted at Coombe Mill


Sailing away

Now the real fun begins as down to the river they go, proudly armed with their eco sailing boats. All participants eagerly scale the river bank, wading in for the starting line ready for the grand countdown to launch. You can hear from the screams and shouts on the video just how much excitement is involved!


launching the boats at Coombe Milllaunching the boats at Coombe Milllaunching the boats at Coombe Mill

The Winning Line

Coombe Mill bridge provides the perfect finishing line and everyone delights in watching them sail under the bridge .  It’s fair to say there are more wet wellies than dry by the end, and that is not just the children!

launching the boats at Coombe MillOn the finishing lineCollecting the boats past the bridge

Mums and Dads relax over coffee outside Camel


Well done the Mums and Dads!

Chief organisers relaxing with a well earned coffee while the children are off playing.


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Captains coming, all aboard!

Posted on April 10th, 2012 -

New land with a plan!

Back in the winter we purchased and cleared a strip of land between our cottages and the river Camel. It has opened up the whole of the cottage lawn. In the process we found this lovely old stone wall. I blogged back in Novemeber about the suspected world war  2 origins and said then that Farmer Nick had grand ambitions for the site.

Old World war 2 wall


Ship Ahoy

This has been quite a project, from clearing the land to building the ship. Originally bought on ebay for just short of £1000, Farmer Nick drove all the way to Birmingham to collect it. I did wonder if it was worth the effort, but he had a plan! If you have been watching facebook you will have seen the building process. It did come with instructions, but in true farmer style, when taking the equipment out of his shed to install the plans were missing! A real jigsaw it became with all the children and friends helping out on the build. Here are some of the highlights:

I have to confess the finished ship is really rather special and fits perfectly into our walled garden. Even the newly seeded grass is now beginning to take and all the children staying are really making the most of the area.

Playing in the shipPlaying in the shipPlaying in the ship

Playing in the ship


We moved the little tikes climbing frame across to another play area and a new trampoline has now accompanied the ship.

Play equipment on the movePlay equipment Ship and Trampoline

Anyone remember this surprise purchase? well it is now coming into its own out from the shed and next to the ship for some imaginative pirate play

Cannon in Nick's shed waiting.... Jed testing the new Cannon with the shipCannon ready for play

Next to be converted is this little treasure: 

World war 2 bunker

I can just see it with some camo paint and a ladder and platorm and some safely rail turrets around the top. It will make an awesome look out post for pirates! I love the view from the river looking back at the new land with the ship and the old bunker and can’t wait to get it all complete. 

A beatiful view

play ship from the river

And Next…..

As always we still have further ideas brewing for this side of the farm, so do keep following as hopefully some of them will come to fruition and I will be sure to update all on the blog!


Silent Sunday / Project 52

Posted on April 8th, 2012 -

Sshhh, it’s Sunday…..

New Runner Duckling


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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on April 7th, 2012 -

The Easter Holidays

After last week’s gorgeous warm sunshine this week felt like a bit of a letdown with the weather. Or at least it did to me;however the children are far less demanding of the British weather and carry on regardless. With school holidays upon us mine have been only too keen to come out and meet all the guests staying and show them all their favourite corners of the farm! This and an eventful week with new animals being born and needing tending has kept my children and those of our guests enjoying the great out doors. 

Theo sharing his rabittsTheo holds a runner duck for all the guests to have a strokeOur orphan lambs are so popular!

Rolo the donkeyHappy with a ducklingAll aboard the farm tractor and trailer


Hats galore!

Check out all the lovely “Little Helpers Hats” This new addition is proving popular this season. I am also posting one to Ali for this post  as my chosen Country Kids post for March. There were some really inspiring outdoor activities and plenty of children clearly having fun; I spent a happy hour revisiting them all, which made it very hard to choose! In the end it was Ali’s perseverance to get the children out for the day with no car which did it for me.

Please keep them coming, new linky every Saturday, I love to share what we have all been upto outside, whatever the weather! 

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Just Another Day on the Farm?

Posted on April 4th, 2012 -

When everything happens at once….


A kid goat is born

We have had an eventful couple of days on the farm to say the least. It started with a lovely kid goat being born on April the first. Mum and Kid are doing just fine together. They are now in the “Lamb Nursery” while the 3 orphan lambs have been moved to the old goat meadow.

Farmer Nick checks over the new born goatKid Goat resting in the field with his new ear tagAll the children gather round to stroke the kid goat


Runner ducklings Hatch

All this has coincided with the hatching of our lovely apricot runner ducks. They have progressed over the past 2 days from  incubator in my laundry room to their own special house where they are now under a heat lamp. At a few days old they are beginning much enjoyed by the guests as they come out to say Hello each morning.

Baby ducklings 1 day oldcute in a little helpers hatEveryone crowds round the duck house for a peep

A disaster for our Guy

We are strong believers in the children helping out on the farm and earning pocket money. Making kindling bundles for the guests is one of their tasks. They are only allowed the small axe and have been shown repeatedly how to use it safely, but as soon as Farmer Nick turned his back yesterday Guy managed to chop his hand! It was nothing too dramatic but a nasty gash that meant he had to go straight to casualty. Kids timing is always spot on; I was just finishing off the BBQ for dinner!

Another baby Lamb

With Guy on his way to hospital with Nick, the remaining children and I continued to have our supper when the guests came round to say they were worried about a newly born lamb in the field who had no mother nearby. Abandoning our fated supper the kids came with me to the field. Sure enough I could see who mother was, her bottom gave the game away, but she could not be persuaded to go and attend to her bleating new born lamb. On feeling the lamb he was cold and clammy where Mum hadn’t cleaned him up at all. I scooped him up and warned the guests that the mothers usually abandon them for a good reason, but that we would let them know the news in the morning. The kids then rallied round opening up Farmer Nick’s shed and bringing our make shift lamb house and bedding into the kitchen.

The lamb house back in my kitchen!Thankful for the warmth of the houseMy poorly soldiers

Felix sat warming up the lamb as Nick came home. We then caught mother and milked her to give the lamb his (I had time now to check the basics) first all important colostrum 50ml which he guzzled. I now had two poorly soldiers in my kitchen! To be fair, Guy got away with glue and a bandage, but as he didn’t feel that was impressive enough they gave him a sling too. Now he feels much better!

A new day dawns

 I am pleased to report that the lamb is thriving today. I am feeling rather the worse for wear after the night feeds, but it was all worth it to see his perky face in the morning. We decided to give him another go with Mum and put them together in their own quarters. The little lamb was shown the basics of feeding and happy to go to Mum.

 Mum and lamb back togetherShowing Mum and lamb the basicsWe were holding onto Mum to keep here here!

Sadly after an hour of trying we had to rescue little lamb back out as Mum was not having any of it and began head butting her own lamb with her horns and the poor little chap was desperate to escape.

Jed was only too pleased to have him back in the garden with us! Now we have 4 orpan lambs to the delight of all our guests! 

Jed and the lambfeeding the orphansorphan lambs are so tame

It is certainly proving an eventful Easter holidays and it is only Tuesday!

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