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Coombe Mill Blog
"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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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.
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!
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!
Well done the Mums and Dads!
Chief organisers relaxing with a well earned coffee while the children are off playing.
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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 https://www.coombemill.com/blog/post/2011/11/16/Bob-the-Builder-Can-We-Fix-It.aspx about the suspected world war 2 origins and said then that Farmer Nick had grand ambitions for the site.
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.
We moved the little tikes climbing frame across to another play area and a new trampoline has now accompanied the ship.
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
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!
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.
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 http://www.plus2point4.co.uk/2012/03/13/lackham-lambing-weekend/ 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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
It is certainly proving an eventful Easter holidays and it is only Tuesday!
“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.