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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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My thanks go to Liz Burton for introducing me to The Land of Sometimes, a wonderful and enchanting CD and book full of adventure for little ones. Songs and lyrics accompany you on a magical journey with the endearing lead characters Elise and Alfie in to the far away Land of Sometimes. A land of make believe where beautiful things happen with enchanting characters. Each story has its own special song where the lyrics and tune dove-tail perfectly with the narrated story whilst leaving just enough room for imagination too.
From my children
I would recommend The Land of Sometimes for boys and girls between ages 2 – 6. The fairy tale magic probably holds a little longer for girls. My triplets are now almost 8 and felt it was too young for them, having said that Clio was having great fun at my pc exploring the specially designed web sitehttp://www.thelandofsometimes.com/ I had left open for her. Inspired, I later found her enjoying a private morning before school in her bedroom with her pink CD player, Now 80 discarded and the Land of Sometimes on full volume; even a brother came to join in! I have to agree with Liz, it is a beautiful and original concept and would make a perfect gift for any youngster.
When you visit us…
We are lucky enough to have a copy here on the farm for you to borrow when staying. Enjoy with your child in the comfort of our properties then see how many similar adventures you can create whilst playing and exploring here on the farm. Imagine the farm as “The island of Sometimes”, sail away on the journey on our play ship,
see if you can find where the River slough Sling might be hiding,
transform yourself into the Willow Tree Choirboy who loves to watch from the branches
Win your own copy of “The Land of Sometimes here
I have 1 copy of this adorable CD and story book to send free to a lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment below saying that you’d like to enter, remember to also leave a way for me to contact you.
For one final entry, please tweet the following and leave another comment to say you have done so “I want to enter the magical world of @landofsometimes with @coombemill here http://bit.ly/winatcoombe “
The competition is open to UK residents and will close on Monday 30th April 5pm. Good luck to all taking part.
Disclosure: I was given a copy of the CD to review for this competion free of charge. However, the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own.
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!
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Nick and our 6 children. Step into our beautiful 30 acres and experience nature close up with farming and educational crafts in stunning North Cornwall. Family, fun and adventure start here.