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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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Weekends are precious and when we are alone here on the farm we like to turn feeding the animals into a family affair. We can happily while away a morning on the farm, feeding and petting the animals, chatting and catching up on any little jobs that need doing along the way.
The children have been keen for Daddy to teach them how to drive the tractor. Today it was Theo’s turn. All our younger guests have a “pretend” go, sitting on Farmer Nick or Ted’s knee and helping at the wheel. Theo decided he wanted to be like his big brothers and really take control. Pretty good for a first try, though at age 9 he is still not strong enough to apply the brakes!
Some highlights from our morning
The animals are all very hungry now that winter is here and delighted to see us with their daily rations!
Daddy had his tool kit on hand for a spot of repairing in Jurassic Park (the Chicken, Duck and Wallaby enclosure). A few slats had fallen off the chicken shelters and they are an essential now that the weather is turning for winter. They will be all cosy again now and we may even find an egg or two for our breakfast in there!
The children rode back to the house in style as Daddy allowed them a somewhat unconventional ride on the tractor!
Please come and share your snaps of the children enjoying outdoor play. Active minds and bodies make for healthy kids.
December is upon us and we have begun enjoying the wonderful Cornish build up to Christmas.
Festival Fun in Padstow
Last weekend, Padstow Town held their annual christmas festival. It is such a lovely town with the harbour, beautiful clothes and gift shops and all delicous places to eat from bakeries with tasty pasties to pubs and restaurants, including the famous Rick Stein restaurants http://www.rickstein.com/Restaurants.html. For the festival add in an amazing Samba band which can be heard right across the harbour, 2 large craft tents with all sorts of lovely Christmas present ideas and cookery demonstrations, finishing with turning on of the spectacular Xmas lights. It makes a perfect day out just ambling round and soaking up the atmosphere.
We met up with friends there for a lovely family day. The children adored the stands inside the tents, helping themselves to the chocolate and fudge freebies, ensuring they had sampled every variety from lemon cheesecake to chilli chocolate before parting with their money! Clio adored the craft stands, as did Mummy, while the Samba band generated crowds of on lookers.
After a successful afternoon, the children were torn with staying on to see the wonderful lights by night and being back to our local village in time to meet Santa, sing carols and enjoy a mince pie or two all courtesy of the St Breward Carnival committee. With mulled wine on offer from St Breward Stores http://www.stbrewardstores.co.uk/ I knew where my vote lay. The kids were keen to see Santa too, so we promised a return visit to Padstow one evening when school finishes for fish and chips and admiring the Christmas lights. An annual treat we look forward to each year.
Santa never fails to impress. I love the twinkle in the children’s eyes when they see his sleigh all lit up and the Christmas music blasting out to signify his arrival. My eldest 2 now consider themselves too grown up for this one, but to the younger 4 it is still magical. I remember my own excitement at Christmas time around their age and find myself wrapped up in those feelings all over again with them.
Still to Come…
Santa has many visits still to make local to us at Trelawney Garden Centre, Trago Mills and the lovely Santa express at Lappa Valley and Bodmin to name but a few!
Eden at Christmas
The Eden Project is under half an hour from us and the lights are again quite something, but the real treat there is the ice skating. The children adore this one and it lasts right through until the new year. http://www.edenproject.com/ Go skating then warm up with a visit to the biomes!
Coombe Lights Up
School finishes early this year on 15th December and I am looking forward to many of the other exciting Christmas treats in Cornwall still to come. This weekend our Coombe Mill lights go up and the real Christmas trees come in for all the properties which is a great family event here. Plenty of ladder climbing for Farmer Nick and much dancing around below for the children shouting “up a bit Daddy” “over a bit Daddy” and so on.
Christmas Eve at Coombe Mill
Finally if you are staying at Coombe Mil for Christmas we have an open house Supper party on Christmas Eve for all our guests after the local Church Family Christingle Service. A wonderful way to begin Christmas with the Nativity story at Church then family drinks and dinner with us. We have even got a little Santa surprise for all the children staying with us!
If you are considering coming to stay do give us a call on 01208 850344 or email at email@example.com as we still have some cottages left and would love you to come and join in the fun. If it is all a litle too close for this year, then do consider a family gathering here for Christmas 2012.
Nick woke me this morning with tails of how he was woken up in the night by a huge bang. He said he clambered out of bed and peered up the field to see what was going on. His first thought was that someone was trying to steal our diesel or animals from the farm! I mumbled that I hadn’t heard anything but he said it woke him with quite a start as if it were an earthquake. “Yer right, in Cornwall” I recall sarcastically retorting. Our children were equally skeptical since Daddy is forever winding them up with silly tails.
Turns out he might have been right and I should take back my suspicious response. According to the daily mail article he isn’t the only one to have heard the bang! I am still confused though as I am sure I was still awake then and don’t remember a sound apart from the usual hum of the river.
Looking at the animals today, I am not sure they look too worried by anything, but it is a shame they can’t explain their version of events!
“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.