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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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I have seen lots of these posts around and while I am delighted to be tagged, I am slightly worried that many of you reading won’t actually remember back to the 1980’s and my teenage years when music was most influntial in my life. Anyway, here goes for my 3 and why they are important to me:
A strange memory from age 13
Stand and Deliver by Adam and the Ants
I can’t say I love this song at all but it certainly has memories for me. Whenever I hear it, I am instantly transported back to my first year at Secondary School. I am standing the playground on my first week trying, oh so hard, to fit in and be a teenager, even though deep down I am still a little girl with little musical interest! There I am, still in my 3/4 length knee high socks and pleated skirt tryiing to do a little wiggle and sing this song (number 1 at the time) and feeling laughed at by the “cool brigade” in their tights and mini- skirts. *cringe at the memory*
I grew up fast and Loved my teens!
Girls Just want to have fun by Cyndi Lauper
I am 16 and still doing that little wiggle again whilst singing this song over and over. This time down the streets of France in more cool gear and bursting with confidence on a cycling holiday from Bordeaux to Calais in just 3 weeks with my best friend. “Time of my life” and full of excitement and hope for all that life has to offer. Wow what a difference 3 years makes at that age!
My early 20’s
Can you feel the Love tonight – Elton John
I am at an Eric Clapton / Elton John concert with work and have been bopping away next to one of my colleagues all evening. Elton blasts this song out across Wembley Stadium and my colleague and I exchange a glance, just a glance, but it needs no words. I will never forget that moment. That colleague is now Farmer Nick and Daddy to our 6 lovely children.
Thank you to Mammywoo for making me take time out to recapture these memories and to Red Rose mummy for tagging me in this meme.
This week for the 1st time in 9 years we have closed the doors. Panic not, ringing to book a holiday is no issue as I still have control of the office! However our beautiful estate is being turned upside down with building work going on in a major way. Trevarno Scandinavian Lodge is being built at one end https://www.coombemill.com/scandinavian-lodges/trevano and a new road is being ploughed through from the river to the cottages at the other. As if that wasn’t enough, we have bought the stretch of land from the cottage gardens down to the river which will be part of a new and VERY exciting play area. It will mean that the cottages, like the lodges will be river fronting. Please don’t worry if you are coming for Christmas it will all be made safe and the building work stopped during the festive break.
Bob the Builder with Scoop, Muck and Dizzy have arrived!
The children were thrilled to come home from school and see all the machinery in action. It is like having the full cast of Bob the Builder here on site. We even have Penguin as Pilchard the cat, though she is somewhat less impressed by all the commotion. The diggers and dumpers are moving soil from the lodge site to the new play area and Farmer Nick has been helping out on the dumper. Well he couldn’t possibly miss an opportunity like this for a spot of “boys toys” play!
“Working together to get the job done”
A Hidden World War 2 bunker?
Having cleared away the scrub from the new land, we have uncovered an old walled area. The builders and friends have been putting in their two pennies worth as to it’s origins. The most popular theory is that it was the footings for a temporary World War 2 Tank and Vehicle shelter. Our boys are very excited by this prospect. Anything war related has them jumping into their dressing up clothes! Anyway, we are using the wall to house the new play area and yes the “Cannon purchase” will be part of this! https://www.coombemill.com/blog/post/2011/11/15/Daddy-Bought-a-Cannon.aspx. Keep watching the blog for updates on our progress, along with any more “random purchasses” from Farmer Nick or hidden treasures discovered!
The walled Play area in it’s infancy with bark chippings going in
“Just off to get those few bits we need for dinner” was the last I heard. I should really have been a little suspicious when a quick trip to Asda took half the day with a friend in tow! To be fair he had been trying to convince me of the merits of a 4 wheel drive for towing heavy items up our hill for some time. Our little Ford focus does struggle with a trailer laden with Dotty our breading sow when she making her annual trip to visit her boyfriend. However cars are just not my thing so I really hadn’t paid much attention and just assumed they were adding car (window) shopping to their trip.
Returning home Nick was met by the children outside who didn’t need to be too observant to notice that far from a 4 wheel drive, or a car full of groceries, there was in fact an old cast iron war cannon precariously positioned in the boot of the old van.
“Daddy bought a Cannon!”
This was the cheerful scream from my children as they raced into the house to impart their news.
ME: “What do you mean, “Daddy bought a cannon?“”
Kids: ” It’s awesome Mum come and see”
Me: “What a toy?”
Kids: “No a real war one. It belonged to Napoleon; it says so on the side”
At this point I turn down the hob, step into my wellies and follow the kids who are running ahead of me to the Farm shed. Well they are quite right. Turns out he had bid for it at the auctions earlier in the week – whilst looking for a washing machine for our laundry room!
Well doesn’t every Farm need a Cannon?
Slowly the penny drops and I begin to catch up with his thinking. We have some really exciting ideas for a new kiddies play area next year and I now see that an old Cannon could work out perfectly. To give him credit, it is impressive and hopefully will be worth splashing out on when the children are dressing up and acting out their games in ………….More on that next year! For now it will be staying in Nick’s Shed.
And my washing machine?
Well they didn’t have any last week, but there is another auction before Christmas. I wonder what that will hold!
From Kate Takes 5 – Top 5 Random Things I like. Following this one word of warning – “random is not ‘I like chocolate’ – that’s just not going to cut it round here. However ‘I like chocolate sauce with my chips’ is getting a bit warmer.”
Watching our duck who behaves like a chicken! He has been brought up with them, funny as!
Planning my day and blog posts whilst running. Best plans formed this way.
Ice cream and custard. A wonderful fusion of hot and cold!
Flip flops in winter. They are just quick to put on!
Carrying a large handbag, with very little inside. No rummaging to find things and somewhere to store the “Mum please look after this” things’.
“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.