Earthquake Hits Us in Cornwall!

Posted on December 4th, 2011 -

An earthquake at Coombe Mill?

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.

Nick was adamant he had really heard something and proceeded to Google “earthquake in Cornwall” only to discover this article from the Daily Mail! 

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! 

Our home bred ducksOur Majestic PeacockOur tame young stag

Silent Sunday

Posted on December 4th, 2011 -

Silent Sunday 4th December


Theo on top of the gate to the Deer Field

Silent Sunday

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on December 3rd, 2011 -

Welcome to this weeks Country Kids link up

Join in the fun and link an outdoor play post from your site. Country Kids is all about children enjoying the freedom of the outdoors from the garden to the woods. 

Coombe Mill Sun Hat from weeks 1 – 5 goes to: Well done Sarah, I just love the last photo with the mud going everywhere! Thank you to everyone who inked up in the 1st 5 weeks, there were so many happy photos of your children enjoying themselves. Another hat will be going out before Christmas so please keep those magic pictures coming in each week.

Country Kids week 8: Water Fun at Coombe Mill


 Kids playing in the Car ParkDumper fun with waterUp to their waist in water

Fun activities for children can be inspired by the simple things in life. Standing in a dumper truck full of cold water in late November wouldn’t be my idea of a good time, but my children really don’t appear to notice the temperature! They had so much fun messing around in and out of the water whilst Daddy washed down the car park. Even the wash loads of clothes created was worth it to see their excited faces and pure delight in what they were doing. I nearly got soaked myself taking this very short video of them:

Funny As!


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Farm Holidays Cornwall

I would love you to come and link up your outdoor play pictures here: 

Doctor Dilemmas

Posted on November 29th, 2011 -

Looking so Vulnerable

I have a poorly soldier upstairs today. 7 years old but when feeling unwell he looks so much younger.

My Poorly Boy


Doing the right thing

It is hard as parents to get it right when children are unwell. Last night Guy was running a temperature of 103 degrees and finding it hard to breath. I was torn between Googling symptoms, checking for meningitis rashes wondering whether to call the out of hours doctor or just dosing him up and going to bed! In the end I did all the above except call the doctor and rationalised that it was just the nasty cough making his chest hurt! This morning he climbed out of bed and collapsed in a heap as his legs had given way. I would have been most alarmed by this but my other children have had this ‘dead leg’ syndrome with a temperature and virus before now, so I just calmly helped him to the loo and back to bed to sleep it off.   

Did I get it Right?

To see him now tucking into his toast and hot chocolate on the sofa with his Care Bear I  am happy, that on this occasion, I did the right thing. It is not easy though, even though I have 6 children and the experience of many poorly soldiers through bugs, viruses and infections over the years I still worry with each one if I should be taking them to the doctor. I don’t want to waste the doctor’s time or infect the rest of the surgery, but at the same time they are a tad too precious to take chances. Parenting is no easy business and really does require us to have our wits about us and be a bit of a ‘Jack of all Trades’!

What do you do when faced with a poorly child?


Your Blog is Great Award

Posted on November 28th, 2011 -

I’d Like to Thank……

The lovely Red Rose Mummy at for giving me my Tell Me About Yourself Blog Award! Red Rose Mummy is a fairly new blogger with so much to offer. If you are not already following her on twitter or signed up to her active and well written blog then I can highly recommend it.

I was honoured to receive the above mentioned award, until I realised it came with strings attached!
1. I must tell you seven things that you don’t know about me (gulp).
2. I must pass this on to 15 other bloggers (gulp again, sorry if you have been had before).

Thinking hard on 7 things about me that anyone would want to read, but here goes:

1.I didn’t get into reading books for pleasure until I hit 40, but now have to read every night before I go to sleep and more if I find an opportunity window. All those wasted years! 
2. I was a bit of a rebel as a child, being asked to leave both Brownies and Sunday school for being a disruptive influence!
3. I used to have to taste butter, margarine, spreads and lard straight from a spoon at 9am every Tuesday morning in my 20s…… I was the “Fat Buyer” for Tesco. Product tasting was all part of brand development  and so I found myself in the kitchens approving or not the latest fats. Things improved for my waistline when I moved into Salads and Health and Beauty. I was also the condom buyer at one time, I could tell some tails from those days!
4. I can’t abide parsley! I was sick on it as a very young child and my mother only confessed that in my 20’s as she was sure I would grow out of my hate for the poor unobtrusive herb.

5. Despite living on the Farm, my husband would say I am no more a natural at farming now than I was 9 years ago! I love the animals and coming out on the daily feed run, especially on a Sunday morning, but I spend all my time chatting to our guests and taking photos and still have to check with Nick which animals have what food when I am in charge (not very often)!

6. I only need 4 or 5 hours sleep a night. I used to curse this and lie awake for hours,now I find I actually work best from 11pm when the house is quiet and I can really concentrate. This is also when I write most of my blogs!
Oh my have I rambled through to 7 already?  
7.I am quite incapable of managing twitter on my phone passed the bare basics. I have to blog in the office on my main work PC.  I am doing a 2 in 1 with this one and linking this confession to  the lovely Clare at  where I was tagged in the “Where do you blog” meme. So here is my (rather messy) office.
and I am  now tagging   and  to carry this one forwardMy Office
I am dutifully passing the prestigous “Your blog is Great award” on: With 15 at a time appologies if you have already been tagged elsewhere for this!