Silent Sunday

Posted on October 16th, 2011 -

Silent Sunday

Wallaby birthday cake

Dragon Roars, but are the Kids Impressed?

Posted on October 15th, 2011 -

My week began with a Dragon’s Roar!

Dragon roars tweet for Coombe Mill

How thrilled was I to receive the coveted #sbs Small Buniness Sunday award from Theo Paphitis of BBC’s Dragon’s Den? Just wow and wow again! Anyone who has been there will know that Sunday night feeling, on a complete high, watching the twitter congratulation messages flooding in. Yes flooding! I was struggling to read them at one point never mind reply to them. I think I have spent every night this week up till gone 2am replying to and following new twitter friends and contacts, updating my bio’s and under good advice from  and  writing a press release. Not done one of those since school english lessons!

My badge created for my web site

What is Small Business Sunday?

#sbs is a great opportunity by the Dragon entrepreneur Theo Paphitis. Each Sunday he takes time to look over all small businesses tweeting him @TheoPaphitis between 5.30pm and 7.30pm with their business and #sbs included in the tweet. He receives over 1000 each week and re-tweets his favourite 6. With 177,000 followers and growing,  his re-tweet has real impact. An amazing opportunity at no cost to me yet hours of work for Theo, so definitely my dragon with a heart! He has his own web site with his twitter stream on the home page

Theo Paphitis Twitter Feed with Coombe Mill

And the family?

With 6 children, all their sports and clubs, meals and house to look after and the day to day running of our Holiday Farm, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised there is no time to sleep! I do worry when the children are pleading for a good night hug and I am just finishing one last thing on the computer, or I burn their tea taking a booking on the phone. Juggling parenthood and business is never easy and I do feel the business has taken the high ground this week. We have friends round this weekend and so after we have all finished changeover tomorrow it is going to be quality family time. It may not be perfect but it’s my way of juggling being a mummy, wife and working. I have learnt not to beat myself up over it, or over worry every time they complain I am busy, but just to try and find a balance that works for us all.   

The Kids and Me taking Time out on the Farm together

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on October 10th, 2011 -

Introducing Country Kids

Everyone knows that playing outdoors and rushing around in the countryside is fun, healthy and affordable for children. From the garden to the park, woods or beach, organised clubs to family days out, children just love the freedom of the great outdoors. Country Kids is simply a chance to capture and share some of those special times and promote a healthy outdoor lifestyle.

Come and Join In.

Add your outdoor snap to your blog with the Coombe Mill badge and the title “Country Kids” and any explanation you want to share about your photo. Then add your blog post URL to the linky list below and I will feature my favourites from here on my blog, facebook and twitter site each week. The list will run Saturday to Saturday. Enter when you can in the week and I will post up on a Monday evening.

Snap of the month

My favourite each month will get a Coombe Mill Kids Cap sent out. A great way to enjoy the sun and stay safe too.

Here is my example post to start off

(badge available to grab on my blog homepage or here. Please take the embedded code below the badge and it will display the badge when you insert it on your site blog post)


Country Kids 11.10.11

Tree Climbing

Tree Climbing at Coombe Mill, my ‘princess’ is just a ‘tom boy’ at heart!

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Here is the Linky to add your Country Kids photo and caption to my list and view others

 Its as simple as that, looking forward to seeing your little ones country antics on the list this week.



Silent Sunday

Posted on October 9th, 2011 -

Silent Sunday 9th October


Theo and Fluffy the Angora Goat

The Great Wallaby Adventure

Posted on October 1st, 2011 -

Wallabies free to a good home – A quick recap

Back in July, I posted on Nick’s casual chat with the neighbour over a pint in the local, which resulted in us being offered wallabies for free.

2 months of back breaking fence building and we (OK Farmer Nick and Ted) have created our very own…………

Jurassic ParkJurassic Park - The new Chicken, duck and Wallaby home

The building of the new wallaby compound, or Jurassic Park as it has become known, has incorporated an extension to the duck and chicken enclosure. It now boasts several side pens to house chicks and ducklings at varying stages of development. Things are never a quick bodge job with Farmer Nick on the job; it has to be the Rolls Royce version!  I must confess it will make for an easier feed run for the smaller children having all the ducks and chickens in one place.   


Ding Ding: Round 1 to the Wallabies

With Jurassic park complete with secure wallaby fencing, Nick assembled a willing group of local volunteers to help catch the wallabies from our neighbours field (the recently closed North Cornwall Aviaries). A rather wet day and a hole in the fence left me with lots of setting up pictures and a forlorn group heading home damp and wet with….you guessed it, no wallabies. They had the last laugh legging it through the hole in the fence within the first 5 minutes. Shame it took us the next hour to work out where they had gone. I was beginning to think they were as elusive as the famous Beast of Bodmin!

Team photo, all hopefulin search of wallabiesSetting the Trap

Hunting high and lowMe practicing with the trap doorReturning home in the rain defeated


Ding Ding: Round 2 to the A Team from Coombe Mill

Not to be deterred, farmer Nick assembled a new team this morning, many of whom were recruited from the feed run before hand. Never has taking part on a working farm had such a literal meaning! With the fencing at the aviaries patched and the trap re assembled it was time to set off and explain the ‘master plan’ to the new team.

Team talkTactics explainedMy trap door perfectly balanced

I have to hand it to ‘The A Team’ everything worked like clockwork from beating the line to closing the make shift trap. To be honest, I did have a job balancing camera and trap door against the speed of the wallabies, multitasking really tested me there for a minute!

Clapping and shooing out the wallabiesKeep that line moving ladsSuccess, a wallaby

An intrepid Journey

After a quick victorious picture we loaded the wallabies, all 3 in total carefully into the back of Farmer Nick’s stock trailer for the short but bumpy drive back to Jurassic Park.

Steady lads wallabies on boardGreat Team Work! Hold on tight wallabies
Hi Ho, Hi Ho, its home from work we go... Over the Style to Coombe MillOpening the gates to Jurassic Park

The rest of us took the scenic route back cross the meadows and through the wood and arrived to meet Nick and the wallabies just climbing the slope to Jurassic Park. Here their intrepid journey ends and their life in Coombe Mill begins:




Farmer Nick With a Soft Heart

Worried that their new home has plenty of friends but much less jungle to play in, Nick brought the now rather tired play house from the children’s play area as a fun house and shelter for the wallabies. Our children came home from school to lend a hand and size up the new additions to the farm. Hopefully the nosey chickens will allow the wallabies a look in their new home later tonight! 

Unloading the play houseNosey chickens are first to investigate the houseWallaby settling in at Coombe