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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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Easter day has taken on a distinctive pattern at Coombe Mill over time. Those who have been coming for years are well aware of the traditions. This keeps me on my toes as we have to vary things each year, especially for the eagerly anticipated Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday. I cross my fingers each year it won’t pour with rain, and thankfully again it didn’t. I had laminated all my clues just in case but thankfully it remained dry.
April fool’s Day
Before the Easter egg hunt we have our regular morning animal feed run. It was rather apt that Easter Sunday was also April fool’s day as our chickens played a clever trick on the children. Only the regulars knew this was a regular prank and were ahead of the game rushing to the chicken coup. On Easter Sunday the chickens lay Cadbury Crème Eggs, and thanks to some careful counting and one of my children to run ahead there is magically enough for all the children.
Grand Easter Egg Hunt preparations
I had all my stack of chocolate eggs, my Easter Bunny onesie and laminated rhyming clues at the ready and crept away from the reed run to set up the Egg hunt with the help of Theo and Clio. Working nimbly and swiftly we hid hundred of Eggs at each location with some cleverly hidden Egg clues leaving me just enough time to catch up with the tractor and trailer returning.
Not wanting the children to find the eggs before the start I gave everyone just 15 minutes to wash hands and be back for the Egg hunt, this certainly wasn’t a problem for the children who couldn’t wait to get going.
Under 4’s Egg Hunt
To give the younger children a chance, I do a little Egg hunt first for them. The older ones watch on eager to join in while the tots explore the little gated ride on play area themselves. Hunting out the shiny wrappers brings smiles to their faces, though half of them are not quite sure whether to play or hunt first!
Let the Easter Egg Hunt begin
Finally the older ones patience pays off as the little ones finish and I prepare to share the first Egg clue!
The children all want to help read the clues to give themselves a head start on where to race off to, but I catch the regulars out right at the start by changing the places from last year, a quick back track and my Ahoy Captain clue has them all running to the pirate ship.
Egg hunting is a frenzied business and soon they are left stumped for where the next clue is. The parents have spotted it but it takes the children a while and even longer to reach it!
From the pirate ship we search the train stop and then the den building zone.
The next clue takes the children off round the fairy gardens where there are so many secret hiding places.
From the fairy gardens to the games room and then one that no one could fathom. I have just completed a new Nature trail and no one knew where to go for that. It was a good chance for me to gather everyone close and give the slower ones a chance to catch up before tipping them with enough clues on where to go. Up the slopes they climbed searching for eggs and the next clue as they went.
Finally our last clue is read out and a charge for the sand diggers and castle play fort leaves space for everyone to search and play.
I couldn’t believe it had taken the best part of an hour, I’m sure I had more stops and clues this year. Anyway the last clue promoted sharing and caring. A theme we would come back to on activity hour the following day. To my delight the children took it to heart and were excellent at offering a few to others who had been less quick in their searching. Everyone ended up with a good haul and a smile as they set off to enjoy the rest of their Easter Day.
For everyone who likes a stylish kitchen, dabbles in a little kitchen gardening and who enjoys fresh herbs in their cooking this is the perfect gift. You don’t need to live by the sea to appreciate this cute beach hut planter gift set. It has a lovely retro look about it that makes you dream of summer holidays. We think it is the perfect way to brighten up any kitchen windowsill as you nurture your seeds into fresh smelling mint. If this sounds right for you, read on to discover more and find out how you can win one.
The clever box set contains everything you need to start your own mint growing in this cute container. It is really simple to put together yet so satisfying to watch it grow.
We think it would make a wonderful house warming present or thoughtful birthday present, in fact any occasion where you want something a little different.
Check out our quick video to see just how easy it is to put together and get started.
Use leaves from your freshly grown mint to add flavour to salads and casseroles or drop into a jug of Pimms for summer in the garden. When you fancy a change you can always try your hand with another herb from seeds, or even transplant a supermarket growing herb into the attractive beach hut container and keep your window ledge smelling fresh and looking stylish.
Soil pellets, mint seed, beach hut with removable top. Pot and detachable drainage tray, rope surround, instructions for planting.
Note: Seeds must be planted within their sell by date. The planter needs to sit in a light and airy position.
Win your Beach Hut Planter with Prezzybox and Coombe Mill
If you would like one of these cute planters to brighten up your kitchen, or know someone for whom it would make a perfect gift, why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
I love the Easter weekend, the farm is full of happy holiday makers and spring has begun. We have already had fun making Easter Bunny bonnets, Easter cards and hanging Easter Eggs in the fairy gardens. Our grand Easter Day Egg hunt will take place today with more eggs than ever to find, helped by some colourful egg clues. It is always a frenzy of children’s laughter and scampering feet as we work out each clue on the trail. However all this fun will have to wait until after our magic chickens have delighted the children by laying Cadbury’s Crème Eggs in the chicken coop. It is a careful count up of children entering the tractor in the morning by one of my children who then have to run on ahead to the chickens and swap the eggs over before we arrive, but not so quick the chickens have a peck at them! It is a trick we have perfected over the years and it never fails to delight the children here, rather fitting that it all coincides with April Fools Day this year. I’m sure one or two eggs go missing to my “runners” but that’s all to be expected.
On the farm the late start to spring has meant we have no baby chicks for this Easter despite our best attempts to hatch or buy them. However Nick did make a long trip up country to buy a couple of lady friends for Buster the bunny so hopefully we will have some late Easter bunnies on the farm (more cute than me running round in my Easter Bunny outfit) Queenie the goat has delivered our first kid of the season in time for Easter and Charlie Boots as he has become known is a dear little chap. Our lambs now total 5 with no losses so on balance the farm feels very spring like.
Crafts and Chocolate Eggs ready for the Easter Day Hunt
Bunny themed Easter Bonnets Made in Activity Hour
Spring lamb and ewe on a frosty Easter weekend morning
Queenie and Charlie Boots
3 New Zealand White bunnies arrive at Coombe Mill for Easter
I hope the Easter Bunny has called for you and that fun and happiness make your Easter weekend a memorable one with not too many April fools jokes.
Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:
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Happy Easter Weekend!
The weather forecast may be ‘meh’ fort the weekend but I hope you have some fun things planned. We have been making Easter bunny bonnets and Easter Eggs for the fairies and have a huge stack of chocolate eggs ready for our big Easter Egg hunt tomorrow and I’m certain the kids will want to go ahead even if I am hiding chocolates and clues in the rain, better watch out for that Easter Bunny pulling an April fools joke though! I’ll be sharing all over the next few weeks here on the link up, please come and join me.
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Enjoying an afternoon exploring Corfe Castle, Mudpie Fridays crosses off C from their ABC of castles
Port Isaac is a traditional Cornish fishing village just 25 minutes drive from Coombe Mill. It is picturesque and surrounded by countryside in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the North Coast of Cornwall, almost directly out to sea from Coombe Mill. The village is characterised by its steep narrow lanes, old whitewashed granite cottages and slate fronted Cornish houses leading down to the old harbour. It is a notable tourist attraction not least as the setting for famous TV series like Doc Martin. However while tourism is the big employer today, fishing was once a significant industry and a few fishing boats still use the port today. If you dig back further in time cargo ships came and went from Port Isaac carrying coal, stone and more from this Middle Ages until well into the 19th Century. While I was tied up at Coombe Mill waiting for guests to arrive, my niece and her family went off to explore the quaint little village armed with my camera. It is their photo adventure I’m sharing.
You can’t park down by the harbour but there are car parks up on the headland with stunning coastal views.
It’s a steep walk down but not too long or busy
Once at the bottom it is clear why you can’t park there, there isn’t even room to turn the car but it is very pretty to walk though.
All roads lead to the sea
Whichever way you walk down you will find yourself in the little harbour front. At low tide there is enough beach for a little play and it is easily accessed via the boat slipway. Space and freedom was just what was needed for these little ones and an eager puppy. Wet paws and wet wellies were inevitable but worth every minute.
The handy slipway wall is a good chance to sort out soggy wellies, sandy hands and catch your breath.
If you are after a bite to eat or a drink there are a handful of shops, pubs and cafe’s to revive you.
After which a wonder through the town brings plenty of excitement for little ones from cottage railings to the old water pump.
A last look out to sea through the harbour walls is a must before the long trek back to the car park. A heavy trek for some and a cosy carry for others!
Apparently the car engine was hardly turning before this was the scene in the back seats.
Half an hour from drive from Port Isaac is just enough time for a power nap before the evening Coombe Mill train ride!
Tips for visiting Port Isaac
Park at the car park at the entrance to the village before driving down into the village where you can’t park or stop.
Wear sensible footwear for walking.
Have some cash for a local tipple and a treat in the town or pack some snacks and drinks in a ruck sack.
Take advantage of a play on the beach at low tide.
In summer and weekends the local fish shop sells excellent fish and seafood from the local fishing boats.
“Tales from the farmers wife” shares life on our lovely holiday farm with Farmer Emma and our 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.