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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.
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.
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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.
Space to run around
Shall we go closer?
Daring to paddle
Those waves are chasing me!
Run run as fast as you can ….
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.
We have had great fun with Baby Annabel. She lives in Polzeath holiday lodge play room and makes best friends with the guests staying there each week. We are super excited to announce that she now has a sibling; Baby Annabell brother has come to keep her company. Our little holiday guest couldn’t have been more excited when she came out to play with Annabell and I presented her with her brother fresh out of the box. If you want to discover more about Baby Annabell Brother and be in with a chance of winning one to light up the face of a little one in your life then read on.
Baby Annabell Brother Features
Just like his sister, Baby Annabel Brother has plenty of realistic functions. He really wets his nappy, babbles, gurgles, sucks on his bottle or dummy with real sounds and mouth movement, cries real tears, burps, yawns, falls asleep and responds to touch and movement (needs fitting with 4 x AA batteries to make the sounds work). He looks super cute and just ready for a cuddle all the time.
Promotes imaginative play
The life like functions are perfect for helping life imaginative role play and encouraging the development of social skills from a young age. Our little girl quickly learned to share her new babies with her little brother, who was put in charge of Baby Annabell briefly while she tended to the needs of the brother. They had a lovely time playing on the Coombe Mill play boat with their babies and tending to all their needs. I watched on as the babies were rocked to sleep, loved and cared for, with a little adventure thrown in, just like a real baby.
Cuddles for Baby Annabel Brother in the Daffodils
Excitement over Baby Annabell Brother
On the Slide with Baby Annabell
On the slide with Baby Annabell and Brother
Kissing Baby Annabell Brother
Carrying Baby Annabell and Brother
When it was time for the evening train ride of course Baby Annabell and Baby Annabell Brother joined in the fun!
Need to Know
Age 3+ (there is another Baby brother with less features and moving parts for age 1+)
all good toy shops, Amazon,
For more activities, product information and to listen to the baby sounds
For the second time this year we have been hit by snow. Nick and I were going to North Yorkshire for a Funeral last weekend and driving to beat the snow all the way up leaving the family in charge of Coombe Mill. Thankfully our guests managed to arrive on Saturday before the snow really set in but then everyone was grounded for a couple of days as the ‘Mini Beast from the East arrived. The kids were not in the least disappointed. With both colleges closed on Monday and our lane impassable, Sunday and Monday were given over to photos and fun. As I was missing all the action I asked Felix to capture a few photos for me. Having never picked up my camera before I had no idea what he would capture or if anything would be in focus, but to my delight he is actually quite a natural with the camera and I love his choice of wintry scenes. I only wish I had been there to see for myself. It may not have lasted long but we certainly saw plenty of snow again.
I was in contact everyday checking all was going smoothly with the guests and the farm and that feed runs and train rides were all running on time by them all. It sounds like they did us proud on every front, even if our own house looked like a bomb had landed when Nick and I walked in on Monday night!
The kids’ snowmen lasted till midweek and icicles clung to north facing hillsides as the temperatures refused to climb despite the sunshine that followed.
Come on spring where are you?
Photos from Felix from when the mini beast from the East came to Coombe Mill
Approach to Coombe Mill
From the tractor bridge to the farm
By the cottage gardens
From the farm fields looking back over Coombe Mill
“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.