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"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.
Living on a holiday farm, I do like the properties to reflect a little of the romantic rustic nature of the farm. The delightful authentic egg cup pails from Eddington’s, and available from Prezzybox, would make a perfect display feature in any kitchen and are perfect for both our modern lodges and 16th Century cottages bringing the farm theme indoors. Even better, they not only look great on display, they are actual egg cups too; perfect for coming back to your holiday property after the morning feed run including egg collecting and serving up a freshly boiled egg. Read on to find out more and for a chance to win your own set.
Whether you are after surprising Mum on Mother’s day with a farm style breakfast, or treating the kids to a crème egg in a cup for Easter, these novelty egg cups would make the perfect gift.
Need to Know
Number of egg cups in a pack
Wash before use. Hand wash only (I put 2 in the dishwasher by mistake, they were fine but the paint faded a little).
Egg cup size
4.5 cm diameter x 4.5cm high (perfect for medium to large eggs)
We will be sweet talking our hens into a regular haul this spring so that our guests can try out their new style egg cups. If you are staying in Trevarno lodge you will be the lucky ones with 4 eggs cups sitting proudly on your kitchen window ledge ready for use. Of course I had to test them myself before featuring them in our properties. They fit the farm eggs here a treat.
Win your Authentic Egg cup pails from Prezzybox with Coombe Mill
If you fancy these cute and quirky farm style egg cup pails to give to your Mother or children this Mother’s Day or Easter, why not enter to win. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Yesterday in Country Kids I shared our fun in the snow. From sledging to snow man building we packed in every activity possible from our 24 hours of snow on the farm. Away from rosy cheeks and play Storm Emma also left a picture postcard looking winter wonderland at Coombe Mill. I’m sure these aren’t technically the best photos, for one thing I haven’t had a chance to try a snow photo for 10 years and for another my fingers froze to the shutter button if I was out any length of time! However since this week has been marked by the usual sunshine and rain mix I thought looking back at last weekend’s snow scenes which are yet unshared and still such a novelty here at Coombe Mill.
Storm Emma hits the farm
Just as the winds howled around the house and the blizzards drifted across the fields in the early hours of Friday morning these dear little twin lambs were born. How they survived the night I really don’t know but they were as bright as buttons when we discovered them in the morning. A little jiggling round of field shelters and they were soon making friends with our first lamb from last week.
The deer huddled under the shelter of the old oak trees and watched as the snow fell
Farmer Nick struggled through the snow bringing much needed hay to the animals while I helpfully held gates open and grabbed a sneaky photo.
Even our wise old owl on the post to the cottages looked rather regal with the backdrop of snow
Our Lakes took on a whole new persona
The lakes were frozen from days of sub zero temperatures and looked so pretty with a dusting of snow on the ice. The ducks abandoned the frozen lakes preferring to bob around in the edges of the river.
In the river icicles’ hung from the reeds while snowdrops and daffodils wilted on the river bank preserving their energy for warmer days. It may be warmer now and spring definitely in the air but I miss the beauty of the snow. I’m sure not everyone agrees, but we did have just 24 hours in 10 years so I think I’m allowed to think fondly of the white stuff!
Happy Mother’s Day, I hope all your children are treating you well.
Country Kids is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:
“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”
Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust #50 things along with all other ideas for family fun outside.
From Snow to Rainbows
The weather has jumped between sunshine and showers at an alarming rate giving us some spectacular rainbows and the temperature returned to double figures however I do miss the novelty of snow here in Cornwall. Thankfully all the animals survived the cold snap and were delighted to see our solo little helper this week who has had the farm run all to herself and joined in with everything each morning.
My post this week is looking back at our snow days last week. As ever the link up is below for you to add your outdoor fun.
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Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
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Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.
Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, we had a week with no link dumpers so a pat on the back to you all!
Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids
Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly
I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.
Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here, will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!
For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.
Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the March Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter: Karen from Two Tiny Hands
Dear Mummy made the most of Snowmaggedon, with some outdoor family snow time.
Julia Donaldson trails are great ways to encourage adventure for the kids, check out the fun the Stopping at Two family enjoyed.
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For the past 10 years we have watched in envy as others have shared their snow day fun. Days of school, rosy cheeks on sledges and snow man building in the garden, it all looked like such an adventure and one my own children were missing out on. My oldest teens can just remember playing in serious snow but the triplets were too young to remember it at all. Oh the joy when storm Emma was forecast to hit us and the schools closed in anticipation. Finally it was our turn.
Fake Snow Day
Schools closed at lunchtime amidst the most glorious blue skies and it really felt like this was a fake snow day that never should have been. My Instagram stories were more and more sarcastic as the afternoon progressed and the blue skies continued. Though the college bus was heavily delayed from snow further south in Cornwall.
A real Snow Day
The following day we actually woke to a dusting of snow. It was picture postcard pretty, very delicate flakes but not enough to be useful. The kids were dashing in and out all day willing it to build a little. Finally it did just as night fell. We grabbed the sledges, I turned off the dinner and we made the most of it in the dark. Sadly it was too dark for any photos, but these were the last I took as we headed for the big hill beyond our cottages here.
Satisfied we had seen some snow and actually been able to dust off a sledge (and broken another that had long since been outgrown) we settled in for the night. To our relief we woke to find the snow still there. It was melting on the south facing slope from the previous day but there were still in useful drifts in the sheep field. We improvised with body boards, the section of a little tikkes slide and enjoyed an hour of fun on the slopes.
Down by the lake the snow was still frozen and throwing snowballs across the lake soon became a mass snowball fight. I had quite forgotten the chilly sensation of wet snow sliding down your neck!
I had a constant machine load of soggy things washing and drying and kept mopping the floor from snow laden boots. Meanwhile snowmen were being built around the farm.
We even had an igloo building competition. They worked to some extent but we need another snow day now to perfect the designs. Sadly I fear we will have forgotten our learning by the time we see snow again!
Our snow day was a long time coming and so much fun. Never has it been easier to get all my grown up kids outdoors just being kids. I can see how you might end up with snow fatigue after days of this, but I have to say one day was amazing.
For a little escapism on a Sunday evening I have loved curling up to watch Call the Midwife, the smash hit BBC series created by Heidi Thomas, inspired by the memoirs of Jennifer Worth. Living in the modern age there is something quite romantic and nostalgic about digging back into our past for this series. The program takes the viewer back to a time long before computers and the internet when life was so different, when basic wholesome living was a priority for the staring nuns and nurses and the first world worries of today feel a million miles away. Now series 7 is out on DVD, a chance to recapture the nostalgia of the nuns and midwifes at your leisure through this epic drama of their everyday life. For your chance to win the latest DVD from the series, out on 26th March, read on.
More about Series 7
Series seven sees the nuns and nurses of Nonnatus House tested, both personally and professionally, as never before. They find themselves facing a wide range of challenging issues from breech birth to cancer, Huntington’s chorea, cataracts and unmarried mothers.
Poplar welcomes a new midwife, Lucille Anderson (Leonie Elliott), the first West Indian midwife to be featured as a series regular. Elsewhere, Trixie (Helen George) and Christopher (Jack Hawkins) continues to develop their romance, and Tom (Jack Ashton) and Barbara (Charlotte Ritchie) enjoy life as a married couple. Nurse Crane (Linda Bassett) finds her authority questioned from where she least expected it, and Sister Monica Joan (Judy Parfitt) is finally facing up to her failing faculties. While Dr Turner (Stephen McGann) and Shelagh (Laura Main) find their lives change more than they could have imagined when they hire au pair.
Need to Know
Call the Midwide series 7
Number of Discs
Christmas Special and DVD Extras that feature behind-the-scenes interviews and featurettes
Win your Series 7 Call the Midwife DVD set with Coombe Mill
We think this could be a perfect Mother’s Day gift or just a little treat for mothers everywhere to enjoy being wrapped up in the drama and life of the midwives of old.
To enter simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
“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.