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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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Without wanting to jinx things, I’d say spring 2018 has been our best lambing season ever. All our ewes have now lambed and all have been healthy births and escaped the jaws of the fox or claws of a buzzard. However last week we did have one casualty. Ebony, our newborn abandoned lamb of 4 years ago gave birth to twins. At first she seemed to take to the little girl and reject the boy. But within a couple of hours things had changed. They boy was in favour and the little girl, with newly docked tail and yellow spray markings had been pushed away. We placed Ebony and her twins in a small pen together in hope of a happy reunion and watched them carefully. However it soon became painfully clear the little girl’s life was in danger as Ebony repeatedly butted her away. We are never certain in this situation if the mother knows something we don’t in terms of the health of the rejected lamb, or if it is some form of emotional rejection. With no obvious birth defects showing, we took the only option available to try and save the abandoned lamb. Nick and I took a bottle to Ebony and expressed a good feed to start the lamb off and she spent the rest of the day safe, if lonely, in the warmth of our greenhouse.
Newborn abandoned lamb looking the spitting image of Ebony her Mother.
By the following day the little lamb was calling out for her bottle first thing and reluctantly taken to the special blend powdered milk in a bottle. This is always a big step with any abandoned lamb, but especially tricky in this case where she had been initially accepted by Mum. As the week progressed she has gained in strength and character and is now a highlight of the morning feed run here on the farm. The children love to feed her a bottle and have her join them on the tractor and trailer. In turn our little lamb, now named Lambo through our Facebook page, loves the affection and attention from the children.
First morning out on the farm ride to the delight of the children.
Children enjoying feeding Lambo her morning bottle.
When she is down to 2 feeds a day Lambo will moved over to join the ducks and chickens where she will have more animal contact yet be safe from the foxes and finally move in with the other sheep when she is fully fox proof in size.
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.
Hopefully the chill of April is now behind us and we an look forward to some warmer days for May. Certainly our little abandoned lamb featured here is happy to see the sunshine as it means she can roam our garden and not be shut into the greenhouse! With the days now stretching out into the evening there is plenty of scope for outdoor fun, please do share yours with me on the link up below.
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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.
April Welly Winner
Congratulations to Karen from Stopping at Two who is our April winner of the lovely Rockfish wellies. Karen brought the family back here to Coombe Mill for a 3rd holiday over Easter and shares all the things they enjoyed out and about here on the farm. Karen, do DM or email ([email protected]) your choice of wellies from the Rockfish range including size and colour as shown in stock.
Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the May Rockfish Wellies:
I have really taken to creating flowers from toilet rolls and after the success of our Mother’s Day crafts making cards with toilet roll flowers I decided to take all the elements from here and make two new flower crafts. This coincided with a lovely educational story book arriving for me to review from Quarto Kids all about the seasons in the garden. Before I knew it I had a spring flower garden theme coming together for our guests to enjoy.
The Magic Garden
We began in the games room reading The Magic Garden. It is quite short and illustrative and the perfect length for the children. It put everyone into a creative mood and ready to go out and view the farm gardens with fresh eyes.
So with flower tick sheets and pens we set off in search of a signs of spring flowers on the farm. It is amazing what you find when you have your eyes really open. We hardly travelled any distance to find our first three flowers. The lawn around the games room was filled with buttercups, daisies and daffodils. Just as well Farmer Mick hadn’t yet come along to do his first mow of the year! We soon followed up with the Camellia and primrose and the first bluebells. The Rhododendron was only in bud and the honeysuckle just in leaf so these were much harder. It will be a few months before we see the new season Fuchsia but we still walked over to the bush where they will appear and checked along the river bank for Red Campion.
Creative Flower Pots
We arrived back at the games room just as the rain began and quickly moved the craft table under shelter. The children chose to make the flower pots first. It is a relatively simple craft that needed minimal help from the grownups, yet gives a pretty result. We covered toilet rolls in a choice of fabric.
Then we cut out squares of crepe paper and poked them through pipe cleaners to make magical colourful flowers.
The girls were thrilled with their finished flower pots.
Spring flower garden wreath
Then we moved onto the flower wreaths. The first task was to cut the centre out of a paper plate for the frame. Then we cut and painted toilet rolls to make the flowers.
By stapling the painted flowers on to the paper plate and hanging with ribbon we had pretty wreaths. I had wanted to collect ivy to place between the flowers but the rain was really pouring down so the girls decided to leave their wreaths at the games room to dry and add their own ivy later.
I think they would have happily stayed and crafted all evening once inspired. Their combined concentration and willingness to do everything was infectious. Its amazing how fast time goes and how much creative fun can come from a book and some throw away household items.
Move over flowers and boring chocolate boxes, here is the ultimate gift I challenge you not to want. A personalised Sweet tree blooming with treats just like our summer gardens. Will it be Smarties or Chocolate Buttons for the kids, Maltesers for the lighter touch, indulgent Lindor for your dearest chocoholic friends or Liquorish all sorts for a colourful twist. The choice is yours to make and personalise as you wish. Did I want to try one here at Coombe Mill? Well of course, thank you Prezzybox this one is a gem!
Which Sweet Tree would you choose?
What we love
We, OK I, chose Lindor as it is my favourite chocolate. It arrived beautifully packed and in a cellophane over wrap with big bow. Somehow I was expecting something smaller but was impressed with the size. Unwrapped it is a real statement piece.
The glass holder is the personalised part, I had Coombe Mill inscribed on mine and it looks prefect in fancy gold type. But it isn’t just the flowing blossom of chocolate that impressed me, it is the chocolate coated stem and branches and the chocolate raisin filled earth. This really is a chocolate delight in every sense of the word.
I had to hide it until after dinner and then brought it out. It was a huge “wow” factor as everyone dived in.
Sometimes I really don’t know where these great ideas come from.
The little touch that makes the treat
Each tree comes with a little tea light to add to your personalised holder after the sweet tree is gone. We think this is a lovely touch and a great lasting memory of a tasty thoughtful gift.
Need to Know
A few pointers to help you choose your sweet tree gift.
Edible sweet treats, Personalised tree / glass holder, tea light,
Win your Personalised Sweet Tree with Prezzybox and Coombe Mill
We are delighted to be able to offer a tree of your choice to one lucky winner. We think these trees are a perfect gift for any occasion. To be in with a chance just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
This time of year is birthday season in our house. My triplets have just celebrated their 14th birthday and my eldest is about to turn 20. We spent a lovely day in Plymouth with the triplets last weekend having lunch out, shopping and them ice skating for the kids and car shopping for Nick and me. It was a beautiful day and we walked to the car showroom round the Barbican and harbour soaking up the sun and the boats. Why the midlife crisis you may ask. Well that’s what my kids have dubbed it since it is a soft top I’m after as a late 50th present to myself. The weather the past couple of weeks has really pushed my soft top craving up the agenda and on Thursday evening I took ownership of an old SAAB convertible. Despite laughing at me and telling me SAAB is a real old persons car, my two eldest couldn’t wait to give it a spin and Theo has declared it perfect for him to learn to drive in. I know I will be fighting to drive my own car on a sunny day from here on in. Fingers crossed I haven’t put a curse on the summer weather now for everyone! I have checked my golf clubs fit in the boot and even my body board and beach kit so I am all set as a middle aged poser.
Nick and I are off on a little weekend away right now in my new car complete with twin sets of golf clubs while our kids manage the business. I have to say if this is having midlife crisis I can thoroughly recommend it!
Plymouth Barbican seafront in the summer sun last weekend.
The end of a beautiful day on the golf course.
Driving out in my gorgeous new car dubbed my midlife crisis.
All the photos this week are simple iPhone snaps out and about. I’ll return to a more farm focus next week which incidentally is looking wonderful, bursting with summer colour and new born animals. Here is a little taster:
Rhododendrons in the cottage gardens at Coombe Mill
“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.