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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.
In preparation for opening after our month of closure it was all hands on call to make Coombe Mill spick and span for our Christmas Guests. Involving our children in family chores is never a hardship when those chores are made fun. We had a weekend where everyone pulled together and had a blast along the way.
Off to choose the Christmas Trees
Our local farm shop is only a hop skip and a jump from Coombe Mill so we made it a family trip and piled in the car with a trailer on the back to choose a tree for ourselves and the properties rented for Christmas. Once there the children were quite taken by all the choice of trees, the tree cutters in their Santa hats, a huge inflatable snow man and even a Santa Grotto!
We could have spent the morning there but with so much to do preparing Coombe Mill it was back to unload and start decorating.
Our spatial awareness failed us and we ended up with a tree for ourselves to big for the room! After much debate it ended up installed in pride of place on the veranda looking at us with outdoor lights! All the children’s non weather proof treasures were then relocated to the artificial tree indoors.
Putting up the outdoor lights
Timers were found and up the ladder for Farmer Nick and Alistair to install our sparkling lights.
Animals, kids and tractors with Christmas Spirit
With all our Christmas enthusiasm we set about feeding the animals and testing out our newly strengthened trailer which now boasts twin axle and higher sides for safety. Guy and Jed both persuaded big brother Alistair to let then have a go at driving. Another heart in the mouth parenting moment for me, just as well the Nick was in his shed leaving us all to it!
How time flies when there is work to be done; we chatted our way through a thorough clean of the rabbit house and the children delighted in collecting plenty of fresh grass for them to munch and straw in their little houses. To be fair some were doing more bunny cuddling than cleaning!
Making cleaning fun
Give children the right tools and everyone wants a job! Felix was determined to hang onto his job of power washing the patios, poor Jed got a total drenching when he tried to take over, that will be another wash load for me!
All in a productive outdoor family weekend at Coombe Mill with heaps of fun along the way.
What outdoor adventures have you been up to in the run up to Christmas? From seeing the Christmas lights to running off some excitement in the park, please join in with your outdoor family fun.
My Sister in Law and her family live in Fulham; could it be any more different to our farm in Cornwall? Our children are like country bumpkins when we go to stay and the reverse is true when they visit us. 3 young boys with a garden the size of a postage stamp, (apparently that is generous in London) are so excited by the 30 acres of farm to roam here, cousins who they adore and beautiful sandy beaches! It makes me realize just how important it is to have weekends like last weekend when we bring them all together.
Theo leads the way on the Farm
We are still closed until Monday so we have the farm to ourselves. Theo took one of his cousins with him to feed the animals, explaining who had what food and what to watch out for, I realized as I followed them round just how much is second nature to Theo and how confident and caring he is with the animals.
A deserted beach
Faced with a beautiful day we took the children to our local beach. How strange to discover it was empty it was on such a wonderful winter’s afternoon. Taking a foot ball the children revelled in the space and freedom and it wasn’t long before coats and jumpers were peeled off too!
Rock pool find
One of the cousins was quite taken with the baby crab he found
Who needs a spade?
Guy began building a castle with his bare hands; this was clearly going to take all afternoon until Jed came up with an ingenious idea. Disappearing off into the caves he returned with a large flat slate like stone and set to work with Guy. Soon everyone came to help and the castle became a volcano where they ran back and forth pouring water from the rock pools into the crater and watching it disappear. It was a delight to watch them.
Hot Chocolate and Flap Jacks
No beach trip in winter would be complete without a large flask of hot chocolate and homemade flap jacks watching the sun set from the car park at the cliff top.
Christmas Lights and Santa
We were home in time to see the Christmas lights turned on in the neighbouring village and catch up with Santa for a pep talk and gift. A perfect out door day all round!
Joining In with Country Kids
What have you been doing outdoors with the children this week? The days are short and often cold but outdoor time to release some energy is just what children need, especially now when they are so excited for Christmas. Please link up with your adventures and take a peep at others here; there are always some great ideas that needn’t cost a fortune.
“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.