Sheep Shearing during the Morning Feed Run

Posted on May 12th, 2017 - Fiona

It isn’t every day our little farm helpers manage to see our sheep being sheared but last week’s holiday makers turned out to be here at just the right time. In the past we have left sheep shearing until later in the month, but I had spotted Rambo the Ram using his horns to ram the fence posts in his field which meant he needed to go across the lane to his big summer pasture before he broke free.

Rambo the Ram getting restless in his field ahead of moving to his summer pasture

Since we would never have caught him again from there till autumn he would need shearing first; cue an early sheep shearing appointment for all our sheep. Thankfully we have just finished lambing so there weren’t any pregnant ewes. As I walked the field early in the morning the mothers and lambs were playing happily and had no idea what lay ahead for them. 

 

There is always quite a commotion as we round them up and separate them from their lambs for shearing.

Friday our pet lamb had his morning bottle in the car park and was staying in my garden for the morning to avoid all the sheep shearing action.

Feeding Friday before sheep shearing on the farm

Farmer Amber then took the children off round the farm while Nick and I helped set up the shearing station.

Feed Run with Farmer Amber

The timing couldn’t have been better, just as the tractor was on its way home with the children they were able to hop off at Farmer Nick’s shed and come and watch the sheep shearer in action. This was fascinating for them and they stood in Farmer Nick’s trailer to look in and watch.

Sheep shearing during the morning feed run

If you have ever watched sheep shearing at a country show you will know it is quite an art and mesmerising to watch. A good handler will have the sheep still and cooperating in seconds.

This was a lovely safe way for the children to touch the wool and feel how thick it is without being pushed by a big sheep in the field. The shearer moved deftly from one animal to the next, while the children after watching a couple be sheared, took the tractor ride home complete with a souvenir handful of wool.

Kids watching sheep shearing and feeling the wooly fleeces

Ewes and lambs were happily reunited back in their field with Friday going to join them.  Rambo was taken by tractor and trailer over the road to his lush summer pasture just as he wanted.

Ewes and Ram back int heir fields with Friday the pet lamb post 2017 sheep shearing

This was a feed run that will stay with these little ones and their parents for some time to come.  In case you are wondering what happens to the fleeces, a local crafter collects from us to spin and make rugs and kindly donates one of the rugs back to us. We held back a little ourselves for crafts in activity hour, more on that one to follow. 

 

Rug from Coombe Mill Jacobs Sheep

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Country Kids 6th May 2017

Posted on May 5th, 2017 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Country Kids 6.5.17

Embracing May on the Farm 

Summer is really creeping in fast here on the farm. Despite a traditionally wet bank holiday weekend to start the month, the sun is now back with us again. The farm needed the rain and all the summer blooms from rhododendrons to wisteria are adding colour at every turn. Thankfully we didn’t have any new lambs in the rain, just 9 little ducklings who were quite happy with a little Cornish drizzle to welcome them into the world. The children here have been back out playing, splashing in puddles and welcome back the the sunshine. Whatever your adventures, I hope you’ll pop by and share them on the link up below. 

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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.
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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.
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My top commenters from last week:

  1. Sonia from Mammas School who commented on 28 posts.
  2. Kim from Northumberland Mam who commented on 25 posts.
  3. Helen from The Princess and The Pickle who commented on 24 posts.

We have no bloggers link dumping this week, although do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

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, with a gorgeous post about Easter here at Coombe Mill. Karen please email or DM me your choice of wellies showing in stock from the amazing Rockfish selection. 

 

Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the May Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Sonia from Mamma’s School

Corfe Castle on a beautiful day offers some great views and a steam train to arrive on. Herne Hill Mum had a lovely visit.

It was a pleasure for me to read about experiencing Activity Hour here on the farm from a guest perspective as told by Stopping at Two 

 

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Annual Recycled Raft Race 2017

Posted on May 5th, 2017 - Fiona

We have a tradition at Coombe Mill of ending the Easter holidays with a recycled raft race. Every year this popular event grows with regular visitors to us looking forward to the day, newcomers joining in the fun and a few new additions from us to keep the event fresh and exciting.   

 

2017 Farm Recycled Raft Race

 

The fun begins with a pile of washed and recycled floatable items from our recycled bins, a ball of string and plenty of masking tape. Every one works as groups or individuals on their raft following my “one I made earlier” as a rough idea guide.  

Example raft for the 2017 recycled raft race

Making recycled rafts in teams 

I allow a good half an hour for everyone to work on their rafts. I have found the more time I allow the more creative and imaginative the rafts become. There were milk bottle bases, stick bases, masts and decorative additions being added to some wonderful bespoke designs. We were blessed with a beautiful sunny day and the time just ran away from us.

 

Making rafts from recycling for the Easter recycled raft race 2017

 

New for this year we had made a range of certificates. There was everything from biggest raft to smallest raft, most creative to fastest, best in class by age and more. I figured everyone would win something and the challenge added a new burst of energy to the finishing touches.  

Finally everyone was ready and we carried the rafts down to the river. Despite the building excitement I managed to gather everyone for a team photo and gain enough of their attention to remind them of the rules.

Ready for a Recycled Raft Race

Team photo before the annual 2017 Easter raft race at Coombe Mill

 

The chatter was building as they climbed the bridge and held the rafts over the starting line. We managed a perfect first time start and the rafts were away to the sound of much cheering and shouting.

dropping rafts into the river

 

The dash to beat them along the river bank was on.  Guy and Jed were on hand in the river to rescue any rafts caught in the reeds and set them free, along with a few others keen to wade downstream, while the rest dashed towards the finish line.

racing along the river watching the rafts

 

For most of the journey it looked like my raft was going to win, this was not the outcome I wanted! I was quite relived to be moved into second place by a smaller team raft on the final straight. Those who weren’t on the bridge by now were in the water, me included. There were plenty of helpers to stop any runaway recycled rafts from racing down to Padstow.

 

Finishing line at the 2017 raft race

 

We handed out the certificates writing in the winner names as we went and every team won something.  

 

handing out certificates from the Easter Farm Raft Race 2017

River fun

As is often the case the real fun began just at the end. All the older children piled into the river for a big water fight, the screams and squeals as they were showered in cold water was enough to make all the adults smile. I feel sure this will be another fun afternoon on the farm that will remain with the children for a long time to come.

 

Splashing in the river Camel at coombe Mill Holidays

If you fancy joining us for Easter Next year, the Easter Egg Hunt and recycled raft race will take place on Easter week: 31st March 2018.

Check out our availability here.

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Country Kids 29th April 2017

Posted on April 28th, 2017 - Fiona

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

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 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

 

Country Kids 29.4.17

Spring Fun 

Here in Cornwall we have managed to hold onto the sunshine all week despite some chilly winds. Farmer Nick is now worrying about the water supply to the animals, as we haven’t seen any rain for so long! However the worries of a farmer are not the worries of our guests who have been making the most of another sunny week with us.  Whatever your adventures this past week I hope you  can join me on the link up below. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • 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.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • 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.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • 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.

My top commenters from last week:

  1. Helena from Queen of Collage who commented on 35 posts.
  2. Sonia from Mamma’s School who commented on 30 posts.
  3. Helen from The Princess and the Pickle who commented on 28 posts.

There were no link dump and runners again this week, a massive thanks to everyone for making this the second week running.

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

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 April Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Helena from Queen of Collage

OK so I may be a little biased but this post from Stopping at Two about Easter at Coombe Mill filled me with pride

Life at Cooks Cabin enjoyed a holiday just up the coast from us in Devon with some glorious happy beach days. 

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Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

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Join the growing Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 3300 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My featured #countrykidsfun posts of the week are from @jenni_isdancingintherain @franhigham @days_of_henry_and_florence and @isabelkingsford.wildlifestyle thank you for all the wonderful outdoor fun tags again this week. Please keep them coming and remember #countrykids is live for blog posts from midnight.

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Easter Farm Egg Hunt for Easter Sunday

Posted on April 28th, 2017 - Fiona

Easter day is a very special time to be with us here on the farm. We were completely full for Easter week and it was 90% regular Coombe Mill guests who know what to expect from an Easter Farm Egg Hunt. It is becoming a little like Halloween and Christmas where those in the know eagerly await the now familiar set of activities. However to keep it fresh, and keep the older ones on their toes, I always add a few new twists.

 

Easter Day Farm Egg Hunt 2017

Easter Farm Tractor Ride

The fun begins with an overflowing Easter farm tractor and trailer ride to feed the animals. We do our best to be full of new born animals for Easter. This year we have lambs and bunnies at the super cute stage and it was an excited group of children eager to meet them all.

 

Enjoying the Easter morning feed run #coombemill #cornwall #countryliving #countryside #tractorandtrailer

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After feeding the noisy pigs we wandered round to see if the chickens had laid us any eggs for breakfast. I couched in the coup to capture the children’s faces coming in and couldn’t resist this capture as a Chicken laid an egg surrounded by Oreo cream eggs!

 

Chicken with chocolate oreo egg

 

Many of the children were already whispering very loudly about hoping for chocolate eggs, having been before; however the excitement as they entered was as delightful as ever. My helper Guy was having quite a job restricting everyone to one egg each to ensure everyone had a treat to take away.

 

 

The Magic chickens have performed for us on Easter Day. #magic #easterholidays #easterchick #m agicchickens #chocolate

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Of course a few were eaten there and then!

Finding and eating chocolate oreo eggs in the chicken coup

Easter Farm Egg Hunt Preparations

I crept off as the Tractor and trailer continued on towards the other animals to set up the Easter Farm Egg Hunt. As a change this year I had clues for the children to find along with hidden eggs at every stop. I had successfully created a bunny Easter trail for activity hour a few weeks earlier and this was perfect to reuse for my Easter Egg Hunt, I even had an old bunny onesie I borrowed from one of my kids to lead the hunt.

Setting up the Farm Easter Egg Hunt 2017

 

With everything in place I rejoined the end of the feed run at the bunny rabbits.

 

Kids cuddling the rabbits

 

Farmer Nick announced the end of the farm ride and gave everyone  a 10 minute ‘heads up’ to return for my the Easter Farm Egg Hunt.

An  Egg Hunt in Two Halves

I have learned from previous years to split the group into under 5’s and over 5’s to allow the younger children a chance to find some eggs too. The older children knew they would have to patiently wait while the little ones hunted in ride on play area. For many this was their first ever Egg hunt and their little faces were a picture of delight and confusion at finding chocolate eggs all around them.  

 

Under 5's Easter Farm Egg Hunt

 

Finally it was the moment the majority had been waiting for. I explained they had Easter bunny clues to follow this year and that no one was to push ahead. I sometimes wonder whether just to do clues and let the children go round at their own pace and collect an egg at the end as the National Trust do, but the thrill of actually looking for the eggs themselves is what the children say they really enjoy.  So this was my compromise version. There were a few eggs at each stop with most hidden at the last clue.  Many were ready and waiting with Easter baskets as I read out the first clue!

 

First clue of the Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Day

 

From here the children dashed from one clue to another but waiting for everyone at each stop before continuing

 

Easter Farm Egg Hunt 2017 underway

 

We covered from one end of the farm to the other climbing over and under and through play areas, the excitement and squeals of joy a delight to hear. The children took it in turns to read the clues out to the group before dashing on again.

 

Easter Farm Egg Hunt 2017 contiunues

 

Finally at the den building area my volunteer reader announced the final clue for the pirate boat.  The race was on; thankfully I had hidden enough eggs for everyone to have a handful.

 

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Farm Easter Egg Hunt on the Coombe Mill pirate boat

 

Time to take stock of their haul and enjoy a little chocolate snack!

 

Happy faces at the end of the 2017 Coombe Mill Farm Easter Egg Hunt

 

I may have ruined a few appetites for lunch, but it will be an Easter morning they will remember fondly.

 

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