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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.
A family walk along a stretch of coast path not far from us, but which we haven’t visited in years, was the conclusion over a leisurely family brunch. It seemed only I remembered going there before, until we arrived of course and the fragments of memory came back for the children. We parked up in the National Trust car park at Port Quin where they have an honesty box for a £2 parking charge.
It is right next to a couple of old cottages and the slip way to the beach. Guy was understandably taken with the cottage name.
The rest piled down the slipway and onto the beach with their football before Nick had even locked the car! Fun and games with a football and the prospect of some very wet shoes before the journey had begun. I had sensibly worn my trusty Rockfish Wellies, ideal for walking and on the beach but Guy and Jed complained they couldn’t run in wellies and so were wearing school shoes!
Clio is truly Daddy’s girl and found the best way to travel back to firm land.
The coast path was accessed from the lane via open rolling hills with a truncated gothic Folly in the distance. This was built in 1827 by Samuel Symans who was a local businessman and used it as a place to entertain, but today is it owned by the National Trust for rent as a holiday cottage. Rolling down the hills, the children raced ahead to explore, chasing the football and sliding over on the wet ground along the way.
Peering through the windows we could see it was currently rented. If you are after a truly different type of holiday this could be it with quirky features and stunning views, but be prepared for every walker to have a good rattle of the door knob and stare through the window.
Carrying on our walk it began to rain and I was glad I brought a coat. The teens complained I said it was going to be lovely and on my advice didn’t bring theirs. Still they made the most of it, sliding on the muddy path still kicking the football and fooling around with their younger siblings till the sun came back out.
We came across two old mine shafts. Once they were mined commercially for lead but now just make an interesting land mark with not enough security around them more my liking. Naturally the children all peered down the shaft while Nick and I shouted to them to stand further back. Paying lip service to our concerns they began throwing a few stones and boulders down to gauge the depth. Deep was the answer as we listened to the clank of the stones against the side of the mine as they travelled down.
Not satisfied with this they lit themselves a fire using the surrounding dead gorse, a tissue and a lighter from their pocket and threw the contents of this down to see if they could see any more; it didn’t really help but they were impressed with the puff of smoke they created.
Our journey was well signed thanks to the National Trust. The path had stunning views to one side and farming fields to the other. All the gates were labelled with closing instructions; my children ignored this and simply hopped over the top. This is not a path for buggies as even if it wasn’t slippery and boggy there are styles to cross.
Rounding the crest of a hill we saw a beautiful bay ahead of us. There were surfers enjoying the clean waves and although the tide was coming in, there was still some beach to be seen. The children all clambered down to play while Nick and I sat at the top admiring the view and listening to their shouting and squeals below as they jumped from rock to rock and explored caves and waterfalls.
I love this photo of Clio and Daddy on the return leg of the journey and Guy, ever prepared taking a rest on the chair he packed in his rucksack, what a filthy state we all were but it really didn’t matter, we had a lovely time.
I can thoroughly recommend this part of the coast path for anyone staying with us this year. At under half an hour’s drive it makes for an interesting walk with plenty for the children to discover and all for £2 in the car park honesty box. Best of all it is open all year round and even with a shower of rain made a great family adventure.
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A few of my favourites from last week
Over here to there has some beautiful snow and ice fun to make me yearn for some of the same
It isn’t often that we take a family trip to a city but Clio, Theo and myself have all visited the most amazing all you can eat oriental restaurant in Plymouth town centre at some stage over the past year and all come home raving about how wonderful it is. Farmer Nick was curious and so we decided to make a day trip and a rare family lunch outing. I say rare, as with eight of us meals out can be so expensive that to my children fish and chips or McDonald’s is a huge treat! Plymouth is a good hour’s drive so we set off after a family feed run to making sure all the animals were fed and their hay and straw topped up before we left. I even took my DSLR along in case of any good photo opportunities as it fits so easily in my new Mai Tui Bag. The inner bag was claimed by Clio so we could be matching!
Lunch was every bit as good as I remembered and the children certainly had their money’s worth going up about five times to sample new things and refill on the things they loved. They even had a magician come round the tables which kept ours captivated as they tried to second guess all his tricks. A bill a little over £100 wasn’t bad for excellent food and two rounds of drinks for all.
Tummies full we set off to explore the city. The children were immediately drawn to the fountain in the centre; though we did have to stop them wading in to collect the pennies people had thrown!
Next up some fun play equipment, Alistair remembered these being huge from when he was a toddler, now at fifteen and nearly six foot they barely pass his knees and the others couldn’t remember them at all!
Living where we do, buskers are a bit of a novelty to the children and Guy and Jed were transfixed by some rather good young lads on their electric guitars. So much so after adding their pennies they asked if they wouldn’t mind a photo together, next thing I knew they had the guitars off them too! Thankfully the lads found them quite endearing and it made Jed and Guy’s day.
We hit the shopping centre for new school shoes and other essentials before making our way to the Marina. The children danced along walls, made themselves at home with a model sheep and enjoyed the pedestrianised streets with room to run ahead without us worrying.
I hadn’t realised how much of the old city had survived the war time bombing. There are still a few cobbled streets and quirky old style housing and shops bordering the marina.
The Marina itself is somewhere I have never visited, but it is quite delightful with all the boats moored up and cafes and bars over looking.
The children frightened the life out of me climbing up an old decorative crane that captured their imagination, standing on the marina railings and peering over the water’s edge yet never once looking unsure of themselves while Dad and the older boys studied boat prices in the agent’s windows.
It was a lovely way to enjoy a very different day for us and a bonus for me not having to cook dinner!
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A few of my favourites from last week:
Nom Monster and the children climbed the Malvern’s, a long way for little legs
“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.