Country Kids from Coombe Mill

September 19, 2014 at 11:50 PMCoombeMill

A day on the river Le Gardon 

Last week I shared on Country Kids our wonderful family holiday in France. I held back the highlight of the week which was kayaking down the river Le Gardon. We kept the excitement till near the end of our stay having fond memories of doing the same last year. There is always the fear returning to a much loved activity that the magic will not be there. I needn't have worried, this was a trip which didn't disappoint.

 

Kayaking on the river

 

 

It is only a short drive from our cousins house to the start point where we catch a bus to the kayaks. In no time we are fitted with lifejackets and pairing up in groups of two and three for the boats while I admired the brightly coloured cafe seating and stunning scenery around us. 

 

 Collecting kayaks for river fun

Our journey was both beautiful and fun filled as each kayak raced each other and laughed when anyone became grounded or threatened to capsize on the rapids. While we have been enjoying a drier and warmer than average summer in the UK, France have had a wetter and cooler summer leaving the river fuller and faster flowing than previously and steering the boats where we wanted them took quite an effort, though I think a little friendly boat pushing added to the fun.

 

A competitive kayak race on the river

 

We had managed no more than 15 minutes before the leading kayak selected a deserted pebble bank for lunch. thankfully with hungry teenagers the boats are fitted with giant barrels to hold our picnic and valuables so we were well prepared and everyone tucked in. 

 

Lunch break on Le Gardon

 

Back on the water for more fun and games until we spotted the same giant rock the children had jumped off last year. Our dare devil group were not going to let this one pass and swam over to check their skills were still up to the mark! 

 

Thrill Seekers on Holiday

Further on and under the stunning Pont du Gard for a swim stop and yes, more rock jumping, this time from the footings of the famous bridge.  It is one long paddle for the finish line from here with each team claiming victory and "team adults" accepting the losing position! 

 

Jumping from the Pont du Gard

 

This was a day that has retained all it's magic and if we are lucky enough to return to the region again I know it will be top of the wish list once more. Needless to say the journey back to Cornwall consisted of much planning for a return trip and questions from the kids as to whether they could try kayak's on the river Camel from Coombe Mill to Padstow!

 

 

Joining in with Country Kids

If you have been enjoying some time with the kids outdoors please come and join me here on the linky. Country Kids is all about family time away from screens and sofas each week anywhere from the garden to the beach. There are only 2 rules, post must be outside and involve children. If you have a post that fits then do grab the badge code below, or link back here, and remember to check out some of the other posts, there are always some lovely activities to inspire your next family adventure in the great outdoors.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Smiles and Trials takes to pedal power for a family trip to the woods and beach

Carew Castle kept Lakes Single Mum and the family busy with their medieval weekend 

Over 40 and Mum to One  revisits a childhood haunt with her own family and rediscovers the wonder of Frensham Ponds 

Pixie Dusk makes a mini festival look so much fun 

We have all been blackberry picking but have you tried organised potato picking? Mummy Endeavours treats the family

 

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Make Yours a Coombe Mill Christmas

September 15, 2014 at 2:20 PMCoombeMill

Christmas is a time to enjoy with family, a magical experience for children and one we all strive to make special without breaking the bank or causing stress.  Here at Coombe Mill we could have just the answer to your perfect family festive break. Imagine cosy log burners to cuddle up by and watch the Christmas movies, 30 acres of stunning woodland, meadows and play areas to explore, daily farm rides for the children and helping Farmer Nick hay up the animals and a Christmas train each afternoon to excite and tire the children each day. Help us with some Christmas crafting fun and decorate your own real Christmas Tree just as you want it with our box of lights and baubles all ready for your arrival. 

 

Make yours a Coombe Mill Christmas

Every year we welcome families to the farm at this special time of year. It makes the ultimate Christmas gift for all the family and ensures everyone relaxes and enjoys the holiday with your own personal preparations taking place before you arrive.

 

Scandinavian Lodges at Coombe Mill

 

Our properties are warm and inviting with home from home comforts as we know only too well the importance of providing all the things you might need. Our huge borrow room is packed with everything from toilet training seats to farm overalls so you can pack light in the knowledge we have it covered here for you.

Christmas Eve is extra special with a super nutritious breakfast for the deer since they are on standby for Father Christmas and need much looking after. The man in red and his elves join our Christmas train ride with presents for all the children before we open up our house for supper and drinks for all. This is a relaxed evening with just a short stroll back to your property to prepare fireplaces for the day ahead.

 

Christmas Eve Party at Coombe Mill Holidays 

 

On Christmas morning Farmer Nick runs the tractor rides an hour late to allow family time first thing. Join us to feed the animals while the turkey cooks in the oven. We can even order and deliver a turkey for you with our local farm friends.

 

Farm Fun at Christmas

 

 

Enjoy an afternoon at Coombe Mill or take a trip out to one of our local beaches and enjoy a brisk walk along the sands and admire the winter surfers or take a festive dip if you are brave!

If all this sounds like the Christmas for you then please take a look on our website for price and availability.

 

A chance to win Christmas for your family  

Chance your luck in the giveaway below. We are offering one free Christmas break from 21 - 27th December 2014 in a cottage or lodge of your choice to sleep up to 7 people subject to availability.  The holiday is non transferable and must be taken on or within the dates indicated. The holiday is free and all the farm activities too but any extras selected on the property will be chargeable including electric (estimated at £20). 

 

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Good luck to all taking part. You can enter until Midnight 29th October. A winner will be drawn via my monster spreadsheet and Randomorg.com and annonced here on the blog.

 

We look forward to welcoming one lucky family to the farm soon!   

Autumn Piglets

September 14, 2014 at 11:20 PMCoombeMill

Sally our breeding sow has done us proud delivering eleven beautiful piglets right on time.

Sally the Pig with 11 Piglets 1st Morning

I am in debt to @Jos_Nursery for the newborn photo as we were actually on our family holiday in the south of France when Jo tweeted me the news from Coombe Mill. Taking a family holiday when you run a holiday business is no easy task. For years we have taken our children away in term time for an out of season holiday, but since last year when the eldest of our children entered the serious GCSE stage we are forced to go without a holiday or find a way to cover the business in peak times. Thankfully we managed to sort the 'A team' of Amber, our first hospitality apprentice, Old Farmer Ted from the village and Farmer Gill who is new to the farm this year. Our break had to fit around their plans and this left us with the very last week of August, Sally's due date!

 

Sally heavily pregnant

 

We left a heavily pregnant Sally in the hands of our holding farmers. Ted has worked with us for years after first holidaying at Coombe Mill and has seen plenty of pigs give birth so we were confident he would be fine. Last year Sally was a teenager when she gave birth and not even fully grown herself and we were thrilled with how she took to motherhood so we were hopeful for a successful and easy labour this year.

All our guests staying the week we left were hoping they would be the lucky ones, I had updates from @SimplyHalyley and @SarahGlenister so I knew Sally was still holding on by the weekend.

It was Monday evening with new holiday makers, Ted was doing an evening check of the farm when one of the guests raised the alarm that the pig was giving birth. Sure enough there were 2 piglets out and Sally was very much in full swing. Ted kindly called round all the houses, as it was still a sociable hour, to see if anyone wanted to pop out and see. Quickly a crowd gathered to watch this magic time, just as we had done last year.

Sally managed everything all on her own and 11 healthy piglets with no stillborns was a tremendous result. I enjoyed a celebratory drink in France to toast Sally as Jo's tweet and Instagram photo came though followed by a text from Ted to say all was well.   

 

Cheers to Sally the Pig

 

Rolling into Coombe Mill in the dead of night on Thursday we collapsed into bed excited to meet our new arrivals the following morning. Nick was once again Farmer Nick and I was out with my camera to capture our magical piglets, their proud mother Sally and the joy on the faces of those staying with us as they watched and held the beautiful newborns.

 

Piglets to welcome us home from holiday

 

They grow so fast it takes my breath away each year, but thankfully they couldn't have been born into better weather and I can see already they will be plenty big enough to  survive the chilly days of autumn still to come.

 

 

We have availability again now the school summer holidays are passed if you fancy a farm break and meeting one of these adorable bundles.

Linking up our Autumn Piglets tale with Magic Moments and What's the Story

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Silent Sunday / Project 52

September 13, 2014 at 10:35 PMCoombeMill

 

Toddlers on the play tractor at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

 

 

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

September 12, 2014 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Away from Coombe Mill 

We have been visiting family in the south of France for the past couple of weeks. It is a lovely end of summer treat for the children and for Nick and me too. It is a long full day travelling down that involves a very early start from England, but it is so worth it when we arrive. Beautiful as Coombe Mill is, it is still lovely to spend some time away. For us the south of France has cousins the same age as our children, a lovely big house, the delightful town of Uzes and the river and beach a short drive away. It is a complete break for us all and Nick's cousin Georgia and her husband Jean Luc are so hospitable we have returned for the second year running.  

 

A week in Uzes in France

All the children picked up where they left off. With 10 teens and tweens around the house there is always someone to 'hang out' with and always something to do. For us adults there is endless food to make, laughs to share and time to relax and enjoy the things that matter most from being with the children to enjoying late evenings over wine on the veranda. Here I am sharing just a snapshot of some of our favourite activities. 

A day at Montpellier beach was an hour's drive which is more than we are used to in Cornwall but the beaches so vast that even at the end of summer they didn't feel crowded. My dare devil children soon followed their cousins lead and spend a considerable amount of time jumping from the road bridge into the mouth of the estuary. I think I am secretly pleased this isn't an option around us!  

 

 Montpellier beach

Ping pong tournaments in the garden were enjoyed so much by the kids that we are now looking into a ping pong table for Coombe Mill.

 

Ping Pong on holiday

 

Sadly we really don't hat have the weather for an outdoor pool, but they are a garden staple in the south of France and just as my children rediscover the farm with friends around, so the cousins did with the garden pool and our children.

 

Pool side in Uzes

 The joy of a large group and older children is that not everyone has to join in everything. Nick and I took Clio and Guy to Nimes for the morning; we enjoyed an alfresco breakfast in the town square before a trip around the ancient Roman coliseum.

 

Coliseum in Nimes

Ally, Felix and I took our bicycles along and spent many an afternoon cycling through the local villages and countryside. We checked on the vineyards, witnessed a wedding and teased each other when someone was slacking on the hills. These bike rides were one of the highlights for me along with eating figs and grapes straight from the garden. 

Evenings eating out on the veranda were the perfect way to end each day and catch up on the day's highlights. The views as the sun set were awesome and the fun and laughter from us all infectious. 

 

Fun on holiday in France

 

It was a long journey back to Cornwall but so worth it for the family time we enjoyed away from the business together. My only regret was missing the birth of our piglets. Thanks to Jo of Jo's Nursery who was staying at Coombe Mill I had a running commentary and a lovely photos from instagram to keep me going till I could see them for myself. 

piglets at Coombe Mill Sept 14

 

Highlights from our week in the South of France:

Joining in with Country Kids

If you have been enjoying some time with the kids outdoors this summer please come and join me here on the linky. Country Kids is all about family time away from screens and sofas anywhere from the garden to a family holiday like us this week. Just grab the badge or link back here and remember to check out some of the other posts, there are always some lovely activities to inspire your next family adventure in the great outdoors.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I'd love you to join me there:

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Blackberries are amazing this year Dairy of the Evans Crittens share a great day picking them and baking.

Check out this for a wonderful VIP trip by Maybush Studio to the famous River Cottage. 

The joy of a UK holiday with young children is beautifully told by Life as our little family.

Fun as a Gran makes the most of nature with some impromptu river fun. 

Let Kids be Kids watches her children play Mummy with delightful photos out in the garden. 

 

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