Country Kids from Coombe Mill

May 22, 2015 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Bank Holiday in Padstow

As locals we should really know better than to visit Padstow on a May bank holiday weekend, but my Brother was down and they really wanted to visit. My own kids never miss an opportunity to enjoy Rick Stein's fish & Chips so against our better judgement we loaded the cars and set off in beautiful sunshine.


Family Fun In Padstow


It was already lunch time when we arrived having had the morning feed run to sort first and the boys had to help Nick with surgery on a sheep's horn that was growing into her eye. Not a pretty sight as there is a blood supply to the horn, I stayed well away but apparently it was a success and she is saved from going blind.

We know the best places to park to avoid all the congestion of the town centre and enjoyed the short stroll along the end of the Camel Trail following which we headed straight for the queues forming outside the famous fish n chip shop.


Walk to the Chippy


By the time our lunch was ready the heavens began to open. So typical of a bank holiday, we scurried into one of the harbour side bus shelters with our chip boxes and sat munching while the rain lashed down feeling like true British tourists!


Rick stein's fish 'n'chips in the rain


The rain eased off and with full tummies we ventured out. Guy had brought his portable fishing rod and set up on the far harbour wall. It was blowing a gale and freezing there but my river jumping adventurer never seems to notice. He was happy as could be with his fishing rod, apart from the passing boats which had him reeling in quick to save his line from on more than one occasion!


Fishing on Padstow Harbour

We left Guy with his fishing and wandered into town.  I love that my kids are so uncomplaining, the adults were freezing dressed for summer when we left but the children just made the most of their time fooling around in the harbour, playing with a ball for sale outside a shop, climbing walls and venturing out onto the beach despite me warning them the sandy mud would claim their shoes!

Padstow shops and Fun on the beach


Back at the car Nick took out my bike, everyone thought I was mad to cycle with it so cold and no rain coat if the heavens opened again but it is a lovely 20 mile ride I haven't done in ages so I waved them off and began pedalling.


Taking the Bike out of the Van


If you ever get the chance it is a lovely family friendly trail that runs from Padstow to within a mile of Coombe Mill. Picnic benches are dotted along the route, the river Camel runs along one side and the old railway line the other. It even passes the Camel Valley Vineyard where the gates were open inviting me in for a glass of their own bubbly and a tour, I was tempted!


Cycling from Padstow to Coombe Mill


As I cycled towards the Bodmin section the old stream train was just drawing into the last of the in use stations. What a treat to see the enthusiasts at work and smell the old coal boilers.


Cycling past Bodmin and Wenford Railway


When I arrived home Guy had run our little train for the guests and retired to the lake with my brother and his friend to continue his fishing while Clio and Theo were gardening on the farm with Nick.


Fishing and Gardening after a day out in Padstow


We enjoyed our day being tourists with my brother. If you are staying with us and plan on visiting Padstow do ask me about parking, bike hire or bring your own bikes and take advantage of our bike shed here at Coombe Mill. There are also crabbing nets and reals to borrow from reception. 



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A few of my favourites from last week:

Redpeffer is making the most of National Trust membership, I loved this post from Coughton Court.    

A Family day out explores dungeons and more at Dover Castle. 

The gorgeous photos from this farm had me captivated from One tiny Leap .

I was rather taken with this little family after dinner treat from Mummy 3+ 1 dog's Memories.

A full football day for active fun for That Lancashire lass

A great post from Mum in a Nutshell with her surfing teen that reminds me of my own kids. 




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Meet the young explorer who talks to animals.

May 18, 2015 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

We all love to balance the time for our children between keeping them active and allowing them some quiet time to relax, here is a DVD that will inspire their next adventure whilst chilling out from the last. Wildlife Jack is a new series about an animated young lad who explores the natural world where he meets and learns about real animals. It may encourage nippers to explore the garden, local park or forest with you and if they end up with dirt under their fingernails and mud up their wellies all the better; this is certainly the hope of the narrator TV naturalist Chris Packham. ‘Wildlife Jack is a great introduction to nature, so I hope it will stimulate them to discover more for themselves,’ says Packham. Brilliant! After all, every child likes to be exploring, having adventures and finding things! We know only too well how kids love learning about the real world, but they want to experience it in a way that is fun and magical. Wildlife Jack is the ultimate fantasy adventure for four, five and six year olds. 


Muddy Hands On Fun


The DVD, Book and downloads on iTunes and Google Play are suitable for children 0-6 years. They tell how Jack, who lives in a city, owns a special book written by his wildlife explorer Grandpa (played by Chris Packham). Wildlife Jack is a great introduction to nature and will stimulate your kids to discover more for themselves.  It features footage of British wildlife and the natural world is explored by Jack, an animated adventurer who lives in the middle of the city and is transported into a real wildlife habitat in each episode. Jack has a magical ability to speak to and interact with the animals he comes across including seals, fox cubs, ladybirds and deer among other creatures.


Wildlife Jack DVD


Young children often know precious little about real British animals, after all they are not found at the local zoo and are mostly quiet and shy, often coming out after bedtime to avoid us! Wildlife Jack brings these sensitive creatures to life and makes them accessible to all, even if it’s a spider outside your front door crawling in your new bug home.  Why not see a clip from the DVD here and see just how magical it is.


Fairy Garden and British Wildlife


This lovely DVD would be a perfect way to prepare for a country walk adding a sense of adventure to the journey ahead. You may even like to further supplement the learning by checking out our Coombe Mill Early Years and Key Stage One worksheets to follow up on a walk with animal word searches, farm animals to hunt for and a sensory sheet.


Worksheets and Woodlands


If you are visiting us on holiday we even have our very own wildlife trail with many of the animals Jack meets. Just imagine the fun of walking our trail pretending to be Jack. We have a copy of the DVD in our borrow room for you to help yourself and let the adventures begin.


The Coombe Mill Wildlife Trail


We’ve got a Wildlife Jack DVD to giveaway to a lucky Coombe Mill blog reader!   


Explore Nature with Wildlife Jack


If Wildlife Jack has captured your heart then follow the instructions below to win a DVD in which Jack mingles with real life animals to tell stories of the great outdoors. It really encapsulates everything we are ourselves trying to pass on to kids, with enthusiasm and a thirst for nature. It’s brilliantly put together!   


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I was given my copy of Wildlife Jack to review and the copies to giveaway. I genuinely love the idea behind this DVD and thoroughly recommend it.


Family Fever

Watch out there's a goat in the woods

May 17, 2015 at 9:00 PMCoombeMill

Watch Out There's a Goat in the Woods


This is without doubt the time of year when the countryside is at its best. Here on the farm the summer flowers are blooming and the bluebells rife in all the hedgerows. Leaves have a beautiful hew of a new growth and our baby animals grow stronger by the day.  After a week of unseasonably cold and drizzly weather the sun returned and the farm in turn responded as if a light had been switched on.  This all happened last Saturday, during a busy changeover. There were guests to say goodbye to, cleaners to supervise, and eleven properties to check before welcoming new arrivals. I have to say when the sun shines my job is easy and the farm couldn't look more inviting. Thanks to light traffic on the road everyone was safely into their properties and exploring the grounds by 5pm. I had a yearning to take my big camera out for a walk and enjoy the late afternoon sun myself. Guy hopped on his bike to join me and we set off at a pace all too slow for Guy as I stopped to marvel over all the farm flowers that were bursting into life.


Honeysuckle and flowers around Coombe Mill  Bluebells and flowers around Coombe Mill

Passing Rocky's field you can't fail to be taken by his plaintiff bleating, he still hasn't accepted he is a goat and always wants to come out for a cuddle. We were only heading into the woods and so let him accompany us; as is typical of Rocky he danced along between us jumping between our legs causing us to trip and laugh at one another on more than one occasion. 


Guy and Rocky Running Around



As we ambled through the deer field I wasn't quite sure if the deer were watching us or Rocky but we certainly turned a few heads.


Catching the Deer's Eye



Guy carried Rocky over the stile and into the woods where just as I expected the bluebells were a radiant carpet.


A Carpet of Bluebells

It was as quiet and peaceful as could be with no sign of anyone else the whole time we were there despite being along a public footpath; it was just what I needed at the end of a busy Saturday and I indulged in a little camera play while Guy and Rocky ran and tumbled around in the bluebells together.

Guy, Rocky and the Bluebells

Guy found a low hanging branch struggling under the weight of its new spring foliage which he turned into a human catapult while Rocky nibbled on the delicacies of the forest floor, we kept a close eye on him as the bracken was just beginning to grow and this can turn goats blind but we needn't have worried as ivy appeared to be his favourite tipple.

Swinging from the Trees in Bluebell Woods

Heading back Rocky's little legs were racing at full speed to keep up with Guy on his bike. We took him back to the house to say Hello to Sprout and give them both their evening bottles and a quick peck on the cheek before turning in for the night.  


Cycling home for a goodnight kiss



Suddenly my busy day felt so much more relaxed as I paused to appreciate all that I have here at Coombe Mill with my family and the farm, a little time spent in the outdoors has such a calming effect on me and on this occasion the bonus of some one on one time with just one of my children.   


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Weekly Farm Photo

May 16, 2015 at 11:36 PMCoombeMill

Every year Rudolf, our male stag, sheds his antlers. These are made of bone and very heavy. This young girl was first to spot one on our morning search of the deer field, she was delighted with her find and indulged in a little fun for us all. The pair are now mounted on the front of our reception next to last years set. 


Stag Antler found in the deer field at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

May 15, 2015 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Wildflower Learning and Crafts

Activity hour changes by the week, every time I think I am going to be easy on myself and repeat an activity I think of something new I want to try! With all the spring flowers bursting forth on the farm I wanted to see if I could create a craft around these. The children staying ranged in age from 2 to 5 so I knew it had to be something engaging, easy to complete and colourful. It didn't take me long to have a plan forming that was easily going to use up our hour.

Wildflower Hunt and Bookmark Craft

As everyone gathered around the craft tent I explained what we had planned for the afternoon. First we were going to design our collecting baskets from a sheet of coloured paper, and then we would be off on a wildlife trail to fill them with wildflowers before returning for more crafting fun with our colourful collection.

Starting a session with some colouring suited all ages as the older children drew recognisable spring flowers and butterflies while the younger's children delighted in messy patterns. When everyone was ready we turned our artwork into collecting baskets and were ready for a farm wildflower hunt.

Making the Collecting Baskets

To give us some guidance on things to collect we had printed and laminated our farm wildflower hunt from the Coombe Mill education pages, as created for us with twinkl. Everyone took a sheet and a felt tip pen to tick of each flower they found and add it to their collecting baskets.

Ticking off the Flowers

This took longer than I had bargained on as the children were determined to find every flower scouring the farm hedgerows, river bank and fairy garden. They beamed with delight as they found what they were searching for.

Flower Hunting

Back at the tent we set to work on our bookmarks. I had taken a photo of the children on the farm before hand and each used this photo to personalise their bookmark, a tip I picked up from a post last year from Susan K Mann.  From here the children arranged their favourite flowers and embellished the design with felt tip. We used sellotape to hold them in place and give strength to the bookmarks. When they finished one side we turned them over and repeated the process by which time they were surprisingly sturdy.  For a finishing touch we punched a hole at the bottom and added some floristry ribbon tassels. 

Making the Bookmarks

Guy was blowing the whistle to call the children for the train at 5pm while I taped the last few bookmarks.  I was delighted with the attention to detail and concentration of all the children during this task and everyone had a bespoke book mark to take home as a keepsake for their night time stories.  

Finished Bookmarks

If you are here with us on the farm I run activity hour every Friday when there are 5 or more children staying. Children learn from each other and enjoy an hour in the fresh air cementing friendships and finishing their holiday on a memorable note. You can find other craft ideas and tutorials on past activities under my Farm Crafts section here on the blog.


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A few of my favourites from last week:

A steam train and animals made a wonderful birthday treat for Sophie Is 

The Room on a Broom adventure trail made this country walk exciting for We're going on an adventure

Moors Country Park is great for an adventure especially if you go with friends as Charlie Moos and Chelsea Mamma did 

Popping over from France Mad house family Reviews had a blast at Chessington World of Adventures

More adventure with bubbles at the Abbey for Becoming a Stay at Home Mum

Let kids be kids made their own bubble machines, a lovely simple to do activity for the garden or park

The Joy of five enjoyed a day of mini beast studies which had the children captivated. 




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