Christmas is Coming

December 5, 2015 at 10:00 PMCoombeMill


Weekly Photos from the farm

It has been quite miserable outside this week so I thought I share our little midweek fun of  putting up the Christmas Tree, Nick and I bought this gem for just £10 and I have to confess I was a little worried as we opened it up thinking that half the branches would fall off or be damaged at that price. Much to our surprise it shook down into a perfect tree shape. I worked with Theo to put the lights on as at just 13 he is much taller than me and could reach the top!

Guy and Clio then took over from us with squeals of excitement as trinkets and decorations made from years gone by emerged from the box to take their pride of place once more on the Tree.


 Decorating the Christmas Tree at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall


By the time it was finished it resembled a bit of a dogs dinner but it is their handiwork, their artwork and all our family memories of Christmases gone by. I think I will actually be quite sad when no one wants to help me decorate the tree and I finally have my magazine like minimalist vision.


Christmas Tree at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall 2015


Next week I will be onto putting up the holiday cottage and lodge trees, however we always leave a box with the decorations inside so each family can make their own Christmas traditions dressing their tree together.


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The Lake in Autumn

November 14, 2015 at 8:50 PMCoombeMill

Weekly Farm Photo

My photo of the week comes from just before the weather broke. It was the last feed run of the season and the last of the stunning autumn mornings. The days of rain and wind that have followed have brought down so many of the leaves still clinging on the trees in this photo. Already I miss the clear skies and piercing sun casting such a clear reflection on the lake. I know the next time I share a photo like this it will have a distinctly wintry feel to it. Already there is a huge contrast with this one I shared of the same top lake in mid summer.


Coombe Mill Lake with the tractor and Trailer ride passing in Autumn

Rudolph and the Pumpkin

November 7, 2015 at 9:50 PMCoombeMill

Last week we made the most of Halloween with an action packed fun day here on the farm for all our guests. Among the many crafts on offer in our Halloween tent we made pumpkin plates and provided tables and implements for pumpkin carving. However there was one pumpkin that really stood out from the crowd. Lit up later that night for our organised Trick or Treating it was quite magnificent and such a lovely design for Coombe Mill.

Deer carved pumpkin for Halloween at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall


Most of the leftover pumpkins become a post Halloween feast for Sally the sow and her piglets, however we held this one back to see if we could coax our reluctant Rudolph down for a little breakfast from his bespoke carved dish. It took a little patience and a few practice shots before I captured this one. The moody majestic expression mirrors the pumpkin carving perfectly.


 Rudolph & the Pumpkin at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall


To find out more about why our stag is a bit standoffish with us this week check out tomorrow's post


Halloween Ghost Train

October 31, 2015 at 8:30 PMCoombeMill

For my weekly photos this week I thought I'd share an early glimpse of our Halloween fun. The Ghost train was just a small part of an action packed day of Halloween activities on the farm; please pop back and check out Country Kids this Saturday where I will share all the fun from the day. For now I'm just sharing a taster from the Ghost train at dusk. Our railway tunnel really does lend itself to a little pimping up for special occasions and Halloween is one of my favourites. It was full of home made crafts combined with shop bought scary beasts with sounds and lights to give a thrill for children young and old.

I crouched in the tunnel waiting for the train to appear

 In the Ghost Train tunnel, waiting for the train on the Coombe Mill Railway


Train driver Guy drew to a halt and I handed out my spooky treats amidst the Halloween sounds and sights


 Halloween Ghost Train in the tunnel at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays



The faces on the children were a picture as they took in the ambiance of the tunnel



Children in the Ghost Train tunnel at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall


Guy drove them safely back to the station and waiting parents where more children were queuing for a turn. It took at least half an hour to make sure everyone enjoyed a spooky ride.


At the station for the Ghost Train at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall


 I mounted the Go Pro on the engine next to Guy to give a child's eye view of the fun aboard the train:

Our next festive makeover will be Christmas. Do come and join us and ride on our very own Santa Express each night with a visit from the man himself on Christmas Eve, We still have 3 properties remaining and a great 10 days for the price if 7 offer.   



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Weekly Farm Photo

October 24, 2015 at 10:00 PMCoombeMill

My weekly photo on the farm this week takes a look at the same place at two times of day. We have had some beautiful chilly mornings last week with mist rising off the river and ground clearing to blue skies. As we are right down on the river in a lush wooded valley the sun is late arriving at Coombe Mill in the mornings. Currently it emerges over the valley at around 9am. I nipped out to take this first photo of our cottage lawns just after the school run marvelling at the sun's rays caught in the rising mist. Within half an hour the mist had lifted and the warmth of the day it would be come filtered through.


 Front lawns with BBQ, play boat and train in morning mist at Coombe Mill Holidays


The downside of valley life is that not only do we have to wait for the sun in the morning but conversely we lose it early in the afternoon too. The sun sinks over the valley top trees just before 4pm. The photo below was taken at this time standing in the same spot as for my morning picture. It still looks like mid afternoon but this was in fact just before we lost the sun.


 Front cottage lawn with BBQ, play boat, and train before sunset at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays, Cornwall


Cornwall does have some beautiful sunset and sunrises, however it is a hike up the hill to admire them from Coombe Mill. On the plus side we are very sheltered and the prevailing south westerly winds sail straight over us barely stirring a branch. I always warn my guests they will need an extra layer to venture up the hill into our nearest moorland village of St Breward



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