Country Kids from Coombe Mill

January 1, 2016 at 10:50 PMCoombeMill


Happy New Year

Welcome back to a 5th year of Country Kids, I'm delighted to be back promoting outdoor family fun and will be sharing Christmas and New Year on the farm over the next few weeks.


Christmas Activity Hour


No wonder we talk about the weather in the UK, we began only our second Christmas feed run in torrential rain, it was already clear from the previous day that the chicken fields soaked from weeks of wet weather was soon going to turn into a dangerous mud soup and so we took the decision to round up the chickens and transfer them to the hard surface peacock enclosure for the holidays. This way we could safely visit them without sliding over in the mud; it was a very hands on start to the day for many.


Moving the chickens


With craft hour due that afternoon I was willing the weather to perk up with a plan afoot that involved a visit to the fairy gardens. Thankfully for me the weather was on my side and it turned into a real spring like day just in time for us to start. We began making Elf post boxes in the craft tent, I had practiced them in advance and even have a tutorial on how to make them, but I took a few short cuts like pre painting the toilet rolls and cutting and painting the lids in advance to ensure we had enough time.


Making the Post Boxes


Just as everyone was glossing their boxes I had a prearranged call from my elves in the fairy garden requesting that the children were all needed. We downed tools and all made our way over to find a little Elf sitting under an umbrella with a letter for us.


Hunting for the elf


The children all crowded round while my little Elf carefully read out a letter from Santa requesting that all the children take a scoop of the Elf's specially prepared reindeer food for Rudolph the Coombe Mill Deer Stag, apparently Blitzen was feeling poorly and Rudolph might be needed on Christmas Eve, the food if given on the morning of Christmas Eve would give Rudolph the powers he needed to help Santa. Elf Clio read every one a Christmas story before handing out food to every child.


Reading the  letter and book


Before we returned to the tent I had two more little helpers with a BBQ blazing offering the children a chance to toast a marshmallow. They used homemade Eco logs to burn instead of coal, if you fancy trying them there is a tutorial for them on the blog tomorrow evening.


Toasting Marshmallows

Revived and with a mission in hand we headed back to the craft tend to write messages to Rudolph and seal the special food bags ready for Christmas Eve.

Making the Reindeer Food

Those who were still keen moved onto Christmas tree making before Guy gave us a 'toot toot' for the Christmas train.  Many took the Christmas tree crafts home to finish but a few continued after the train and expertly finished their work.


Train and Christmas Tree


After the downpour at the chickens I was so relieved the afternoon cleared to see my activity hour plans come to fruition and the children having such a lovely time.


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A few of my favourites from last week:

Tin Box Traveller has been exploring 'A Christmas Carol' at Mottisfont Abbey

Jump aboard the Santa Express at Nene Valley with Over 40 and a Mum to One

Little Hearts Big Love had a Bricktacular Christmas experience at Legoland

Win a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies with Country Kids

January Giveaway 


I am delighted to announce that Muddy Puddles have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. My favourites each week will be considered for a pair of Muddy Puddles Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  If you are not already familiar with this wonderful outdoor children's range please do take a look at their website where they have everything needed for year round country kids. The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. For more more information on the Muddy Puddles wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here   

My winner of the December Puddlestomper wellies is Tin Box Traveller with her lovely Christmas post from Mottisfont Abbey. Congratulations Claire and please email me your choice of colour and size at [email protected]


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Coombe Mill Christmas Bloopers 2015

December 27, 2015 at 6:00 PMCoombeMill

The bits you weren't meant to see!

This year has seen me move into the newly popular area of vlogging. I have hijacked Farmer Nick's flood light and become a fan of vlogging for tutorials on both my cooking and craft activities. It is fair to say when looking back on my blunders over the year it is my crafting mishaps that are the most frequent, suggesting I am still very much an amateur in this area. However with eager children to entertain on the farm every week I do enjoy coming up with new ideas and then sharing how I do them here on the blog. Hopefully next year my rookie errors will reduce, in the mean time I hope you have a giggle at my expense on my outtakes video here. There were plenty more farm ones I can recall but not saved on film, it tends to be all hands on deck with the animals, but watch out Farmer Nick, after you have called my bluff and framed me here I might just have the camera running on you more in 2016!



Wishing all our Coombe Mill Holiday guests and blog followers a very Happy New Year

Fiona x

Cheers Bloopers

Christmas Day 2015

December 25, 2015 at 9:10 PMCoombeMill


This is my day to chill and relax after a busy Christmas Eve with our Santa Express and Christmas Party, more on these coming up on Country Kids over the coming weeks. Christmas day itself begins with a delayed Feed fun with Farmer Christmas allowing everyone some present opening time.

Farmer Christmas 2015 at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall

After wishing our guests a Merry Christmas we headed out on a family beach adventure while the turkey cooked. The wet and windy conditions were not going to deter us, Guy had a new surf board so he was keen to go in the sea, Jed and I were happy to join him while the rest of the family and the two Grandmas were content to stride along the beach, take in the sea air and build up their appetites ahead of my Christmas dinner. Theo has taken a recent interest in photography so I gave him my DSLR while I was in the water to take a few snaps, I think he really has a good eye for composition so I'm sharing a few of my favourites.  


 Surfing at Polzeath, Cornwall on Christmas Day


Into the Sea on Christmas Day Polzeath Beach, Cornwall



Jed at Polzeath Beach, Cornwall 


In the sea at Polzeath Christmas Day 2015, Cornwall


He could have done with my longer lens for these ones, but still managed a decent photo at the expense of wet feet!


Clio at Polzeath Beach Christmas Day 2015 


I'm loving the relaxed smile on my older boys here, much better than the frown I usually receive when I appear with a camera in hand.

Family on the Beach at Polzeath Christmas Day 2015


As we finished off preparing Christmas dinner and cracked the champagne open back at Coombe Mill we all totally forgot to run the evening train, I'm rather hoping that with the drizzle everyone assumed it was cancelled as no one rang to ask where the train driver was. I clearly relaxed into Christmas day a little too far!  


Family Christmas Dinner at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays, Cornwall


I hope you had a lovely Christmas Day with your family too.

 Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall     OneDad3Girls          

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Preparing for Christmas

December 20, 2015 at 5:00 PMCoombeMill

The past few weeks has seen Coombe Mill closed for winter maintenance and family downtime. We took full advantage with some lovely days out and lie ins over our weekends but it soon passes and the last 2 weeks have seen us all hands on deck as a family preparing for our Christmas opening.  We are almost full for this Christmas which makes a fun and festive atmosphere for all who stay. The children have plenty of play mates, the parents have a chance to catch up with other parents on the morning animal feed run and evening train rides and to this we add our extra Christmas fun.


Preparing for Christmas


By the time the guests began to arrive last Thursday the farm was looking its festive best and I can honestly say it was a full family team effort to get there.

Farmer Nick and Ally had to finish off setting in the cattle grids and make good the road to the Scandinavian lodges again.


Cattle grids in and resurfacing the lane has begun for a #Coombemillxmas

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The indoor play area has been completely refitted during this close down, there were plenty of problems on this one but it was finally open just in time for little feet to play. Watch out for a full post to follow on this one.

New Soft Play


The top of Pencarrow Scandinavian Lodge is where we house all our Christmas Trees and decorations, it was a 2 day job to bring everything down and check lights, tree decorations and assemble trees for every property. With so many quirky differences in the cottages and lodges including different ceiling heights we found ourselves moving trees from house to house to correctly locate them, we will be labelling them for next year to save all leg work and changes this year!  Every family arrives to a tree with lights on and a box of decorations ready to make their own family decorating time.


Putting up Christmas Trees in cottages and Lodges for Christmas 2015 at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall


Ladders and a steady hand are required for the outdoor decorations; we swapped a few locations this year and added some new pieces which are a lovely welcoming sight. Again there were unseen issues to overcome, the electric to the log store had been severed by the builders working on the play barn roof so Nick lost a vital day purchasing and rewiring here, however the finished result was worth the effort.


Outdoor Decorations


Our Santa train has become a highlight of Christmas at Coombe Mill and I'm delighted to say it is at its festive best. The children are already enjoying the Christmas cheer in the tunnel and looking forward to Santa taking his seat at the back on Christmas Eve.


Christmas train ride, the Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays very own Polar Express Ride. Cornwall , UK

Finally this is the first year we have had the craft tent for Christmas and after a successful Halloween Make over it has been given a Christmas one too. Our Christmas crafts will take place in here as well as our Christmas Eve festive drinks.


Decorating the Ping Pong Tent


With the work now done we are looking forward to enjoying Christmas and New Year as a family and sharing our festive farm and Christmas activities with all our holiday guests.  We even have some baby rabbits ready to hold!


Merry Christmas from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall. Christmas wishes with a baby bunny rabbit


Wishing you and your families a very Merry Christmas wherever you are spending it.

Fiona x 


 Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall   

Five Sleeps till Christmas

December 19, 2015 at 11:00 PMCoombeMill

Farm Photo of the week  

Christmas is a time for sharing, a time to be merry and bright and it's almost here. *Yippee* or should that be help, panic! Sometimes the stress of preparing for Christmas can feel overwhelming, I know I've felt it at times this past couple of weeks as I've sought to work out and wrap presents for our 6 children and visiting family. But when it all feels too much it is worth remembering that deep down it isn't the card your forgot to post or the present that might not be quite right that matters, it is giving and sharing your time and love with those dear to you.  

There is nothing quite like one of our cute baby bunnies to help me remember the magical side to Christmas.


 Christmas Baby Bunny at Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall. UK



Tomorrow I'll be sharing our preparations for Christmas here of the farm and a glimpse into some of the projects finished just in time for our Christmas holiday makers. I'm now ready to take the foot off the pedal a little, relax and enjoy the next 2 weeks with family and guests, I hope you can too.

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