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March 03, 2014

The Ultimate Country Kid!

Where to start with my post on outdoor fun, this week!

What an amazing week we had, as our family (along with the family “The Boy and Me”) were able to be country kids in every sense, after spending a week at the wonderful Coombe Mill. I really couldn’t wait to write this post, so that I could share our amazing stories and adventures.

Though there’s so much to tell and to share about our adventure at Coombe Mill, this post will focus upon my daughter, a true country kid!

Olivia and her new hat

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Our favourite part of the day was the animal-feeding run, at 09.00. We would have a very quick, light breakfast, throw on our waterproofs and wellies, then head down to meet the farmer ready to start the day.

We’ve spent many day trips on different farms where the children get a small handful of feed to throw at the animals, and that would be the sum total of their farm experience.

Coombe Mill is very, very different.

The children take it in turns to drive the tractor, (and I really do mean drive the tractor), while the adults follow behind.

Olivia waiting for the Farmer to help her drive the tractor

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The first stop was at the family of pygmy goats, with the most cute baby pygmy goats we’ve ever seen. We stepped into the pen, and my daughter and her cousin were quickly given one of the babies to cuddle. They were so beautiful and, when they snuggled into her arms, she was in love!

The pygmy goats

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Next were the pigs. Again, children don’t stand by the side or away from the pen. They’re encouraged to get in with the pigs, throwing them their breakfast from the metal buckets. We worked out very quickly that pigs will eat anything and everything, so we were encouraged to save our food waste for the pigs to have, the next day.

The pigs waiting for their breakfast

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Next, we went onward to the chicken, geese and hen enclosure. A huge variety of birds were freely running around, all trying to get at the feed. They scurried here and there, running quickly past us and were not at all bothered by the people invading their home. The best part was the addition of two baby wallabies who live in with the birds. Staying away from the crowd, the farmer made sure that the feed was thrown up to them. This was to ensure that they had their fare share, because the greedy birds would try to get it all away from them. Opening the small coops, the children collected the freshly-layed eggs, with 8 being the best find of the week.

One busy little farmer

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Up to the billy goats, next, who were ready for their food, clambering through the fence and butting the buckets to try and get it quicker.

Then we had to feed the deer.

The deer had a huge open area with fantastic woods at the top of their field. As we walked in, we were met with a small group of deer slowly prancing their way nervously towards us, trying to make sense of the strange, two-legged creatures who had invaded their space. In and arround them strutted the mighty stag, who (very strangely) was the most nervous of the bunch! These animals were magnificent, stunning and beautiful, and were my favourite of all. I really could’ve sat watching them all day.

The beautiful deer

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Then, we moved on to feed yet more sheep, more goats, the two ponies, and Rolo the donkey. They were all looking for their breakfast, as they’ve worked out that the noise of the tractor coming towards them meant that food was definitely on it’s way.

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What a magical start to the day.

Absolute heaven for my daughter, whose confidence grew and grew with each passing day. By the 3rd day, she wasn’t looking around for me any more, and didn’t need anyone to prompt her what to do. She was just straight in there, and behaving just like a mini apprentice farmer.

Her favourite day was when Farmer Fiona was in charge. She followed Fiona around, happily engrossed in all the farm jobs and, as a parent who encourages outdoor adventures, it was amazing to watch.

I hope that the photographs help to illustrate, and add depth to, this post. My daughter was happy, engaged and confident. She didn’t worry about her clothes, if her hair was tidy, or that her hands were a bit mucky. All that mattered was the farm experience and the excitement of being involved.

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In one simple sentence, she was totally happy and satisfied at becoming the ultimate county kid.

Thank you Coombe Mill.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

Learning for Life

19 thoughts on “The Ultimate Country Kid!

  1. Kierna says:

    What a truly amazing holiday experience – it’s lovely to find out that Coombemill is as good as it comes across in Fiona’s own posts. Thanks a million for linking up xx

    1. kim says:

      Hi, it was a fabulous holiday and such a great experience for our family who love the outdoors. My daughter got so much out of her time at Coombe Mill, we all loved it so much.
      Thank you for letting us share our stories.

  2. Coombemill says:

    Ah this is such an adorable post that leaves me feeling so proud that Coombe Mill is our holiday farm and we helped create that wonderful experience for you all. Your daughter was an absolute delight and a pleasure to have help us each morning. I wish Clio had been around more, I think they would have got on so well. Thank you so much for linking up on Country Kids and sharing your holiday with us.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, we had an amazing time. The perfect setting for our family. Would recommend Coombe Mill to any family who enjoys the outdoor experience in a holiday.
      We really didn’t want to go home, thank you so much.

  3. Tat says:

    Your daughter is so lucky to grow up in an environment like that! My grandma used to have animals, goats and sheep were my favourite and playing with them is one of my most precious memories now.

    1. kim says:

      It was such an amazing experience, my daughter got so much out of our stay at Coombe Mill. I would recommend it for every family that enjoy the outdoos.

  4. Ah Kim, if only more parents were prepared to spend a holiday getting a little dirty and their kids could have had the experience Olivia has. So many children might recognise the names of the animals but never have seen them let alone had the fun of feeding them.
    It looks as though Olivia had the time of her life and gained so much confidence and it sounds as though you enjoyed yourself thoroughly too.

    xxx Massive Hugs to you xxx

    1. kim says:

      We had an amazing time! Was so fantastic after some difficult times at work. It really was a perfect holiday for our family who adore the outdoors. We really didn’t want to come home.
      Thanks for lovely comments,
      Take care, Kim

  5. Pinkoddy says:

    I am so jealous. Coombemill sounds absolutely amazing. I am glad you had such a fantastic visit – and with TheBoyandMe there too.

    1. kim says:

      Coombe Mill is so amazing. Was a perfect holiday for us. We all had such a fab time.
      Thank you for commenting.

  6. Martyn Highgate says:

    lovely having fresh eggs as a present looks like you have a mini farmer on your hands

  7. Sounds absolutely idyllic. I so want to take Little Man but might wait until he is a bit bigger yet. Thanks for sharing at the Outdoor Play Party 🙂

    1. kim says:

      Hi, very lucky to have a daughter who loves the outdoors. It was a brilliant holiday, we loved every minute.
      Thank you for commenting.

  8. As I always say, it looks like an amazing place to visit. I think that my boys would explode with excitement if they got to drive a tractor!
    You all had so much fun – lovely 🙂

    1. kim says:

      We were so lucky to go, we had such a fab holiday. Really was the perfect place for our family who love our outdoor adventures. Thank you for commenting.

    1. kim says:

      Thank you so much for mentioning my Country Kids post. We had a wonderful time at Coombe Mill, my daughter really didn’t want to come home. A brilliant holiday for our family, everything that we love.

    1. kim says:

      How lovely, it really was the perfect type of holiday for our family.

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