The newsletter that came home from school on the last day before half term informed parents that the children would be studying The Farm up on their return to school up until Easter. This was brilliant news for us as we had already managed to organise a visit to Coombe Mill in North Cornwall during our stay at Retallack Resort.
We would be accompanying Farmer Nick on his morning feed run, tractor and all, the only (slight) inconvenience was we had to be there by 9am … on a Sunday morning … the first day of our holiday after the long drive. But I knew it would be worth it so I pushed the husband and the kids and we arrived just a few minutes late but still in time to take part.
The feed started at the goats who’d just had some babies and the girls enjoyed a stroke but were too scared to hold them. Then onto the birds, a marvellous collection. Farmer Nick puts down a bucket of seed and allows the children to throw handfuls at the hungry flock. You can imagine the sense of importance and the rush to get back to the bucket before everyone else can’t you?
Next it was onto the tractor for the little people and a brisk walk for the grown ups to the other side of the farm to feed the deers, goats and ponies which took us around a beautiful lake. In the collage below spot the group of deer hiding in the trees too scared to come down and join us.
The stag was beyond magnificent and to get up so close to these wonderful animals is an experience to be had at least once. Just along from their field are some enclosed pens with more hungry animals waiting for our feed.
Then back on the tractor and Farmer Nick handed over the wheel to the little people, what a joy, grins from one ear to the other and the most talked about part of the day for days to come! There wasn’t one child who wasn’t smiling with glee by the end of the run and sad to have to leave.
Here is a glimpse of the peaceful Scandinavian Lodges nestled into the countryside, trust me you are properly immersed in nature at Coombe Mill so check out their website if you’d like to stay there by clicking on the badge at the bottom.