Our first full day at Coombe Mill started off pretty much perfectly. A reasonable night’s sleep (never likely to be good whilst looking after Master C!) and a beautiful morning. So nice in fact that I was able to sit outside with my morning cuppa and listen to the birds and the River Camel running through the site. A much more relaxed start to the day than I’m used to.
Once the kids had woken up though everyone was buzzing with excitement as this was our first morning on the famous Coombe Mill feed run. The way this works is that every morning, bar changeover day, Farmer Nick (or one of his assistants) takes the children out on the tractor to feed all of the animals on the farm. Over the last couple of years I’ve seen so many lovely pictures of this on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and various blogs that I just knew that the kids would completely have a ball and how right I was.
After meeting Farmer Nick in the car park all the children were handed their official farmer hats and given a couple of instructions before boarding the tractor to start their journey around the farm. Little Miss C happily climbed aboard, but for the first part of the journey Master C was nervous enough to need me to accompany him. Once he was in the swing of what was going on though he was happily on his own.
Round the farm they went with all the grown ups walking behind. Meeting and feeding the pigs, chickens, goats, sheep, ducks, donkeys and even the fallow deer. They went hunting for eggs which LMC took to like a natural. So many new experiences for them both and they had a blast. It really is such a wonderful thing for all the children to do – completely magical and a brilliant learning opportunity too.
After the feed run and a quick change of clothes we headed off to find the beach – probably the thing LMC had been looking forward to most on our holiday. After advice from others at Coombe Mill we set off for Daymer Beach and we also found a gem of a place for lunch. At the top of the hill, before you head down to the beach itself, was Mowhay Restaurant/Cafe. Us going there was purely based on the guy running the beach car park suggesting we’d get something for lunch “somewhere at the top of the hill” and we found this place, but I’m so glad we did.
We seemed to be the first there at 12.30 and decided to sit outside in a lovely shaded garden which was conveniently full of toys to keep the children entertained. Service was attentive and very friendly and the food was absolutely delicious. Definitely one to recommend.
We then headed back down the hill to the beach itself and spent a lovely couple of hours playing in the sand and paddling in the sea. The simple pleasures that a seaside holiday should include.
It’s fair to say that LMC was in heaven. This is what she’d been looking forward to ever since we told her we were going on holiday.
We couldn’t stay for too long though as there was something else important at the farm to head back for – the daily train. As if the morning feed run weren’t magical enough for the children, every evening one of Nick and Fiona’s sons runs a small train around a loop circuit in the grounds. Both LMC and Master C love trains so once again I knew they’d enjoy this and they did just that.
Master C watched LMC go first and then when it was his go he found his own unique way of sitting in the compartment to make sure that he was safe. His departure from the station on his first trip has to be one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen though.
It’s no wonder that we all collapsed into bed exhausted that night is it?