Around the farm
2016 was our second year of lambing, and we were all quite nervous going into it this time.
Our new Ram, “Bertie” moved in last summer, and has been in the fields with the ewes since November. Bertie is a Texel sheep. Texel sheep originate from the island of Texel in the Netherlands, and are hardy, tough and docile. Their lambs are reported to have a great will to survive at birth, which bodes well!
Fun Fact: Did you know the word Dumbledore (made famous by the Harry Potter stories) is the Cornish word for bumblebee?
Find out more about how we are working with Friends of the Earth to help the bees.
The Coombe Farm Vegetable patch, supervised by Sally, is getting bigger and better every year. At the moment we are enjoying a glut of tomatoes. We’ve a variety of yellow and red, small and large. They taste fantastic, we’ve been eating lots of sunny tomato salads and tomato soup.
Cornwall is home to a variety of stunning gardens. Due to the location Cornwall’s plants benefit from the warm Gulf Stream, which makes it home to an amazing array of more unusual and pretty flowers, plants and trees. Some small, some world famous, every garden has it’s own unique appeal and Cornish twist. Below are some of our favourites, in no particular order.
As the heat wave approached, we knew it was time to have the Coombe Farm “flock” sheared. They had never been fully sheared as last year they were lambs, so they had very very woolly coats and were struggling in the heat.
We were lucky the world champion, a guy from New Zealand, who lives locally, agreed to take on the task. As we are a very small set up, it was a fairly low key but much needed event. Matt, who shears thousands upon thousands of sheep per year stopped by after work with his shears, and half an hour later they were done.
What? Coombe Farm now has 2 goats, and 8 baby chicks? As well as 2 ponies, 3 little pigs, 5 sheep, 2 lambs, 3 cockerels, 8 chickens, 3 cats and 2 dogs…
Say hello to Luna and Star, the newest inhabitants of Coombe Farm Cottages, and find out a bit more about them and their life so far…
Luna and Star moved into the Coombe Farm stables in March 2015. Luna had been rescued as part of a group of ponies by Shelley and Harley at Bodmin Moorland Pony Rehabilitation. We understand all the ponies were starving and in pretty bad shape. Very soon after their rescue it became obvious that Luna was heavily pregnant, and Star was safely delivered in May 2014.
Roughtor at Bodmin Moor, Tintagel, Cream Teas, Ponies and of course… the beach, that’s what Coombe Farm Cottage half terms are made of.
We soon arrived at the enormous barn and were greeted with a smile and a cup of tea by the lovely Vets Amy and Kelly from Castle Veterinary Group. We filled out our forms and all huddled together on the hay bales among the many sheep with their lambs and some pregnant mothers about to drop.
The place has been transformed in 6 months from a muddy old storage barn, to a stunning well finished high class holiday retreat. Don’t just take my word for it, come on down and see for yourself.