You may have noticed that over Easter we stayed at Coombe Mill and have done for the past three years. The girls have grown and developed so much over those years and the confidence of them around animals wouldn't have happened if we didn't stay at Coombe Mill over the years. Every morning Farmer Nick and Farmer Fiona collect up the children and take them around the farm where they get to handle and feed the animals. As as an added bonus the children also get to drive the tractor with Farmer Nick if they wish.
The reason we tend to stay at Easter is the fact that the chances of us seeing baby animals is higher and most years we have been treated with some form of animal joining us. Last year it was a baby lamb called Ebony and this year it's a baby goat called Rocky. Also on the farm there was baby chicks, baby goats, baby lambs and baby rabbits and they all got fed and handled by the children which is something they wouldn't normally be able to experience.
The girls real highlight was when they get to go into the chickens and ducks to search for the eggs that they have laid and to also see how the goose eggs are coming along. During our stay they also introduced a couple of new ducks to group.
We always get to have a real hands on experience like last year when we moved the chickens from one area to another or this year when we moved a mummy sheep and baby lamb back into their field after giving birth.
Every time we went to feed the different animals the girls were often in the field with them and offering their hands full of food for them to eat out of. The ones that still amaze me are the deers who come right down to collect their food and at times are only about 5 metres away.
For me these are the experiences that the girls will hopefully never forget.