What to expect on a Coombe Mill feed run
We were lucky enough to spend Christmas at Coombe Mill. One of the highlights had to be the daily feed run to help Farmer Nick feed the animals. Here is a little guide to what to expect from the Coombe Mill feed run.
- You might not know what to expect at the start of the week….
2. But the kids will very quickly make new friends….
3. Some of these new friends have more than two legs….
4. Save your food scraps (but no meat) to take with you as the pigs will really appreciate it.
5. Every parent thinks exactly the same thing when the piglets are fed: “this is just like dinnertime at our house”….
6. There will be mud. Dress accordingly!
7. However, no matter the weather – wind, rain or sunshine – it is a great way to start the day
8. The kids can help drive the tractor with Farmer Nick or Farmer Amber – or maybe even Fiona! The best parts of the journey to drive appear to be either “across the river” or “the fast bit!”
9. Secretly, every single one of the adults tromping through the mud behind the trailer and tractor are hoping that one time Farmer Nick will say “I think it is about time we let one of the adults have a go on the tractor”.
10. Even if the mums and dads can’t have a go at driving the tractor, there is still the opportunity to help out Farmer Nick. For example, when the donkeys needed moving to a different field, the parents stepped up – and armed with a bag of parsnips and the “donkey whispering” skills of my husband (who knew?) – we had corralled the donkeys into the new field before Farmer Nick and the children had carried out “Plan A” aka drive round the pond beeping the tractor horn whilst the parents open the gate and “look big”