Win A Talking Miffy Toy & See The New TV Series

October 12, 2015 at 10:00 PMCoombeMill

Miffy is 60

Pre-schoolers will love the charm of the classic kiddie character Miffy, who is having a big make over for her 60th Birthday and reaching out to a modern generation of young fans. Birthday celebrations include the launch of a major new TV series on Tiny Pop TV called  Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small which can found on Free view 126, Sky 617,Virgin Media 737 and Free sat 605.


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Featuring the iconic white bunny from the storybooks by Dick Bruna, the new series marks the first time Miffy has been seen in Computer Generated Imagery. The series comprises 52, seven minute long episodes which see Miffy and her friends exploring the exciting world around her. Simple narrative and fun songs ensure even the youngest children stay engaged throughout.  All the original books have recently been updated with refreshed texts by award-winning British poet Tony Mitton, and Miffy the Movie launched on iTunes and Google Play on 23 June.


 Miffy Gif


Using Dick Bruna’s distinctive palate of bright primary colours and simple shapes, combined with plenty of space around them for a child’s imagination to roam, ‘Miffy’s Adventures Big and Small’encapsulates the essence of Bruna’s classic books whilst bringing his characters to life on screen.


Miffy Stock Photos


Miffy’s new serieswill become a key part of Tiny Pop’s evening block, Cuddle Time, which features gentle programming allowing kids, mums and dads to enjoy calmer family favourites before bedtime. Tiny Pop has the strongest evening viewing figures in the kids’ category, from 7pm-midnight and will broadcast Mike the Knight, My Little Pony and Miffy from October as part of their autumn schedule.

In support of the relaunch of Miffy we have a delightful cuddly Miffy taking her own adventures here on the farm. Miffy has been seen making friends with the Coombe Mill bunnies and dancing with the fairies in our Fairy Gardens.

Miffy and her Bunny Friends

It wasn't long before our little farm helpers wanted to bring Miffy on a full farm adventure too. Miffy has had a lovely time with the children out on the farm, though she needed a bit of a hand wash after her animal encounters. she will now make an appearance in one of our many cottage playrooms. With buttons to press to play the Miffy tune and identify body parts like hand, mouth and foot as you press them; Miffy the toy is educational as well as fun.

Miffy on the Farm

Win your Toy Miffy and  see Miffy on Tiny Pop TV

 We have one Miffy toy to give away to a lucky winner.  If your youngster fancies their own Miffy to take on an adventure just follow the instructions below and be sure to look out for her adventures on Tiny Pop TV.

Good luck to all taking part.

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October 11, 2015 at 8:30 PMCoombeMill


One of my favourite red wines and one of the few well known French wines in these days where new world labels are taking hold in the UK. On discovering we were staying less than an hour away we were determined to  find a free afternoon for a visit. Leaving all the children back home with our cousins apart from Ally, who at 17 decided he was up for a spot of wine education, we headed off  in the heat of the afternoon.

Wine Tasting at Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Our first impressions were how small the town was. For a wine label so larger than life this little French town before us didn't seem to do it justice. Parking up we had a wonder round the delightful streets and popped our heads into the "caves" where all the local sellers were offering free tasting in the hope of you purchasing a bottle or two and pretty street cafes gave a chance to watch the world pass by over a leisurely drink or ice cream.


Exploring the town at Chateauneuf-du-Pape


We had been tipped off by our cousins that Chateau Fortia was a lovely big vineyard to visit with a classic old chateau. Having no idea of direction from the town centre we popped into the information centre.  The helpful staff said we should be able to have a tour and tasting up there with no appointment and so encouraged we set off. Driving up the vineyard path we had the distinct impression we were coming in the trade entrance, it was hard going on our poor bus and looked as though no one was home. I hopped out and opened a few doors at what looked like the main reception and was met by the owner, he seemed to think it was all possible and so Nick and Ally tentatively followed me inside.  Here we were given a taste of his 4 wines as he explained the differences and the prices.


Wine Tasting at Chateau Fortia in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

It is only when comparing wines like this that my unsophisticated pallet can really identify a difference, and even then the more I taste the more similar I think they become! The prices were a little mind blowing so we settled for a Magnum of a cheaper one to put down for a special occasion party back home.

Wines at Chateau Fortia in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

I then felt rather cheated when he explained he was on his own today that the family had the day off and couldn't show us a round. We were welcome to have a little wonder round the grounds ourselves though and I sampled the grapes on the vine as they were due to be picked the following week.


Vineyards at Chateau Fortia in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

 The chateau itself  had the feel of somewhere they were struggling to keep up and I suspected it would be very bare inside.


The cheateau at Chateau Fortia in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

Old tractors and a few tents did make me wonder if this is where the grape pickers were supposed to live! According to French law they are not allowed to machine pick the grapes and put the Chateauneuf du Pape label on the wine, this combined with very high minimum wages in France and strict working hours felt like it was hampering  their business, tourism in the little town centre looked the more profitable sector and I felt strangely pleased we had bought the big bottle after all.  


The farm at Chateau Fortia in Chateauneuf-du-Pape

I hope my suspicions were wrong, France has such a history of wine and it is wonderful to see the vineyards all over the countryside, but I have a feeling French law needs to move on to allow machine picking for all vineyards and grape varieties to be used on the bottle labels for at least the lesser known regions for the industry not to lose its way here.

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Weekly Farm Photo

October 10, 2015 at 10:20 PMCoombeMill

There is a little story to my farm photo this week and so one photo has become four.

In order to enjoy spring lambs here on the farm the event planning must begin now. We are targeting the first week of March to begin lambing and so this is the end of the summer season of celibacy for Rambo as he is allowed a new girlfriend each week over the coming months. It's a shame that Rambo doesn't understand what's in store or he might be slightly more obliging for poor old Farmer Nick; the rest of the feed run stood back to watch the Tom and Jerry comedy unfold! 


Nick Catching Rambo in preparation for lambing season


With Rambo finally in the stock trailer our attention turned to choosing his first lady. I was asked by one of our holiday guests what the selection criteria was and was met with many a snigger when "willingness" was my reply! Anyway the ewes are much easier than the Ram and a 'willing' lady was soon on her way to join Rambo.


Capturing a Ewe for Rambo with Farmer Nick


It is a short ride for the happy couple across the farm to their winter grazing field.


Farmer Nick with the stock trailer and sheep


Released they looked like a match made in heaven as they followed each other around the lush new pasture, unsure whether to munch on the rich grass or admire one another first! The grass won but hopefully out of sight of the camera there will be some baby lamb creation occurring too.


Rambo and Ewe in New Pastures

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October 9, 2015 at 11:30 PMCoombeMill

Snail Races,  Minibeasts  and Butterfly Kites

In late summer Coombe Mill comes alive with creepy crawlies and flying insects both on the farm and around the lakes.  I like to ensure this is something that children are not afraid of.  After the success of the last minibeast craft sessions I decided to follow up with a variation on the same theme.


Snail Races Minibeasts & Butterfly Kites


My greenhouse has been crawling with snails where they are most unwelcome but I thought they could be great fun for a snail race.  We began outside on the grass by lining up the snails up on Jed's old skateboard ramp which made a fantastic race track.  We added lettuce and apple two coax the snails along the track and painted a blob of coloured paint on each snail so the children knew which their racing partner was.  There was much cheering from for children and plenty of giggles when the snails failed to adhere to the rules and began falling backwards or over each other,  we even had a few tumble to the finish line claiming victory but receiving forfeits and being sent back to the start.  


Snail Races


Finally with a winner agreed we left them too munch on the treats while we set about making minibeasts from toilet rolls.  With scissors paint and googly eyes we created a whole range of minibeasts including spiders, centipedes, ladybirds, bees and even colourful made up bugs.  Do keep an eye on my trash to treasure linky for detailed instructions on how to recreate these.


Making Minibeasts


Then we began making peg butterflies taking inspiration from a post on let kids be kids from Karen we used paper instead of tissue paper and added string to the pegs to turn our butterflies into kites.  The children loved running around flying their kites behind them.


Butterfly Peg Kites


Worn out we handed off with magnifying glasses for a bug hunt in the fairy gardens and around the flowerbeds. It took the children a few attempts to understand how the magnifying glasses worked as they kept holding them to their eye instead of near the minibeasts.  Eventually they grasped the concept and enjoyed studying all that they found under logs and stones.


hunting for bugs


With all this fun we overran our hour but no one was time watching with the Coombe Mill train now running at a later time of 6.00 PM.

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A few of my favourites from last week:

Making Boys Men explored their local forest and learnt how to do slacklining

Rock climbing and river splashing was on the cards for Mum Turned Mom at Jackson Falls.

Wild About Here had a tree climbing adventure at Wakehurst Place

An adrenaline inducing ride on the wild side was had by Catching the Magic on the Waikato River.

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Win a Child's Nightlight with Story Wall Stickers

October 5, 2015 at 10:30 PMCoombeMill

A night light with a difference

The wonderful people at Prezzybox have done it again, a unique idea to transform your child’s bedroom into a Disney dream land with unique night lights that come with enchanting wall stickers; perfect for drifting off to sleep in a contented world of balloon bubbles or animal tales.

Win a Night Light with a Difference

Imagination is core to kid’s creativity and when they are having trouble sleeping then developing their own imaginary stories whilst watching these fun images shining out from the darkness can be comforting whilst helping them sink into the restful sleep they need. Choose from the comforting and calming Balloon night light with a silhouette of a child with teddies drifting into the distance holding tight to their balloons and the Sunshine and Animal Night Light which also makes for a great reading light as they grow up with bedtime stories.


Stock Photos of the night lights

Creating your dreamland.

The charming designs will look stunning on a plain wall in a child’s room or nursery and include hidden LEDs that make it a funky light feature too with a pull string to turn on and off. It is battery operated (3xAA) which are not included so remember to buy these too if you plan to use it as a light and not just a decoration. There is also a nail provided that just needs tapping into the wall with a hammer to put it up. However we felt in our holiday properties this was probably not going to be strong enough with repeated use from different visitors each week, so we replaced this with a more sturdy screw from Farmer Nick's collection. In a bedroom where it is just the parent operating the light pull then the fixing provided would probably be sufficient.

Fitting the lights

I recommend putting the light up first and checking with the photo on the box first to ensure you have left enough room around it on the wall for the wall stickers. If your space is limited then the animal theme uses less height. For the balloon option I would say you will need 1.5m in height to have the full effect. The wall stickers are simple to apply but go lightly at first in case you need to pull back and re-stick, I did this a couple of times trying to space my sun rays evenly. Once you are happy smooth them down firmly easing out any air bubbles, I didn't find this an issue but don't do it in a rush as you need a little patience especially unfolding the balloon girl and her toys. There are helpful picture instructions on the back of the box.

Sticking on the stickers

Our animal print compliments the canvas on the adjacent wall of our toddler bedroom in Heligan lodge perfectly and with a pirate toddler bed in there too I can see children happily in their own land of imagination.

Animal Night LIght

The Balloon print looks perfect in the children's quad bedroom at Tree Roots cottage where the pink compliments the modern funky furniture and fun canvas prints.

Balloon Night Light in Tree Roots

Win your Night Light with Coombe Mill and Prezzybox

For a chance to win an Animal or Balloon night light for your child's bedroom worth £19.95 from Prezzybox just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Night light with a difference



We were given our night lights for the bedrooms in Coombe Mill for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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