Maya the Bee goes on an Adventure

February 8, 2016 at 8:50 PMCoombeMill

Tiny Pop's popular production of Maya the Bee is coming out on DVD and digital download from 8th February 2016, just in time for half term.

Maya the Bee on DVD

The storyline

Maya, is a busy little bee, ready to leave her hive and live in the meadow. The world is just too big and too fascinating to remain confined to the restricted life of the hive. But soon Maya realises that a bigger challenge beckons and that together with her friend Willy, she must return and save their hive from the greedy queen’s adviser and end the long-term hostility between bees and hornets. Join Maya and her friends, as they set off on their “un-bee-lievable” adventures.


Maya and Friends in the Meadow


Maya the Bee is a lovely child friendly way to discover the insect world in a series of fun adventures that take a little of the fear away from creepy crawlies and being stung by a bee. When children are cautious rather than afraid they are less likely to panic and less likely to be stung. Here at Coombe Mill we have a thriving bug home the children staying are encouraged to visit and we enjoy bug themed activity hour sessions and seeing the wildlife in our meadows. We have set up snail races and built snail homes. 


Kids hunting for Bugs


Why not give Maya the Bee a chance and bring their meadow adventures into your home.


 Maya the Bee DVD

Film Facts

Certificate U

Irish Film Classification G

Run time approx 88 minutes

In association with Friends of the Honey Bee.


The film was produced by Studio 100 Media and Buzz Studios, and is distributed in the UK by Enchanted Animation. Directed by Alexs Stadermann the DVD features some big names in the voice over's including Coco Jack Gillies (Mad Max: Fury Road), Kodi Smit-McPhee (The Road, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), Jacki Weaver, (Silver Lining Playbooks, Animal Kingdom), Miriam Margolyes (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2) and Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge, Van Helsing, Mission Impossible 2). 

Win a Maya the Bee Toy Bundle

We have 3 bundles of Maya the Bee soft toys to giveaway.

Maya the Bee cuddly toys

To be in with a chance of winning these adorable soft toys in association with the new DVD launch just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

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We were sent our copy of the DVD to write this review. The opinions expressed are my own.

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Our Gate Eating Donkeys

February 7, 2016 at 9:30 PMCoombeMill


Over the Christmas holidays we noticed that a few of the fence posts in the donkey field were looking nibbled, this is not something we have ever suffered from before but Farmer Nick was curious enough to take a good look around their field. Half way up he spotted one internal gate completely chewed away and another barely holding together. It appears our donkeys have a new passion in life and it isn't our delicious orchard apples, the fine hay, maize or lush grass they have in ample supply!


Gate Eating Donkeys


It was time for drastic measures, with the first dry day in weeks we were keen to complete so many farm jobs that we had been holding off due to the weather, but suddenly moving the donkeys became a priority before they escaped completely to free range on the estate.


Nick by the Chewed Gate


It was the poor old goats who had to sacrifice their field. They had only enjoyed their favourite winter field, together with Billy Goat Gruff,  for a couple of weeks before they had to move back out again in favour of the donkeys. The goat field happened to be the only one with fence posts on the outside of the fencing and the gates made of steel.

Putting up a partition

Just that morning we had moved Sprout, our hand raised goat from the chickens in with the other goats, she was first out for the second move of the day, bless her I think she thought she was returning to her friends, the chickens, where she ruled the roost!


Moving Sprout

As goats have a clear hierarchy of social acceptance Nick put a divide up as he was worried Sprout might be rejected by the other goats and not allowed into the shelter, this way we hoped she could stay dry without upsetting those who think they are in charge. Sprout and Rocky, our two hand raised goats were with Nick and the boys the whole time this was going on taking first nibbles on the new straw bedding.


Kids feeding the Goats

With the goats safely moved it was time to turn our attention to the Donkeys who were full of carrot and apple from the guests that morning


Donkey feeding

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I wasn't at all sure they would be interested in us after all their morning treats but they happily followed guy and Nick down the field in single file. From here it was head collars on and a short walk into their new nibble proof field where we gave them a quick brush up before letting them free.


Walking the Donkeys


Curious about this new found behaviour I Googled it to find that we are not the only ones having stables, fences and decks chewed. Amongst all the advise and theories the most common reason was boredom, I have to say in the vast field they have with trees and deer and sheep for neighbours it is hard to imagine they could be bored. Then it dawned on me, we had been closed for 6 weeks and they  must have missed the daily fuss being made of them by our holiday guests, suddenly the boredom theory had credence. They enjoyed a wonderful Christmas holiday and we are now taking time to give them a stroke, make a fuss of them and groom them with my super new Slip Not Bentley kit whenever I can until we open again at February half term.


Grooming the Donkeys

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From the Farm

February 6, 2016 at 9:50 PMCoombeMill


It has been a busy week for us here on the farm, we have been undertaking many of the rather dull spring cleaning and DIY duties of a holiday business. It is the less than glamourous side of life that goes unnoticed here by our guests, until is isn't done!

The kids have been busy at school this week, our eldest took his Mock A levels while a scattergun of results from A* through to E came home for Felix on his GCSE mock's and we have whittled down year 9 options for Theo. Guy and Jed have taken up Rugby in the local town which they love and seem quite good at, now I just need to work out how I juggle the business and yet another activity for the kids at the start of the season here. Yet I only need to look up, or out from what I am doing and all around me the peace of the farm fills my heart with joy.


 A first Rugby session at Wadebridge Camels Rugby Club and the boys are hooked, my washing machine is already complaining!  

Rugby with Wadebridge Camels for Coombe Mill Kids


Looking out from the side of Willow as Nick finishes a week long task of pointing the wall.



Morning sun rising over the river. 


Morning #Sun streaming down on the #river

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The lake as the ducks swim by in the hope I have some bread for them.  


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February 5, 2016 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Winter races and hailstorms

It isn't often the horse racing comes to our local Wadebridge showground, but having spotted the details online we thought it would make a lovely Sunday treat close to home. The older boys debated coming but eventually stayed home to revise while the triplets jumped into the car.


Winter Races & Hailstorms


The event was organised to fund raise for the North Cornwall Hunt who are our next door neighbours in St Breward. The village pub and many other local organisations sponsored the races and we bumped into plenty of people we knew. In fact the turnout was truly impressive given the biting wind and violent hailstorms that kept pulsing through all day across the exposed showground.  


Rain Pouring Down


One such storm drenched us on arrival and we scurried into the large barn, visited by us just before Christmas for an Agricultural Fayre. This time it was set up with a line of ticket salesmen to take your bets, a large screen showing the races, a bar, coffee and cake, various stalls and even a Bouncy Castle for younger children. Already wet and cold it was 5 cakes and coffee before we started!


Coffee and Cakes


We studied the form and the odds being offered in the barn and visited the horses out in the parade ring before placing a bet on each race. In the end our choices had more to do with the name of the horse and whether or not it had taken a pre race dump than anything too scientific!

Placing Bets and Watching the Horses Parade

Some races we braved the storms and marvelled at the resilience of horses and jockeys against the elements, they were a proper muddy state coming in at the end of the races.


Muddy Fields and Wet Races


Other times we were lucky and enjoyed a dry race, I was thrilled with how close we were able to stand, definitely the difference with a very local event.

Horses Racing in the Dry


With my long lens I was able to see them at the far end of the course too


Races in the distance

In-between races the kids played, treated themselves to sweets and ran around to keep warm, my fingers were quite numb by the end but it was still a fun day and we were glad the weather didn't stop us going. Although, I think it may take until the Royal Cornwall Show in the summer for the turf to repair! 

Kids having a laugh

We warmed up in the evening with a BBQ in our lovely hut with friends, a perfect end to a winter's day.


BBQ and Cheesecake in the evening


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Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts will be considered for a free pair of Rockfish Wellies at the end of the month; the perfect way to enjoy the outdoors whatever the weather throws your way.  The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. My February winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here  

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The book that delivers a sleepy child

February 1, 2016 at 8:30 PMCoombeMill

If you have a little one who wants to jump up and play when you want them to settle down to sleep bedtime can become a battle ground. A bedtime story can help no end, a soothing tale, an adventure to capture their imagination, but when one story leads to another, you're needed elsewhere and still your toddler is waiting for another story, tension can build. I remember so well skipping pages myself only to be caught out by my children who actually knew the story better than me, or passing the task to Grandpa who finished up with them more lively than before he began!


Grandpa Reading the bedtime Story


What if there was another way, a book with special powers to induce sleep in your child.  Rory Z Fulcher and Dr Kate Beaven-Marks feel they have developed a book that really can help do this based on hypnotherapy.  When Rory contacted me I was intrigued to find out more about the book and techniques used.


Sam the Sleepy Sheep

The book works using special, sleep-inducing language patterns that help children to relax and feel tired, whilst keeping them engaged with a wonderful story and lovable characters, however the book can't do it all, it does require the reader to use a relaxing delivery for the simple repetition pausing in the right places to aid understanding and promote restfulness for the child.


Sam the Sleepy Sheep

Rory explained " “Dr Kate and myself not only have 20+ years of hypnotherapy experience between us, but we’re confident to admit that our methods are some of the very best in the industry, and are highly effective for both adults and children alike, It’s not exactly common knowledge among parents, but the fact is; children respond really well to hypnotic techniques, and they respond especially well to hypnotic stories. So we decided to help parents by creating a bedtime story that helps children drift off to sleep quickly, easily and in a relaxing, loving way that works for everyone involved!”

I decided to put the book to the ultimate test and had a copy sent to my niece to try out on her almost 2 year old daughter.


Reading the Book


"We have read the story and she loves it". As an adult reader my niece found the hypnotherapy phrases slightly distracting from the story but the book did the job as my niece announced "she slept through!"

Win your copy of Sam the Sleepy Sheep


 Win a Copy of Sam the Sleepy Sheep


The book is available to buy on Amazon for £7.99 in paperback or for kindle. However Rory has kindly offered a lucky Coombe Mill Blog reader the chance to win a copy too. If you would like to be in with a chance just follow the instructions below.   

Sam the Sleepy Sheep


My niece was sent the book free of charge and forwarded me the photos and her honest opinion to use in this post.

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