Posted on August 29th, 2016 - Fiona
The box office giant from Disney pictures, Jungle Book, captured the heart of nation earlier this year. Now Jungle book is out on DVD for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own home.
About Jungle Book the Movie
The epic adventure has been carefully adapted by Disney from the original timeless stories from Rudyard Kipling and inspired by the 1967 animated Disney film. The new life like adventure brings all the best effects into an action movie to keep you gripping the seat and fighting the tears right from the start as the characters draw at your heartstrings. This is real family entertainment and escapism at its best. The production is directed by Jon Favreau it tells the tale of Mowgli, the boy from the wild brought up by wolves. His unusual and charmed start all goes wrong when Shere Khan the tiger sees Mowgli as a treat to be banished after his own unpleasant close encounters with mankind. My kids were captivated watching together and discussing the plot and special effects.
All star Cast
Neel Sethi plays the lead role as Mowgli while the animal voices are Idris Elba as the tiger Shere Khan, Bill Murray as Baloo, Sir Ben Kingsley as Bagheera and Lupita Nyong’o as the voice of mother wolf Raksha. Scarlett Johansson brings Kaa to life, Giancarlo Esposito is the voice of wolf Akela and Christopher Walken has the authoritative voice of King Louie.
The scenery from the film is breath taking and for those who know Coombe Mill some of the scenes could have been filmed right here, all be it with some rather different animals! The children playing here in the river could easily be playing their own Jungle book adventure.
Win your copy Of Jungle Book with Disney and Coombe Mill
If you would like to get your hands on a copy of this great Disney adventure DVD just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
Disney The Jungle Book
I have received a copy of this DVD for the purpose of this review however all thoughts are my own. My copy is available to borrow for Coombe Mill guests from the Games Room.
Posted on August 27th, 2016 - Fiona
We have bred quail at Coombe Mill in the past, but not for a few years now. An opportunity came to try again and we jumped at the chance. Our runner ducks had grown up and were strong enough to be released into Jurassic park with the other ducks and chickens; yet our own breeding Red Island Red pairs were still failing to provide chicks for us. It was a visit to the fowl auction for Farmer Nick.
Last time Farmer Nick went to buy some day old chicks or fertile eggs he came home with six gorgeous runner ducks, nothing was going to surprise me on this trip. I was secretly hoping he might find a Peacock for our lonely peahen Pricilla, however that wasn’t to be. Still I was delighted when he turned up with quail as I remember how popular they had been here in the past.
We released them into Peacock world with a cozy nesting box already made up by our boys and left them to settle in. It took them a while to venture out of their carry box and tentatively explore their new home.
They may be a little shy still but we knew all was well when a couple of days later we were rewarded with our first egg. I had forgotten quite how small and delicate the eggs are. Farmer Nick only has small hands, yet they still look massive holding a tiny quail egg.
Quail are a hit with the children
The quail have been with us a couple of weeks now and are used to the morning routine of our holiday guests going into feed them. They also know that food comes with cuddles and have become surprisingly tolerant of the morning chase games as little hands circle round them and hold them tight. For me the magic is in capturing the children’s expression with that first hold.
Hopefully in time I’ll being able to share some new born chicks of our own here.
Posted on August 26th, 2016 - Fiona
Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill
Country Kids from Coombe Mill is the original outdoor family fun linky designed to:
“Encourage family fun outdoors, in an age where technology and screens are such a draw to a sedentary indoor life”
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The kids have had their younger cousins to stay over the summer and seeing them all playing together has been wonderful. More on this special cousin bond and a lovely relaxed day out in my post this week.
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Posted on August 26th, 2016 - Fiona
It isn’t often these days that I have a full family outing. However when you mention lunch out and shops they are all interested. May be it is growing up in the countryside and being surrounded by nature, but the thought of a trip to the city really excites them all. The added bonus was having my niece staying with her young family too. The cousin bond is a special one and it was a trip that suited everyone.
It was a quick change after the Sunday morning feed run and into the cars heading for Plymouth. Having missed breakfast our first stop was lunch. We have a favourite all you can eat Asian restaurant with everything from freshly cooked seafood to well known regular dishes. Even the hungriest teen can come out full without breaking the bank so it works well for us. My thanks to Jed for the photos I didn’t know he’d taken on my phone!
With tummies full the kids headed for the shops, I was keen to sort some of their school uniforms out for the new term but was also determined it wouldn’t take up all our time as the sun had come out and it was turning into a gorgeous afternoon. As soon as we had the necessary purchased we headed out towards the Hoe leaving the older ones to continue their shopping. My triplets were totally taken with the huge Olympics big screen and deck chairs in the centre of town. There was even free table tennis there and an outdoor bar so we stopped to join in for a while.
Continuing to the Hoe the kids had a chance to run free along the water features and up the banks. Thankfully no one fell in!
A special cousin bond
Once we arrived we left the children to play. The whole area was full of family groups enjoying picnics and soaking up the summer sun. It was wonderful to see my three playing with their cousins.
There is a special cousin bond within families and it’s lovely to have a chance see that flourish even with cousins they don’t see very often thanks to us living at the end of the earth in Cornwall.
Plymouth Hoe Lighthouse
I left them playing together down on the Hoe to take a walk up the old lighthouse with Farmer Nick. I had wanted to do this on previous trips but never had the time. It was well worth the £3 entrance fee with plenty of plaques and a TV playing to help fill in the history. How anyone lived there is beyond me with the tiny kitchen stove, little beds and winding stairs.
Once at the top the views across the city and out to sea are amazing. I stood a while watching the cousin bond developing down below.
Back with the family the teens had returned from their shopping spree and were showing off their purchases. I could have happily stayed longer but with the train to run back at Coombe Mill we had to head home. In any case the little ones were looking quite exhausted from their play time with the triplets and more than ready for a little nap in the car. Plymouth is still a city I love to visit and I’m sure we will be back before too long.
Posted on August 22nd, 2016 - Fiona
If you have children who enjoy a little toilet humour then Who Tooted could be the family game for you. We played it here to peals of laughter and much bluffing and double bluffing with accusations flying. It is one that keeps you coming back for ‘ just one more round’ to get your own back on the other players.
The object of the Game
Choose your family character and see if you can make it first around the board and back to home. That may sound easy but there is cunning and trickery involved. Press the button to start each go and wait to see if your hidden whoopee cushion is the one to light up. If it is you have the “fart power” to press your cushion secretly to let out a rip roaring fart noise while everyone tries to guess “who tooted”. Guess correctly and your character counter moves forward a place.
Fun and skill
Not only is this game a belly full of laughs, but you will soon find the natural actors in your group, those who can hide their secret and those who can’t help but give themselves away, be it in a glance, a guilty look or not being crafty enough at pressing the button.
Need to know facts for “Who Tooted”
- Suitable for 3 to 4 players
- Recommended from age 5 upwards.
- 2 x AAA batteries needed & small screwdriver to fit the batteries
- Easy to assemble
- Easy to follow rules book.
- RSP: £19.99
- Available from Smyths Toys
This game is a real party one, My children enjoyed playing it over the summer holidays whenever friends came to stay. It would be a great Christmas game and a fun birthday present. The game is really very well thought out and the toilet humour appealed to my kids.
Win your Who Tooted Game with Coombe Mill
If you fancy getting your hands on this fun games to make your family chuckle and reveal the top bluffers just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.
We were sent our copy of “Who Tooted” for the purpose of this review however all thoughts and opinions are my own. Our game can be found in the Coombe Mill Games room for our holiday guests to borrow.
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