MilkShake Fabulous Friends on DVD

Posted on December 5th, 2016 -

If you are familiar with Chanel 5’s Milkshake, you’ll know they feature some of children’s most loved TV shows. Classics that have stood the test of time like Thomas the Tank and Bob the Builder to new comers taking centre stage like Peppa Pig and Ben and Holly’s little kingdom.  Abbey Home Media now bring the best of these to you on DVD with Milkshake fabulous friends.


Milkshake Fabulous Friends


This unique compilation boasts two hours of Milkshakes favourite children’s shows. Rated U for General viewing you can feel safe in the knowledge that this latest Abbey Home Media DVD is created by experts, loved by kids and trusted by parents.  Come along and be swept up in the fun and friendship that is sure to delight young fans everywhere; available from 7th November for £7.99 on Amazon.

Here at Coombe Mill we are super excited to have a copy of the brand new DVD, after all we have our very own Ruston Train that looks just Like Thomas the Tank, a new build site for our new lodge, Polzeath, where Farmer Nick becomes Bob the Builder and our very own Sally the Pig and piglets masquerading as Peppa Pig.


Milkshake Fabulous Friends at Coombe Mill


What could be better after a busy day helping on the farm than to come indoors and enjoy Milkshake fabulous Friends?


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Featuring in the new Milkshake Fabulous Friends:- 


Peppa Pig – In ‘The New Car’, Peppa’s family car breaks down. While it is being mended, they borrow a shiny new one from Grandad Dog’s garage.


Thomas & Friends – In ‘The Thomas Way’, Harold the Helicopter breaks down, so Thomas and Duck take him to Sodor Search and Rescue for repair. Thomas wants to show them the sights but Duck isn’t keen. They need to learn to work together.


Pip Ahoy! – In ‘Alan Loses His Bounce’, Alan starts the day full of music and bounce, until Norman the Snail tells him that bouncing is silly. Pip and Alba organise a surprise to cheer him up and get his bounce back.


Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom – In ‘Books’, Queen Thistle reads the children a story which inspires a question. They can’t find the answer in the magic books in the castle, so go to the Wise Old Elf in the Great Elf Library.


Fireman Sam – In ‘Jupiter on the Loose’, the Pontypandy Pioneers visit the fire station, and Norman ends up accidentally driving Jupiter through Pontypandy. Sam races to the rescue!


Lily’s Driftwood Bay – In ‘Stop That Pudding’, Lily puts her newly discovered set of measuring spoons to good use when Nonna takes a tumble and needs a rest, leaving Salty to step in and cook an important pudding.


Bananas In Pyjamas – In ‘Power Cut’, Morgan accidentally causes mayhem in Cuddlestown when he plugs in too many lights and speakers in preparation for Camembert’s birthday party.


Little Princess – In ‘I Want My Treehouse’ Little Princess builds a treehouse, then discovers Algie and Maid are also building one in the tree next door! Soon they are in competition to see who can build the best one.


Bob the Builder – In ‘Lofty Lets Loose’, Bob and his team are building a new giraffe enclosure at the zoo, but Lofty’s excitement about meeting his favourite animal gets the better of him.


Wanda and the Alien – In ‘Starfish’, Wanda and friends help a hermit crab to find his starfish friend who was swept out to sea, aided by a giant whale and some important fish.


Toot the Tiny Tugboat – In ‘Toot’s Funny Side’, Toot arranges a funny No Talent Show to help Paula the Trawler overcome her embarrassment when she makes a mistake.


Toby’s Travelling Circus – In ‘Ribbons and Strings’, Toby is inspired to create a ribbon-and-strings act in the show after witnessing the havoc caused by Momo and Freddo earlier with a yo-yo.


Wissper – In ‘The Slow Slow Loris’ Sonia the slow loris asks Wissper to help her speed up as the chattering monkeys keep taking all the best fruit first.  Wissper decides to enlist the help of Monty the meercat.


Paw Patrol – In ‘Pup Pup Boogie’, Ryder, Chase and Rubble use their dance moves to help repair the tracks before the next train arrives.

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We were sent our copy of Milkshake Fabulous friends for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Our Coombe Mill copy is available for our holiday guests to borrow from the games room.


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Trash 2 Treasure December 2016

Posted on December 4th, 2016 -

Trash 2 Treasure December

Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure. The nights are drawing in and Christmas is coming!  There are so many wonderful creative homemade ideas for this season and I’d love you to share yours with me. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I love to see all your upcycled ideas. I have been marveling over last year’s crafts still thriving here in our fairy Gardens outdoors, while coming up with new decorations to keep the children busy on the farm this Christmas.

Trash 2 Treasure December 2016

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

  1. Trash 2 Treasure is all about upcycling. Posts should be about making something foraged from nature, household throw away items or low value items you have added value to.
  2. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled. Whether you cook, sew, make or create I’d love you to join me.
  3. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month.
  4. There is no post limit as the link up is open all month.
  5. Old posts and new posts welcome.
  6. Please comment on my host post and at least 2 others and use #Trash2Treasure in the sign off so other’s know where you came from and can pop back to see what you have made too.
  7. Do remember to pop back during the month to check on later posts linked up. I will share linked posts during the month as a reminder to pop back and as a thank you for joining in.
  8. Please add my Trash 2 Treasure badge to help others find the link up and to be in with a chance of winning the lovely Duck Tape Colours (see below). 

Most of my Trash 2 Treasure tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour, but sometimes I share bigger upcycling projects from the farm too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas from you.

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire their next project. Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas. 

My October winner of the duck tape colours is Stephanie of Our Cheery Tree. Stephanie made a wonderful Christmas bauble out of the pages of an old book and button. Do pop over and take a look. 

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Thank you to all linking up in November there were some wonderful ideas. full credit to Jill at Creating my way to success for the sheer number of  upcyling ideas, I did adore the can ring buckle on this reusable Santa card.  

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How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration

Posted on December 4th, 2016 -

I do love all the Christmas crafts around, there are so many lovely ideas for using up old packaging, making gift tags, recycling Christmas cards and turning toilet tolls into Christmas figurines. I wasn’t sure which of my ideas I wanted to share the most. In the end I settled on a very simple idea that my children adore: A Christmas gift tree decoration. A bit of a mouthful as it is two things in one, a little like a Christmas cracker but without the bang and so very simple to make.

How to Make a Cristmas Gift Tree Decoration

This will be the first year at Coombe Mill that we will have our games room to host our Christmas activities. I plan to put a Tree up in there and decorate it with a little Christmas gift tree decoration for each of the children staying this Christmas. It will be a little something extra for them to open while the adults are enjoying a glass of bubbly or two at our Christmas Eve Family Celebrations.


What You’ll Need


  • Toilet rolls 

  • Gift wrap string

  • Christmas wrapping paper (left over scraps are fine)

  • Scissors

  • Gift to fit inside your toilet roll

  • Christmas Message (optional)
What you'll need to make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration


Here are the downloadable messages I used, click on the image below to get a printable version.

Christmas Greetings Printable


  1.  Seal one end of the toilet roll:
a) Press one end of the toilet roll inwards to make a dent.

b) Turn the toilet roll round 180 degrees and do the same
again to form  two peaks at one end

c) Fold the Two Peaks down
How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 1
How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 2 2. Place the Gift(s) inside the toilet roll with a Christmas message.
3. Fold the toilet roll end as above to achieve your sealed parcel. How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 3
How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 4 4. Wrap the gift in Christmas paper large enough to cover the shape. 

5. Take a piece of gift wrap string and create a cross design to hold the present together

finishing  at the top with a double knot and enough string left to tie onto a branch of your tree.

How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 5
How to Make a Christmas Gift Tree Decoration step 6 6. Add your Christmas Gift Tree Decoration to your Christmas tree.

A few Extras you could try.

  • Try filling and wrapping match boxes instead of toilet rolls  

  • Why not look up a few Christmas Jokes to put inside instead of a Christmas Message?

  • Make them rustic style with brown paper and rough string and add a sprig of holly or Ivy.

  • Why not make 25 and use them as advent calendar presents. 
Match box and Rustic Christmas Gift Tree Decorations



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Jack Frost is after your Fingers and Toes

Posted on December 3rd, 2016 -

Well it certainly felt as though he was after mine on the farm this past week. With temperatures dipping below zero over night, we saw more frost in a week than we saw all winter last year. Jack Frost had waved his magic so hard you could be forgiven for opening the curtains at first light and thinking it had snowed.


Roof tops glisten and hedgerows prickle with frosty crystals Jack Frost has scattered.  Grass and fallen leaves crackle beneath my feet as I head out towards the farm.

Fushia with Jack frost biting in December at Coombe Mill



Even the old cart looks somehow otherworldly with the fog and frost all around. I half expect Jack Frost to pop out and wave at me, or hand me a hot cuppa at least!  


Coombe Mill Flour Cart in December Frost


My fingers and toes are feeling the pain as I pass by our frozen lake. I hover for a moment in spite of my toes, in hope of a skating duck.  Alas my quest for this capture continues.


Frozen Carp Lake at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays in December


The animals hear me coming, ears cock and voices call out. I see the warm steam from their nostrils amidst our landscape of white.


Frozen Carp Lake at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays in December


Hearts fill with hope as they trot over, though I only offer a chilly cuddle from frozen fingers, a benefit for my fingers more than their heart; for I am only the early checker, not the breakfast provider. Disappointment is palpable, but fear not, for they have warm straw beds and fair much better under cold dry skies than in cloudy damp conditions.

half frozen lake where Jack frost left at Coombe Mill

The deer are wiser and watch me from afar, without the rattle of a bucket they stand steadfast.

Deer looking on a frosty morning at Coombe Mill Farm Holidays


Turning the corner past the top lake, the line of the ice over the water is clear. Jack Frost did your supplies run dry?

half frozen lake where Jack frost left at Coombe Mill

I capture my last photo of our wise old owl guarding the cottage entrance before my camera battery dies and my fingers cease to function.

Wise old owl covered in frost guarding our holiday cottages


A hot steaming coffee is waiting for me as a sigh with appreciation at our winter wonderland.

Has Jack Frost swept over your home this week?  

Country Kids 3rd December 2016

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 -

Welcome to Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Country Kids 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”

Welcome back if you are a regular to Country Kids and if you are new please join in. You will find plenty of inspiration for enjoying outdoor space and please do share your own adventures. We support the National Trust 100 things to do before you are 11¾ along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 

Welcome to Country Kids 3rd Decebmer 2016

We have seen frosty mornings and sunny days here on the farm. This family have just found an egg in one of our chicken coops but they are thin on the ground at this time of year. With the cold of winter the animals need hay, straw and mineral supplements for the winter season meaning there is a lot of work for farmer Nick and his little helpers. That said we try to keep animal feeding to an hour for our guests in winter to keep little ones from becoming too cold.   I hope you have managed a little family fun outdoors with these dry crisp winter days.

Guidelines for Joining in: 

  • Post must be predominantly outdoors such as in the garden, the park, the woods or the beach with crafting, learning, exploring or playing.
    • Despite the title, both countryside and urban outdoor adventures are welcome.
    • Unheated covered areas like a barn or tent count as outdoors.
  •  Please comment on my host post and a minimum of 3 others of your choice.
    • If you use #CountryKids when commenting the post owner will know where your found them and hopefully come back to visit your post.
  • Please take my badge, without it you won’t be considered for winning the lovely Rockfish Wellies.
  • Linked posts should be written and made live within the last 2 months.
    • I understand sometimes you need to do catch up posts and write about something from a couple of months ago but the publish date should be within 2 months.
  • By joining in with Country Kids you’re giving me permission to email you weekly as a reminder.
  • There is no restriction on the number of posts that can be linked up, however please be sensible, if you have more than 3 consider linking over a few weeks.

My top  commenters from 26th November

1st Sonia from Mummy Constant with 27 comments

2nd Karen from Two Tiny Hands with 23 comments

3rd Jenni from Odd Socks and Lollipops with 22 comments

A big welcome to Josefine from My Danglish Family who joined in for the first time last week. 

3 guilty bloggers linking up and not commenting on any posts. If that was you please go back.

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

I am delighted to have Rockfish as the sponsor for Country Kids. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish quality wellingtons for all the family. We have been offering their country wellies in our borrow room here on the farm for over a year and they are always popular for their style, comfort and durability.

Each week my favourite #CountryKids posts, which include my badge or a link back here,  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. Keep your posts coming, it could be you winning next!

For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here.  

Congratulations to Heidi of Him, Me, Three who is my November Rockfish winner. Heidi has been my top commenter for 2 of the 4 weeks last month and shared this lovely forest walk post.

Have a good look through the Rockfish website Heidi and DM me your choice of size, colour and design from the range (make sure it is shown as in stock).

November Country Kids winner on the Coombe Mill blog. Forest walk


Posts from last week in with a chance of winning the December Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Sonia from Mummy Constant enjoyed a fun frosty walk with friends

Wilderness Wood is now right up there on one of my places to visit after a beautiful post from Juggling on Roller Skates

Simple family fun always does it for me, like this beautiful autumnal park visit from Life at Cooks Cabin.

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I’d love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too.

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Join the Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites  from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter.

My Favourite photos from last week were: @playathometeacher @memeandharri @coffeecakekids and @thisdayilove

Thank you to those joining in last week again, please keep the tags coming, I love to see them all and we now have over 700 photos in there. check them out on Instagram if you are not already following.

My #CountryKidsFun favourites for week 9. Thank you for all the lovely outdoor fun tags. Please keep them coming and special thanks to @playathometeacher @memeandharri @coffeecakekids and @thisdayilove for the featured photos here.

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