Country Kids 11th February 2017

Posted on February 10th, 2017 -

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. 


Country Kids 11th February 2017

Make the most of family time outdoors this half term. 

It’s been a pretty wet week here on the farm, after months of  of crisp dry winter days the farm is giving way to a waterlogged look with too many muddy puddles for my liking. However this is negated by the spring growth now flourishing and lighter evenings. With half term upon us we are excited for a break from school and some family days out which I’m sure I’ll be sharing over the coming weeks here. I hope you will join me too. 

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.
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  • 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.

A Massive welcome to our new fab outdoor fun blogger; Arabella from Exeter Baby Activities.

My top commenters from 4th February:

1st Josefine from My Danglish Family with 20 comments

2nd Sonia from Mamma’s School with 19 comments

3rd Kirsty and Clara from My Two Mums with 16 comments

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.  

Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the February Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Josefine from My Danglish Family

Annette from Four Acorns shows us how to have a family day in the woods building a camp from scratch. 

Dancing in and out of the snowdrops in Tutus at Rode Hall Gardens made me smile from Mrs S at Otis and Us.   

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My favourite photos from the week came from @steph_baybee1 @wavetomummy @dancingdandelionsblog  Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following.


My favourite #countrykidsfun outdoor fun photos of the week are from @steph_baybee1 @wavetomummy @dancingdandelionsblog @mummyonabudget congrats you will feature on #countrykids on my blog tomorrow. Thank you for all the lovely tagscagain this week. Please keep them coming if you are out and about over half term. #landscape #outdoors #exploringnature #explorerkids #pottyadventures #forest #snow #snowscape #snowplay #park #bench #outdoorsandhappy #outdooradventures #outdoorlife #childhoodunplugged #freedomandfun #landscapephotography #childhoodmemories #kidsoutdoors

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Point to Point Horse Racing at Wadebridge.

Posted on February 10th, 2017 -

It was a bleak midwinter day, but we were looking forward to it after our fun at the local point to point last year.  This year was warmer and drier so things were looking up.  It was our last day with Ally at home before he returned to university and I was delighted he joined Nick and me, along with Clio and Jed.

The Wadebridge showground is our local venue if and just 20 minutes from Coombe Mill.  Its primary function is to host the Royal Cornwall show but it doubles up for many other events during the year including point to point racing.  With an 11.30am start we had just enough time after the morning feed to arrive in time for the first race.


A Family Day at the Wadebridge Races


There was much debate about which horse to back for each race.  Jed concluded from experience that all white horses were losers, Nick always fancied the heavier ones for stamina, Clio felt number three was always a winner as this is her lucky number while I opted for the slight horses imagining they would have a speed advantage.  Given all of our theories were pretty random we took it in turns to pick a horse for each race.  Studying their form in their show field is half the fun.


Studying the form at the Wadebrige Point to Point Horce Races


There is a real thrill to watching the horses come thundering past in a race, it was quite tricky to spot our one amidst the stampede of hooves.  So often are horse would lead the race only to flag on the final lap.


Wadebridge family point to point race day


Being only a local town point to point, it was easy to find a good spot along the edge of the racecourse.  We alternated between watching the finish line and standing near the final jump.


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Between races we took advantage of Cornish pasties, drinks and cake.  For the hardened race goer is there is even a bar supported by our local publican and the village pub on this occasion.


Food and drink at the Wadebridge point to point


Stands selling country wear and racing accessories were all around.  Nick and the kids had fun with the hats.  Now my husband and eldest son look even more alike with their new country style matching hats!


Trying on hats at point to point in Wadebridge


I’m so pleased we ventured out to support a local event, we won a race, still ended up down on the day, but it was worth it for a fun day out.  


Family photos from horse racing at the Wadebridge point to point


This is definitely one I would recommend with children of any age and a great way to learn about light gambling, how to make it fun and avoid the pitfalls, in a safe parental environment.  The upcoming  Point to Point races can be found here if you are staying with us and if fancy going along.


Have you tried point to point horse racing as a family day out?

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Revolting Rhymes from Roald Dahl is Back

Posted on February 6th, 2017 -

Did you get to see the amazing makeover of the 1982 original animation Revolting Rhymes, written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, over Christmas? If you did you’ll know it is a classic to be watched time after time. If like us you were fighting the urge to sit on the sofa over the festive break, favouring instead outdoor family adventures, fear not, you can have your cake and eat it; the wonderful remake by of Revolting Rhymes is coming to DVD on 6th February courtesy of Entertainment One.

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Revolting Rhymes is packed with twists.

The enchanting two-part animation brings together 5 traditional fairy tales, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, The Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood but mixes up the plot in an amusing and mischievous way with some clever twists. Will Little Red Riding Hood become a meal for the Big Bad Wolf? Can Snow White out-wit her evil stepmother? Is the house of bricks strong enough to protect the Little Pig? How can Jack avoid the Giant and find his golden treasure? Who will Cinderella marry? The tales are told by a wolf that holds all the answers, as well as a story of his own to tell.

Watching Revolting Rhymes

Voices by a British star cast

David Walliams (Little Britain, Gangsta Granny), Tamsin Greig (The Green Room, Episodes), Dominic West (The Wire, Pride) and Gemma Chan (Humans)

Need to Know

Release Date:6th February
Certificate:   PG
Running time:60 minutes (Part 1: 30mins, Part 2: 30 mins)


DVD Special Features

  • The Making of Revolting Rhymes

  • Revolting Rhymes image gallery

  • A set of beautifully designed postcards with your DVD.

About Roald Dahl and His Legacy:

Roald Dahl had an incredible life history from 1916 – 1990. He leaves us with some of the best Children’s books ever made. The Roald Dahl Charitable Trust ensures 10% of all Roald Dahl author payments and royalty income (after 3rd party commission) goes to their charity partners. They have supported causes including: specialist children’s nurses, grants for families in need, and educational outreach programmes. For more information on this visit Luke Kelly is manager of the Roald Dahl legacy and grandson to  Roald. We have a little section from an interview with Luke: 


Where does Revolting Rhymes…the fairy tales, the poems, all delivered in that sort of heroic couplet…where does that sit in Roald Dahl’s body of work? Was it a favorite of his, do you remember?

Luke Kelly Response: 

I think it was a favorite of his because it related so fondly to the Norwegian folk tales of his childhood. Those tales of wicked trolls and Norwegian creatures, and the idea of a stylized and slightly extreme natural environment…which I think, again, is done so well in here…that kind of fantastical grotesque piece. He wrote a lot about reading stories by the Brothers Grimm or Hans Christian Andersen and Belloc. I think that for that reason, it was important to him. It also came in a period of great output for him. It came just before the BFG and just after George and The Twits. 


Win your copy of Revolting Rhymes with Coombe Mill

Win Revolting Rhymes on DVD

To get your hands on a copy of this latest Roald Dahl adaptation for DVD that all the family can enjoy, why not enter to win. Just follow the instructions below.

Revolting Rhymes


We were provided with a test copy of the DVD for the purpose of this review. You can find our copy to borrow in the Coombe Mill Games Room whilst staying here on holiday.




Trash 2 Treasure February 17

Posted on February 5th, 2017 -

Welcome to a new month of Trash 2 Treasure.  With Valentine’s Day approaching we have been looking at a fun craft to try with the children staying here on holiday. Whether you are sewing, crafting, cooking or sawing I love to see all your upcycled ideas.


Trash 2 Treasure February

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. 

As January only had a couple of people joining in I have added the posts into this months link up. Hopefully now the year is running there will be more of you popping over to join in this month.

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If you link up below to Trash 2 Treasure February I’ll also send you an invite to pin on the Trash 2 Treasure Pinterest board 



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How to Make a Valentine’s Charm for the Garden

Posted on February 5th, 2017 -

With Valentine’s Day clashing with the half term holidays I like to do something fun to mark the occasion with the children staying here at Coombe Mill. While they may be too young for the romantic side of Valentine’s Day, they have no difficulty with the concept of love, especially family love and hearts as a symbol of this. Last year we made some fun heart charms for the children to remember their holiday and hang in their gardens at home. I hung my Coombe Mill valentine’s charm up in the Fairy Gardens and would you believe a year later it is still twirling in the breeze. On the basis of how well they lasted I decided to make a country trail for the children with them this year and share with you here how to make one yourself.   

How to Make Garden Heart Charms

What you’ll need to make a Valentine’s Charm

  • Cardboard, a cereal box is ideal
  • Duck tape colours of your choice
  • Floristry ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Pen
What you'll need heart charms



  1. Draw a heart shape on a piece of card to the size you want your charm to be and a smaller heart inside.
Draw your heart shape
Cut out your heart shapes
  1. Cut out the outer and inner heart.
  1. Cut strips of duck tape colours and cover the card ensuring all exposed edges are covered to keep your charm waterproof.
Tape the Heart to create waterproof layer
Split the Floristry Ribbon in two or three
  1. Cut a long length of floristry ribbons and tear into 2 or three pieces.
  1. Wrap the ribbons round the heart from the centre leaving two long ends for hanging
Wrap the Floristry Ribbon around your Heart
Hang your Heart Charm in the Garden
  1. Hang your valentine’s charm the garden.

A few alternatives to try

Ideas for early year’s children:

Try cutting different shapes for young children and using them to learn and match shapes and colours.

Make different sizes and see if children can order them from smallest to biggest. 

Make your valentines charm into a necklace or medal for all the family to wear on Valentine’s Day.

Ideas with older children

Turn them into pretty bunting in the garden or living room.

Make a Valentines Nature Trail or Treasure hunt as we are doing with clues or nature facts tucked into the floristry ribbon.

Making Heart Charms in Activity Hour

I hope you will find a use for these cute valentines charms, they are so simple to make and very long lasting even outdoors.


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