Alvin and the Chipmunks

Following its launch on Nick Jr., STUDIOCANAL is pleased to announce that the brand new CGI animated TV series Alvin and the Chipmunks will be out on DVD this season.

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Summer of Sport

Series one consists of 52 episodes with Summer of Sport being the first volume with 14 episodes. It will be available on DVD from 13th June 2016 and is sure to capture the mind of little ones everywhere.

Big Family Fun

The new animated series, ALVINNN!!! AND THE CHIPMUNKS, takes the audience on a roller coaster ride of music, laughter and stories. Featuring international super stars Alvin, Simon and Theodore and the sassy Chipettes – Brittany, Jeanette and Eleanor – the series encounters the trials and tribulations of a single parent, David Seville, trying to raise six hyper-active Chipmunks. Like most parents, Dave’s patience will be pushed to the limit, forcing him to end most sentences in “ALVINNN!!!”

Having a family of six myself I couldn’t resist watching a little of the first series. I can so relate to the poor David Seville the father trying to raise them all. The antics of my own children when they were young came flooding back watching the chipmunks carrying on.


Kids under the changing table


The series is created by Janice Karman, who voices Theodore, Brittany, Jeanette and Miss Smith. It is produced by Ross Bagdasarian Jr.  who is the son of the Alvin and the Chipmunks’ creator and  President of Bagdasarian Production, who own the chipmunks franchise. Ross also voices Dave Seville, Alvin and Simon.


Alvin and the Chipmunks on DVD


DVD details

Preorder: now from HMV and ZAVVI

Run time: 14 episodes lasting 2 hours 36 mins approximately

Episodes: What a Gem; Family spirit; Mystic Mountain; Candy Confessions; Safety Third; Mister Manners; A Room of One’s Own; Carts and Crafts; Kiss Conspiracy; House Guests; Mutiny; Reality Or Not; Alvin’s Got A Brand New Bag; Warbie

RRP: £9.99

Look out for three more volumes in Series One which will follow over the summer months, including Back to School and Who Ghosts There. Every episode in the series includes a brand new Chipmunks song. 

Win 1 of 2 copies of Alvin and the Chipmunks: Summer of Sport on DVD with Coombe Mill

To be in with a chance of winning, just follow the instruction below


Alvinnn!!! and the Chipmunks; Summer of Sport


I was sent a test DVD for the purpose of this review. My copy can be found in the Coombe Mill games room for our holiday guests to borrow.

A golden rule of parenting

“If you make a promise to your children and make sure you follow through”

It’s there in every parenting best practice book and we all know it’s right.

Be consistent, don’t make hollow threats and don’t make promises you can’t keep.  Yes, we all bend the rules, use the power of Father Christmas to our advantage and sometimes promise things that simply don’t materialise. But on the whole we know the rules and that it pays to stand by them.

Then this happened….


I woke up and flicked through my emails as always before the school run to see a notification that I had made the BIBs finals. I honestly thought it was a mistake. I was sure they were due the following day and shrugged it off. It was only with children safely delivered to school and returning on line that twitter assured me it was no mistake. I lost my morning of work basking in happy banter online before another thought crossed my mind:

 Follow through with that Promise

When I found out I was shortlisted in two categories I wrote a heartfelt post on how much this meant to me and why I was so thrilled. Readers Choice was the category I had pinned my hopes on right from the start. I didn’t really imagine making the finals, and added to my post a silly dare just for fun. Except now it had happened and I felt all those best practice parenting books pointing a finger at me. I had to follow through with my promise.

Swimming for BIBs.

I was feeling hot and sticky after lawn mowing and decided it was time to put to bed the niggling commitment I made, to swim fully clothed across our river, if I made the finals.  Guy, my resident river boy, thought it was hilarious and positioned himself on his bike downstream to watch. Before I had set a foot into the water, I spotted a curious gathering of our guests on the bridge. Now I had an audience and there was no going back!

It was May, the river was freezing, and I was dressed in my running clothes and trainers. Quite possibly one of the craziest things I’ve ever done sober.

I did it, and I felt proud. I had stood by my promise, pushed myself to do something a little crazy and demonstrated just how thrilled I am to be a BIBs finalist. Thank you so much if one of those votes was from you, you have made me so happy and put Coombe Mill on the map. 

And if I win?

I said right at the start I’d never be as brave as my kids and jump off the bridge into the river, but ‘if’ I were to win, hell that would be so amazing I’d really have to try. After all, a promise is a promise!

Would you go out of your way to keep a promise?


The week in Focus 

I really enjoyed keeping my week in pictures last week on a single theme of our Cornish Longhouse. This week I thought I’d do the same but move my focus to the pretty shrubs and plants flowering in May here. Beautiful blue skies and warmer weather in our sheltered valley has brought the summer perennial plants out and the farm is awash with wonderful vibrant colours. It is always a pleasure to take a break from the office for a farm stroll armed with my camera.

Flowering in May on the Farm

This first photo is just taken on my i-phone catching the late afternoon sun on the Rhododendron bush at the edge of Water Mill Cottage garden. Flowering in May this striking tree never fails to deliver.


WaterMill cottage gardens #gardens #rhodedendrons #flowers #trees #nature #cornwall #summer #cottage #pretty #outdoors

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I thought it deserved a close up to show off the detail.


Our beautiful Rhododendrons are making the farm look so pretty this month. #rhododendron #pretty #farm #flower #Cornwall

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To the front of Water Mill is the most potent honeysuckle bush I have ever come across. In sunshine yellow it totally takes my breath away. If only I could bottle and sell the fragrance.


I wish I could bottle the scent from our honeysuckle just coming out, it takes my breath away every time I walk past. #flowers #summer2016 #honeysuckle #scent #smell #purfume #yellow #yellowflower #naturalbeauty

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Lilac always reminds me of Cornish holidays as a child. I remember calling them butterfly trees as they attracted so many. We have a couple on the farm but the lack of butterflies these past few years is a little worrying.


Beautiful lilac on the farm. #flowers #summer #sky #farm #oretty #nature #countryside #lilac

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Perhaps one of the earliest trees flowering in May each year is the cherry blossom. Ours clung on to beautiful full flowers till the winds came midweek, after which it rained down like confetti across the lawns and train track.


The cheery blossom fit to burst and now falling like confetti on the farm gardens. #summer #sun #blossom #cherryblossom #tree #confetti #nature

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I think this pretty pink flower is from a Red Broom. It is a bush that literally comes alive, flowering in May with delicate pink, or pink and yellow, flowers from ground up. Manoeuvring the lawnmower round the base is quite a challenge.

Red bush flowering in May at coombe Mill FAmily Farm cottage Holidays



Finally I can’t pretend to know what this last plant is high on the boarders of the garden to Eden lodge. But I love the fusion of colour between leaves, flower and sky.

Farm prettiness close up. #macro #flower #beautiful #pretty #nature #cornwall #farmstay #macrophotography #photooftheday

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The farm is looking its best in time for half term. I took this last photo out the window of Honeysuckle Cottage whilst doing my pre arrival checks before our holiday guests arrived this afternoon.

Coombe Mill gardens looking stunning for our half term guests today. #gardens #grass #cornwall #countrylife #holiday #farm #countryside #sun #sky #trees #landscape #landscapephotography

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I hope you have a lovely week whether you are away on holiday or at home.

Fiona x


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Country Kids from Coombe Mill

I do like to be resourceful and rethink our activities on the farm using nature and whatever I have to hand. This week I had an inspired idea to reuse my box of treasures from a previous activity hour based on pirates, combined with the Maypole and cardboard boat from the previous two weeks. We would have a pirate activity hour with a colourful pirate boat. It was a great way to reuse things from before and create a whole new afternoon of dun on the farm.

Pirate ship and Map at Coombe Mill Family cottage Holidays. Cornwall


Creating Pirates

We began by raiding the dressing up box; we had a mix of traditional pirate gear and some pretty fairy pirates. All were welcome. Now all good pirates need an eye patch and cutlass and this was our first task to begin our adventure.

If you are interested in making these I am making downloadable printouts for my upcycling linky #Trash2Treasure which will be published on 6th June.

Making pirate crafts at Coombe Mill Family Farm cottage Holidays. Conrwall

With cutlasses and eye patches ready, I taped a huge chunk of wallpaper to the pathway adding dollops of pant. The children were tasked to turn this into a giant treasure map. They eagerly worked as a team painting islands, palm trees, a big sun and of course some red crosses to mark where the treasure would be. Meanwhile Guy had run off to the pirate play boat with my box of treasure to hide.   

Making a Giant Treasure Map and Studing the Treasure Box at coombe Mill Family Farm Cottage Holidays. Cornwall

The children declared the map complete and we were ready to make our pirates a ship. With a hole in the centre for the mast (previously a maypole), the children gathered sticks for oars while I tied the maypole ribbons to the handles of the boat to act as rigging. We laid the map ahead of the boat and the pirates climbed aboard. Taking up the oars we sang:

“Row row row your boat

Gently across the sea,

If you see a pirate coming

Don’t forget to scream! “Ahhhh”

A new take on row row row your boat for our Coombe Mill pirates! #kids #fun #imagination #trash2treassure #dressingup #holidayfun #cornwall

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Arriving on our treasure island, the pirates disembarked and quickly picked up my clue for the hidden treasure on the pirate play boat.


Pirates enjoying a Treasure Hunt at the Coombe Mill Family cottage holidays Pirate Ship

Pirate treasure was swapped for sweets and a Coombe Mill badge, and my little pirates returned home via the Coombe Mill Train. Still in imaginary mode, they waved their cutlasses and shouted shanty anthems as the train departed.

Pirate Train at Coombe Mill Family Farm Cottage Holidays. Cornwall


It was a wonderful activity hour with plenty of imagination and a great use of many of the resources I had gathered over the last few weeks.


Joining in with Country Kids

I’d love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky. All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out. All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air. I’d be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, 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

Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays’s board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest.

Join the Google Plus community page for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me

Share your posts on Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet

Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

A Chance To Win with Rockfish Wellies from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays, Cornwall, England, UK. 

I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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. 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 May 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

A few of my favourites in with a chance of the May Rockfish Boots:


It's festival and fair time of year. there are some lovely country fairs around that make a lovely family day out. I really enjoyed this one from Would Like to Be

I can never resisit a good beach. This remote beach in Pembrookshire was perfect for a day out for Dairy of the Evans Crittens

From tree top walk to science fun Westonbirt Arboretum has it all for Stopping at Two

Fairies and Grottoes are close to my heart, Teddy bears and Cardigans found them all at Dewstow Gardens

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun

25% Off Rockfish Wellies Week 17

Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

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Capture the Flag

Paramount Home Media Distribution and Universal Pictures have done it again; they have come up with an animated family adventure film design to capture the hearts and minds of children everywhere. Space travel is something that really appeals to children, discovering the unknown and being part of a great adventure. Capture the Flag is a chance for space fans to indulge their imaginations in a gripping fantasy tale to protect the American flag installed by the NASA Apollo 11 team.

Boys watching film at Coombe Mill Self Catering Accommodation Cornwall, England, UK.

Follow the enchanting tale of a 12 year old boy called Mike, his astronaut father and Frank, his estranged grandfather who narrowly missed out on being part of the original Apollo 11 team. Together they team up on an incredible space adventure to try to protect the legacy of the original moon landing and the American flag against an eccentric billionaire who is set on a moon mission of his own to claim its vast, valuable mineral resources, and destroy the American flag.

Will Mike, teamed with his grandfather, best friends Amy and Marty, and a clever chameleon, be able to thwart the billionaire’s evil plan, capture the flag, and reunite his divided family? This entertaining Space Adventure is Suitable for ages 6 to 14 and available on Digital HD from 23rd May and on blu-ray and DVD from 30th May. Catch a sneak preview on the clip below.

capture-the-flag-phei-CaptureTheFlag_DigitalClip1IntlCard_ENG_VAM_prores from ZeroDegreesWest on Vimeo.

Special Features


• Beyond Capture the Flag (25:32) • Making of Capture the Flag – Part 1 (14:48) • Making of Capture the Flag – Part 2 (14:43) • “I’ll Reach You” Music Video by Auryn (4:25)


• Making of Capture the Flag – Part 1 (14:48) • Making of Capture the Flag – Part 2 (14:43)

Here at Coombe Mill we are all for inspiring creativity and imagination in children with our weekly crafts. From fairy parties to pirates we like to encourage roll play and creative learning. Why not inspire your child further on the Capture the Flag theme making a rocket from a toilet roll, as shown below.

How to Make a Rocket from a Toilet Roll supporting Capture the Flag DVD

There is also a lovely downloadable activity sheet here to support the DVD.

Capture the Flag Colouring Sheet

A chance to WIN 1 of 2 Capture the Flag DVDs with Coombe Mill

Capture the flag at Coombe Mill self catering farm holidays, Cornwall, England, UK.

Win 1 of 2 Capture the Flag DVDs


I received a copy of the DVD in return for this review. My copy can be found in our Coombe Mill Games room for our holiday guests to borrow.