Capturing young minds to learn their alphabet, numbers and shapes has never been easier. Chalkboard Books are a great new concept in learning made fun by children’s book illustrator Stephen Barker. If you know a child in this age range and fancy giving them a step up in early years education at pocket money prices then read on to discover more and how you could win the set.


Win Chalkboard Books for young learners

What are chalkboard Books?

Essentially these books are just what they sound like, books you can chalk on. Follow the easy to practice traceable letters, numbers and shapes. The clever part comes in the ability to simply wipe away your work and have another practice. Made from shiny wipe clean hardboard, each page is perfectly designed to write and wipe time and time again. There is even a set of chalks and a handy clip close case integral to each book.


Pages from chalkboard books

Learning Made Fun

The colourful illustrations and easy to follow guide is great for building pen control as well as learning the topics of the book. Each page brings fresh designs and learning and a new opportunity to chalk and wipe. I can see these books being popular with teachers and parents and at just £7.99 a book they would make the perfect educational birthday party gift.

Being big kids here at Coombe Mill we couldn’t resist giving them a little go ourselves just to show you just how great these books are. We will certainly be using them as part of our activity hour learning here on the farm.


Need to Know


Books in the Series Chalkboard alphabet, numbers, shapes
RSP £7.99 per book
Format Hardback
Dimensions 28.0cm x 21.5cm
Includes 4 chalks in clip close integral case
Excludes Cloth to wipe clean
Illustrator Stephen Barker
Publisher  Quarto Kids


Win your set of 3 Chalkboard Books with Quarto and Coombe Mill

If you fancy giving these clever chalkboards a go why not enter to win the set here. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Chalkboard Books


I was sent my set of 3 books for the purpose of this review. However all thoughts and options are my own and in no way influenced by the promoter. If you are staying with us on holiday they may well feature as part of our arts and crafts sessions.


If I were to order months of the year May would probably be my favourite with the growing spring animals and bursting summer plants and January bottom of the heap. However somehow this January it feels as though when I blink, it is nearly over. We’ve had some lovely winter weekend guests and plenty to keep us busy from the newly forming crazy golf to property maintenance and farm management ahead of the new season. In between we have enjoyed beach days and city trips and moorland walks as a family. After a rainy start to the week that kept me on indoor chores, I emerged with the sunshine to discover spring around me. From snowdrops to daisies, the farm is coming to life and daylight is now officially past 5pm here in Cornwall.

January you weren’t so bad after all!   

It is a steep climb from Coombe Mill up onto Bodmin Moor but worth it for the far reaching views out across Cornwall. Up here, in Poldark country,  the vast expanse of moorland can make you feel so small. The air is clear and at night it is a star gazers paradise. In fact it is now an official dark sky zone. When I master my night sky photography I promise to share our wonderful night skies. For now a late winter sun caught on my i-Phone.

Bodmin Moor in late afternoon winter sun


Back down in the valley of Coombe Mill, winter moorland scrub gives way to spring flowers. I’m sure this rose has flowered all through winter on the wall of our old Millers cottage facing south. 


Finding the positive in January with a vibrant pink rose at Coombe Mill


The snowdrops are like a long white carpet along our riverbank now.


Snowdrops at Coombe Mill in January


Our summer rhododendron are in bud and the camellia all over the farm are in full bloom now. Banks of new season daffodils are just flowering too following the early season ones now past. 


Pink Camellia at Coombe Mill in January


Primroses are out in the woods but perhaps the biggest surprise was seeing daisies in the lawns. If only it would stay dry for long enough they could do with a mow, the lack of cold weather, snow or frost again this winter has left them running away mistakenly thinking it is summer!


Daisy in the lawn in January

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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. 


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A soggy week to end January

I have been gloating until this past week about the lovely sunny weather in Cornwall for January. I have to confess that has all changed this week and going outdoors has meant puddles and showers at every turn. We have so many farm jobs pending and are praying for a dry day now to make them happen. In the mean time I’m sharing a post from the Christmas holidays this week. Fingers crossed you have managed better than us with an outdoor adventure to share on the link up below. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

My top commenters from last week:

  1. Clare from Mudpie Fridays who commented on 9 posts.
  2. Dawn from Dear Mummy, Sarah from Kippers and Curtains & Lucy from Kids of the Wild who commented on 8  posts.
  3. Karen from Would Like to Be who commented on 7 posts.

We have just one guilty blogger link dumping this week, Please go back if it is you. Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted and please approve your comments by then if they need moderating so I can see others leaving you the blog love. 

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 the top commenter and my two my favourite #CountryKids posts, if they 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 December Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter this week was Mudpie Friday, but unfortunately with  no Country Kids badge and no kids in the post the next top commenter going though for a chance for the wellies is our joint 2nd place commenters with badges: Dear Mummy and Kippers and Curtains.

How could I not favour Dear Mummy and her lovely review of Coombe Mill from staying with us over new year. 

I also enjoyed Would Like to Be’s fun muddy walk where they lost track of time. 


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I’m back tracking in Country Kids this week to where Christmas begins for us way back in early December. Don’t you just love a good family tradition? Well our pre Christmas treat is a weekend away in Devon at the hotel Nick and I went to on Honeymoon back in 1995. It used to just be Nick and I, but for the last 3 years, as they kids have grown up, we take the whole family and we all look forward to it each year. The kids adore all the sports, I love seeing them together and having 2 days with no cooking!


Our Pre Christmas Family Tradition


It may only be 2 nights but we really pack in so much. The Hotel is situated just a short walk from the sea and I couldn’t resist an evening walk down there to watch the sun set when we arrived while the kids and Nick hit all the sports on offer. I only just made it but at the end of a glorious winter’s day it was simply stunning. So much so I actually dedicated a post to the scene that week.


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Anyone for golf?

Golf is Farmer Nick’s big passion outside of the farm and the reason he choose this hotel for us all those years ago. The little 9 hole course is really challenging with trees, bunkers and ponds to catch you out. In all the years I have played, my game is still woeful, but my teens can hit a mighty dive and really seemed to be enjoying playing this year.


Family golf

Tennis championship in progress

Golf was interspersed with Tennis out on the enclosed courts. The triplets had an advantage here after playing at a friend’s house back in the summer.

Holiday tennis

A stroll around the grounds

The grounds themselves are beautiful and the last of the leaves were still clinging on despite it being December giving a lovely backdrop to stroll with Clio

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The outdoor pool was closed for winter but the kids spent hours in the indoor pool and over at the badminton courts. They have all been in the Badminton club at school and we had hours of tournaments interspersed with a few squash games.


Christmas Market

With so much to do right at the hotel it was hard to persuade anyone to leave. However the older 3 came with us to the local estuary town of Kingsbridge for a little shopping in the festive Christmas market up the high street, I’m not sure their shopping went much further than street food though!  

Christmas Street Market

A Family Tradition to remember  

Both Nick and I had a stinking cold while we were there but even that couldn’t detract from a weekend that gave us so much pleasure. The huge hole in our wallet was worth every penny to see our 6 growing teens having the most fun time together. Listening to the banter, seeing them all dressed up for dinner and watching their competitive spirit tampered by a caring concern for one another was the biggest Christmas present of all for me. What more does any parent want?   

Our Pre Christmas Family Tradition

Country Kids

We love a good jungle adventure and The Jungle Bunch looks like just the ticket if you have children age 3 to 7. For all those moments where you just need a little chill out time this movie could be the answer. Read on to find out more and be in with a chance of winning your own copy.


Win The Jungle Bunch on DVD January 2018


Who heard of a Penguin in the Jungle!

Maurice may look like a penguin but he’s a real tiger inside! He was raised by a tigress but he is the clumsiest Kung-Fu fighter ever.

The Jungle Bunch is a motley crew of friends aiming to keep order and justice in the jungle, just as Maurice’s mother had done before him. But, Igor, an evil koala and his gang of baboons, wants to destroy the jungle, how will Maurice and his Jungle friends fend off the evil koala and save the jungle for future generations? Find out in this delightful and colourful yet crazy animated adventure film out now on DVD.



We think watching Maurice and his pals is the perfect way to chase away the January blues, providing some light-hearted fun after a day at school or playing outdoors. Who knows what creativity it will inspire? Watch them set up their own jungle in your living room, paint a perfect jungle scene or just enjoy a good night’s sleep dreaming of Maurice saving the forest.


Product Information.

Title The Jungle Bunch
Age Range  3 – 7 years
StockistsTesco online, Amazon, HMV
Running time1h 37min
Launch date22nd January 2018
Produced for Home DVD byEntertainment One


Win your copy of The Jungle Bunch with Coombe Mill

If you have an adventurous little one in mind for this delightful adventure why not enter to win a copy of the DVD. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

The Jungle Bunch DVD


We were sent a copy of the DVD to create this review. All thoughts and opinions on the film are my own.