Myths and Legends of the world is the perfect story book for children with a flair for imagination. The 21 stories in the book are based on historical narrative from ancient times. Many have a moral tale to them, inspire courage or simply explain away phenomena that were once a mystery, like a volcanic eruption. Animals, gods and goddesses form the characters in these captivating short stories.  

Read on to discover more and for your chance to win a copy. 

Myths and Legends book

About Myths and Legends of the World

Travel through Africa, Asia, Europe and the Arctic and discover the creatures of the sea and land that were used to explain ancient history. There are some imaginative explanations for some of the big questions such as how the world was created.  The stories are too farfetched to be mixed up with reality, but do give a little insight into different parts of the globe, their history, culture, climate and environment as the backdrop to the stories.


pages from Myths and Legends book

What we Love

Need to Know

RSP £14.99
Age Range 9 – 12 years
Author Alli Brydon
IllustratedJulia Iredale
PublisherLonely Planet Kids
Product Specification
  • Hardcover
  • 192 pages
  • Dimensions:23.7 x 1.8 x 27.5 cm
StockistsLonely Planet on line shop, Amazon, The Telegraph Bookshop.
ISBN 9781788683074


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We were sent a copy of Myths and Legends of the World book for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. Our copy of the book is available to borrow from the Coombe Mill Games Room for our holiday guests.   

I wasn’t going to post this month, after all, who wants to hear from me when you are worrying about day to day life under the strange lockdown rules we all find ourselves affected by. But then I decided, those who don’t want to hear can pass on by, and for those who want to keep up with news from the farm here it is. I make no secret of the fact spring is my favourite time of year here, I am simply sad that we are spending it alone.


Farm News April 2020 under Lockdown

Your Holiday this year.

If you are holidaying with us this year please don’t worry, we have been in regular contact with everyone as their holidays have approached. The first wave affected in March and April have had more than their fair share of correspondence from me as we have grappled with a fast changing list of rules and regulations. I think we finally have a formula going forward that should work for everyone. Essentially hold tight if you haven’t yet heard from us, you will from the time your balance is due.  In essence we  are delaying the time to pay balances till we know if your holiday will take place this year. If the government is still banning all holidays, then we are offering to move your holiday, up to 12 months ahead. If you choose to cancel your money will be lost unless the ban is lifted and your week re-lets. Don’t worry you will all be emailed.

If you are not yet part of our Facebook group I strongly recommend you join, it is where all the information goes first and there are some great ideas coming back from those in there too.


Coombe Mill Facebook group

The Lockdown Feed run with just me and Farmer Nick 

Someone in our Facebook group suggested that it would be lovely if we could live stream on Facebook or Instagram from the farm, sadly our WiFi doesn’t extent to the farm and mobile data in the valley is very limited. However I record  a morning animal feed and upload it to Facebook which frankly blew me away in popularity. It will now hopefully be the first of many while this situation lasts. The kids and Nick are already bored of me filming them everywhere about their daily chores!


Administration Overload

While Nick has been busy on the farm, I have been snowed under trying to keep pace with questions coming in from phone, email and all forms of social media concerning your holidays. Hopefully we now have it sorted.  I’d like to say a huge thank you to many of our regular guests who went out of their way to say some lovely things in the face of a few tricky public messages. These are hard times for us all and no one wants to get back to normal and open the farm to visitors again more than we do.  


Coombe Mill office work space

Spring on the Farm

Twin lambs

We now have 3 sets of twin lambs. Our best ever lambing season and no one here, it’s like nature is laughing at us. The dry weather arrived just in times for our lambs and all are yet to experience rain. We had a very near miss with one of our first twins were some walkers with a dog scared it onto our lake. Thankfully they told us straight away and Clio and I rushed over. I grabbed a stick to beat back the brambles it was trying to paddle through but the poor lamb was losing strength, Clio took the only option left and jumped in, scoped him up and handed him to me on the bank. We were just in time as he was giving up with his brave doggy paddle.

I do like a happy ending, after a worrying morning on our patio wrapped in towels he was up and about and taken back to Mum. We had a worrying 24 hours of him being accepted back but all ended well and they are a lovely family unit again. We should have 8 ewes still to lamb before the end of May.



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What a difference a day makes, one of these little lambs was shivering and shaking wrapped in towels in our garden 2 days ago after falling in the lake. We were so worried Mum wouldn’t take him back, this is absolutely the best morning greeting from the 3 of them.

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Baby Guinea Pigs

Out guinea Pigs are also in spring mode and we have 2 adorable little ones already running around their home. I only discovered then when cleaning out their house and opening their bedroom.


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Look what I discovered as I cleaned the Guinea Pig house yesterday. They now have a clean hutch and wider house to explore when they venture out. #guineapigs #newlife #farmholiday #coombemill #babyguineapigs #cuteanimals #uplifting #positve #happynews

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Norman No Mate

We sadly lost our mature stag to a stomach abscess in February and were worried for the future of the heard. However we have a wild fallow deer running round the perimeter of the fields. We have named him Norman, and hope that by feeding him daily we will be able to attract him inside the gate at some point without letting our girls out.

Wild deer Stag

Sally has gone to her boyfriend

Sally is currently away with her boyfriend so it is just piglet with us on the farm for now. We are hopeful for piglets in July. Fingers crossed we will be open again then and that you’ll be able to meet them.


Farm News April 2020 under Lockdown

Goosey Goosey Gander

Our goose is happily sitting on a clutch of eggs. We’ve yet to see if they come to anything, she as already rejected one. Last year both she and the turkey took turns to sit on the eggs, only one hatched, it was a goose, but we had to wait to the end to see who the mother was. This year we have moved the turkeys, hopefully now we will have at least one of each. 

goose sitting on eggs

Business learning

Finally, just before the virus lockdown took a grip, I had a lovely couple of days up in Birmingham for the annual Small Business Event run by Theo Paphitis. It is something I go to each year having won the award back in 2012.  This year was as inspiring as ever with guest speaker and fellow Dragon’s Den member Sara Davies. I am full of enthusiasm to carry us through the next 12 months, though much of it for now is preparation for when you can finally visit us again.  

theo Paphitis small business sunday event 2020

What’s Not on in April!  

Unusually I’m not going to add an events section for April as we all know too well there are no events taking place. That said I hope you have all stocked up on Easter Eggs and can manage an Easter egg hunt around your house or garden. I am really going to miss the annual Coombe Mill Easter Egg hunt this year followed by the junk model river sailing. Fingers crossed it will all be possible again soon. For now I’m leaving you with a beautiful photo from Bodmin Moor. This is within cycling range for me, always open, and an  hour of solitude and exercise I value most days.