Blade and Rose Autumn Range 2017

Posted on September 18th, 2017 -

Every now and then I come across a company that meets real consumer demand, fits with Coombe Mill and are a pleasure to work with. Blade and Rose is my latest discovery that totally fills this description. They make adorable clothing and gifts for tots that is distinctive and practical, easy to wear and stylish. Apart from the gorgeous clothes the family ownership of the business makes it feel very like Coombe Mill to me and the drive and passion in what they do is obvious. I have been lucky enough to receive the cutest leggings, top and socks all in a coordinating sheep theme. My Great Nephew is now the proud owner of these after modelling them while staying with us here on the farm. Read on to find out why I’m so excited to share this range and for a chance to win a set for the little one in your life.


Win Blade & Rose Autumn collection 2017

Little sheep chaser on the farm

Dressed for the farm in his Blade and Rose themed sheep chasing outfit there was no stopping my nephew as he raced from one animal to the next, drove the tractor and tested out the play equipment.  I think he was the best dressed of us all, not only was he warm and snug in the autumn morning sun but the super soft cotton rich leggings and top have enough stretch to make them perfect for clambering around the farm.


Wearing Blade & Rose on the farm


Need to Know facts for Blade and Rose autumn clothing sets

Price per Set £29.45 made up of leggings £10, top £13.95 socks £5.50

Independent shops in the North of England

Online at the Blade & Rose website


48 original designs to mix and match 

Size 0 – 4 years

Cotton with 5% spandex and 20% nylon in the leggings & socks

Tops cotton with 5% elastane 






Win your choice of leggings, top & socks from Blade and Rose autumn collection with Coombe Mill

If you have a child age 0 – 4 in mind who would like one of these lovely sets why not enter to win by following the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Blade and Rose Autumn outfit


We were sent our sheep leggings, cloud top and matching socks to review however all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Blue Space for Mental Wellbeing

Posted on September 16th, 2017 -

To me there is nothing quite like the feeling of salt in my hair and sand in my toes. The seaside offers a freedom all of its own. I listen to the sound of the sea lapping against the rocks, children’s laughter and seagulls chatter and my mind clears. It is uplifting, stress relieving and heaps of fun. Even the news has been filled with the new phenomenon of Blue Space.  Psychologists and doctors are discovering what I have always known; visiting the seaside is good for mind and body. What is good for me is good for my kids too. From tiny tots the beach has been a favourite day out and now as teens this remains the case. The sea has a calling for us all.

Over the past couple of weeks I have been making a real effort to take every opportunity to visit the beach. After school, weekends and even just with my eldest kids ahead of the new term at college and University. My working day is somehow more productive with a few hours out at the beach. I’m a big believer in the new Blue Space and will happily work late into the night after some fresh sea air. It really is more than just pie in the sky. If my photos make you crave some blue space too then maybe a trip to the seaside could be just what’s needed.

Discovering hidden inlets

Blue space for Mental Wellbeing

Lifeguards helping keep blue space a safe space


lifeguard bodyboard at the beach


Blue space brings out healthy playfulness in kids

beach play leaping over castle making


Seeing beauty in the ordinary features at the beach


seaweed at the beach

The waves are calling


Freedom of Blue Space running into the waves at the seaside.

The sea is at its warmest in autumn and it is a beautiful time of year to visit Cornwall. We have beaches from just 20 minutes drive from Coombe Mill so why not combine some therapeutic green space on the farm blue space at the beach.  We always extend our sea swimming to Christmas Day. If you are up for Christmas on the farm and a dollop of sea air why not enter to WIN a family Christmas with us over on our Facebook Page. 


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Country Kids 16th September

Posted on September 15th, 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 16.9.17

 Slipping into Routine

So September marches on, routine is taking over in our house with school runs and clubs and I’m guessing we are not the only ones.  Thankfully I have my eldest home from Uni for one last week and he and Amber are covering the routine here while Farmer Nick and I are in Greece. I’ll still be checking in to catch up on your adventures on the link up below. 

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 last week:

  1. Susan from Susan K Mann who commented on 22 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts, Big Love & Mary from Over 40 and a Mum to One who commented on 14 posts.
  3. Dawn from Dear Mummy Blog  & Anne from Raisie Bay who commented on 11 posts.

I would also like to say a massive thank you to Emma over at Bubba Blue and Me, who’s currently undergoing a blog transfer and removed her post in the middle of the week but still did a total of 12 comments! 

We have no bloggers link dumping this week, although do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.

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 September Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter :

I loved reliving our annual nature raft race along the river here at Coombe Mill through the eyes of Mummy Needs Wine

Staying on the river theme I loved all the summer wild river swimming over at Four Acorns

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I’d love you to join me: 

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Join the growing 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. With over 6295 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from  @cardiffmummysays @themumzilla @home.corner.stories @flip_flops_or_wellies.. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week from @cardiffmummysays @themumzilla @home.corner.stories @flip_flops_or_wellies. Remember #CountryKids link up is open from midnight on the blog for all your outdoor fun posts. Thank you to everyone who joined in the community this week. Please keep the photos coming. Happy weekend 😊

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Stickman takes to the Zip Wire

Posted on September 15th, 2017 -

We have had lots of fun this summer with raft races on the river. I wanted to keep the river focus for the group of older children we had staying as they had spent so much time body boarding from one end of Coombe Mill to the other during the week. I knew to keep their interest in activity hour we needed a river game, but I was also mindful of some little ones who would be joining us too. From learning about bones, to making our own stickman, dressing him or her and then sending them off on a zip wire adventure we had a wonderful afternoon of creativity and fun that met the expectations of all ages.

Stick Man Takes to the Zip Wire  

From bones to sticks

We began guessing the animals in my book of Bones which got everyone thinking about structure for stick man.

From bones to sticks in activity hour   


Then after a quick look at my demonstration stick man the children set off to find sticks and nature to build their own.


finding nature to make Stickman

Making Stickman

With the help of some string, and sections of one of my kids old toy story duvet cover, stick men were created and clothed.  

Making stickmen

A harness for Stickman

Once the stick men were completed the children set about colouring and fixing toilet roll harnesses ready for the stick man adventure down the river zip wire.


Making a stickman harness ready for a zip wire adventure

Bring on the zip wire adventure 

when everyone had finished we set off for the river hoping our idea would work. To my delight our plan came together perfectly. The kids fed their stickmen one by one on to the zip wire while Amber and I held each end. The drop from the top of the bridge to the river edge was just enough to give stick man an exciting ride.  

Each Stickman was cheered and had two rides. How tight the string was pulled and how heavy the sticks were affected the speed of each passenger.


Stickman on a zip wire adventure

From zip wire ride to river race for Stickman

We managed not to lose any in the water but I think the older kids were lightly disappointed at how slick the operation was. As they had wetsuits and body boards they were desperate to use I suggested we raced the stickmen bridge to bridge for the final game. The older ones would following them down in the water and rescue them at the end while the little ones could throw them off the bridge and race to the finish line along the river bank.

Stickman racing down the river Camel at Coombe Mill Holidays


It was a perfect way to end the afternoon giving all the children the thrill they wanted. We left them all playing in the river. Only Guy complained at the wet bottoms on the train at 6pm where they had only just come out of the river to the train still in their wetsuits.




Fancy joining in our Christmas activity hour? Why not pop over to our Facebook Page and win your family Christmas here on the farm 

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Word Has It for the Smart Thinker

Posted on September 11th, 2017 -

We are big fans of board games. They bring learning and fun together and provide a welcome break from online games and chat that preoccupies more time than I care to admit for my kids these days. Finding a game that really does encourage smart thinking, quick action, challenges spellings and vocabulary with all the fun and competitiveness you could want without breaking the bank, may sound like a tall order. Tall being the operative word in the fast paced Word Has It game from which really does have it all. If this has you curious, read on to find out more about Word Has It from University Games and how you can win one for your smart thinking kids.


Win Word Has it from University Games

Tall is best in Word Has It

The object of the game is to make words from a topic shown on the card drawn from the pack. A noisy Countdown timer gives you just seconds to build the tallest word you can on your plinth and win the round. You’ll need a reasonable vocabulary and ability to spell for this. On top you need to think and act fast to build your word and claim the letters you need. I’d recommend teams if younger children are involved or twice the timer length to finish their word.


Components in play for Word Has it!

What we liked

The timer rhythm gives a great sense of urgency and competition while the very nature of the game is perfect for practicing spelling, fast thinking and improving vocabulary. My kids found the game more of a challenge than they expected and now know that playing this will let them off household chores as I really value the educational benefits.



Need to Know

Made by University Games
Stockist Argos
RSP £19.99 (plus AA battery needed)
Suitable forAge 7 – Adult
Players2 – 4 or teams
Pack contents

36 category cards

4 extra time cards

4 any letter cards

43 stacking tiles

4 stage game base with integrated tension building audio timer.


Win your Word Has It from University Games with Coombe Mill

If you fancy helping your child to become a fast thinking good spelling vocabulary whiz for the new school term then just follow the instructions below for your chance to win a copy of Word Has It

Word Has It


We were sent our game for the purpose of this review. It can be found in the Coombe Mill Games room to borrow here on holiday. All thoughts and opinions above are my own.

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