November isn’t winter in Cornwall.

Posted on November 11th, 2017 -

We have been enjoying some ridiculously mild weather and nature is all confused. Here we are coming up to mid November and you would swear on some days it was still summer. Our early afternoon temperatures have topped out at 16 degrees  in our lovely sheltered valley and I am still in shorts and T shirts. Okay it chills down at night and the heating has just gone on in our house but I’d say that was pretty remarkable for late autumn. I am refusing to call it winter yet. Winter is my least favourite season and I’m determined to minimise it, so far it’s working a treat; November in Cornwall is keeping winter at bay for 2017.

Global warming?

Who knows if global warming has a part to play? I can say that 12 years ago we were snowed in this week and Farmer Nick had to come and rescue me and the kids from playgroup. The snow fell so fast that morning that we literally couldn’t get home without a four wheel drive. We haven’t seen snow like it since and my younger children barely know what it looks like as they were only babies then. Fast forward 12 years and the bees are still out on the summer flowers, no wonder we talk about the weather in Britain. 

My photos this week reflect some of the mild temperatures of November in Cornwall 2017.


Red Campion so common in the Cornish Hedgerows still in full flower on our riverbank in November.

november red campion in cornwall


Summer Hydrangea with the last of the petals and rich colours forming.

Hydrangea in November

The bees hard at work in the November Sun.

november bees on the late flowers

Delicate Fuschia flowers proof that the frost is yet to strike.

Fuschia in flower in November Coombe Mill Cornwall


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Country Kids 11th November 17

Posted on November 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 11.11.17

Remembering Remembrance Day

Where are the weeks going? This time of year feels like bouncing from one event to the next. Remembrance day is a rather more somber occasion wedged between the fun of Bonfire night and Christmas, but one I’m keen our children observe. I feel sad that this is the first year I have no scouts left to march up to parade, however poppies are worn and the day still marked. Whether it is marching in a Remembrance parade or a family outing in the shortening autumn days (I refuse to call it winter yet), I hope you have an outdoor adventure to share them 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.
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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.


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Massive apologies for not managing comment counting this week. I will catch up this coming week and let you know who is the top commenter from this week going forward for a chance at the wellies in next week’s post, on the plus side if you are late this week you still have time!   

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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 November Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: TBC

A two center day out from Bubba Blue and Me rescued a day that could have gone wrong.

October was packed with adventures and happy outdoor memories for The Ladybird Adventures.


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Halloween Fun Day Part 2

Posted on November 10th, 2017 -

Last week I shared the first half of our legendary Halloween Fun Day from Half term, there was just too much to capture in one post so here I’m picking up after a quick 15 minutes break following the amazing Activity Trail with real life characters.


Halloween Fun Day part 2

Halloween Games

We all reassembled at the Games Room ready for some traditional Halloween games and of course a few fun new additions from previous years.

First up a double game that all our regulars were looking forward too, apple bobbing followed by picking the sweets out of a bowl of flour. This was one game that was guaranteed to ruin the Halloween make up but great for the giggles and laughs.

Apple bobbling & sweet in flour games


While the children were waiting their turn at Apple bobbing we had two further games on the go, Pin the arm on the Skeleton and throw the rice bags into the pumpkin with sweets for all who managed it. This way no one was left queuing for anything for long.


Skeleton and pumpkin Halloween Games


Once everyone had taken part and dried their faces we headed over to the lawn for some broom races. It always makes me smile to see how competitive the children can be. We split the teams as fairly as we could with older and younger members in each team to give a sporting chance to all over several rounds.



Still going strong the children came into the games room for musical statues and musical bumps to happy Halloween dance tracks. It took our observation and the parents helping to catch some of the older ones out, they were just too good!

Musical statues and bumps


Ghost Train

We had to stop our games at 6pm as we heard the toot of the little train signifying it was time for a spooky ride. The children found their glow stick wrist bands from the Activity trail earlier in the day and handed these to the driver ready for the ride of their lives.



Trick or Treat

I may have been exhausted organising a full day of events but the kids were more than happy to keep going and as night fell the climax of the day approached for the children; the organised Trick or Treat parade. We made our way from house to house knocking on all the Coombe Mill properties with a welcome pumpkin or lantern outside. I was delighted to discover most families had made a huge effort with their pumpkins and displays outside the properties.


pumpkins and lanterns for Halloween


It was a wonderful Halloween fun day that surpassed even my own expectations thanks to perfect dry and warm weather, supportive parents and children up for a good time. We will be doing it all again next year at the end of the half term week (we think this is w/c 22nd October). If you fancy joining us just pop on over to our booking page, there are no extra charges, it is all included as part of staying the week with us.


Trick or treating at Coombe Mill Family Holidays, Cornwall

Halloween Fun Day 2017:  Part 2


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Something’s Fishy by Phaidon Books

Posted on November 6th, 2017 -

When it comes to books for young children I do like a simple catchy story that is fast paced with just a sentence or two a page and well illustrated.  I’m delighted to say that the latest book I have to share from Phaidon Books does all of these things. Come and meet the Penguin and his friends on a fishing adventure in Something’s Fishy.

The Storyline to Something’s Fishy

Penguin is off ice fishing but all is not going to plan. The fish are not biting and his polar animals friends are not helping as they question and crowd around. Penguin is becoming quite agitated by his friends’ comments and the lack of fish to show for his efforts, but what could be the problem? Read on to find out who will finally pull on Penguin’s line and what is so tempting.  

Written and Illustrated by Jean Gourounas this snowy tale will be perfect for Christmas and last well beyond as the story lends itself to the repetition and retelling that appeals to kids.


Pages from Something's Fishy Book

Need to Know

Format Hardback
Size 250 x 195mm: just under A4 paper size
Available from
Age range 2-6


Video preview of the book


Win your copy of Something’s fishy with Phaidon and Coombe Mill

If this humorous snowy tale is something that would appeal to your little one, why not enter to win yourself a copy. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Something’s Fishy


We were sent our copy of Something’s Fishy for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. You can find our copy on the Coombe Mill Book shelves to borrow on holiday here. It would make perfect bedtime reading after a day on the farm or a little fishing in our lakes and river.



November Holidays Filled with Autumnal Colour

Posted on November 4th, 2017 -

After a packed October half term with an amazing Halloween Fun Day the farm resumed a quieter pace last week. We still had a few families enjoying a late half term and they were blessed with mild temperatures and sunshine. November holidays here in our sheltered valley are always filled with wonderful autumnal colours, but to have temperatures up to 17 degrees to enjoy them has been an unexpected bonus. Out and about the beaches are quiet, the roads clear and the pace of life feels calm and relaxed. We are open all year and welcome short breaks at our lowest prices throughout November if you fancy a weekend away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.  

Snap shots in the morning sun

My photos this week draw on the rich colours in the trees here catching the morning sun. If you are out and about this week take a moment to look up and see the wonder of nature in November.  

One of many views out from Tree Roots Cottage Window. 

November Holidays with Autumn Colour

Water Mill Cottage nestled deep in the valley and surrounded by beautiful November colours. 

Water Mill Holiday Cottage in November Sun


Looking at the last leaves clinging on  to the branches near the river. 

November leaves still in the trees


A trained eye will spot a little autumn fairy spreading magic dust over the fairy gardens.

November leaves still in the trees

For our guests the mild weather and full week of sunshine has dried all the fallen leaves. Who can resist a little jumping and tossing where they all pile up with the wind. This next photo is technically the worst as a simple i phone snap, but it is still my favourite as it captures the wonderful time these children were having with a pile of leaves down by the river. Their parents had given up trying to take them out for the day, they were having just too much fun on the farm. 

Jumping in leaves

Kids throwing autumn leaves

Have you ever enjoyed a holiday in November?

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