My Holiday Scrapbook and Drawing Book

Posted on June 4th, 2018 -

Holidays are perfect for enjoying family time and creating memories to last. Here at Coombe Mill we work hard to create the perfect holiday environment for families to do just this. It looks like our friends at Lonely Planet Kids also have preserving holiday memories on the mind with two adorable new titles in their kids range. My Holiday Scrapbook and My Holiday Drawing Book are two books designed to help children record their time away in a fun and memorable way. If you have a holiday coming up and want it to make a lasting impact with your child then read on to discover more about these lovely books and how you can win them both.


WIN My Holiday Scrapbook and My Holiday Drawing Book

Holiday memories

Whether you are jumping in a pool in the sunshine after an exhausting flight or unpacking the car for a week on the farm with us there are moments you want to capture and remember.  It might be swimming in our river, learning to fish, helping drive the tractor or cuddling a rabbit, they are times to cherish. With these lovely books you’ll learn some tricks of the trade for drawing and be encouraged to collect snippets from nature to bring back those holiday experiences long after they have finished.


Farm fun creating holiday memories at Coombe Mill

Holiday Drawing Book

We love this book for the great first tips to drawing it gives. Learn how to draw in 3D, create perspective, give stick men emotions and much more. Our favourite is the lesson in turning basic shapes into creatures. You could create all the animals on the farm in this way.


My Holiday Scrapbook

This book with over 150 stickers will have you scavenging the countryside for flowers and feathers, saving bus tickets and activity entrance passes to stick into your book. Make the book unique to your holiday with the things you collect along the way. Even a rainy day is an adventure when you play dot to dot with raindrop splashes! We took inspiration from the book for one of our activity hour crafts here on the farm and filled in the nature colours to make flags for the children to keep. 

Holiday scrapbook nature filled



Need to Know

My Holiday Drawing Book My Holiday Scrapbook
RSP £8.99 RSP £7.99
Dimensions 172mm × 215mmDimensions232 x 304 x 9mm
Author Gillian JohnsonAuthor Gillian Johnson
Publisher Lonely Planet KidsPublisher Lonely Planet Kids
Warningthis book is not suitable for children under 3 as the handy book mark cord could be a strangulation hazard.Warningthis book is not suitable for children under 3 as the handy book mark cord could be a strangulation hazard.
StockistsLonely Planet website, Amazon, Wordery, WaterstonesStockistsLonely Planet website, Amazon, Wordery, Waterstones



Win your copy of My Holiday Scrapbook and Drawing Book with Lonely Planet Kids and Coombe Mill

For your chance to win these two lovely books in time for your holiday simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

My Holiday Scrapbook and My Holiday Drawing Book


We were sent our copy of these holiday memory books for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions on their content is my own. 

Rainbows of summer colour on the farm

Posted on June 2nd, 2018 -

Last week I shared the lovely spaces pure and unedited here on the farm. This week I wanted to home in on colour. The transition from spring to summer brings out all my favourite colours on the farm; the rich Rhododendron, the delicate wisteria and lilac and the bright yellow and wonderful scent of honeysuckle.  Rich oranges merge with burnt russets against crisp lime green leaves. These vibrant colours can seem lost in the green spaces on the farm, but going on a nature colour hunt reveals a rainbow of vivid colour. Nature is so clever and manages to make stunning combinations which in any other context might appear quite gaudy. Rainbows of summer colour has been the theme of our activities here this week and from nature hunts to flag making the colours have been fun to spot and collect.

Rich pink Rhododendron and sweet yellow Honeysuckle in the garden to Water Mill cottage.

Gardens at Coombe Mill filled with rainbows of summer colour


Close up on the Honeysuckle. 

honeysuckle outside Water Mill cottage


Rainbows of summer colour all in one leaf on this colourful bush.  

Pink Bush outside Water Mill cottage with rainbows of colour on each leaf


Flowering each year this rich orange flower frames the Coombe Mill train track. 

orange flower on cottage lawns at Coombe Mill


Wisteria hangs over the old 16th Century Miller’s House.

Wisteria outside Miller's House at Coombe Mill


Every summer I want to pause time and keep these wonderful colours for longer. Yet this is the cycle of nature, the summer colours will fall to be replaced by the burnt oranges of autumn before winter takes hold and the whole cycle starts again. Perhaps I appreciate the rainbows of summer colour more for not having them all year. For more beautiful gardens in Cornwall Lanhydrock National Trust is awash with Rhododendron at this time of year and they line the approach to Pencarrow House. The Lost Gardens of Heligan are full of colour as are Trebah Gardens. If the names sound familiar that’s because our Scandinavian Lodges are all named after these delightful Cornish Gardens. 


Country Kids 2nd June 2018

Posted on June 1st, 2018 -

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 #50 things along with all other ideas for family fun outside. 


Country Kids 2.6.18

Hello June  

How is it June already? Summer really feels set in now. The farm is buzzing with summer life, our half term holiday makers have enjoyed a lovely week looked after party by us and party by Amber and my older boys in between revision while we have taken the triplets to Greece visiting family for a few days.  I have so many outdoor adventures to catch up on, I hope you do too and will share them with me on the link up below. 

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  • 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.
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Thanks to all of you who joined in last week and for the comments you took time to leave, we had a week with no link dumpers so a pat on the back to you all! 

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May Welly Winner

Congratulations to Lucy from Kids of the Wild who is our May winner of the lovely Rockfish wellies. Lucy and the family came to Cornwall for a children’s cancer charity event and made the most of a lovely weekend whilst raising awareness for the charity. Lucy, do DM or email ( your choice of wellies from the Rockfish range including size and colour as shown in stock. 



Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the June Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter: Louise from Little Hearts Big Love

Four Acorns have been on a magical weekend wild camping in Ireland. 

A great family fun geocaching adventure from Queen of Collage.


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Birthday Beach Day Through the Mist

Posted on June 1st, 2018 -

It was our eldest son Alistair’s 20th birthday and the bank holiday weekend. His favourite past time is surfing and the heat wave, the bank holiday and his birthday all fell on a day of great surf. It was pretty much a done deal that we would be a birthday beach day. There was only two flaws in the plan, one was that the temperature fell from a gorgeous 24 degrees at Coombe Mill to just 14 at the beach under the mist from the sea, the other was that we were far from the only ones heading to the beach.  In the end neither turned out to spoil our enjoyment.


Birthday beach day through the mist


In the end it was Ally, Clio Jed and I that headed out after the feed run in search of the surf. Theo and Felix have GCSE’s and A levels fast approaching requiring reluctant revision and Guy was exhausted from a sleepover. We have a well oiled routine at busy times of year where by the kids carry the stuff onto the beach while I go off and park the car.  I get the raw deal on this as they are always changed and heading to the waves as I arrive.


Surf boards and kids go into the sea


The sea mist was visibly rolling across the beach and the cliffs came and disappeared from view. It was very atmospheric and before going into the water I stopped to capture a few photos.


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Down at the water’s edge I tried to find the kids but there were so many in the sea all in wetsuits it was almost impossible. I came back with so many photos of kids surfing I felt sure I’d have one of them all but in the end it was only Jed I had correctly identified!  I suspect Ally was too far out for me to see but he assured me he caught some great waves and stayed in the longest.


Jed surfing at Polzeath


I couldn’t resist a little stylised shot of my drained coffee mug before heading in to the water myself.


Coombe Mill Holidays mug at beach


Usually I like to hang around on the beach and warm up but it was too cold for that when we knew Coombe Mill was most likely still in full sun and anyway Jed had left the football he brought in the car. Using my coffee mug for a game of catch was not going to end well so I soon called Clio and Jed over as I saw Ally finally emerge from the water.


Teens on the beach


Driving back inland we soon left the sea mist behind and watched the temperature creep back up again. Sure enough it was still 20 degrees and beautiful back on the farm. Clio and Ally flaked out on the trampoline making up for the sunbathing time they missed at the beach.


Sunbathing on the trampoline


 I caught up with Guy and the guests over at the train and they all confirmed it had indeed been beautiful all day on the farm and they had enjoyed paddling in the river here.  It is hard to believe it was just gone 6pm at the start of May and everyone was in short sleeves.


Coombe Mill Train in the sun


A family meal with everyone back home and of course a homemade birthday cake for Ally made the day just perfect.


Happy 20th birthday Cake  


I do hope the gorgeous bank holiday weekend was just a taste of what’s to come this summer. I never tire of beach days.  

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Wentworth Wooden Puzzles Noah’s Ark

Posted on May 28th, 2018 -

If you are a lover of jigsaw puzzles or traditional style wooden toys you can’t fail to covert the Wentworth wooden puzzle collection. There is something for little ones aged 3 all the way to challenging puzzles for grownups in intricate designs and shapes. Loose yourself in the puzzle theme from the design to the wooden pieces themselves. These are puzzles with a twist you’ll like. We have been putting the Noah’s Ark 50 piece puzzle for children to the test and discovering the unique whimsy pieces for ourselves, not to mention enjoying the challenge just as much as the kids! Read on to discover more and for your chance to win your own puzzle box.

Win Wentworth Wooden Puzzle Noah's Arc

The Puzzle image

Packed with colour and created in a cartoon style this 50 piece puzzle is perfect for children. Who can resist a rainbow of butterflies or a sea filled with every sea creature you could think of and that’s before your board the ark! On board the ark cheeky cartoon style mammals lean out of the boat with Noah and his family at the centre. The design by Peter Barrett is cleverly illustrated and a delight to create with plenty of learning opportunities for children not only in the Noah Ark story but in animal identification.


Completed Wentworth wooden Puzzle Noah's Arc


The puzzle pieces


Not only does the design draw the creator in, but the pieces themselves have a unique whimsy factor being carved by laser jet into animal shapes. See the puzzle design on one side and the animal features on the reverse. A clever touch we love.


Wentworth Wooden Puzzle Noah's Arc Animal Pieces


What we liked

  • The animal shaped pieces
  • The quality and feel of the puzzle pieces
  • A drawstring bag to keep your Wentworth wooden puzzle safe.
  • The wood is from sustainably managed forests and the box from recycled materials.


Our concern

  • The puzzle could be a challenge for the recommended age group but if worked on with a little prompting and encouragement from an older sibling or grown up it is both manageable and fun to make.


See how we created our Wentworth wooden puzzle : Noah’s Ark 


Need to know


Retail Price £25
Stockists Wentworth online shop
Contents 50 piece puzzle shapes, draw string bag

Dimension of finished puzzle

360 x 250mm
Illustrator Peter Barret
Age Range Age 3 – 6


There are lots of other puzzles in the children’s range including dinosaur and fairy themes or even a personalised photo puzzle, you are sure to find one there just right for your child’s interest.


Win your Noah’s Ark Wooden Puzzle with Wentworth and Coombe Mill  

If you fancy starting your Wentworth puzzle collection with this colourful Noah’s Ark design just follow the instructions below for a chance to win. Good luck to all taking part.


Wentworth Noah’s Ark Puzzle


We were sent our puzzle for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.