Win “The Land of Sometimes” with Coombe Mill

Posted on April 18th, 2012 -

 Let your imagination run free

 My thanks go to  for introducing me to The Land of Sometimes, a wonderful and enchanting CD and book full of adventure for little ones. Songs and lyrics accompany you on a magical journey with the endearing lead characters Elise and Alfie in to the far away Land of Sometimes.  A land of make believe where beautiful things happen with enchanting characters. Each story has its own special song where the lyrics and tune dove-tail perfectly with the narrated story whilst leaving just enough room for imagination too.


The Land Of Sometimes


From my children

I would recommend The Land of Sometimes for boys and girls between ages 2 – 6. The fairy tale magic probably holds a little longer for girls. My triplets are now almost 8 and felt it was too young for them, having said that Clio was having great fun at my pc exploring the specially designed  web site I had left open for her. Inspired, I later found her enjoying a private morning before school in her bedroom with her pink CD player, Now 80 discarded and the Land of Sometimes on full volume; even a brother came to join in!  I have to agree with Liz, it is a beautiful and original concept and would make a perfect gift for any youngster. 

 Clio on the ComputerA private morningJed joins in


When you visit us…

We are lucky enough to have a copy here on the farm for you to borrow when staying. Enjoy with your child in the comfort of our properties then see how many similar adventures you can create whilst playing and exploring here on the farm. Imagine the farm as “The island of Sometimes”, sail away on the journey on our play ship,

Play Ship from the RiverSteering the ship

see if you can find where the River slough Sling might be hiding,


River SlouchA home for the River Slouch?

transform yourself into the Willow Tree Choirboy who loves to watch from the branches

ChoirboyActing as the Willow Tree Choirboy


Win your own copy of “The Land of Sometimes here

I have 1 copy of this adorable CD and story book to send free to a lucky winner. All you have to do is leave a comment below saying that you’d like to enter, remember to also leave a way for me to contact you.

To increase your chance of winning:

Follow the Land of Sometimes on Twitter and leave an extra comment here with your twitter name.

For an additional entry, like the Land of Sometimes facebook page, and leave a separate comment with your Facebook name here.

For one final entry, please tweet the following and leave another comment to say you have done so “I want to enter the magical world of @landofsometimes with @coombemill here “

The competition is open to UK residents and will close on Monday 30th April 5pm. Good luck to all taking part.

Disclosure: I was given a copy of the CD to review for this competion free of charge.  However, the views and opinions expressed are entirely my own. 

Silent Sunday / Project 52

Posted on April 15th, 2012 -

Sshhh, It’s Sunday………

River Art by Theo



TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky Silent Sunday 

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

Posted on April 14th, 2012 -

Welcome back

The Easter Holidays has seen many regular guests returning to Coombe Mill. I love to see the children meeting up with friends year after year, just as if they had seen each other yesterday! A few new faces each year soon learn to join in the fun, age doesn’t matter, everyone just mucks in together united by their enjoyment of the farm.

Let’s be eco crafty

Our regular guests from Camel lodge love to organise a build a boat competition. Armed with sticky tape they then challenge all the children wanting to participate to raid the recycling bins and build a winning model sailing boat. A good hour after the feed run is taking up with each perfecting their design, sticking and taping till all are ready.

Eco Model Sail Boats ready to launch on the River

Sailing Boats eco crafted at Coombe MillSailing Boats eco crafted at Coombe MillSailing Boats eco crafted at Coombe Mill


Sailing away

Now the real fun begins as down to the river they go, proudly armed with their eco sailing boats. All participants eagerly scale the river bank, wading in for the starting line ready for the grand countdown to launch. You can hear from the screams and shouts on the video just how much excitement is involved!


launching the boats at Coombe Milllaunching the boats at Coombe Milllaunching the boats at Coombe Mill

The Winning Line

Coombe Mill bridge provides the perfect finishing line and everyone delights in watching them sail under the bridge .  It’s fair to say there are more wet wellies than dry by the end, and that is not just the children!

launching the boats at Coombe MillOn the finishing lineCollecting the boats past the bridge

Mums and Dads relax over coffee outside Camel


Well done the Mums and Dads!

Chief organisers relaxing with a well earned coffee while the children are off playing.


Please Join In with CountryKids

What Easter holiday outdoor fun have you been having with the kids? From Easter hunt’s to park play , please join in and share the magic of the outdoors. Grab the badge and link up below with a blog post, twit pic or facebook photo.


Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall


Captains coming, all aboard!

Posted on April 10th, 2012 -

New land with a plan!

Back in the winter we purchased and cleared a strip of land between our cottages and the river Camel. It has opened up the whole of the cottage lawn. In the process we found this lovely old stone wall. I blogged back in Novemeber about the suspected world war  2 origins and said then that Farmer Nick had grand ambitions for the site.

Old World war 2 wall


Ship Ahoy

This has been quite a project, from clearing the land to building the ship. Originally bought on ebay for just short of £1000, Farmer Nick drove all the way to Birmingham to collect it. I did wonder if it was worth the effort, but he had a plan! If you have been watching facebook you will have seen the building process. It did come with instructions, but in true farmer style, when taking the equipment out of his shed to install the plans were missing! A real jigsaw it became with all the children and friends helping out on the build. Here are some of the highlights:

I have to confess the finished ship is really rather special and fits perfectly into our walled garden. Even the newly seeded grass is now beginning to take and all the children staying are really making the most of the area.

Playing in the shipPlaying in the shipPlaying in the ship

Playing in the ship


We moved the little tikes climbing frame across to another play area and a new trampoline has now accompanied the ship.

Play equipment on the movePlay equipment Ship and Trampoline

Anyone remember this surprise purchase? well it is now coming into its own out from the shed and next to the ship for some imaginative pirate play

Cannon in Nick's shed waiting.... Jed testing the new Cannon with the shipCannon ready for play

Next to be converted is this little treasure: 

World war 2 bunker

I can just see it with some camo paint and a ladder and platorm and some safely rail turrets around the top. It will make an awesome look out post for pirates! I love the view from the river looking back at the new land with the ship and the old bunker and can’t wait to get it all complete. 

A beatiful view

play ship from the river

And Next…..

As always we still have further ideas brewing for this side of the farm, so do keep following as hopefully some of them will come to fruition and I will be sure to update all on the blog!


Silent Sunday / Project 52

Posted on April 8th, 2012 -

Sshhh, it’s Sunday…..

New Runner Duckling


TheBoyandMe's 366 Linky Silent Sunday 

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