Posted on July 16th, 2017 - Fiona
We make no secret of loving trampolines here at Coombe Mill. Our guests adore the Skyhigh trampoline in the pirate boat play area, our goats make the most of the one in their field and my own children have always had one for themselves in the garden.
We need a new Trampoline
While our 12 foot Skyhigh trampoline for the guests is still looking as good as new, and the goats are quite nimble footed on theirs, my own children have been less careful. Nick and I were going away for a couple of days and decided that was to be the end of the trampoline with no net and rips in the base. The kids were distraught and a replacement was held over them for good behaviour and managing the business while we were away.
Doing our homework
The children kept their end of the bargain and we began researching prices for the best 14 foot trampolines around. We found a selection that appeared a bargain but our kids were adamant they wouldn’t be as good as the 14ft Skyhigh Xtreme 360 they had. As trampoline connoisseurs they have bounced on all their friends’ trampolines and agreed ours had way more bounce for their tricks. When I dug into the technical specifications I began to understand. No other trampoline has the 120 springs of the Skyhigh Xtreme 360 14 foot trampoline. Finally I could see the science behind their gripe.
It had to be a Skyhigh Trampoline
I couldn’t argue with the logic and knowing Big Game hunters offer an excellent service I rang them to place my order. In just a few days it arrived and despite Nick and I being busy the kids wasted no time unpacking and setting the trampoline up on their own.
I really don’t know how my kids would cope without their trampoline. It takes up most of the front garden but I don’t mind at all, it is the instant energy release they need after school, during revision for exams or just after a squabble with one another. They may all be teenagers but the trampoline is still where they choose to hang out on a summer’s evening and practice their latest dare devil tricks. I constantly worry when I see them leaping around, but at least I know they are bouncing on the best there is for performance and safety and that’s worth a lot.
Need to facts for the 14ft 360 Xtreme Skyhigh Trampoline
Big Game Hunters|
|RRP||£515 (this is the most expensive in the range. The 14 ft skyhigh trampolines currently start at just £189) |
|Unique Factor||Great Bounce|
Number of springs: 112 (88 in the next best brand)
Length of springs: 210mm
Max user weight: 140kg
Latest stunts from the garden
We were given a small discount on our trampoline as loyal customers. I could have bought a cheaper brand for less but the quality and performance of the Skyhigh Xtreme really is worth every penny. I was not obliged to write this review but chose to share what I believe is the best trampoline money can buy.
Posted on July 15th, 2017 - Fiona
I’m sure I’ve said it before but oh I do love the summer; the warmth of the days, the light evenings and glorious summer sunsets on a clear evening. Here in the valley we can lose the sun quite early but our farmland extend up towards the village where the sunsets are stunning looking out over the rolling hills towards the sea. I often venture up through the fields with my long lens to capture the golden glow against the countryside. It can take a bit of fiddling with the focus to counteract the brightness of the sun, but patience and a steady hand pays off and the result is a rich burnt orange sky against a golden ball of fire.
Summer Sunsets from Cornwall
A little strand of hedgerow shooting up towards the light makes a perfect focal point
The foxglove in the foreground was being blown this direction but gives the effect of hugging the sun
By lifting the focus further from the sun some of the blue hues of the evening creep in.
I hope as the school holidays approach there will be many more evenings like this. It already feels as though 2017 will go down as a good summer and we are booking up for 2018 on the back of this.
Summer Sunsets to Dark Skies
I’m hoping for some clear evenings to come as ‘Dark Skies’ has become the new talked about thing in Cornwall. Apparently we live in the best place for star gazing. We do have the most amazing night skies with shooting stars and a wealth of activity miles above us. There has to be some compensation for a lack of street lighting and needing a torch to see your way after dark! My mission this summer will be to try and learn how to capture a little of the night sky and share it here. If you have any tips on this please leave them in the comments for me.
Posted on July 14th, 2017 - Fiona
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.
Here at Coombe Mill our runner ducklings are almost big enough to be let out into Jurassic Park with the older ducks and chickens. For now they are enjoying their last few days of safety indoors… Well safe apart from being chased and cuddled each morning by the children that is! This is just one of the highlights each day on the farm. I hope your week has been a good one and you have some exciting adventures to share 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.
- 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:
- Helena from The Queen of Collage who commented on 14 posts.
- Karen from Stopping at Two who commented on 6 posts.
We have 1 guilty blogger 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. There was a distinct lack of comments all round last week, please be supportive, I know it is busy in the last weeks of term for everyone.
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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!
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Favourite posts from last week added to the shortlist for winning the July Rockfish Wellies:
Top Commenter : Helena Queen of Collage
Coincidentally my favourite posts of the week are from our two top commenters. Helena for her fun at the Flywheel festival and Karen for her gorgeous photos of her girls visiting the Lavender fields. Congratulations to you both going forward for a chance at the July Wellies.
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Posted on July 14th, 2017 - Fiona
Cornish pixies are not dissimilar to fairies. They are mythical creatures that originate from Cornish folk law and typically live in forests, moorlands or caves. With Coombe Mill having a forested Fairy garden and being located on the edge of Bodmin Moor we are well placed to host and entertain few pixies and I thought they would make a fun theme for our activity hour.
Painting Cornish Pixies
We began by painting some Cornish pixie pictures. I always find it fascinating to see the different styles between girls and boys. Careful painting in pretty pinks and purples for the girls with bright colours merging to brown for the boys!
Making Pixie Cakes
Pixies come in a variety of colours but invariably feature wings. With painted hands cleaned up we were set to make some pixie cakes featuring colourful butter cream bodies and wings. I helped each individually with the knife cutting the cake while they chose and added the rest.
When everyone had finished they sat in the sun on our Brug enjoying their creations.
Fuelled by cake, my pixie lovers jumped up to embark on some running and rolling down the hill just as they imagined a Cornish Pixie might play late at night when we are all asleep.
A Cornish Pixie Treasure Hunt
Over in the Fairy Gardens I had hidden 12 colourful Cornish Pixie pictures. The children were excited to hunt for them hiding in the bushes and amongst the trinkets in there.
They enjoyed the pixie hunt so much that once we found all 12 pictures they asked if they could hide them all again for the adults to find. We duly obliged, twice, before they all lined up to show off the pixie cards we all had to find.
Like fairies pixies are only tiny. I had a collection of clothes items our pixies had asked me to decorate for them and hang up for them to collect in the fairy gardens. With colourful felt tips the children helped to fulfil the pixies wishes. I hung them all up in the fairy garden as requested and suggested the children kept an eye on them to see if they were taken.
Each morning the children came up to me to say which items had been taken overnight. One by one they all disappeared. I think we have some very happy Cornish Pixies dancing round at Coombe Mill. The children are still waiting to see a pixie for themselves but the folk law lives on.
Have you ever come across a Cornish Pixie?
Posted on July 10th, 2017 - Fiona
We all want our kids to be smart, to love learning and to be sociable and confident growing up. If only you could just wave a magic wand and make this happen. Well I don’t have a magic wand but I do have a game that will bring out these qualities in your child together with a healthy competitiveness and a whole lot of laughs. The 5 second Rule Junior edition from University Games will be a family favourite encouraging the fast thinking wordsmith to flourish in your child. Read on to find out more about the game and how to win yourself one too.
Rules of the Game
Players have to answer with the first three words that come to mind before the 5 second timer is up.
Work your way round the board from start to finish. The person to your left reads the challenge card to you and sets the noisy timer running
Land on a 5+5 square and give yourself 5 extra seconds to answer.
Not quick enough with your answers and your counter stays put.
A concession for younger players, like only give 2 answers not 3 to make it competitive fun for all.
Why we love the 5 Second Rule Jr.
Here on the farm we specialise in making learning fun for children. From educating children about the animals, to educational challenges and crafts in our activity hour, we believe all kids can reach their potential when they are enjoying learning.
The 5 Second Rule fits our ethos perfectly and we will be using it here as part of our activities over the school holidays. In the mean time my own children are relishing the challenge even though they are 13! I think I need to invest in the adult game for us all next.
Need to know
|Suitable for||3 – 6 players|
|Age range||Age 5/ 6+|
|Produced by||University Games|
|Game includes||Playing board|
6 playing pieces
Twisted 5 second Timer
Box of 200 challenge cards with 400 questions
|Stockists||Argos, Amazon and Toys R Us|
Win your 5 second Rule Jr. with University Games and Coombe Mill
If you like the sound of this super popular, lightening fast game of 5 Second Rule Jr. as a fun way to unleash your family’s competitive side and boost quick thinking just follow the instructions below for a chance to win.
5 Second Rule Jr
We were sent our 5 Second Rule Jr. game for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions on the game are my own. Our copy can be found in the Coombe Mill games room for our guests to borrow. My own kids will happily challenge anyone!