Lightning Reaction Reloaded Electric Shock Game

Posted on May 20th, 2019 -

If you are struggling for the perfect father’s Day gift this year, we may just have the most innovative, fun filled answer for any adrenaline loving risk taking Dad out there who is game for a laugh. Lightning Reaction Reloaded from Prezzybox is a game quite unlike any other. It is all about fast reaction time and watch out if you are slowest to respond as you’ll receive an electric shock so everyone knows just who was caught out. Definitely a game for adults and older kids, but don’t worry, the electric shock is adjustable so you can make it as shocking or not as you choose.

 If you fancy giving the Dad in your house a shock this Father’s Day and creating some family entertainment time that will give you all a laugh and keep the kids happily off the screens for a while then read on to discover more about Lightning Reaction Reloaded and how you can win yourself a game.  

 

Lightning Reaction Reloaded Electric Shock Game

More about Lightning Reaction Reloaded

The game is can be played with two, three or four players. It needs loading with 3*AAA batteries then each player takes a handset. Press the start button and the sound begins. When the sound stops the light goes from red to green indicating it is time to press the handset trigger. Be the last to react and you are in for the shock. Press too soon and the same will happen!

 

Lightening Reaction Game in Play

Warning

Lightning Reaction Reloaded is recommended for age 14 plus due to the electric shock effect. However we have played it responsibly on a low setting with adult supervision with our children from age 10 and they love it.  That said the game is unsuitable for anyone using a pacemaker, suffering epilepsy or heart conditions and it is not advised for pregnant women.

What we love

  • It is a great party game
  • Tests reaction speed
  • The level of shock can be turned up or down
  • Great fun for teens and adults
  • Easy to set up and play

See how much fun it can be in our short video clip:

Need to know

RSP £24.99
Suitable from Age 14+
Players2 – 4
Batteries not included Needs 3*AAA batteries
Made by Paladone Products Ltd
StockistsPrezzybox

 

Win your Lightning Reaction Reloaded Game from Prezzybox with Coombe Mill

For your chance to win this electric shock reaction game and pump up the adrenaline to your party or father’s day just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Lightning Reaction Game

Disclosure

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


Den building and campfire cooking

Posted on May 17th, 2019 -

For our final week of Easter Holiday activities I decided on a giant Den Building mission and a campfire bringing the children back to basics with some wild garlic cooking. It was an ambitious undertaking with a large group, however with so many older children so keen to take part it felt like the right activity. 

 

Den building and campfire cooking

It’s all in the preparation

As always with my activity sessions, preparation is everything. Farmer Nick had been talking about moving the Den building zone for some time and this prompted the activity. The old zone had been standing for many years and the branches were becoming so dry and brittle they were beginning to snap. Since we were talking about re stocking with new trees and branches we also agreed on a new location which I knew would be popular with the children.

The Bug hotel next to the fairy garden was a bit of a white elephant. The bugs never inhabited, preferring instead the giant toadstool seats of the fairy garden to hide under. Nick took it all down and spent a morning anchoring supports for a new Den building area in its place. He then chopped a load of branches and placed them all outside ready for me to use with the children. Felix, who was home from university, set up a lovely stone fire pit and seating for me and I prepared some cheesy bread mix. It all looked so natural I was delighted.

 

den building preparation

Excited den building kids

The children all came home from their days out super excited by the den building task ahead. Everyone had been eyeing up the growing mound of branches and couldn’t wait to see where they were going to take them. One by one the children dragged the branches to Felix at the Den building zone who took them from the children and agreed with them where each would go.

 

carrying branches for den building

 

In no time at all the den was forming and Felix was struggling to keep pace with the arriving branches

 

Den building teamwork

 

We were racing against the rain too and keen to get a good canopy over our den. It all worked a treat and easily housed all the children.

 

Crouched inside Coombe Mill Den

Campfire building

Felix explained to the children how to start a good campfire with dry wood and firelighters. He showed the purpose of the stone surround and let them help develop the fire once it was lit.

 

Lighting campfire

 

There is nothing quite like a campfire to excite children and they all crowded round adding firewood.

Cooking with wild garlic

Wild garlic is one of my favourite foraged herbs in spring and we have plenty on the farm. The children collected and chopped the wild garlic, then mixed it into a chunk of cheesy bread dough. Finally they wrapped it round a stick.

Making Wild Garlic Breadsticks

 

By the time the kids had prepared their garlic bread onto the sticks the fire was ready to cook on. The smell was wonderful and I wish I had a chance to toast one for myself!  

 

toasting garlic bread on a campfire

 

I love how the children were drawn back into the den to enjoy their garlic bread. 

 

Eating garlic sticks in den

A pack of marshmallows finished off the session. After all who can resist toasting one of these on a campfire?  

It was such a busy afternoon but one the kids all adored. Each took home some happy memories of fun on the farm with Farmer Nick and wild den building and campfire cooking with me.

 

 

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Stamp your mark with Stamptastic Block and Ink

Posted on May 6th, 2019 -

If you dread labelling up kit for kids we have the best ever cheats answer for you. Stamptastic are the experts in no sew, no mess named permanent ink printing labels. Think nursery school clothes, school uniforms, PE kit, stationary, school residential trips, after school club kit and more. Read on to discover how much use we have had from their bespoke branded logo stamp for Coombe Mill and how you could win a stamp with your child’s name on it for all your labelling needs. 

 

Stamptastic Block and Ink

More about Stamptastic

I have been a big fan of Stamptastic since they first launched. As a busy working mum with 6 children, Stamptastic was the answer to all my school and business labelling. It was being in the same situation that led Founders Francesca and Emma to develop the range, which has gone from strength to strength each year. While school labelling was the beginning, the range now extends to fun and branded logos for all kinds of events.  

Name Stamp and Ink Pad

 The ink pad and stamp block are so easy to use you’ll want to label everything in sight, just because you can! The stamp block is £10.00 and ink pad £12.00, both are sold separately and if like me, time is money, you will be saving yourself a fortune! No problem if your ink runs low, just order some more when you need it.  You can see my review of the Name Stamp and Ink Pad here.  (Nb these are the products for the Giveaway below).  

 

Stamptastic block and Ink

Bespoke Logo for your family or business

We have been lucky enough to be sent one of the new ‘design your own logo’ stamp blocks from Stamptastic. How cool is this, our very own Coombe Mill logo stamp!

 

Stamptastic Coombe Mill Logo

 

Even in just one colour it is so very clearly ours.  I have been busy labelling everything from farm certificates to welly boots and books to farm overalls. Just like the name stamp, it is easy to order online and easy to use when it arrives. Check out our little video to see just what we mean. 

What we love about the Stamptastic stamp and ink range

  • Easy to order online with efficient delivery
  • Bespoke to you (tip: If you have more than one child, why not just use a surname, or include all their initials on the stamp)
  • Intuitive to use
  • Super quick to stamp
  • Lasts wash after wash
  • Refill ink pads available online
  • Stamp block is hard wearing and built to last. (One stamp block did all 6 of my children through school and is still in use now at Coombe Mill).
  • Transparent block allows easy positioning of the stamp
  • Stamps to a variety of clean flat surface materials
  • Get the whole school on board with a 20% discount via the PTA team (details online)

Win your Stamptastic Block Stamp and Ink Pad with Coombe Mill

If you’d like your child’s name on a stamp to make light work of labelling everything from PE kit to stationary then follow the instructions below for £22 worth of bespoke block and ink. Good luck to all taking part.

Stamptastic Block Stamp and Ink Pad

Disclosure

We were sent our Stamptastic Coombe Mill stamp for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions expressed here about the products are my own.

 

 


April Highlights and Cornish Events May 2019

Posted on May 3rd, 2019 -

Oh my, what a busy month April was here on the farm and we have plenty of fun going forward into May and June for you too. Grab a coffee and have a read.

 

April Highlights and Cornish Events May 2019

Easter Fun

Easter was a bumper few weeks for us here. We enjoyed some wicked Easter crafts with nature cards and decorative logs. The children made these to their own creative designs.

Easter crafts

The Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday was a huge success as always, give or take a few melted eggs at the end of the trail thanks to the phenomenal Easter heat wave

 

On the Farm  

Easter Lambs

It wouldn’t be Easter without lambs and this year didn’t disappoint with twins born on Easter Morning

Easter Day lambs

Baby Robins Hatch

Farmer Nick had one of his tool trays in his big shed overtaken by a clever robin who thought it made a perfect nesting box. It was suitably sheltered and protected by being locked up at night from predators. We watched with interest over the month as her eggs hatched and the baby robins grew before finally flying the nest.

 

robins being hatched in shed

 Goose Nest

It wasn’t just robins laying eggs. We have a goose nest in the outdoor chicken house that we are expecting to hatch any day. However thanks to the location of the nest, half our chickens are still indoors since their home has been taken over! Once the goose eggs hatch all our chickens will be outdoors for the summer months. On the plus side the chickens lay better indoors and there have been enough eggs for everyone staying each day.

Goose Eggs in chicken House

A lucky escape for Queenie

Queenie is our lucky goat. Not only was she rescued and hand reared by us at birth, but she has now just survived a traumatic emergency caesarean section at the vets. We knew she was heavily pregnant and had her separated from the other goats waiting for her to give birth. Sadly the kid was just too big for her and breached, I did my best as midwife to correct the situation when she went into labour under the guidance of our local sheep farmer; however it just wasn’t to be. Nick rushed her to the vet who carried out the necessary c section saving Queenie but sadly not the kid. Queenie is now recovering well with Prince Charles (her kid from last year) who is in with her for company.

A little beauty treatment from the farrier

The farrier came in April and gave all the ponies a little horse pedicure. Our miniature Shetlands, Scooby Doo and shaggy, weren’t at all sure about the merits of this. I received a good kick in the thigh and suffered trampled toes a few times in protest as I tried to hold them still against the fence for the farrier; however in the end they gave in and accepted their treatment. The timing worked perfectly for the feed run and the children were treated to a commentary from the farrier about what he was doing and why. They even had the chance to keep a bit of hoof clipping as a souvenir. You really never know what you are going to learn on a holiday here!

Farrier visit

May looks like it will be just as busy going forward, hopefully with some more beautiful sunshine, farm antics and the sound of happy children playing out on the lawns. We’d love to see you here as part of this too.

Here are a few of the family Cornish events May 2019 locally we think you might like.

What’s on Guide Cornish Events May 2019

Event

Venue

Date

Price

Find out more

Distance from Coombe Mill

Bluebell and Wild Garlic Sunday.

Recipes and samples all day with wild garlic.

Pencarrow House & Gardens

5th May 

10am – 5pm

£11.50 Under 16 Free

http://www.pencarrow.co.uk 10 minutes

Wadebridge Fun Fair

Wadebridge Rugby Ground at Egloshayle

8 – 11th May

5 – 9 Weekdays

2 – 9 Saturday

Free to enter. Kids rides £1 Each

https://www.facebook.com/events/1293814387437702/ 20 minutes

Lost Fest 19

Lostwithiel Festival

 

Lostwithiel Twon centre

19th May

 

Free to visit. Parking on street, may have to walk. Fun entertainment, crafts, food and drink. 

https://www.lostfest.co.uk/ 25 minutes

Before I Wake

Outdoor theatre production

Play marking 100th anniversary of the end of WW1

Minack theatre

21 – 25th May

£14 and £7 Child (under 16)  http://www.minack.com
1 .2 hour

St Ives Food and Drink Festival

Porthminster Beach.

Food, drink, family activities. 

11 – 13th May

No entry fee declared. Pay for activities & food purchases.

https://www.cornwall-beaches.co.uk/west-cornwall/porthminster.htm1 hour 10 mins

 

Launceston Steam Rally. Family fun day. 

Punch & Judy – Children’s Treasure Hunt – Children’s Play Area – Tractor Pulling – Climbing Wall – Birds Of Prey & more

Launceston Rugby Ground

25 – 27th May

Concession: £5.00

Adult: £7.00

Children: (5-16) £4.00

Family Ticket: (2+2) £20.00

Gates open to the public at 9.00am

http://launcestonsteamrally.com/25 mins

Padstow May Day ‘Obby Oss’ Celebrations.

Festival atmosphere, processions, music and fun fair round the key.

Padstow Town centre1st May 10 am – 5pm No entry fee, parking may be tricky with car parks filling early.http://padstowlive.com/events/padstow-may-day/30 mins 

Nb: I have not been paid or sponsored to mention these places, they are just the events in April 19 that I feel would be of interest to Coombe Mill Guests.

Wishing you and your family a lovely time in May 19 and hoping the summer sun touches us all.  

Fiona x

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Record Numbers for a Heat Wave Easter Egg Hunt

Posted on April 26th, 2019 -

The Coombe Mill Easter Egg Hunt is one of the big events of the year here on the farm. Reserved especially for guests staying on Easter Sunday, it is a little chocolately fun the kids adore. It takes some careful planning to set it up without anyone seeing and much finger crossing for half an hour of favourable weather to make it enjoyable. I thought last year was good, but this year we succeeded on every level.

Record Numbers for a Heat Wave Easter Egg Hunt

 

The morning starts early for me placing my premade the clues around the length of Coombe Mill at strategic points including popular play areas the children will guess. By the time we greet the guests for the 9am animals feeding, the clues are hidden and the eggs divided into bags for Clio to hide while we are on the farm.

Easter Day Animal Feed Run

Tractor ride & Easter Egg Hunt preparations

 

We had the most amazing weather with the first heat wave of the year for Easter. All the children were soon excited by the farm, our new born lambs and driving the tractor. There is even the fun of Cadbury Crème Eggs laid by our Chickens on Easter Sunday!  

 

Easter Day Feed Run

Easter Egg Hunt Rules

By the time the tractor came home I was worried the eggs Clio had hidden could be melting as the heat was really beginning to break through. We agreed a quick 10 minute comfort break before meeting back for the Easter Egg Hunt. I made a hurried change into my DIY Easter Bunny outfit, added some bunny make up before heading back out to explain the rules and start the hunt with the first clue.

 

  1. No pushing.

  2. Let younger children have a head start.

  3. No grabbing all the eggs, be considerate and share.

  4. Search for the next clue at each stop and bring to me to read for everyone.

  5. No running ahead and skipping / second guessing where the trail will go.

Rules for Easter Egg Hunt

Let the Heat wave Easter Egg Hunt Begin!

As I read out the first clue the children were super excited guessing my first clue of “Ahoy Maties come and see, what treasures you can find on me” as the pirate ship play boat. They raced ahead and scoured the ship from top to bottom to start their egg collection.

 

Easter Egg Hunt 2019 Pirate Ship

 

The next two clues led them round the train routs and onto the Den building zone.

 

Easter Egg Hunt searching train track & den building

 

From here we skipped off to my favourite ‘the fairy garden’ where there are so many lovely places to hide sparkly eggs amidst the trinkets.

 

Easter Egg Hunt Fairy Gardens

 

A rush along the lodge path via the Games room took the children to the kindness trail and on down to the end play area for their last clue.

 

Easter Egg Hunt along nature trail & Play area

 

I do like to finish at a play area as it is a great way for the kids to hang around and play, whilst munching on their haul. It made a full morning’s entertainment with the feed run as well and a lovely start to the holiday for all our guests. A Heat wave Easter morning no one will forget.

 

Our 2019 Heat Wave Easter Egg Hunt

You won’t be surprised to hear we are already taking bookings for Easter week 2020. We’d love you to join us if you can!

 

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