Word Has It for the Smart Thinker

Posted on September 11th, 2017 -

We are big fans of board games. They bring learning and fun together and provide a welcome break from online games and chat that preoccupies more time than I care to admit for my kids these days. Finding a game that really does encourage smart thinking, quick action, challenges spellings and vocabulary with all the fun and competitiveness you could want without breaking the bank, may sound like a tall order. Tall being the operative word in the fast paced Word Has It game from which really does have it all. If this has you curious, read on to find out more about Word Has It from University Games and how you can win one for your smart thinking kids.


Win Word Has it from University Games

Tall is best in Word Has It

The object of the game is to make words from a topic shown on the card drawn from the pack. A noisy Countdown timer gives you just seconds to build the tallest word you can on your plinth and win the round. You’ll need a reasonable vocabulary and ability to spell for this. On top you need to think and act fast to build your word and claim the letters you need. I’d recommend teams if younger children are involved or twice the timer length to finish their word.


Components in play for Word Has it!

What we liked

The timer rhythm gives a great sense of urgency and competition while the very nature of the game is perfect for practicing spelling, fast thinking and improving vocabulary. My kids found the game more of a challenge than they expected and now know that playing this will let them off household chores as I really value the educational benefits.



Need to Know

Made by University Games
Stockist Argos
RSP £19.99 (plus AA battery needed)
Suitable forAge 7 – Adult
Players2 – 4 or teams
Pack contents

36 category cards

4 extra time cards

4 any letter cards

43 stacking tiles

4 stage game base with integrated tension building audio timer.


Win your Word Has It from University Games with Coombe Mill

If you fancy helping your child to become a fast thinking good spelling vocabulary whiz for the new school term then just follow the instructions below for your chance to win a copy of Word Has It

Word Has It


We were sent our game for the purpose of this review. It can be found in the Coombe Mill Games room to borrow here on holiday. All thoughts and opinions above are my own.

River Camel at Coombe Bridge in September

Posted on September 9th, 2017 -

So September arrived in glorious sunshine. We waved off the last of our school holiday guests, cars loaded and faces sad to be leaving after a wonderful week or two here on the farm. It has been a busy August for us but so rewarding with some great extras like our Garden party and new sand pit with diggers. However I am now ready to resume a slower pace, enjoy our younger visitors again and watch nature do its thing with the autumnal colours. We are spoiled with beautiful scenery at Coombe Mill but the one scene that captured my eye this week is the River Camel as it meanders its way through the length of Coombe Mill separating the holiday cottages and lodges from the farm. From its source up on Bodmin Moor it babbles its way down through our grounds, on through Wadebridge town and out to sea at Padstow.

River Camel from Coombe Mill Bridge.

River Camel at Coombe Mill Bridge in September


The children have had a wonderful time playing in the river this summer on body boards and damming the stream to divert the water from its natural course. We have used it for activity hour too with our nature raft race.  The school children may have left and now be settling back in to the new term at school, but their work here has shaped my photos this week as the line of carefully carried rocks and pebbles that formed the dam is still visible.

Kids dam over the River Camel.

 River dam made by kids at Coombe Mill


From the River to the pirate boat play area.

River Camel at Coombe Mill with play area behind


Come and fish the river here for Sea trout and Salmon.

River reflections on the river Camel at Coombe Mill Holidays


I plan to return to scenes from the River Camel here at Coombe Mill over the next few weeks as the summer greens fade to golden russet colours and the fishermen come out in hope of catching a salmon. Summer may be my favourite season but I do adore the colours autumn as they play out in the reflections over the River Camel and lakes here at Coombe Mill. If you fancy watching and listening to the beauty of the river for real then please do take a peek at our availability this season.

Finally if you are ready to think about Christmas, I have a Facebook giveaway running to WIN a family Christmas with us. Why not head over and put yourself in with a chance.  

Country Kids 9th September 2017

Posted on September 8th, 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. 


Welcome to Country Kids 9.9.17

 Making the most of late summer   

I refuse to call it autumn yet if even nature is suggesting otherwise so late summer it is! Getting outdoors after school is still an option despite the nights beginning to draw in and weekends still have summer warmth in the middle of the day. Fingers crossed you are finding some outdoor fun between the school runs with an adventurer or two to share 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.
  • 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:

  1. Anne from Raisie Bay who commented on 20 posts.
  2. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart who commented on 14 posts.
  3. Emma from Bubba Blue and Me who commented on 12 posts.

Also a massive #CountryKids welcome to Helen from Talking Mums, who joined in for the first time this week!

We had 2 bloggers 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.

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

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You Could Win with Rockfish Wellies and Country Kids from Coombe Mill 

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 September Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Anne from Raisie Bay

A farm visit is a great day out even if it rains as Life at Cooks Cabin discovered. 

There is a lot to be said for simplicity in days out with kids. A quick beach trip can be just the ticket as Side Street Style shows

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I'll like and comment on all and share my favourites from the week with a tag on a Friday on Instagram and Twitter. With over 6195 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @theseasonalchild@overeastfamilyfarm, @packetmixmum and @genuineplacebo84. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images of the week go to @theseasonalchild @overeastfamilyfarm @packetmixmum and @genuineplacebo84 thank you for all the lovely tags again this week. Remember the #countrykids linky is open from midnight if you have any outdoor fun posts to add. Thank you for supporting the hashtag for the great outdoors and please keep the photos coming. Happy weekend ?. #fireworks #shillouette #tractor #tractorwheel #apples #applepicking #familyfun #woodlands #outdoorsandhappy #love life #makingmemories #childhood #outdooradventures #kidsoutside

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A quick heads up about my Facebook Giveaway. If you fancy spending a family Christmas with us here on the farm head on over to our page and enter to win! 

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August Garden Party for all the family

Posted on September 8th, 2017 -

It is years since we have held a traditional summer garden party at Coombe Mill and we decided on a whim about a month ago to plump for the last week of the summer holidays after rediscovering photos of our last big garden party in celebration of the Royal Wedding. We still had some late availability so it felt like a good way to give the week a little bonus push. What we could never have foreseen was the glorious bank holiday weather that would make the day a huge success.


August Garden Party for all the family

I spent the previous day preparing by baking cakes and shopping so there would be plenty of food to go around. Nick and the kids  set up games, bunting and the bbq on the morning and were ready to relax on the lawns with our guests by the afternoon.

Garden party games

In true local farm style the big attraction was the tractor pulling. We knew this would be a bit hit having tested it in the past for the kids birthday parties. We simply had two tractors with rope, a start line and a finish line and the kids had to race them over the finish line.



Even when the team events finished the children delighted in steering while parents dutifully pulled them along.


Tractor pulling at the Coombe Mill Garden party


Even the little ride on tractors came racing alongside their parent counterparts.


Mini Tractor riding at the Coombe Mill Garden Party


Splat the rat was next on the popularity list. This age old game never ceases to appeal to grownups and kids alike.


Splat the rat garden party game


The teens spent hours playing badminton tournaments taking advantage of the beautiful still day



Even the little paddling pool, giant 4 in a row and tin can alley were all in use.


Garden party games

Food and drink for all

Playing games in the heat proved to be hungry work and Farmer Nick’s BBQ soon had people drifting over for a drink and a bite to eat.


BBQ at the Coombe Mill Bank Holiday Garden Party


I think my garden party cakes and toasted marshmallows were the food highlights for the kids. They were very patient waiting for me to cut into the cake.


Celebration cake for the Coombe Mill Bank Holiday Garden Party

Friendships to last the holiday

For me the highlight was seeing everyone making friends, young and old alike. Friendships blossomed as the sun set over the valley. Kids ran in groups while adults chilled out with wine.


Making frineds at the Coombe Mill bank holiday Garden Party

Choo Choo it’s 6pm

There was huge excitement as the train made it’s evening appearance, no one could miss out as the railway line ran right though the middle of the party.


Train ride at the Coombe Mill Garden Party


The fun continued until the light began to fade and the dew set in. It was a lovely way to start the week and the weather was simply perfect. I’ll have to make sure I don’t leave it as long to run the next Coombe Mill garden party.  

Our next big party will be Christmas Eve. If you fancy joining us for that why not pop over to our Facebook Page and Win yourself Christmas on the farm.
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Book of Bones 10 Record Breaking Animals

Posted on September 4th, 2017 -

There is something fascinating about bones to kids. I remember as a child falling about laughing as our biology teacher made fun of the skeleton in the science room. A generation on and my own children are filled with excitement if they uncover an old animal skull when camp building here on the farm. With this in mind I was keen to have a look at the new book of Bones for kids by Phaidon. It takes the reader on a journey looking at the bones of 10 record breaking animals. If this is something your child might find fascinating too, read on to discover more and for your chance to win a copy of the book.


Win book of bones 10 record-breaking animals


What we thought of Book of bones

The book is both engaging and informative with its superb illustrations and well written record breaking facts. Each page keeps you guessing which animal it could be with clever clues. When you think you have guessed, turn the page and see if you are correct and fill in your knowledge on the animal in question. Discover which animal has the heaviest bones, the longest neck, and the smallest bones and so on. Some you will guess easily, others with have you thinking and there are sure to be a few surprises in there too. 


Pages from Book of Bones Anaiml Facts


We loved the physical size, at just over A4 paper size it is great for reading to a group of children where guessing the animal first becomes a game. The quality and feel of the book are all impressive. We have already used the book as part of activity hour on the farm where my discerning audience gave it the thumbs up as we moved from Bones to Stick Man!


Reading Book of Bones in Activity Hour before making Stick Man

Need to know




Retail price £16.95
Age range 5 – 8
Book format

 Hardback non fiction

48 pages

315 x 254 mm

Written by Gabrielle Balkan
Illustrated bySam Brewster


Win you copy of Book of Bones – 10 Record-Breaking Animals

If you fancy owning a copy of this insightful book for children why not enter to win one. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.


Book of Bones



We were sent a copy of the Book of Bones for the purpose of this review. The Coombe Mill holidays copy can be borrowed from our games room. All thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own.