Little Critters Odd One Out

Posted on July 8th, 2017 -

What is it with the weather this summer? We keep diving between days of rain and scoring hot sunshine. This week has been another scorcher and all the little critters by way of bugs and beasties love it. I think our farm location down in the valley with the river and the lakes is a huge attraction for wildlife. If you are an early riser you may even spot an otter in the river or a water vole scamper past. Farmer Nick regularly tells me they are there; sadly early mornings pass me by!  I have however captured little critters on my farm walks, but can you spot the odd one out?


The lake is full of dragonflies. Their shiny blue bodies glisten against the water and plants. Capturing them while they are still is never easy.

minibeast damselfly on the lake at Coombe Mill

Up in the deer field I have been stalking fawns which hide in the growing bracken. They outwit me every day, leaping from their hiding place and racing off to find their mothers before I can capture more than a fuzzy blur of a photo. I settled for this Tortoiseshell butterfly instead basking in the sunshine on the deer feeding station.

Tortoiseshell Butterfly

I couldn’t resist adding in this photo, clearly the odd one out this gecko is from the walls of a taverna while we were in Greece last week. This is an everyday sight over there and I’m sure I stood out as “that tourist” in a very Greek town standing up to capture this little beastie before he scarpered.

Gecco in Greece

Back here on the farm we have had two weeks of studying minibeasts in our activity hour. From crafts to hunting with magnifying glasses even with a noisy bunch of children we turned up plenty for the kids to marvel over in our fairy gardens.

Analysing little critters under a magnifying glass


Do you embrace little critters or run a mile?   


Country Kids 8th July 2017

Posted on July 7th, 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. 


Country Kids 8th July 2017

 Catch of the Day 

I don’t often talk about fishing here on the farm but we have 2 lakes that are not only beautiful but teaming with pond life and  fish.  I love this photo from a rather successful family fishing afternoon here on the farm. They look deservedly proud with their catch of the day.  Weather fishing is your hobby or you’ve had other family adventures in the great outdoors, I hope you’ll 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.
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    • 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.
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  • 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. Naomi from Trips with a Tot who commented on 16 posts.
  2. Louise from Little Hearts Big Love who commented on 14 posts.
  3. Michelle from Mummy from the Heart and Dean from Mother’s Little Steps who commented on 10 posts.

We have 1 guilty blogger link dumping this week, please go back and share some comment love. Remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted.

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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 July Rockfish Wellies:

Top Commenter : Naomi from Trips with a Tot

The Elderflower Festival looks amazing family fun as shared by The Joy of Five .

Are We Nearly There Yet share their best open Farm Sunday I have seen .

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My favourite photos from the week came from familieswyevalleycwmbran@mummyinatutu, @mojack1417 & @thebusymumnet. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

#countrykidsfun featured images for the week go to @familieswyevalleycwmbran @mummyinatutu @mojack1417 @thebusymumnet mentions for you all in the #countykids Link up on my blog tomorrow. Thank you for all the lovely tags this week, some gorgeous lavender field and poppy field photos around too. Hope to see lots of you over on the blog from tomorrow. Have a lovely weekend with lots of outdoor fun. #sea #seaside #paddlingpoolfun #rockclimbing #lake #lakepaddle #outdoorlife #pottyadventures #funseekingkids #adventureisoutthere #childhoodunplugged #explorerkids #curiouslittleexplorers #adventurethatislife

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Minibeasts Real and Make-Believe

Posted on July 7th, 2017 -

So it rained and it rained but we didn’t let that stand in the way of an afternoon of fun with minibeasts. Remembering what a great afternoon it made last year I was keen to develop and adapt the theme to meet the needs of our little preschoolers this year. Retreating into the games room we set out the plans for our afternoon from crafts to outdoor exploring. We were determined to manage at least part of the afternoon outdoors and thanks to the natural umbrella from the canopy of trees over the fairy gardens and down near the river we managed it.


Minibeasts make-believe and real

Minibeast Pairs

Bearing in mind most of the children were just age 2 and 3 with a couple age 4 I wanted to keep the crafts easy yet educational and came up with an inspired idea for minibeast pairs. We played a game with my DIY cards so that everyone could practice colour matching. Then the children made their own card sets. As the minibeast bodies were just fingerprints it was easy for the children to do themselves with parents just helping the younger ones to add the legs and antennae.  


Making minibeast pairs cards for a game

Rainbow spiders

We set our pairs game on one side for the paint to dry ready for the children to take home and set about some friendly hand print spiders. They decided to make their spiders in colourful paints and not just black, I thought this made them look friendlier and welcomed the idea.


Making rainbow spiders as part of our minibeast studies. #coombemill #craft #holidayfun #farmfun #farmstay #childhoodunplugged #funseekingkids #happykids #craftykids #explorerkids #wildandfreechildren #makingmemories #freespiritedchildhood #learningthroughplay #learningbydoing #spider #spidercraft #minibeasts –

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Colourful critters

Finally we made some little colourful spider style critters from painted halved toilet rolls


Making minibeasts to go in a minibeast woodland world


A woven forest with minibeasts

We took our colourful creatures out with us to my woodland spider web down by the river and the children wove them into the web adding nature to make a minibeast forest.


Creating a make-believe minibeast world at Coombe Mill Holidays


After all our fun with make believe beasties it was time to hunting for some real ones. The Fairy gardens with our bug hotel are a perfect place to search with the added benefit of a canopy of branches overhead giving us protection against the rain.  Even though it was midsummer, the rain had made it dark and a combination of phone torches and magnifying glasses helped us to see.


Rain doesn’t stop play here. We’ve been out hunting for mini beasts in the fairy garden and bug hotel. #bughotel #minibeasts #fairygarden #kidsatplay #rainyday #countrykidsfun #weloveforests #outdoorsandhappy #holidayfun #coombemill #explorerkids #curiouslittleexplorers #funseekingkids #childhoodunplugged #freespiritedchildhood #adventurethatislife #1goodthing

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We lifted Farmer Nick’s stools and carved mushrooms to see woodlice, centipedes and worms all scurry away from the light.


Searching for minibeasts under toadstools in the fairy gardens at Coombe Mill


The children were fascinating moving from one location to the next. I was delighted that they were happy to pick them up and let them crawl across their hands. These little ones were quite fearless and full of curiosity. I’m sure our fun crafts beforehand helped.


Holding a worm as part of stuyding minibeasts


Have you studied minibeasts with children before? 


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Project Mc2 S17 Dolls with Experiments

Posted on July 3rd, 2017 -

If you have Netflix and girls you’ll probably be aware of the trend setting science gurus that are the Project Mc2 S17 girls. These girls dress in their own exciting styles and are fast becoming the new icon of girls everywhere. Unlike other TV characters these girls make science fun as they are famous for their amazing experiments designed to appeal to their audience. Now you can inspire your tween with science and start collecting the all new Project Mc2 S17 Dolls with Experiments range as seen on Netflix. Read on to find out how you could win yourself one here.

Win Project Mc2 S17 Doll

Smart is cool with science loving kids

The Project Mc2 girls have some awesome experiments to share including Create your own Gummies with Adrienne Atoms, Design amazing Tie Dye with Camryn Coyle and Create Glitter Tattoos with Ember Evergreen.  Smart is Cool with fun experiments to do at home promoting S.T.E.A.M subjects; S.T.E.A.M that’s science, technology, engineering, art and maths. What’s not to love as a parent?

Project Mc2 S17 Dolls match their show counterparts.

Each doll has flexible joints and matches her show counterpart. She comes with her own stylish removable outfit and accessories together with the items you need for your experiment. All you need to add is a few household ingredients and get experimenting.

Project Mc2 S17 Dolls

Ember Evergreen Mc2 S17 Doll with Experiments

We have Ember Evergreen Mc2 S17 Doll here and she has been much loved by all ages at Coombe Mill. Our younger visitors have loved using the accessory comb to brush her hair and have had her join our outdoor craft sessions in her pretty long dress and removable Boots.

Girls playing with MC2 Doll


My own daughter has had fun experimenting with making the glitter tattoos using Ember Evergreen’s accessories and pack instructions.

Glitter Henna

Need to know


Win your Project Mc2 S17 Doll with Experiments with Coombe Mill

If you fancy making smart cool for your tween and winning one of the Project Mc2 S17 Dolls with Experiments just follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Win a Project MC² Doll


We were sent one of the Project Mc2 S17 Dolls with Experiments for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Our doll can be found in the Coombe Mill games room for holiday guests to enjoy. The experiments require some adult supervision and have not been left out to use.




Trash 2 Treasure July 2017

Posted on July 2nd, 2017 -

Welcome to Trash 2 Treasure.  I am combining July and August to cover the holiday season and will be back with a new link up in the autumn.

With summer comes the tadpoles and frogs. We have been learning all about the frog life cycle with the children here on the farm and making some fun crafts like this fly catching frog to go with it. However my post this month takes advantage of the fleece scraps we saved from shearing our sheep.  I hope you’ll take a read and add your own creative makes to the link up too.


Trash 2 Treasure July 2017

Joining in with Trash 2 Treasure

  1. Trash 2 Treasure is all about upcycling. Posts should be about making something foraged from nature, household throw away items or low value items you have added value to.
  2. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled. Whether you cook, sew, make or create I’d love you to join me.
  3. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month.
  4. There is no post limit as the link up is open all month.
  5. Old posts and new posts welcome.
  6. Please comment on my host post and at least 2 others and use #Trash2Treasure in the sign off so other’s know where you came from and can pop back to see what you have made too.
  7. Do remember to pop back during the month to check on later posts linked up. I will share linked posts during the month as a reminder to pop back and as a thank you for joining in.
  8. Please add my Trash 2 Treasure badge to help others find the link up and to be in with a chance of winning the lovely Duck Tape Colours (see below). 

Most of my Trash 2 Treasure tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour, but sometimes I share bigger upcycling projects from the farm too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas from you.

A little extra from the awesome folk at Duck Tape Colours

Trash 2 Treasure sponsored by Duck Tape UK with Coombe Mill Holidays for creative fun.

Trash to Treasure is sponsored by Duck Tape Colours, makers of colourful tape to add pattern and sparkle to all your upcycling projects. My favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire their next project (very sorry but UK postal addresses only). Do check out the website for plenty of creative ideas. 

Congratulations to So Mum Blog who has won the Duck Tape Colours for June with  a fun Lego Desk Tidy for So Kid.   Please drop me an email me with your address to get these posted out to you.

rash 2 Treasure winner for June

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