Country Kids from Coombe Mill

February 5, 2016 at 11:40 PMCoombeMill

Winter races and hailstorms

It isn't often the horse racing comes to our local Wadebridge showground, but having spotted the details online we thought it would make a lovely Sunday treat close to home. The older boys debated coming but eventually stayed home to revise while the triplets jumped into the car.


Winter Races & Hailstorms


The event was organised to fund raise for the North Cornwall Hunt who are our next door neighbours in St Breward. The village pub and many other local organisations sponsored the races and we bumped into plenty of people we knew. In fact the turnout was truly impressive given the biting wind and violent hailstorms that kept pulsing through all day across the exposed showground.  


Rain Pouring Down


One such storm drenched us on arrival and we scurried into the large barn, visited by us just before Christmas for an Agricultural Fayre. This time it was set up with a line of ticket salesmen to take your bets, a large screen showing the races, a bar, coffee and cake, various stalls and even a Bouncy Castle for younger children. Already wet and cold it was 5 cakes and coffee before we started!


Coffee and Cakes


We studied the form and the odds being offered in the barn and visited the horses out in the parade ring before placing a bet on each race. In the end our choices had more to do with the name of the horse and whether or not it had taken a pre race dump than anything too scientific!

Placing Bets and Watching the Horses Parade

Some races we braved the storms and marvelled at the resilience of horses and jockeys against the elements, they were a proper muddy state coming in at the end of the races.


Muddy Fields and Wet Races


Other times we were lucky and enjoyed a dry race, I was thrilled with how close we were able to stand, definitely the difference with a very local event.

Horses Racing in the Dry


With my long lens I was able to see them at the far end of the course too


Races in the distance

In-between races the kids played, treated themselves to sweets and ran around to keep warm, my fingers were quite numb by the end but it was still a fun day and we were glad the weather didn't stop us going. Although, I think it may take until the Royal Cornwall Show in the summer for the turf to repair! 

Kids having a laugh

We warmed up in the evening with a BBQ in our lovely hut with friends, a perfect end to a winter's day.


BBQ and Cheesecake in the evening


Joining in with Country Kids   


I'd love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I'd be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

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A few of my favourites from last week :

A walk through history on Greenham Common from A family Day Out

A splashing adventure along the canal path for Renovation Bay-Bee 

Testing out Dreamland theme park at Margate looksfun all the way for Family Travel times

Wild about here has a lovely post for keeping kids interested in bird watching


Two chances to Win with Rockfish & Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

Win with Rockfish Wellies 


I am delighted to announce that Rockfish have joined with Coombe Mill to sponsor the Country Kids link up. Rockfish are a local Cornish company specializing in stylish 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 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.  The wellies we offer may change each month but are always high quality, comfy and stylish so keep an eye out here on Country Kids to see which designs are up each month. My February winner will be able to choose any welly form the online range. For more more information on the Rockfish Wellies on offer with us and terms and conditions to win see here  

Win 25% off weekly with Rockfish

On top of the monthly free wellies, Rockfish has kindly offered everyone who enters #CountryKids this week a chance to win of 25% off at their online store, a little extra incentive for some affordable outdoor fun : 

25% off from Rockfish Wellies

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The book that delivers a sleepy child

February 1, 2016 at 8:30 PMCoombeMill

If you have a little one who wants to jump up and play when you want them to settle down to sleep bedtime can become a battle ground. A bedtime story can help no end, a soothing tale, an adventure to capture their imagination, but when one story leads to another, you're needed elsewhere and still your toddler is waiting for another story, tension can build. I remember so well skipping pages myself only to be caught out by my children who actually knew the story better than me, or passing the task to Grandpa who finished up with them more lively than before he began!


Grandpa Reading the bedtime Story


What if there was another way, a book with special powers to induce sleep in your child.  Rory Z Fulcher and Dr Kate Beaven-Marks feel they have developed a book that really can help do this based on hypnotherapy.  When Rory contacted me I was intrigued to find out more about the book and techniques used.


Sam the Sleepy Sheep

The book works using special, sleep-inducing language patterns that help children to relax and feel tired, whilst keeping them engaged with a wonderful story and lovable characters, however the book can't do it all, it does require the reader to use a relaxing delivery for the simple repetition pausing in the right places to aid understanding and promote restfulness for the child.


Sam the Sleepy Sheep

Rory explained " “Dr Kate and myself not only have 20+ years of hypnotherapy experience between us, but we’re confident to admit that our methods are some of the very best in the industry, and are highly effective for both adults and children alike, It’s not exactly common knowledge among parents, but the fact is; children respond really well to hypnotic techniques, and they respond especially well to hypnotic stories. So we decided to help parents by creating a bedtime story that helps children drift off to sleep quickly, easily and in a relaxing, loving way that works for everyone involved!”

I decided to put the book to the ultimate test and had a copy sent to my niece to try out on her almost 2 year old daughter.


Reading the Book


"We have read the story and she loves it". As an adult reader my niece found the hypnotherapy phrases slightly distracting from the story but the book did the job as my niece announced "she slept through!"

Win your copy of Sam the Sleepy Sheep


 Win a Copy of Sam the Sleepy Sheep


The book is available to buy on Amazon for £7.99 in paperback or for kindle. However Rory has kindly offered a lucky Coombe Mill Blog reader the chance to win a copy too. If you would like to be in with a chance just follow the instructions below.   

Sam the Sleepy Sheep


My niece was sent the book free of charge and forwarded me the photos and her honest opinion to use in this post.

Trash 2 Treasure - February

January 31, 2016 at 9:00 PMCoombeMill

How to Make Scented Shaped Multicoloured Crayons

At the end of the Christmas holidays I had a big sort out in our craft cupboard, I was hanging onto far too many bits and bobs on a 'just incase I find a use for them' and was trying to be ruthless to make a path into my overflowing cupboards. the trouble is I hate to throw anything away if I can think of an upcycling idea. I had sorted all the crayons out and had a bag of scrap stub ends, but instead of throwing them out an idea began to form. As I child I remember to this day finding myself in all manner of trouble when I began experimenting melting my crayons on my parents radiators. It made a lovely pattern much to my parents horror. Images flooded back to me and I thought I build on the idea in a more constructive way. If I could find a way to melt the crayons into new, more fun shaped crayons, and even add a fragrance to them it would make a great experiment and a wonderful sensory experience for little ones. It took me a few goes where the kitchen looked like something out of a chemistry lesson before I found something that worked, but the end result is worth sharing. 


Scented and Shaped Multicoloured Crayons

What you'll Need


  • Old broken crayons, paper coating removed

  • Silicon cake pop tray

  • Spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger or curry spices

  • Jug suitable for heating in the oven

What You'll Need Scented Crayons




  1. Place the crayon stubs into the silicone molds, you can use one or more colours per mold 

  2. Add quarter of a teaspoon of your chosen spice per mold, you may find it easier to only put the spice into the single colour molds.

  3. Place the mold on a baking tray & bake for 2 minutes in a moderate oven, about 150 degrees.

  4. Remove from oven, turn the tray and stir the spice into the melting crayon, this is why it is best not to add spice to the multicoloured crayons or the colours will mix too. Return to the oven for a further 2 minutes.

  5. Check and remove when melted, do not leave them too long or the crayons will bubble and spoil. Leave to cool for a good half an hour.

  6. Place a selection of the same colour of crayon in a jug

  7. Place the jug in the oven, checking and stirring every couple of minutes. Remove when melted

  8. Pour over the base layer of crayons in the molds

  9. Leave to set for a further half an hour. Chilling in the fridge is a good idea once they have begun to set.

  10. Turn out your multicoloured shaped sensory crayons.

  11. Have fun smelling and colouring with your rainbow coloured finished crayons. 
How to make Sensory Crayons


A Few Additions you could Try

  • Place them in a jar with a pretty label as a gift.

  • Why not try one a large crayon instead of little ones 

  • See if you can find other substances to hold the fragrance, we tried garden herbs crushed and fine oils but the oils sometimes separated from the crayons and the garden herbs were too subtle.

  • You could use a heart shaped cookie cutter to create a large heart shaped Valentines cookie.


Finished Crayons


A Vlog tutorial to make scented shaped multicoloured crayons


Joining in with Trash2Treasure

If you have post about something you have made with something from nature or something you would have otherwise have thrown away please come and share on Trash 2 Treasure. The linky will run on the 1st Monday of every month and stay open for the full month. Posts can take any form, all that matters is that the item made has primarily been upcycled from something of little value or found in nature. Leaves and loo rolls, sticks and staples, there are so many throw away items which, with a little imagination, can be turned into something of value. Most of my something from nothing craft tutorials will come from fun keepsakes we have made with the children in our farm activity hour but sometimes I will share bigger upcycling projects from Farmer Nick too. I hope through the linky to acquire some new ideas and I welcome all posts old and new. 


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. Our favourite upcycling post each month will receive 3 colourful rolls of tape to inspire your next project. Do check out their website for plenty of creative ideas. 


January my not have had the most link ups ever but wow there were some great upcycling ideas making it so hard to pick a winner. In the end for a beautiful finished job I chose Emmy's Mummy with her pirate bedside chest of draws completing Harry's new bedroom. Congratulations Clare, 3 fun Duck Tape Colours on their way to you for more upcycling projects. Pirate themed upcycled bedside chest of draws from Emmy's Mummy winning #Trash2Treasure with Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays


I said this month was hard and if you take a look at these wonderful ideas you'll see why:

A sock and a syrup tin made a wonderfully simple stationary holder for Time to Craft

Some spare fabric made a great school bag for Boo from A Journey of Footsteps 

A wooden spoon and a plastic bottle makes a clever rain gauge with help from Nature Mum Blog 

turn an old supermarket food tray and a coke bottle into a pet feeder for nights away with this clever trick from Saw it, Pinned, it Did it  


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An air of optimism to end January

January 30, 2016 at 8:40 PMCoombeMill


January may be the most miserable month of the year in many ways, the excitement of Christmas has past but the days still short and cold, yet when running a holiday business it is a busy month with summer bookings coming in thick and fast. I always say I know by the end of January how our year will pan out, this is less so now than years ago when I would expect 70% of the annual bookings in January, but still booking deposits in now give a good feel for the investment we can afford for the year.  I can now say 2016 looks like being a good one for Coombe Mill and my optimism is reflected in my photos this week with some gorgeous sunny spells. We even managed a family beach trip late last Sunday and enjoyed surfing in the fading afternoon sunlight.


View from the car as we left the beach, salt in our hair and smiles on our faces



Just leaving #polzeath #beach #Cornwall

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I love this photo, you can see the misty rain beginning to roll in from the sea yet on the farm it was a beautiful sunny end to the day, the wind howled round the valley that night but thankfully no damage was done.



Watching the #sun shine here ahead of the storms tonight #Cornwall #landscapephotography #sunset #ukholidays

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I love how the farm is filled with snowdrops and daffodils of spring right now and yet the mild winter still has last year's hydrangea in flower too




Last summers hydrangea still hanging on to their colour #nature #Cornwall

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We have had our fair share of rain between the sunshine this week as you can see from the flooded fields from our neighbours farm, deceptive with a beautiful sunset behind! 

 Sunset from the top of Coombe Lane, next to Coombe Mill Farm Holidays Cornwall


I don't often share black and white photos as I'm a real colour fan, yet somehow I love this photo taken as Farmer Nick and I were relaxing at the end of the week with friends at our local Village Inn Pub.



Pub night. Cheers all 🍾

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I hope January has has a positive spin for you too and that longer evenings bring hope and optimism for February.

Country Kids from Coombe Mill

January 29, 2016 at 10:50 PMCoombeMill

 A Family Short Break in the UK

After a successful summer season and either side of the Christmas festivities we allow ourselves a 6 week window of closure at Coombe Mill. This is an opportunity to take stock of our year, tackle maintenance work and begin larger projects. So far we have installed cattle grids to work the fields leading to the Scandinavian lodges, bitten off rather more than we should have refitting the play barn and installed new wood burners for Honeysuckle and Willow cottages. More on all these projects over the coming weeks, ahead of the start of the new season from February half term.

However life is not all work and our close down periods ether side of Christmas allows us some much needed family time. For the first time since last winter we have been enjoying two day weekends, no changeover, no emergency problems to sort or duties to perform past feeding and caring for the animals; the fact that it is only for a few weeks makes us appreciate it all the more. It is lovely to have the farm to ourselves, to turn the music up in the gym or pop over for a late night hot tub at Tree Roots Cottage; however it is also a chance for us to have a mini break away. We now have Amber to take care of the farm while we are away and took advantage of this taking the kids away for the weekend to our honeymoon hotel in Devon. Nick and I try to return a couple of times each year for a short adult break, yet after taking the children with us this time last year, they have spent all year asking if we would be able to do it again and were super excited when we said we had booked.


A Family Short Break in the UK

The weather was pretty awful which was no surprise at this time of year but we still managed to enjoy some golf on the little 9 hole hotel course and some windy and wild coastal walks.

Cliff walks and Golf


When the rain came the kids headed for the indoor pool or the squash and Badminton courts. So many matches and rematches took place and Nick and I were delighted to hold our own against our very competitive children, well some of the time anyway!  


 Guy and Jed playing Squash

Perhaps the best part for me was not having to think about cooking meals. It was a pleasure to have all my family dressed up for dinner with me, this year they were all old enough to join us in the restaurant, grown up enough to sample and enjoy strange foods and be trusted to sit there long enough without being bored and making excuses to visit the toilet. The introduction of charades by Jed between courses really did help to keep everyone going.

Breakfast was enough to set us up for a full day of outdoor pursuits, although I did find all my full English ended up vegetarian as the boys swapped all their tomatoes for my sausage and bacon! Fortunately I'm the only one who likes black pudding so I managed to keep that.


Meal Times at Thurlestone


It was only 2 nights away but it felt like longer and I was still excited and feeling rejuvenated driving back over a windswept Tamar bridge into Cornwall, after an almost a perfect break.


Over the Tamar Bridge on the way home from Thurlestone

I say almost perfect as we then spent half an hour with me flicking through the owner's manual and Nick cursing beneath the car on the side of the dual carriageway trying to free rusted bolts from the spare wheel thanks to a huge blow out.


Tyre Blowout


Thankfully after only one ruined set of clothes, and much cursing, we were finally back on course for Coombe Mill, refreshed and ready to finish the projects we set ourselves with renewed energy.



Joining in with Country Kids 

I'd love you to come and share your outdoor fun with me here on the linky.  All posts are welcome from playing in the garden to days out.  All I ask is that the post is predominantly outside, away from screens and enjoying some fresh air.  I'd be delighted if you would take my badge or link back here and please remember to check out some of the other posts, it might just be the inspiration for your next adventure.

Country Kids is around in these communities, I'd love you to join me: 

Pin on the Pinterest Board Just ask for an invite to pin and include Country Kids on your pins for me to stop by on your boards too 


Follow Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays's board Country Kids  from Coombe Mill on Pinterest. 



Join the Google Plus community page  for Country Kids and add #CountryKids to your tag elsewhere for a +1 from me 

Share your posts on  Instagram and Twitter with #CountryKids for a like or a re-tweet


A few of my favourites from last week:

I love these wild winter fun  beach pictures from Would Like to be on a day out from her Coombe Mill Holiday

for many snow was a feature last week. I love this post from the woods by Over 40 Mum to One and this one from Little Steps who lives close to us where there was no snow but went off to Dartmoor for the day and were rewarded with plenty of snow fun

Walking with children is always more fun with something for them to look out for or do. Diary of the Evans Crittens took scooters along a path to the beach to keep the kids enjoying the fresh air. 


Thank you Muddy Puddles 


I'd like to extend a huge thank you to Muddy Puddles who have been our Country Kids sponsors for the past 4 months generously giving a pair of free wellies to a lucky country Kids winner each month. I really love their kids clothing and feel privileged to have been working together. We have a new sponsor for February who I will introduce next week, but we are already talking to Muddy Puddles about plans for later in the year so it is and case of 'au revoir' rather than 'goodbye' and watch this space!  

My January winner is Karen J Whitlock with her heartfelt post of her Christmas spent with us at Coombe Mill. Congratulations to Karen please email me your choice of Puddle flex wellies and size.



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