Have you ever stopped to think about the world we live in? Sometimes when I stand up on Bodmin Moor with far reaching views over rolling countryside and out to sea I ponder on the world in which we live, what will be come of it and weather the younger generations will want to understand and protect our fragile planet. Destination Planet Earth from Wide Eyed publications, part of the Quarto Group, takes children on a journey of discovery over our planet from its very core to high in the atmosphere. With fascinating facts and beautiful illustrations I believe any child with a chance to study this book will come away with both an understanding of our planet, its scope and fragility and ideas of how we can best protect it; not to mention a developing knowledge of science and geography. To discover more and be in with a chance of winning this great reference book read on.

Win Destination Planet Earth

A journey of discovery

Each page tackles a different area of the planet or topic from earthquakes and volcanoes to life at the Poles and the contribution of mountains to our weather and river to our landscape. The book begins with the earth as a whole and how it is made up between land and water and finishes with a stylish double page pull out map of the world which would look great on any young scientist or geographer’s bedroom wall.   

Pages and map from Destination Planet Earth book

What we love

The book is nonfiction and totally absorbing packed with interesting facts and explanations and supported with eye catching illustrations. Anyone who enjoyed dipping into the BBC’s series on Planet Earth or the Blue Planet will enjoy this book and appreciate the conservation measures we can all begin to take in everyday life.  

Need to Know

Suitable for age 7 +
RSP   £12.99
Format Hardback  40 pages plus a pull out poster map
Dimensions  25.4 x 0.9 x 30 cm
Author  Jo Nelson
IllustratorTom Clohosy Cole
Publisher Wide Eyed (Quarto Group) March 2018
Available from  Quarto, Amazon

 

 

Video introduction to Destination: Planet Earth

For a quick gallop through what to expect from the book check out our little video

Win your copy of Destination: Planet Earth with Quarto and Coombe Mill

If you know someone who would enjoy this great reference book why not enter to win a copy; simply follow the instructions below.  Good luck to all taking part.

Destination: Planet Earth

Disclosure

I was sent a copy of the book for the purpose of this review however all thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own. The Coombe Mill copy is available for holiday guests to borrow from the book case in the games room.

Real life sometimes needs a little lift, especially in February which is not renounced for its beauty. Personally I’m at that stage where I’m done with winter but as I said a couple of weeks ago it is not yet done with me and keeps rearing its wintry head just when I think it’s time for spring. So, back to that little lift, photo editing can be a great way to generate the mood you want in the place you want it. I find that Instagram is the place that responds best to fun editing, I feel the more I edit a photo to create the mood I’m after the better it does, while here on the blog I like to keep things more real. To show just what I mean my weekly photos today show one view, on two very different days, edited as I do for Instagram and just marginally nudged as I do here for the blog. Both photos were just snaps on my now aging i-Phone but they capture the mood I wanted to share.

A Misty Morning

The week started with a real pea souper down here in Cornwall. The top of the valley was shrouded in fog all day with the only clearance right down on the river at Coombe Mill. I was out checking the animals ahead of the morning feed run and couldn’t resist a snap of the lake against the mist.

Morning on the Lake in Mist

This photo has next to no editing and is how I would generally share photos here on my blog.

Misty morning over the Lake at Coombe Mill uneditied

 

Creating mood with Photo Editing for Instagram

This is the same photo put through its paces in editing. It created a beautiful mood and a great response on Instagram just as I’d hoped.

Misty morning enhanced over the lake at Coombe Mill

Hello Sunshine

What a difference a day makes, the sun shone and the temperature dropped. The same photo looks quite different in a new light.

Morning on the Lake in Sun

Again this photo is hardly touched in editing, Coombe Mill has its own natural beauty.

 

Lake at Coombe Mill in sun edited

 

Creating Mood with Photo Editing again for Instagram

Having learned from experience, putting the same photo on Instagram works best with a blast of edited enhancement.

Lake in sun at Coombe Mill enhanced with photo editing in snapseed.

 

There are so many editing tools out there. I use Be Funky on my PC for my website and blog and Snapseed on my phone for Instagram. Both of these are free and you can really have some fun with the effects on them. 

Which tools do you use most and what works for you on different social platforms?

Which image appeals more to you?

 

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. 

 

Are we in the Arctic? 

Burrr! I think the UK has moved to the Arctic this week! I am so happy to see frosty mornings, sunsets and blue skies again but oh my it is cold! Never has warm hats and gloves been more necessary but it has been wonderful for drying out the farm after it became so wet and muddy last week with little feet trampling the same patches. If you have been on half term this week you’ve certainly been the weather winners! I hope you have a tale to share on the link up below. 

Guidelines for Joining in: 

My top commenters from last week:

  1. Merlinda from Pixiedusk who commented on 18 posts.
  2. Shiju from Cranium Bolts who commented on 17 posts.
  3. Emma from Crazy with Twins who commented on 14 posts.

Thank you no link dumpers again this week! Do remember I comment count on Thursday after lunch so get your comments in before then if you want them to be counted and please approve your comments by then if they need moderating so I can see others leaving you the blog love. Also remember if you comment anonymously on a post I won’t know who you are, there were two this week but I’m afraid I didn’t know who to credit the comments to. 

Rockfish kindly sponsor Country Kids 

Win a pair of wellies from Rockfish Monthly

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 February Rockfish Wellies:

  1. Top commenter from this week Merlinda from Pixiedusk. 
  2. I love an outdoor fire for cooking, but Four Acorns takes it a step further with amazing looking pancakes on the fire!  
  3. The snowdrops are stunning in the countryside right now, Stopping at Two discovered the odd 5 million in Rococo Gardens, personally counted of course! 

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Join the growing Country Kids Instagram Community with #CountryKidsFun.

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 8185 posts this community is flourishing with outdoors photos.

My favourite photos from the week came from @entertainingeliot, @outnumberedoutdoors@mylittlebabog and @bakedbymumnyiris. Please do check out these lovely folk on Instagram if you are not already following

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Our February half term activity hour is always well supported by our hardy winter guests. It may have been freezing cold but we had warm hearts inspired by fun Valentine’s Day crafts. We even included a little Valentine’s treat for the wild birds and the fairies that in turn rewarded the children.

 

Valentine's Day Crafts and Treats

 

While we waited for everyone to gather, we had a look at the new Orchard Toys jigsaw I’d been sent. The children had no problem putting it together and pointing out the things they could see. There was some pretty bunting included which I promised them they would be making later in the afternoon.

 

Making Orchard Toys Jigsaw

Valentine Day heart craft.

When everyone was gathered round we set to work on our first craft. We shaped clay into simple hearts, added a hole with the end of a paintbrush and painted them to make simple decorations for the children to keep.

Making clay hearts for Valentine's Day

Valentines treat for the birds.

The hearts were going to need time to set before they were taken home so we laid them aside to begin our next task. I had premixed melted lard and bird seed which was now just beginning to set and perfect for moulding into shapes. With their new found heart making skills from the clay the children made heart chunks for the birds. We wrapped them in wool for them to take back to their gardens and hang up for the birds. Everyone took a bird spotter sheet to go with their food so they could see which birds came to their gardens to eat during their holiday.

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Valentine’s Day Cards.

A quick clean up and we were onto Valentine’s Day card making. Our first job was to find some pretty pink petals. The children knew just where to look and raced off towards the Coombe Mill train tack and our flowering pink camellia bush.

Picking flowers for Valentine's Day Cards

Armed with petals we returned and set about cutting paper cards with pop out hearts to which we stuck the petals with a flour and water glue mix.  The children added their own messages and pictures to personalise their cards.

Making Valentine's Day pop out cards

Valentine bunting for the fairies.

Finally we made some valentine bunting to decorate the fairy gardens full of happy wishes for the fairies. We hung this up and in return the fairies sent the children looking for hidden treats in the gardens. Magically there was one for everyone with some careful hunting high and low. I do love our Coombe Mill fairies!

 

Hanging heart bunting and looking for fairy treats

I think I sent this group home happy and tired with fond memories of Valentine’s Day. Fingers crossed they slept well and gave their parents a lovely evening together too!

Valentine’s Day Crafts and Treats

 

Country Kids

For all those visual learners out there the amazing Orchard Toys have a wonderful new two piece jigsaw range at affordable prices for teacher tested learning made fun.  The range is called Look and Find and we have been checking out Look and find Colour jigsaws. As I am a very visual learner, this really appeals and what’s more there are so many opportunities to develop early year’s skills from the finished puzzles with your child. Are you are keen to discover more and win yourself a Look and Find puzzle box of your choice? Read on to find out how.

 

Look and Find Colour Jigsaws from Orchard Toys

Why two jigsaws?

With just 15 pieces per jigsaw it is really quick and easy for little ones to complete. There are colour clues on the ledge of the object jigsaw to make colour matching easy without even needing to refer to the picture on the box. For the picture jigsaw the box might come in handy for little ones, though an adult will soon work it out without. The large chunky pieces are ideal for little hands and as with all Orchard Toys puzzles they are made from sturdy wipe clean card in case of any sticky fingers.

Look and Find Colour Jigsaws

 

 

Look and find from your completed colour jigsaws

 

Once your puzzles are complete the learning just continues. Here are a few ideas to try with your child:

  1. Colour matching from object to picture puzzle: Try saying the colours and objects out loud.
  2. Find the coloured objects from one puzzle on the picture puzzle.
  3. Try 2 in reverse, so spotting things in the picture on the objects puzzle.

By doing these puzzles and challenges together you will be helping your child develop

We gave our holiday guests the challenge and they loved making them together and answering the questions after. Having a group of children made them race to spot things first which added to the fun.

 

comparing Orchard Toys Look and Find Jigsaws

 

Need to Know

Produced by  Orchard Toys
Age Range  3+
Contents2 x 15 piece Jigsaws
Environmental Feature100% Recycled Board
Retail price£8.00
Puzzle boxes in the Look and Find range 4 (Alphabet, Colour, Number and Shape)
StockistsOrchard Toys (free delivery over £25), Amazon

Win your Look and Find Colour jigsaws with Coombe Mill

If you fancy trying out one of these great learning puzzles why not take a look at the range from Orchard toys and enter following the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.

Look and Find Jigsaws

Disclosure

We were sent our Look and Find Colour puzzle for the purpose of this review. Our puzzle can be borrowed from the Coombe Mill Games room. All thoughts and opinions are my own.