Home Sweet Home ~ Micro Living

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Have you ever lived, or know someone who lives a micro lifestyle?  Tiny homes are rapidly appearing all over the world.   I’m pretty sure it’s largely down to the increase in the amount of people now living on their own.  So many singles no longer want the large spacious home.

My first experience of a miniature home was in the 1970’s, an amazing tree house my dad built in a wood near to our house for my brother and I and all the kids in the neighbourhood to play in.  It was such fun, and we were so lucky to have a dad who was a skilled carpenter who assisted in building real homes.  The last video in this list (Dan Price’s underground home) reminds me a lot of our adorable little tree house.  Quite a different way to live, but perfect I would imagine if you’re looking for some serious solitude.

I live in a micro home myself, on the upper floor of a house divided into two flats.  It isn’t perfect, it could do with a lot more improvement, but it’s very cosy, ideal for one person.  So I find these little homes a real fascination, and identify with that kind of living.  I wish mine was as well thought out as many of these are.  I certainly got some great space saving ideas watching these videos!

I had real trouble deciding which one was my favourite.  I think the (itsy bitsy apartment) is the one I relate to most, as it has a similarity to my own home.  (Thank you to Rebecca for sending me a link to that one!) But I’m in love with them all – I want to take a holiday in each tiny one!! 😀

Art: AquaSixio

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Bedtime Stories With Samsung

 

 

I struggled with reading as a young child, so bedtime stories with my Mum were always a very important part of my day.  But can you imagine when you were a child having a bedtime story read to you by your mother or father, but they were miles away from home?

Samsung have created a phone app where parent and child can interact with each other and still to some extent have those precious bedtime stories.  If anyone had told me back in the 70’s such a thing would exist when I was an adult….wow, the thought of it would have felt very space age!! 😀

Bedtime VR Stories is still is not available to buy yet, but if it interests you, keep this Samsung page bookmarked.

But….would you use it if you needed to?

Ricky & Doris: Friendship At It’s Best

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Ricky Syers and Doris Diether met in Washington Square Park where Ricky spends his days entertaining passing visitors with his marionettes.  Doris, fascinated by Ricky’s little string puppets, brought a couple of articles to show him she had written many years before when she was a columnist for a newspaper.  Ricky then created a marionette in the image of Doris especially for her, and a great friendship began.

This sums up the reality of friendship for me – two people, a generation apart, with not much in common other than a love for puppets, and yet they connected in the most charming way.  Doris says “If the person is interesting, that’s what I relate to.”

I’m very impressed by Ricky’s skill as a puppeteer, if I look at those little people long enough, I begin to see them as real.  If you take a look at his You Tube page you will find even more videos of his extraordinary day job in Washing Square Park.

I hope this little story of endearing friendship makes your day as it did mine!
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Source for images: thevillager.comthisiscolossal.com

Dancing To Daddy’s Guitar

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Seeing as I published a post today about a cat, I thought I might as well do a post on the other most popular subject to view on You Tube – babies!

Before you groan in despair, take a look at this delightful video, I promise you won’t be disappointed.  I wonder if dancing will feature in their life as they grow up?  They’ve certainly got rhythm! 😀

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It’s interesting what effect music can have on babies.  I came across this video a few months ago and I found it extraordinary that a baby would be so emotional to the sound of music. Warning – this one is a real tear-jerker.

Misao And Fukumaru

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misao-and-fukumaru-2I created a post on this lovely lady from Japan with her handsome cat on Tumblr a while back, I was amazed at the popularity of the post.  I discovered they were pretty much all over the internet.  Misao found Fukumaru when he was a stray kitten.  Look at him now – internet star!! 😀

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All the photography has been taken by Misao’s granddaughter Miyoko who wanted to compile a record of her grandmothers life.  She has now published those images in a beautiful book.

Miyoko says of her grandmother, “When I see the way my grandmother is living her life, I really feel that she has a kind of strength that my generation simply can’t match.  She gets up with the sun, and goes to bed when it sets.  She loves her cat and the vegetables in her field like her own children.  If her vegetables come out well, she’s happy.  She doesn’t have to worry about questions like ’what is the point of my work?’  Her way of life fills me with admiration and a sort of envy.”  Read more….

You can find Miyoko Ihara’s website here.

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Valentine Cake Day

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A perfect image of what I should do on Valentines Day.
Any excuse for cake!! 😉
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No lengthy recipes, just some clever little cake tips.  As it’s very close to Valentines Day I thought it would be a good time to share these videos.

If you’ve ever tediously cut a cake through the centre and found to your disappointment it was far from straight, then take a look at the first video and see how easy it is using a piece of dental floss and some toothpicks.

And it seems making a heart shape cake doesn’t have to involve baking.  No need to go and buy special shaped bakeware, just follow the instructions on the second video and you’ll have the perfect heart.  Such an ingenious idea, wished I’d realised how simple that was years ago.

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For some valentine cake ideas see Martha Stewart.com
History of cake -> FoodTimeLine

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Flash Mob Jazz

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Thanks to following Tastefully Offensive these talented swing singing boys came through my email a few days ago.  I originally thought they were from the US, but when I heard some voices at the end of one of the videos – nope, they fooled me, they’re based in East Sussex in the UK.

If I was thinking of having a big party I’d really want to book these guys for the music, they are invitingly dancy and leave me with such a good feeling.  They have a wonderfully rich sound and I can’t tear myself away listening to their brilliant covers -> YouTube.

I don’t know much about them at all, but you can read a short review at FantasiaMusic. com.  Also their website is well worth a look, you can listen to a lot more of their tracks from their latest album on the home page.

I hope you get as much fun out of listening to these as I have! 🙂

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Agnes Obel

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I first found Agnes Obel while searching on You Tube for Ane Brun.  It was one of those nice surprises where You Tube suggests people I’ve never heard of before who turn out to be one of my favourites.  My favourite list is growing quite rapidly these days!

Agnes Obel is a Danish singer/songwriter who’s first album Philharmonics was released in 2010.  Trying to establish what her music genre is has been difficult.  She’s listed on various music websites as Folk, Classical, Indie, Alternative/Indie Rock, and plain old Pop/Rock.  Perhaps nobody is really sure what music style she has?  I quite like that, because putting musicians and artists in a limited box is not always helpful.  I think I’d describe her as serene and inspiring.  She has the kind of songs you can lie back and relax to on a Sunday afternoon or turn them up a little louder and be inspired to write some poetry!  All the music I’ve discovered of her so far seems to be recorded in English, but I’m sure she does sing in her own language sometimes, I just haven’t found any yet!

If you’re interested in finding out a bit more about her here’s her Wikipedia bio and website, also a link to an interview.  Unfortunately it’s in four separate parts! One ~ Two ~ Three ~ Four

Enjoy the music!

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Quite long for a music video, it’s more than one song, Fuel To Fire (12.22) is especially beautiful and the sound quality in this session is really amazing!

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Kevin Richardson – The Lion Whisperer

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Kevin Richardson is a self-taught animal behaviourist, he’s determined to break all the safety rules when it comes to working with wild animals.  He doesn’t believe in breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains, instead he uses love, and has learned a great deal about how to understand and build perfect trust between man and the wild animal to create a personal bond.  Over the years he’s studied what makes them angry, happy, upset or irritated, allowing him to interact with these animals as his best friends, and they certainly seem to think so too!

As a young boy Kevin cared for so many wild animals he was known as ‘The Bird Man Of Orange Grove’ today he’s affectionately known by his fans as “The Lion Whisperer”.  His book ‘Part of the Pride‘ tells the story of his awe-inspiring experience with these wild animals and delves into the mind of big cats to highlight a different way of understanding the lions of Africa.

If you want to find out more about Kevin take a look at his website.  There are a few more videos to watch, the first one really made me smile, to see him wearing a suit and tie playing football with three lions.  I never knew lions could be taught to enjoy a game of football! 😀

Watching this video was amazing – real big boisterous hugs from lions.  It’s stunning to see when fear is not present between man and and a wild animal, there is love – just awesome.   Can’t help but think of C.S. Lewis and his well loved character Aslan

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