Author: whodhavethought

4 Eco-Kayaking Destinations

With winter yet to make an appearance in Sydney and the ocean temperature still bearable sans wetsuit, it’s prime time for nature spotting from a kayak. Last week our resident turtle popped up to greet us, and a few whales are long overdue a visit to the harbour with migration season almost here. There’s a magic in observing from a slightly wobbly and exposed vantage point and in leaving no footprint, and I’ve become curious about other opportunities in the world for this type of adventure. There are so many to choose from but here are four of my top picks. Orca Camp in British Colombia, Canada with Wildcoast Adventures Northside of Vancouver Island in Johnstone Strait is an oceanside glamping spot to die for. Orca Camp is all about environment and wilderness. For a week you can live next-door to a killer whale sanctuary. A beachside shower and wood-fired cedar spa pool are ideal bookends to a day spent on the water observing Orcas, dolphins and porpoises in their natural habitat. Fjord of Jostedalsbreen …

Upcycling scratched Vinyls

When your Vinyls are too far gone to salvage from a musical appreciation perspective, there are plenty of creative ways to keep them alive. From eye-catching flooring through to cake stands or cut-out wall adornments, Vinyls will only ever appreciate with age. All images sourced from Pinterest.  

Shipping Container Innovation

The first shipping container was invented in the United States in 1956 by trucker Malcolm McLean. Prior to this crates were wooden and oddly shaped and sized which made for incredibly slow and inefficient loading and unloading of goods. Shipping containers reduced the cost of loading by 90% thus reducing the price of imports and exports. Properties of strength, theft resistance, and uniformity have enticed innovative designers and architects to transform the humble container. Where would the city of Christchurch be without these gems? After the 2011 earthquakes, shipping containers replaced bricks and mortar retail outlets in a unique pop-up precinct.   All images courtesy of Pinterest Links are as follows: URBANTAINER Jendretzski Room 11 Architects IQ Container Homes Hunter Leggitt Studio Patrick Bradley FreecycleUSA  

4 Artists that Caught our Eye

  From top left to right:- Set designer and paper artist Barcelona-based Raya Sader Bujana makes teeny weeny cacti and plants out of paper because why have a life-size real plant when you can have a miniature fake one? At least they don’t need looking after apart from the odd dust. Find her work on Instagram at Little Ray of Sunflower and buy them on Etsy. The terrarium cacti are my favourite. First seen at Fubiz. Sometimes you just want to blend into your surroundings and not stand out. UK photographer Joseph Ford and his friend knitting-lover Nina have come up with a unique way of doing just this. Hours of work goes in to ensure the perfect Knitted Camouflage. First seen at Lost at E Minor. Korean sculptor Kang Dong Hyun makes animals come alive by transforming metal into branch-like structures and then creating the full form of a creature. They are life-like yet abstract, moving yet still. Follow him on Instagram and see more at Fubiz. A photograph of a painting or a …