I’m a Trad

I’m a Trad

[Green Renaissance]

Michael lives in the old Victorian town of Oamaru, on the South Island of New Zealand. He is a ‘Trad’ – a Traditional. He embraces the good aspects of the past and tries to live a life that is a little more gentle than the modern day consumer world.

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Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • A brief period of my life
  • Some sort of dress up
  • An item of clothing
  • How i approach my life
  • My normal is very odd and different
  • I’m a trad, which means I try to live somewhat a traditional lifestyle
  • I have a very conservative view
  • Modern fashionable things
  • A bit gentler than the consumer world
  • The handmadeness of an object, the personal touch
  • Book binding
  • Sewing a book with a needle and thread
  • I am amazed that the world in holding itself together
  • Our lifestyle is destroying the planet
  • The generation 7 times down the line
  • We don’t question or think about things that much
  • How are you benefiting other people
  • How are you benefiting the planet
  • There’s gotta be give and take
  • I would always say follow your passion
  • To give me the option of choice and freedom

 

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What is the power of trees?

What is the power of trees?

New research shows that trees communicate with one another and share nutrients through their roots! They need each other. In urban areas, trees also help us with health, economic and social benefits. They are part of our culture. We need them. So, how can we return the favor?

Vocabulary chunks to learn from video :

  • Great great great grandson
  • Run around in the woods
  • Make rope swings
  • Inland rain forest
  • We spent all of our summers in the bush
  • Trees in urban environments are essential
  • As equal partners
  • People recover more quickly from surgery in hospitals
  • The workplace
  • There is evidence of these benefits
  • Every trees was connected to every other tree
  • Everything was connected to everything else
  • We would bury then in the trees
  • They literally live in the trees
  • Trees can recognize their kin
  • The air is cleaner
  • Constant contact with trees
  • It comes down to economics
  • Kids are doing better in school
  • A more urbanized nation
  • The value of having nature in the city
  • The cycle of life
  • We are just a strand in this web
  • We don’t own the earth we are part of the earth
  • Maintain that connection

 

Have you heard of Hygge?

Have you heard of Hygge?

[Euromaxx]

The Danes are ranked as the world’s happiest people. Hygge may have something to do with it. Difficult to sum up in one word, “hygge” is a Danish ritual of enjoying life’s pleasures.

Vocabulary chunks from the video :

• The Danes are the happiest people on Earth
• At the top of the list
• Togetherness
• The art of creating a good atmosphere
• Hygge as part of our DNA
• Simple pleasures of life
• A cup of warm chocolate or tea
• At home with a candle
• Reading a book
• Spending quality time with friends and family
• Winter is the peak season for hygge
• More living space per person
• Lighting is important too
• Design concepts
• A state of mind
• A simple walk outside
• The focus is on being together

How to Hygge

What is culture?

What is culture?

[Hamilton Love Your City]

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • Festivals and events
  • A thriving art scene
  • Stories and customs
  • A sense of history
  • Creative talent
  • Public art
  • Outdoor places
  • A positive energy known as cultural vibrancy
  • It helps to build community
  • A unique identity
  • They get involved and they talk about it
  • As the word spreads
  • It can promote identity, creativity, tourism, jobs and growth
  • Revitalizing neighborhoods
  • Transforming cities
  • Making communities attractive, open, welcoming and vibrant

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If it feels good here, then I know it’s right

If it feels good here, then I know it’s right

[coveteur]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • A crazy reason
  • Eyeglass frames
  • Strange looking
  • Being a flea market freak
  • I like the big ones
  • The bigger to see you
  • I’d chat them up
  • They either strike me or they don’t
  • First impressions to me are exceedingly important
  • I fall in love with things
  • If it feels good here, then I know it’s right
  • The secret to a happy marriage
  • A sense of humor
  • My Russian heritage
  • It takes a little work
  • It really really pays off

Iris Apfel might be 95, but don’t think for a minute that the legendary interior designer and fashion icon has resigned herself to a quiet life. In fact, Apfel shows no sign of slowing down any time soon, thanks to the popular demand for her brand of unapologetically colorful and outrageous style. Read more HERE

 

 

The world in 2025

The world in 2025

 [Ikea Portugal]

Vocabulary chunks to learn after watching the video :

  • It brings inanimate objects to life using smart life
  • Graphics are projected back onto the surface
  • A preparation surface
  • Work bench
  • Children’s play area
  • Explore creative flavor combinations
  • Get suggestions on what to cook
  • Set the timer
  • How much time and effort you want to spend
  • A cutting board
  • Browse recipes
  • Be inspired by friends and family
  • Place your pan on the table
  • Collect your ingredients
  • Set the temperature
  • The timer will start
  • Keep your coffee warm
  • All your kitchen stories bought to life

 

Read more about the project here

Read more about The World in 2025 here

Weekly photo challenge || Monochromatic

Weekly photo challenge || Monochromatic

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monochromatic

adj :  having or appearing to have only one color

If everything in your room is pink, your room is monochromatic — all of one color.

In physics, monochromatic describes light that has the same wavelength so it is one color. Broken into Greek roots, the word shows its meaning: monos means one, and khroma means color. Things that are truly monochromatic are rare — examine the green leaves of trees and you’ll see lots of different shades.

 [ source :  vocabulary.com  ]

 In response to The Daily Post’s  weekly photo challenge : Monochromatic

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Explore Italy

Explore Italy

Watch the following video :

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worldnomads

Vocabulary to learn after watching the video :

  • To discover a destination where I truly felt at home
  • My kind of place
  • You catch yourself smiling
  • No corners to cut, just bends to explore
  • Feed my curiosity
  • My cup is constantly topped up with knowledge
  • I want to uncover a place for pleasure seekers
  • Where wine pulses through peoples’ veins
  • Where Mother Nature rewards with damp scented truffles
  • Clusters of Medieval villages perched in the distance
  • The hills are always green
  • Like long-lost friends
  • Hungry for life
  • Join me in Lange
  • A place where time passes slowly
  • Every moment is savored