Monthly Round-Up

The July Round-Up

August 1, 2013

Photography credit: Morgan

The monthly round-up is a collection of internet goodies that have caught my eye over the past four weeks. Videos, blog posts, beautiful photography, tutorials, excellent websites and geeky goodness: you can find them all here on 1st of the month. Perfect for long commutes and lazy Sunday mornings.

How about giving it all up and learning to live with less? The Tiny House Blog teaches us to declutter our lives and be happy occupying a much smaller space.

And whilst we’re talking about tiny houses, Graham Hill tells an amazing story about he manages to survive happily with less in a small studio apartment.

Jeremy Mayer’s birds made from old typewriter parts are gorgeous and intricate. I’m always in awe of artists that can create new things from discarded items.

Since starting my Birdgeeking series back in May I’ve been thinking about taking my hobby to the next level and trying a birdwatching holiday. Northern Experience Wildlife Tours are based in Northumberland, and take in some of my favourite places in the county.

Oh Joy! created these incredible fruit and smoothie ice cubes that really caught my eye. What a wonderful way to snazz up your favourite drinks for the summer.

Those cheeky chaps at Pixar have been busy hiding all kinds of Easter eggs in our favourite films! It makes you wonder how you’ve managed to miss them over the years! My favourite is Toy Story’s original antagonist Sid’s reinvention as a rubbish collector in Toy Story 3.

When design meets function: these 3D-printed casts are a hundred times more stylish and practical than the bulky plasters used at hospitals at the moment.

There are hundreds of similar articles floating around on the internet, but this list of important things and advice is one of the most unique and inspiring I’ve seen. The point about trying to be a grown-up is my personal favourite.

Averages is a photography project comprised of thousands of individual portraits. Interesting, but really the true face of a nation?

This one made me giggle a bit, but there’s definitely some sense in it too: 50 things a man should know how to do before he’s 50.

I’m always passionate about anything that tries to raise awareness about depression, and these (albeit slightly strange-looking) cupcakes are a clever idea to focus people’s minds on this cruel disease. Creator Emma Thomas of Mrs Cakehead uses the grey cakes to promote a form of baking therapy, proven to help those struggling with depression to find hope. Inside the unappetising treats she hides brightly-coloured fillings, which I think is a wonderful metaphor for finding the light at the end of the tunnel.

Now here’s a really interesting video. Spiderman actor Andrew Garfield pitches the idea of a male MJ rather than the red-haired beauty so synonymous with the Marvel universe. Naturally, this suggestion comes up against a backlash of criticism from fans, seen especially in the comments of this YouTube clip.

A colourful street canopy installation in Agueda, Portugal will definitely help keep the rain off! We could do with a few of these in London…

I loved this article from Outside Online, which explains why Death Valley are attempting to stop visitors trying to fry eggs on the ground in the National Park.

Yesterday I bought my first adult pair of Jelly Shoes! Remember these beauties from the eighties?

You can always trust The Guardian to throw up a wonderful article like this. Geoffrey Rush is one of my all-time favourite actors, and in this interview he explains with true eloquence why art shouldn’t be kept in the dark.

Unusual, and a bit tongue in cheek, how about a wall print of the periodic table of social issues?

Or, if that’s not your thing, you can’t go wrong with a miniature guinea pig from Handmade by November (no relation, honestly!) on Etsy.

Okay, okay! From My Bear Hands’ flying blue-tit necklace?

It’s important to learn how to take a break when you need one.

Marc and Angel offer some wise words on how to improve your relationships – not just the intimate ones but those with family and friends too.

This is a wonderful story about how dogs are being trained to help people in the early stages of dementia. Having experienced the loss of two members of my family to this horribly degenerative disease, I can only see hope for the future if schemes like this continue.

Anyone reading my Friday gardening series will understand why I like this idea so much! It’s time to liberate our tiny balconies!

And how better to finish than with NeverWet, possibly the best invention man has ever dreamed up. Honestly, watch and marvel!

Don’t forget to look out for more adventures, birdgeeking and gardening goodness in August! During the Bank Holiday weekend a friend and I are planning to go camping, hiking and wild swimming in Scotland. I’m very excited!

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