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Windsor Castle, one of the official residences of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, is to open its East Terrace Garden to the public for the first time in more than 40 years. Visitors to the castle will be able to tour the garden – whose highlights include 3,500 rose bushes planted around a central fountain – on […]Windsor Castle to open its terrace garden, boasting 3,500 rose bushes, for the first time in over 40 years — Life & Soul Magazine
Fantasia is an ancient practice in the Maghreb region from when the indigenous Amazighs would fight on horseback in battle. Also known as Game of Gunpowder or Tbourida, Fantasia is one of Morocco’s biggest and most popular festivals. The presentation is a bright and colourful show which celebrates and shows off the skills and talents […]Fantasia: Morocco’s female warriors take on “game of gunpowder” at equestrian festivals — Life & Soul Magazine
Detroit-based design students have come up with a way to repurpose invasive species of mussels that have been disrupting the USA’s Great Lakes ecological system, and transform them into glass. Students from the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, Michigan took two invasive species of mussels – zebra and quagga mussels – to create a region […]Invasive mussel species found in the USA’S Great Lakes transformed into blue glass — Life & Soul Magazine
Whether you want to add some light to your garden at night or indoors, DIY lanterns make a magickal addition to your home and garden. Check out the below video on how to make DIY lanterns made from items that you likely already have at home. Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief. She […]DIY Lanterns for Home and Garden — Life & Soul Magazine
Succulents are unofficially the cats of the plant world. People either love or hate ‘em, and they make the most camera-loved plants for their crazy colors, shapes, and varieties.
But it turns out, there is one more way you can put these incredible plants to use. Thanks to mad crafty skills and aesthetic goals, people have been upgrading their tables into full-blown succulent gardens.
Both a green oasis and a place to put your mug, these tables are something I didn’t know I needed, but I am adding one to the basket at this very moment.
Dustin explained that blooming tables are perfect for people who lack the space for traditional gardening methods and want more plants in their homes. But since succulents require a good amount of sunlight to keep them from stretching and getting leggy, he suggested placing a lamp over them or adding incandescent light bulbs.
In order for the succulents to prosper while being planted as part of the table, one has to keep in mind that “plants tend to do better when you pull them from a similar environment that you are moving them to.” He gave an example: “succulents that grew up in low light areas will do better indoors than succulents who were sourced from high light areas.”
It turns out that, for a succulent, the table serves as a pot, which it may outgrow with time. “Sometimes a plant will grow too big for the table and need to be removed,” but it’s “completely natural.”#7
Dustin also said that it is in fact possible for you to make your own blooming table, and that’s how his own company was started. “We saw the beauty in housing our plants indoors this way and set out to develop a product that would solve a lot of the problems that come with an at-home build.”
Meanwhile, while many DIY succulent tables would look adorable, not all would function as a table. Dustin explained that “a lot of at-home builds, while beautiful, lack the functionality of an actual table—leaving you with something too unstable to set anything on.” So you’ve got to keep an eye on the stability if you’re planning on building one.#10
Pop culture apocalypse? That’s what digital artist and Prague-based 3D illustrator Filip Hodas had in mind when he created this unique twist on pop culture icons.
For the last two years, Hodas has dedicated an immense amount of time learning about creative programs like World Machine, Cinema 4D, and Octane in order to create these thrilling, foreign and creative alien universes into stellar illustrations.
You’ll find some of the most recognizable symbols centered in his work. Characters like Pacman, Gameboy from the 90s, Coca-Cola, Jenga, Tetris, and more.
This 230-foot sea-organ located in Croatia uses energy from wind and water from the Adriatic Sea and creates an incredibly soothing harmony.
Also known as ““morske orgulje” in Croatia the marvelous sea-organ opened to the public in 2005 and was designed by Nikola Basic, a Croatian architect. The organ works by water and wind entering through holes at the bottom of the steps, which are then directed into resounding chambers.
The sounds then make their exit along the holes of the highest steps. Not surprisingly, the giant organ has become a popular lunch spot and tourist attraction — a far cry from what remained of Zadar in the aftermath of World War II.
Sea Organ Of Zadar
If you’re ready for the blistering cold to end, you’re not alone. We’ve found the perfect Springtime cakes that incorporate succulents and florals to make a decadent cake you’ll not only want to devour but simply can’t take your eyes off of.
The ultra-realistic floral cakes feature vines, leaves, needles, flowers, cacti, and other blooms that make for some of the most gorgeous cakes we’ve ever seen.
And the funny thing is, Ivenoven got its start with sugar cookies and a family’s passion for baking that was passed down to the next generation: a goddaughter.
“My baking passion and journey started one fine day when I was sneaking around in my godma’s house trying to look for her baking recipes, and maybe, just maybe, bring the recipes back home for my own collection,” write Ivenoven on their blog.
The bakery got its start in 2013 and originally began with cookies. The passion for baking and design grew robust and propelled the bakery into artisan cakes and treats becoming bigger every day.
What’s makes this bakery even better is the fact that all of the premium ingredients are sourced locally and internationally to preserve quality.
Ivenoven has attracted thousands of followers on Instagram from all over the world praising the cakes and begging for a stateside bakery who can replicate the work of this special bakery.
We have equipped our classic Desiree Chintz with a metallized backing, thus transforming it into an energy-saving sheer with a glare and privacy function that provides sun protection similar to a sunscreen. The metallized backing reflects the sun’s rays and thus prevents the room from heating up too much. This additional feature gives the backing a silver metallic shimmer without shining through to the front. The matt fabric side faces the room and creates a cosy, homely character. Desiree Sun not only protects against the sun, but can also serve as a privacy screen which at the same time – due to its slight transparency – still gives the room enough light. Particularly noteworthy is the soft drape, which is not present in classic aluminium-vaporized articles.to the article
Extensive tests resulted in the following photometric values:
- Light transmission: 25% (percentage of total visible sunlight passing through the curtain)
- Light reflection: 45 %
- Light absorption: 30 % (The amount of radiant energy absorbed by the curtain and converted into heat)
- UV transmission: 25 %.
Comprehensive tests resulted in the following solar technical values:
- Solar transmission: 26 % (energy penetrating the fabric / the smaller the better)
- Solar reflection: 46 % (energy reflected from the back of the fabric / the bigger the better)
- Solar absorption: 28 % (energy absorbed by the material and converted into heat / the smaller the better)
g-value: 0.42 (total energy transmittance: energy input through the blind; the lower the g-value, the less energy passes through the blind and the lower the temperature behind it)
Fc value: 0.72 (reduction factor of a sun protection device, the smaller the better)
Although this product is similar in function to our DELITHERM products, it is a completely different article in production and in handling. As Desiree Sun has no metalized yarn but is metalized only on the backside, the article looks more homely and offers a larger variety of colours. Special attention must therefore be paid to the processing instructions.
Advantages of energy-saving glare and privacy protection:
- Glare protection
- improves the thermal room comfort
- protects against strong heat radiation and UV radiation
- reduces the intensity of air conditioning systems (reduction of CO2 emissions)
- provides for more comfortable viewing at the monitor workstation
- respects the privacy
- is permanently flame-retardant
- little sewing effort
August 1, is the beginning of the harvest cycle and rests on the early grain harvest as well as those fruits and vegetables that are ready to be picked. Canning of fruits and vegetables goes into full swing, jams and jellies made and cabinets are stocked with herbs before the onset of autumn.
As long as hand reaping lasted so the ceremonies of the “Last Sheaf” endured. In ancient times in Britain, it varied from county to county; some preferred to throw their sickles at it until there was nothing left, others thought it held an evil spirit and trampled it into the ground. Many treated it with honor for they believed the corn-spirit had retreated into it as a refuge when the rest of the crop was cut. On some farms the reapers took turns to throw their sickles at the last stand of corn, thus sharing the responsibility. In this, the corn-spirit was thought to sleep throughout the winter. In the spring it was taken to the fields when the seed was being sown so that the spirit could transfer to the sown seed and awaken it. This ritual re-enactment of the slaying and restoration of Lugh/John Barleycorn was associated with beer and cider drinking to follow.
The last sheaf was then plaited (braided) into a woman’s form, which represented the Harvest Spirit. These were known by various names, the Corn-Dolly, Nell Doll, and in Whalton in Northumberland, a member of the same family made the Kern-Babby each year, for the church Harvest Festival. The Corn Dolly was set in a place of honor at the harvest supper, it was preserved over winter and plowed-in, in the following Spring; in other traditions, the corn dolly was fed and watered throughout the winter and then burned in the fire at Beltane. The vacant land was known as Lammas Lands, used for growing early crops or hay, were then thrown open for common grazing until the next Spring.
This was also the time for Lammas Fairs, where the custom for unmarried persons of both sexes, was to choose a companion according to their liking, with whom they were to live for a year and a day. After this period, if the couple were in agreement, a ritual “Handfasting” or hand-in-fist, ceremony was performed to seal the marriage.- Ravenhawks Magazine