I’ve been catching up on a few things since our return from Denmark (photos coming soon, I promise!). One thing on my “To-Do” list was to go through the things I saved in my Instapaper account. As I slowly started combing through the articles I had put in there for rainy day reading, I re-discovered this one on Colossal.
A Canadian couple have spent the past 24 years building their own floating island. Today they are currently moored off the coast of Vancouver. I was completely fascinated by this idea. I would love to follow them through the seasons and see how their life changes when the snow begins to fall.
I have known of Chilly Gonzales for awhile now. I enjoy his work. Somehow, I missed the Solo Piano II album. As I was catching up with a few things I had earmarked to Instapaper, I read an article I had saved from the Fox is Black about this album in particular, being Bobby Solomon’s go-to album for working to. This song, is stunningly beautiful and haunting. It fit the chill of the morning air as I walked to the train station. A little Chilly for a chilly day. What a terrible pun, I know, but I just couldn’t resist! Happy Monday.
I have had this film sitting in my Instapaper “box” for about two weeks now and as I was catching up with reading through everything yesterday, I finally watched this film.
I was extremely touched by this story. It is beautifully shot. I appreciated their desire to preserve something old and this passion for preserving interlaced with his background in Architecture has turned into a career in conserving minkas. What a blessing to be able to do something that you truly love!
These two men’s lives have been intertwined within this house and with this house. Their memories join all the others that have occurred under that roof and that have been ingrained in the wood during the lifetime of this minka.
This is a story about passion, about preserving our past to preserve our future and most importantly a story about love and the people we encounter that make our world all the better for knowing them, for our journey would not have been the same without them, that road might never have been taken.
I tweeted this post out: “Paris Flat Unopened for 70 Years”, a few weeks ago and kept the article in my Instapaper account to read over again. I re-read it this morning and I am still as intrigued as I was the first time.
The flat was owned by Mrs. de Florian, who left it and moved to the South of France before the outbreak of WWII. She recently passed away at the age of 91 and her estate came into the public eye when experts were asked to inventory her possessions. It was through this research that the treasures in her abandoned flat were discovered.
I could not imagine having a place I never returned too. I wonder why she never did? Was it the memories that it held? Was it the memories that it didn’t? Maybe she simply had no ties there. Stepping through the door and in to that world must have been like stepping through the looking glass.
Other than the dust and cobwebs strewn about the flat, it looked as though the inhabitants had just run out to pick up something from a shop. One of the most startling discoveries was a painting, by the artist Boldini, who’s muse was Mrs. de Florian’s grandmother. Which has been auctioned off for €2.1 million, a record sale for the artist.
What I love most about this article, is that today, even with all the technology we have, there are still some discoveries left to be found, hidden worlds yet to be opened.
After seeing this video, I think I will never go back… no more double knots for this little lady. You have to wait to the end too see what I am talking about, but it is worth it!
P.S. If you do not have Instapaper you should definitely get it, I have become an Instapaper junkie for those times I don’t have time to read what I want, I can instantly save it and I can then, go back to it at a later time or date. Now that, is just happiness!
P.S.S. Instapaper is not paying me to advertize for them, I just like their product!