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The Great Elephant - The world's largest mechanical animal. It can carry up to 49 passengers at a time for a 45 minute walk. Built in France as part of the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, an art and culture show full of dream and fantasy. 12 meter high x 8 meter wide the mechanical elephant was cobbled together using 45 tons of reclaimed wood and steel. I'm not sure what fuel it uses but smoke comes out of its trunk.
I would love to LIVE in it!
One of the most magical sights on a summer day or early evening is that of the dragonfly. With its shimmering wings and delicate form it seems a creature from the land of Faerie, and it is a power animal which can help to put us in touch with nature spirits. (more...)
I have such a huge respect for spiders. Even when I was reeeeally scared of them for years I respected them, and would save them from screaming grown men and women who wanted to stamp on them.
They are incredible survivors. They discover, plan, wait, adapt, persevere and survive! And they have magical shiny stuff that comes out of their butts. That's a lot more than I can say about most human beings.
Well this post is really about something else entirely but an extraordinarily handsome pigeon stole all my attention on the way home from my bus adventure today and simply MUST be mentioned. Wow - for years now Tuxedo Pigeon of Brighton was the most magnificent pigeon Id ever seen, but today I met the father of all magnificent pigeons - King Pigeon of Penn Avenue, Pittsburgh. He walked around with a velvety robe, but the most amazing part was his neck. It was puffy and the widest I'd ever seen from which I imagine he emits a deep burbling mating call that only a King of Pigeons could make and it was smothered lavishly in the most dazzling peacock colours in a waterfall of perfect rainbow feathers. Wow! I stopped walking and just stood there admiring him, then noticed his elegant Lady Pigeon. A fine choice she was, but as I walked past he stood his ground, checked out my boots, while she flurried off hastily. King Pigeon was not about to make way for me. No. I hope to see his fine feathers again some day soon. (more...)
So yesterday upon arriving I put all my stuff in a locker, went out to buy a keychain that attaches to me at all times due to a premonition, and promptly lost the key before I could attach the two. There is no spare of course. I'm beginning to twig there's a theme here... it sounds a lot like the rest of my life. For that reason I'm not bothered. I'm sitting in the same clothes I've worn for days and imagining that the key will magically reappear and what I will do once I have my stuff again. I think shower.
In other news I really like watching the guy who sweeps, carries laundry around, maintains the network and generally mills about around here with a curious monkey on his head. (more...)
My 3 month live-in trade swap at InanItah is over. After an incredible weekend where we all went on a ritualistic journey together for Halloween, I gathered the things I wanted to keep and left on Monday feeling 100% ready to leave the lovely cocoon that was my home for a little while and take on the world!
I'm really lucky to be staying at my friend Cristiano's in his awesome loft space. On a firm mattress. His house is made completely out of recycled and reclaimed resources and when I wake up I look up at the plantain leaf roof, the wooden stairs that go to the very top, and feel like I'm in a treehouse. The light streams in from all sides. I love living here. Cristiano is a really special guy.
He lives on his hostel and eco farm El Zopilote on Ometepe Island. It's incredibly beautiful here, he's done an amazing job, and it attracts tons of interesting volunteers from all over the world.
Today he showed me some of his bee hives -- he has african bees, non-stinging bees and teeny tiny mini bees too!
…feet dangling stupidly. So free from ground the air makes them tingle. Almost tired from dancing and laughing and spinning all day I stand up and climb higher. Around me birds dip and float and flip, showing me how to ride the changes of life without any effort. I learn from them for hours, just watching instinct at play. Life is bouncing all around me, delicious, luscious, fruity flavours of light, colours bursting all over me like mango juices dripping down my face, with no shame. I wont wipe them off this time. Never again.
I am so happy this day in the sun, as I perch, wildly swaying while ants step onto me in their path, about to drop off this branch and swoop to some place new. That someplace could be you.
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