You probably know what it is to have this big new project you want to start from scratch, and you open a new notebook and get started (the story doesn’t how long it lasts). When you travel, and always find a lovely notebook on your way and can’t help but buy it. Back home you lazily add it to a collection of already-waiting-for-something-to-happen notebooks.
Today we’re heading back to Australia where I first laid eyes on Frankie Magazine, a gorgeous lifestyle, travel and craft magazine (it’s way more than this in fact, but this is an introductory short-cut).
Published every 2 months, Frankie is a refreshing reading taking you to a special trip to a world of simple, arty and inspiring people. Far from the glamorous women’s magazines we are used to, Frankie Magazine is light, with a lovely design and broach a large range of topics, from nice local brands (most of them selling online, don’t worry), to art, travel and entrepreneurship.
It features entertaining articles on everyday small issues, as well as unusual places and people. I’m always enchanted when reading a new issue of Frankie Magazine: this is the kind of writing and topics you feel close to, even though it’s written by people living on the other side of the world. It’s straightforward, funny and broadening.
If you can’t get hold of the magazine itself (although you can order it online or subscribe), they also have a nice blog where you can find a mix or articles, DIY inspiration and more. If you’re a Frankie reader, share the love and tell us what you love about it!
Do you feel like there’s something to do to improve the way we live, and happen to be in Montreal? Maybe you want to change our relationship with food supplies and local communities? Or you just want to support a project who’s helping to make our world better? Well, Les Fruits Défendus is a project for you.
Harvesting lost fruits in town
What is it exactly? Montreal has a lot of fruit trees which aren’t taken care of, resulting in lots of lost fruits, rotting on the pavement. Les Fruits Défendus is all about avoiding this waste. This association promotes the simple joys of urban harvesting, and puts in relation the owner of these trees with a team of volunteers who pick the fruits when it’s the right time.
Less waste, more sharing
Since 2011, about 7000 pounds of fruits have been harvested. A third of each harvest goes to the tree owner, another third is for the volunteers (which can end up in good jams and marmalade) while the last third is donated to non-profit organizations promoting food security. A win-win project, bringing back the focus on local supply and how it can benefit the community.
If want to know more about it, wish to get involved by volunteering or else, check out their website below. Les Fruits Défendus has also launched a crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo: you’re welcome to help in anyway you can!
And if you have the same kind of wonderful project in another city, tell us about it by leaving a comment!
With the Christmas gift-hunting season getting nearer you’ll soon wonder what to get for that bookworm friend of yours, or for your old uncle who reads only outdated books (what an idea!). The Penguin Classics books may be just the thing for you!
I am not talking about the usual classics books here, but about the several nice collections Penguin (a great British publishing house) publishes. Here some details for you.
Here is something for the curious-minded, paper-loving traveller. Herb Lester Associates is an English company editing lovely travel guides for city breaks. Whenever I travel to a new city, I check if a Herb Lester Guide exists, and I’ve never been disappointed so far!
The guides come as beautifully designed, much original and practical maps, which easily fit in your pocket. Each map is unique in style and has its own spirit, being custom-made for each city by a different designer (though some maps share a same designer but we can’t really complain) and different writers.
It’s a fun way to discover a city (instead of browsing the traditional travel guides everybody has), the guides providing lots of interesting and unusual sights, shops and restaurants to try. They all come with detailed and mouth-watering descriptions. You’ll be sure to get a good overview of what it is to live in these cities if you follow their good tips!