Post Comment Love 8 - 10 February

Hello there and welcome to this week’s #PoCoLo a friendly linky where you can link any post published in the last week.  If you were here last week, it was great to see you and if you’re new here this week, then you’re very welcome.  Both Morgan and I know you’ll find some great posts to read, and encourage you to pop over to some of the posts linked and take the time to leave a comment or two so that everyone benefits from some extra love.

The snow was a let down, on the whole, wasn’t it? It’s a shame that the same can’t be said for the wind yesterday morning. Even I heard it overnight, and being the deepest of sleepers, that’s quite something. My plan was, as usual, to walk to work, but even just battling around the corner was hard enough and so I opted for the bus after all. But I was glad I did.

It’s a time of year when I take much fewer photos, even though at times the light can be really good. It’s partly remembering to get my phone as I’m hurrying around, and so it’s always nice to find a photo that you wished you’d been able to take yourself. And I have, so this week I’m sharing that instead. If you’ve not yet taken a look at Unsplash, do, it’s well worth a look and a way to lose a good hour or two!

Photo by  Takemaru Hirai  on  Unsplash

Blogger Showcase: Dan & Lisa from Let’s Go Somewhere McKinney

They’re a husband and wife travelling near and far while remaining full-time coaches, life already sounds busy doesn’t it? They began blogging to keep friends updated and in the hope they could travel more in the future. And with best qualities of determination and socialising, I’ve a feeling there could be plenty of travel on the cards for this new blog. You can find out more about them and their blog over at Morgan’s this week, but before you go, take a moment to check out their social channels: Instagram - Twitter - Facebook - Pinterest.

The Cockroach: Made from waste

Usually at Grand Designs there’s something a bit left field, and often I find myself wandering around trying to work out where and what it is. Often though, it’s something you’re really not expecting, which was definitely true at last year’s show. I mean, even if you’d seen The Cockroach in the programme, without a further explanation you’d have been none the wiser, and may even have given it a wide berth, just in case it really was cockroaches.

I don’t expect you’d have been expecting, this I certainly wasn’t - and just in case - approached with care.

The cockroach at Grand Designs Live

And while it was colourful, and fascinating, I didn’t need to worry.

It’s a solar powered, pedal powered vehicle for two which the board says is “capable of transporting two people in comfort over large distances” which I’m less sure about. It doesn’t scream comfort, or even something for long journeys to me, even if i wasn’t pedalling.

Taking a look inside the Cockroach

It’s very inventive though, and shocking too. Or perhaps less shocking really, which is shocking in itself isn’t it?

It’s made from waste collected across London including old bikes, for sale signs, mobility scooter batteries, pipes and leftovers from last year’s show. There’s even somewhere to store your provisions.

Plenty of storage available

And with provisions, of course you need a kitchen…

The kitchen I presume

There was a loo too, but it was mostly a pipe to a bucket, so definitely not one for the Loo Series.

While I’m not sure it will catch on as a vehicle, it’s clear what should catch on is how we deal with our waste responsibly.


A She Shed - yes please!

She Sheds, garden pods, home offices, or whatever you want to call them - they’ve become a big thing haven’t they? It’s easy to see why, the idea of having somewhere dedicated for a specific activity, work or fun, definitely appeals. Having that outside the house appeals too, unless it’s the worst (or best) kind of snow day which means being cut off from your crafting, I guess.

They’ve come so far, that at the Ideal Home Show last year, this quadrant pod, was alongside the infamous ‘houses’ - and I think it’s definitely a She Shed in the making.

Quadrant contemporary workspace at the Ideal Home Show

As its name suggests, it’s quadrant shaped so cue curved walls which almost cocoon you from the elements, but yet provides a window on it too.

Looking out across the Show

Yes, those lights - aren’t they great? In fact the whole space is full of great lights and fantastically furnished. It’s definitely the type of space you’d be happy to work in and which should provide just the inspiration you need.

Living the curve at the ideal home show
A spot to relax in - what every she shed needs

I’d love my own space like this, but know it’s not practical for us. The thought of getting it into our garden, where it might go and even just getting electricity to it and the disruption and redecorating this will most likely bring with it, rules it out. But never say never, it’s something that in the right space could really work all round.

And everyone needs an escape space, right?