Monday, September 24, 2018

Hardworking kindly spirits

I love celebrations and spending time with my family. Sometimes, the cleaning and handling repairs, no matter the size of the task can be hard work. Wouldn’t it be great to have little helpers who make your chores easier?  I would love to have someone to help me organize and clean. I love to be organized but sometimes it seems to be never ending. 

In Germany, there is an age-old fantasy legend about busy little house gnomes who through the night take care of all kinds work for people, silently and secretly. They cleaned the shoes from the shoemaker, helped the gardener with gardening, do some needlework and cleaned the house. By the time the sun came up, all the tasks were done and the gnomes had vanished into thin air. But no-one had ever seen these busy little helpers. The German poet and painter August Kopisch put that legend from 1836 into words. A wonderful idea that many of us still cherish today. I would to have them come visit me. They could do all the chores I don’t care for. How do I sign up for the gnomes? 

Grete Wendt, the founder of Wendt & Kuehn, was inspired in 1925 by August Kopisch’s ballad. So she created a number of adorable busy little figures of small stature wearing traditional red pointed hats. I love that she made different gnomes for the different tasks. The legend comes alive in a handyman with a saw or as gardener with a rake. Did you know that by 1937 there were already 18 gnomes in the catalog of Wendt & Kuehn? I know that with autumn cleaning, I would love for these little guys with their cheery little faces always eager to help.  I wouldn’t turn them away.  These diligent workers are a perfect gift for anyone who needs a little help around the house, perhaps because they have started a new job or because their invaluable cleaner is on a vacation.

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Sunday, September 16, 2018

Blue Mountain Tour: A Guide to Preparing For Your First Helicopter Ride

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Flying in a helicopter is something that’s on most people’s bucket list and if your very first flight 
happens to be in Sydney, even better. The Blue Mountains are indeed spectacular and are best experienced from the air. If you are lucky enough to be planning a trip any time soon, here is all you need to know about the preparation for what will be the experience of a lifetime.

The Safety Factor

If you’ve never flown in a helicopter, it is perfectly natural to feel a little strange about the idea. To the untrained eye, a helicopter looks about as aerodynamic as a brick and some people mistakenly think that should the engine malfunction, the machine will plummet to the ground. There is something called “autorotation”, which means the rotor blades turn without power and in the very unlikely event of an engine malfunction, the pilot can easily land the aircraft. 

Statistically speaking, you are safer in a helicopter than in any car and if the tour company has a 100% safety record, you can’t get any safer than that.  There are very stringent pre-flight checks that ensure the helicopter is in tip-top shape, so you can sit back, relax and enjoy the experience of flying high above the Blue Mountains.

Motion Sickness

This can be a problem for some people and if you suffer from motion sickness, make sure you take some medication prior to the flight. It is advisable to sit in a forward-facing seat and avoid reading during the flight. Should you feel nauseous at any time, fix your gaze on the horizon. When planning your Blue Mountains tour, choose a leading tour provider, who will ensure that you are comfortable during the experience. Should the worst happen and you do feel sick, there are sick bags on all flights, just in case.

Wearing the Right Clothing

Ideally, you shouldn’t wear loose fitting clothing when riding in a helicopter, and as the aircraft has heating and air conditioning, you should be comfortable in a shirt or light jacket. Sunglasses are certainly recommended as there is often glare from the sun, which might spoil the view. Basically, you should wear clothing that you feel comfortable in. There is no need to make any special provisions for the flight, at least not regarding what you wear.

Prepare Your Camera

Whether you are going to use your state-of-the-art smartphone or an SLR digital camera, make sure you have enough memory space to receive the countless images and video clips that will be a forever keepsake of this memorable experience. There are no restrictions on camera use while flying, so make the best use of the timin the air by taking as many clips as you can, which will ensure you get some epic shots.

Choosing the Right Helicopter Tour Operator

Safety is always a prime concern, so make sure the tour company you select has a 100% safety record. This ensures a safe and enjoyable experience and a reputable helicopter tour provider would give you all the relevant information to ensure that you get the most out of the experience.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

A really special Walt Disney story

Everyone knows who Walt Disney is. He will live on through his movies, characters and theme parks. Some of Walt Disney’s most loved characters are Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck. I loved going to Walt Disney World when I was a child and now I enjoy taking Noah. I remember being so excited when a new Disney movie would come out. I love sharing the movies with Noah. 
Walt Disney has been producing movies for many years. You know you will get a quality family film when it’s Disney. His movies are timeless and have been enchanting for generations. Walt Disney is the creator of Mickey Mouse, who is the most recognized character of all time. 

But how did Walt Disney come to know and treasure the figures from Wendt & Kühn? It’s well known that he was a passionate collector of curios, especially miniatures.  He brought back many souvenirs from his travels. He and his wife went shopping, seeking out unique little things that pleased them. He looked for things that he thought his daughters would like to have. Walt Disney was obviously fascinated by the little wooden figurines from the distant land of Germany, from the Wendt & Kuehn workshops in Grünhainichen. 
His wife Lilian, knowing Walt’s love of Wendt & Kühn figures, had started the tradition. It started when Diane was a baby by presenting Walt with a Wendt & Kühn figure as a Christmas gift from his brand-new daughter. Over the years Diane continued this tradition as an expression of their special father-daughter bond.

At the personal request of Diane Disney Miller, Wendt & Kuehn figurines are on sale in the souvenir shop at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco still today. Diane is able to share wonderful childhood memories of her famous father. When Diane decided to carry the figures in the new museum store, she did it in the hope that visitors would be just as delighted and enchanted by them as her father was.
Now we know that the figurines of Wendt & Kuehn played a role in Walt’s life. The figurines you see here are all the same as Walt Disney’s collection of Wendt & Kuehn-articles. In the archives of the Walt Disney company there are many old pictures in which the figures of Wendt & Kühn can be clearly seen in the Disney office.
The enthusiasm of Disney brought Wendt & Kuehn 2014 even a supporting role in the movie “Saving Mr. Banks“ starring Tom Hanks. The movie is the story of how Walt used personal charm and skill to persuade the author of Mary Poppins to let him turn her famous children‘s book into a movie.
As Walt Disney once said, “My business is making people, especially children, happy“- Grete Wendt, the founder of Wendt & Kuehn, would certainly have agreed with him. You can find more interesting information about Walt Disney and exclusive pictures of the Walt Disney archives in the elevendotpost on page 12/13 (US version):

You can learn more about the Walt Disney Family Museum on . I would love to visit one day. 
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