My husband is recovering from a stroke and for several reasons he watches a LOT of television. If it were up to me we wouldn't watch any... thankfully it's mostly documentaries, but not always. He needs me near him much of the time and so I have been wishing for something permaculture-related to put on the boob tube. Are there any recommendations for streaming services? (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, CBS.)
Jessie Kelsch wrote:My husband is recovering from a stroke and for several reasons he watches a LOT of television. If it were up to me we wouldn't watch any... thankfully it's mostly documentaries, but not always. He needs me near him much of the time and so I have been wishing for something permaculture-related to put on the boob tube. Are there any recommendations for streaming services? (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, CBS.)
Lots of permaculture on youtube. Paul Wheaton, Geoff Lawton, David the Good, Justin Rhodes, and Edible Acres to name a few. I bet those (and the recommended videos youtube will show when you watch them) will keep you busy for a while. Plus, I know Paul and Justin have additional, longer content for sale.
The BBC ran several series about historical farming that I find very interesting. Wikipedia has a list of them here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_historic_farm_series I don't know what streaming service would run them, I don't stream, but those are worth looking for. They also had one that's listed at the bottom of that link about building a castle. Lots of neat things to learn, and your husband might find them interesting too.
Great Big Story is a fun channel to follow on YouTube. Most of their videos are five minutes or less. I can't tell you what it's about aside from "random interesting stuff." There's a guy from Singapore that has a Michelin-starred meal that he sells for $1.50. A quick introduction to a school that trains umpires. An introduction to a school that trains harbor pilots using remote control boats. A guy who can fly over a city in a helicopter for an hour, then draw the entire cityscape from memory. Like I said, it's just random and interesting.
My friend who misses travel is watching Sergey Baklykov on youtube, showing evening walks various places in Russia.
Norwegian slow TV is what it sounds like, you can find it on youtube.
My mother when too old to do much found This Old House soothing.
My partner is going from one foreign crime or horror show to another on Netflix. Currently the Finnish show Bordertown. Wallander is the classic Swedish crime show. The Scandanavian shows are less adrenaline driven, more thoughtful.
The Korean show Crash Landing on You, on Netflix, is long, slow, well acted romantic comedy/drama, almost like 1940s American romance films. Plus half of it takes place in N Korea where they’re shown preserving meat in salt and keeping root cellars etc.
The Crown is good historical fiction. Outlander ditto but more about sex and drama and beautiful Scottish scenery.
It’s worth looking at a website that gives you Netflix full collection as they have a lot of content you wouldnt know about, they’re always trying to steer you.
All in all, depends on yr tastes but happy surfing and I hope his health improves promptly. Also I recommend some handiwork when you want to be present but dont want to watch or be idle. I was enjoying knife sharpening recently. Some people knit.
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Couple more more to yr desire for permies visuals.
Search for John Liu Loess Plateau in youtube, there’s a great video on the work done in China to regreen this arid region. He has a lot of other material available.
Look around for The Tree of Wooden Clogs, a long slow look at Italian peasant life, an old film. Not romantic or light I just think its a good reminder of what that life could be like.
Some more youtube recommendations that are indirectly permaculture related that I enjoy.
Venetia's Essay aka At Home with Venetia lot's of variations of the English title, but watch one and you will find your way to others. Episodes with English narration and english subtitles. Some episodes visit Venetia in her home town Kyoto. Some episodes follow her travels around Japan.
"A natural life. Share Venetia Stanley-Smith's seasonal living in rural Kyoto, as she introduces us to local people, produce, cooking and crafts." NHK World.
She sometimes shows how to use herbs and make your own toothpaste and pre-industrial ways of doing things.
"The Making" basically a Japanese "How It's Made". More than 300 episodes showing how stuff gets made. Lots of Japanese food and everyday items. Mostly self explanatory with subtitles instead of dialogue. There are a few episodes in English, but it's pretty easy to follow. After seeing what goes in to making something, I feel like taking better care of it.
I had no idea these little grills were carved from one solid block of a specific kind of clay.
Or that mosquito coils used to be made out of daisies.
"Repair, fascinate" a short series showing how various lost cause objects, usually thrown away, can be repaired. In Japanese, but skip the sentimental story at the beginning and watch the repair; it's mostly self explanatory.
A father gets his old college dictionary repaired to hand down to his daughter when she goes to college.