Refrigeration arrives at Downton Abbey

Refrigeration arrives at Downton Abbey

Fans of "Downton Abbey" on PBS are used to the tension between progress and tradition that’s played out over the series’ four seasons. This week’s episode added a technological twist to that theme with the arrival of refrigeration to the noble estate. Mrs. Patmore, the simple-minded head cook, offers up her usual fearful resistance while Lady Grantham maintains her agent-of-change status.

We all know how this one ends—at least where refrigeration is concerned. Maybe more than any home appliance, refrigerators have … (read more)

Tiny POD House Arrives Fully Assembled

Robust Outdoor Brands – a Swiss design firm – has come out with this charming “PODhouse” – with a very small footprint. They arrive fully assembled, you just open the door. Aren’t they just the sweetest little cabins? Now you can buy that piece of land in the woods that you’ve always dreamed of, and put the PODhouse on it. Voila – instant retreat. Originally designed for camping in the Swiss Alps, you can rest assured it will hold up to winter and provide year-round enjoyment. Or you … (read more)