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Norma's Floating Store in British Columbia

Built by Bruno Atkey in Tofino, Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, in the '70s, and towed 26 miles to Hot Springs Cove, where Norma Bailey ran a "…great floating store selling emergency supplies, esoteric items, and Wild Coast history books," according to Godfrey Stephens, who just sent this photo.

Inspired by Shelter in 1973

Hi Lloyd,
On first looking into your Shelter book in 1973, my fate was sealed. Since then, I have made my own ceramic tile, been a tile setter for 35 years, and am a serial remodeler and builder of tiny houses. Pictured here with my original Shelter book. I recently came upon your Tiny Homes: Simple Shelter, and have been inspired anew. Rage on!
Sincerely,
Fred Ross
San Anselmo, CA

Golden Valley, Minnesota Hereby Nominated for Oppressive/Despotic City Award of the Month

Article by Eric Boehm in Watchdog.Org Minnesota Bureau:
"Nanny State of the Week: Town inspection checks whether you cleaned your toilet
Local officials in a Minnesota town want to make sure their residents are keeping a tidy home.… Officials in one Minnesota town are willing to spend more taxpayer money on an appeal after they were told they can’t inspect rental properties without a good reason.
Two landlords in Golden Valley, Minnesota, who recently found themselves on the receiving end of inspections from city housing officials now find themselves dragged into court to defend their right to privacy. They say they were within their rights to block what the city calls a mandatory inspection of rental properties.
Even after one Minnesota judge ruled that Golden Valley can’t conduct inspections without a good reason, the city is spending more taxpayer money on an appeal.…"
http://watchdog.org/256148/nanny-state-toilet-inspection-minnesota/
Sent in by Anonymous

Wonderful Wildlife Photography by Jack Perks

Barn Owl

"As part of my work I'm lucky that I get to work all over the UK but I very much enjoy finding wildlife thats local to me and on the way to doing a workshop for Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust I noticed a barn owl flying over a field. I drove down a country lane and parked up alone a fence line and sure enough the barn owl landed metres from me an amazing sight that was totally unplanned and still made it in time for my workshop."

http://jackswildlifephotography.blogspot.com/

Anyone got tips on hearing aids?

One of the best things about doing this blog is the feedback. In the “comments” section, I've had people recommend all kinds of things: tools, movies, music, remedies that I have found useful. So here I'm throwing out a question about hearing aids. I need to get them, but hate to spend $2-$3000 on each one. I think it's a racket, maybe an oligopoly of sorts. They shouldn't cost that much. Also, I don't need all the latest bells and whistles.

I've seen $3-$500 hearing aids, but one problem is that I need them to be waterproof because I know I can't remember to take them out each time I get in the water. I'm just not that consistently conscious with the requirement of daily life.

Any tips?

Redwood lumber at Goodman Building Supply in Mill Valley, Calif.


via Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/p/BBilt6hgMnN/
Went there a few days ago, made me realize how much I miss building. The smell, texture, colors make me want to put on my tool belt.

Tiny Log Cabin in Southern Poland

"This tiny log cabin provides a snug and romantic retreat for couples. The compact cabin is part of an inn on the outskirts of Czerwienne, a village in southern Poland. Unobstructed views over fields and forests to the Tatra Mountains can be enjoyed from the cabin’s front deck.

The cabin is very tiny, as in tiny-house-on-wheels tiny. The ground floor has only a small sitting room and a three-piece bathroom, while overhead is a sleeping loft just big enough to fit a futon bed. There is no real kitchen, just a mini fridge and microwave in one corner, but guests have access to a shared kitchen in the inn’s main building. If someone did want to live full-time in the cabin, a small kitchenette could probably be squeezed in against the bathroom wall.

A small woodstove provides the required cozy cabin ambiance, but there is also the luxury of a heated stone floor in the bathroom, as well as a jetted shower. Aside from the bathroom floor and the protection for the woodstove, the cabin’s walls, ceiling and floors are all finished in rustic pine boards.…"
http://smallhousebliss.com/2015/12/10/mietowa-gorka-tiny-log-cabin/
You can rent it for $36 per night: https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/4711612
Sent in by Anonymous

Scarecrow With Attitude

On Mark and Meg's NorCal homestead