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1st Day in Edinburgh

I shot about 150 photos in this wonderful city yesterday. This is at the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, where we spent about 2 hours with our friend/guide Diana Sykes, marveling at the botanical wonders of the natural world, tended by master gardeners with skill and love.

And the people! It's like stepping into an alternate universe. People are so friendly and jolly, helpful and sincere. Good vibes everywhere.

Today we took the train from Glasgow, and are now in the fishing village of Mallaig. I just had the best fish and chips in my life, along with a dark beer from Skye Island. Tomorrow we take the ferry to the small island of Eigg, where we'll spend a week in a small cabin.

I'll try to post more when I can.

Norwegian Surfers Build Beach Shack Out of Marine Litter

Hi Lloyd,
Thought you might like this for the blog.
 Rick Coven
American Solar Corporation
Builder Services
Sausalito, CA 94965
Photo: Tim Nunn
Story: Jason Lock
"Inge Wegge and Jørn Ranum built and then spent a winter living in this remote cabin, surfing frigid Norwegian waves at a secluded beach miles away from civilization. Bliss. During that winter they cleared up more than three tonnes of marine litter from that beach and what they couldn't use, they stored away – in case they needed to repurpose it later on down the line. …

(They)… built it out of trash and driftwood they found on the beach and lived in it for a whole winter. That winter they cleared over three tonnes of rubbish. This is a little vignette of their home. It's epic.…"

Art at SF airport, waiting to take off (Virgin Atlantic) for Edinburgh

Northern California Indian Basket

The Marin Museum of the American Indian (in Novato, Calif.) has an extensive basket collection (not now on display). Here is one of them.

Karuk tribe, Northwest California.
Twined open rim; beargrass
Alder dyed with black fern stems.

Beautiful twinned base shown in lower photo.

Info supplied by Coleen Hicks

Rain, clouds, sun, reflection, dispersion into spectrum of light = #rainbow earlier tonight

Sunset at sink tonight

Rain has stopped. Light beautiful, air sweet, neg. ions, #chi flowing...

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Friday Morning Fish Fry*

*So titled after San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen's Friday columns, called "Friday Fish Fry;" Herb was master of 3-dot stories...

Water It's raining this morning,
Praise the Universe.
We're up to 28" this year, more or less normal. Our well is working again. We've installed a 5000-gallon storage tank which collects water off neighbors' roof. The California hills are an almost chartreuse green. Creeks are running.

Scotland Ho! We're off
There is a festival of architecture in Scotland now, sponsored by the Fife Contemporary Arts Center. It's called "Shelters," and features an entire room exhibiting our work, with photo and page blowups, and our building books. It's open now at the Kircaldy Galleries (about 12 miles north of Edinburgh), on the east coast of Scotland) and runs through June 5, 2016. I'll be doing a slide show presentation on May 10th, at Kircaldy Galleries, titled "50 Years of Natural Building," chronicling our building books from Shelter in 1973 up to the present.

We're leaving Tuesday via Virgin Atlantic. On Saturday, we're taking a ferry to the tiny island of Eigg.
"Eigg (/ɛɡ/; Scottish Gaelic: Eige, [ˈekʲə] ( listen)) is one of the Small Isles, in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. It lies to the south of the Skye and to the north of the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Eigg is 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) long from north to south, and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east to west. With an area of 12 square miles (31 km2), it is the second largest of the Small Isles after Rùm. Notably, Eigg generates virtually 100% of its electricity using renewable energy.…" -Wikipedia

Our hosts have arranged for us to spend a week in "Sweeney's Bothy," a tiny home looking down to the sea. Am I excited!

There are about 80 people on the island, there are kayak and mountain bike rentals, sheep, there are a couple of restaurants, the Whale's Head Community Pub, and I am sure, plenty of kindred spirits. Yes!

I'll be Instagraming and blogging, so stay tuned and ride shotgun with us during the month of May.

Social Media I'm doing less blogging and more Instagraming these days. Less writing, more photos. I like the immediacy of Instagram, still learning the techniques (don't like the square format), trying to figure out how to use hash tags and get more followers…Check out our new Tumblr presentation of large beautiful photos: http://shelterpub.tumblr.com and http://shelterpub.tumblr.com/archive, set up by Sean Hellfritsch and now managed by Brittany Cole Bush…Check out The Shelter Blog, http://www.theshelterblog.com/, managed by Evan Kahn, and improving daily, with an ever-increasing flow of original material…we continue working on the digital side of our communications…while producing real life hold-in-yr-hands books…

Small Homes, the book We are 3/4 through with layout…about 154 pages so far and counting…Rick will be doing Photoshop work while I'm gone and then we'll hit it again in June…this is shaping up to be a great book, I kid you not. You can see some sneak previews at: http://www.theshelterblog.com/?s=sneak+preview 

A gude beginning maks a gude ending. (Scottish proverb)

Its raining right now. Just shot this in garden outside the office.

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India’s First Female Surfer Rides Past Social Boundaries

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "<http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2015/06/women-skateboarders-in-afghanistan.html>Women Skateboarders in Afghanistan":

"Ishita Malaviya and her boyfriend, Tushar Pathiyan, sold many of their belongings to buy a surfboard together. They had no idea how to surf, but after a lot tossing around in the waves and coming back to shore bruised and beaten, they learned. And Malaviya became India’s first female surfer."

Morning #rose

Just brought over by a neighbor.

Weird small home in Berkeley

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Nice small home in Berkeley

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For da people of Berkeley

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Lagoon early morning glass and reflección rojo

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The "Voodoo Lily" — Dracunculus Vulgaris in our garden

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This plant smells like rotting flesh—all the better to attract insects that will pollinate it.

"The Voyage of the Cormorant" by Christian Beamish

"Christian Beamish built a boat in his garage and set off to find surf along the coast of Baja. He tells of his adventures in Patagonia's The Voyage of the Cormorant and the reader finds out what happens when vision meets reality."
"A full moon rose over the arroyos, the desert held a pinkish glow, and stars shone down like a compliment in a million points of light all across the water. I sailed along, swaddled against the cold in a parka and outer shell, drifting in my thoughts deep into the night. Eventually, the wind fell away, and the ocean settled into a broad, glassy sheet. I smelled the clean desert scrub on the suddenly warmer air. The lines and sails and my outer jacket seemed to crackle in the dryness.

I knew that this was all the warning I would get.

Lashing the tiller in place with a bungee, I scrambled forward and dropped the main sail. Not one minute later, I saw and heard the wind line across the water behind, roaring down and tearing at the surface like a swarm of locust: the dreaded Norte. People call it the devil wind because of the fires it breathes to life and, I suppose, for the madness too. It is a terrible, mindless thing.…"

From Stephen Bryne

Hummingbird Skulls

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For a couple of years, I've had 2 hummingbirds that got trapped in the greenhouse and died. They were kinda mummified. Recently they disintegrated. I put the skulls in strong hydrogen peroxide and voila!

Aerodynamic Camper Shell

Saks Fifth Avenue window display San Francisco this morning

BMW electric car charging up at Union Square Garage, San Francisco

185-foot tall Tower Built by Anchorage Lawyer

"Anchorage attorney Phil Weidner calls his structure 'The Goose Creek Tower,' because it sits near the confluence of Goose Creek and the Big Susitna River. He got the idea for the tower almost two decades ago and started construction in the late-90s.
Weidner says he took a break from the project that lasted 15 years but is ready to start again. 'It’s meant to be a home, also an observatory,' Weidner said. 'I plan to eventually put a telescope in the top of it. Also, probably a ham radio station and call it Radio Free Goose Creek, and broadcast appropriate information to the world.'
The tower is 185 feet high with unfinished metal decks that wrap around almost every story. It’s natural wood and more than 60,000 pounds of steel. Weidner says the major construction is finished, including electrical and plumbing, but interior work is still needed. He figures it could be another three years before it’s completed…"
Story by Lauren Maxwell/Photojournalist John Thain
Great Vimeo recently posted: http://www.neatorama.com/2016/04/09/Welcome-To-Goose-Creek-Tower/
Sent us by Jon Kalish

Tiny House Built of Recycled Materials in England

Hi there,
My Dad was featured in one of Lloyds books, Tiny Homes, for building the wooden yurt Big Sky Retreat.
Recently he has been building another cabin called Big Sky Lookout, which is smaller than the yurt, but still made up of reused and recycled stuff. I made a short film following his progress along the way.
Many thanks,
Red Evans

#flower, bumblebee this afternoon

Bob Dylan/Mavis Staples: Gonna Change my Way of Thinking

Heard this on "Outlaw Country" on Sirius radio today. Wow! How did I ever miss this? 2003. She's calling him Bobby…

Fine Old Homes Being Shipped on Barges From Canada to US

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "Fine Tiny Home":

I am glad these homes are being loved and used instead of trashed.
I am glad these folks will have a home.
Still and all
It seems bizarre to me...

Venerable B.C. homes shipped by barge to U.S. and offered as cheap housing:

The community is losing its old country charm, its heart and soul. Many of them are shipped south to Washington state, where people appreciate their hand-nailed craftsmanship and character. Oak Bay’s early 20th-century dwellings are being floated on barges to San Juan Island, where they’re offered to folks stuck in affordable housing jams.

A local charity, the San Juan Community Home Trust, is happy to take the aged Oak Bay beauties. Since making a “little field trip” to the district in 2014 and finding a treasure trove, trust officials have snatched a few Oak Bay abodes. It plans to take five more this year:

#thaipeppers from greenhouse

So true…


#rockbalancing on Google: http://bit.ly/1UO5hsl

Hayes Carll - KMAG YO YO


#tinyhouse on trailer, Petaluma, Calif. Nice proportions. #tinyhouseonwheels

#rockbalancing at the beach Tuesday night

Sustainable Forests and Backwoods Cabins in New Brunswick

Dear Shelter Publications,

First of all, thank you- I love your work.  The influence that the Shelter Publications team have had on my life is indescribable, to say the least.  I am a 30 year old designer/ builder/artist born and raised in the only bilingual province of Canada, New Brunswick.

Sake of the Song - Hayes Carll


Healing Broken Bones and Other Serious Injuries (Attention Especially Skateboarders, Snowboarders)

In the course of recovering from a fractured wrist, I discovered the following modalities. I'm listing them here without going into detail. Since not a lot of people have broken bones (or other injuries), the bulk of this post is on the next page.

Ruth's Paper Maché Tiny Home

Ruth Kneass decorated this little model and brought it to my exhibit of driftwood beach shack photos on Saturday. It was filled with marzipan cookies.

In the background is one of the photos in the exhibit.