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Sunny Morning Latte Wi-Fi Coastal Organics Co-op Cafe in Pt. Arena

Here's my hangout at Louie's.
These days I shoot pix continually with my Canon Powershot S-90, which is always on me in fanny pack. When I want to get serious, I use my Panasonic Lumix G1; the latter replaced my 5-lb trusty Canon 20D. It's half the weight. Much the way that the Olympus OM-1 replaced Nikons back in the '70s. The Lumix G1 is a wonderful camera.
It's Friday, we had a great breakfast at the Trink cafe here in Pt. Arena. Local eggs, hickory-smoked rough-cut bacon. Last night we had dinner at Bones, a "blues and brews" pub in Gualala. The place was packed. Huge menu. Smoked everything, every dish was good, a restaurant in its own "sweet spot in time" at this very moment. Dark ale from the nearby Eel River brewery, tasted like chocolate.

North Along the Coast, Fall Equinox, Full Moon

I got off at 3 this afternoon, sunny, windy day, brilliant blue sky, on the road to Louie's. Country music on radio. Tomales Bay murky, with windcaps.
I love getting out on the road. Best of all is going down a never-before travelled road. In a small riverside village in Laos a couple of years ago, I met a young Serbian guy who said he never goes back to the same place, it's always new roads, new places.


Driving along, I was thinking of the beauty of the physical world, like the bleached-out whale vertebrae on the beach last night, the windswept tree on the hillside (above), the seashells I've been collecting. I put one days' haul of shells in a flat bamboo basket and just looked at the patterns and the iridescence of the irregular-surfaced rock oysters. Lesley has made a lot of abalone necklaces -- the beautiful colors, the way abalone catches the light, prettier to me than diamonds.
Thinking about the tiny houses book that is unfolding. Different than I imagined. I knew the subject was hot, but oh, the material we've got! Everyone's with us on this -- photographers, builders, architects some), dwellers, road travellers -- the book's already alive.


When I got to Timber Cove, the reggae got good. Eek-A-Mouse, Yellowman. Reggae goes with Mendocino/Humboldt-land. I like the pop-out window on the house at left.
Met Louie down at the cove, shot below panorama at sunset. Had Lost Coast dark ale, clam chowder, now out in Louie's shop on the river, in an exquisite little round bedroom looking out on a meadow and redwoods. Will try to post this mañana...




The cove in Pt. Arena at sunset last night.

Treehouse in the Woods, Whale Bones on the Beach, Taking Off For SolFest


Spotted this treehouse in a canyon in Corte Madera yesterday, then on the way home, clambered down to a rocky beach where I'd heard there was a dead whale, and discovered these bleached-out whale bones.


I'm taking off to visit my friend Louie on the Mendocino Coast, then over to Ukiah for the solar energy conference, where I'll be giving a talk Saturday 9/25 at 1 PM, on "The Half-Acre Homestead in the 21st Century."
Jason Sussberg's  6-minute film on us got put up on Boing Boing, and I've had the biggest few days ever on the blog, now running 1200-1300 visitors per day.
http://www.boingboing.net/2010/09/20/video-profile-of-she.html

Upgrading Shanty Homes in Western India

Incremental Housing Strategy by Filipe Balestra and Sara Göranssonv in Pune, India
"Architects Filipe Balestra and Sara Göransson have developed a strategy to develop informal slums into permanent urban districts through a process of gradual improvement to existing dwellings instead of demolition and rebuilding.…"
"The strategy strengthens the informal and aims to accelerate the legalization of the homes of the urban poor. The communities are asked to engage with the construction process to customize each house, i.e. each family will paint the house the color they want. After all, who knows better than the people themselves how do they want to live?”
http://albertanorweg.blogspot.com/2009/05/incremental-housing-strategy-by-filipe.html
Sent us by Jim Macey

Chinese artist who makes sculptural clothing from broken crockery


From Boing Boing: "Li Xiaofeng is a Chinese artist who makes sculptural clothing from broken crockery. The results are lovely and apparently wearable. I don't know if they're dry-clean only or dishwasher-safe."
http://www.hongart.net/?option=art&collectionid=6&single=true

The Mad Man and the Medieval Castle

In the French countryside, a determined archaeologist builds his dream home, 13th-century style.
http://www.shelterpop.com/2010/09/08/medieval-castle-france-modern/?ncid=bannadusaolp00000044

$15 Chicken Coop from Salvaged Lumber

Joby Elliot's chicken coop is 3'x 8'x 5' high, built out of shelves torn out of the basement. See other useful-tools-made-from-scrap at his Urban Farm (Albuquerque, NM) blog): http://www.adrenaldesign.com/section/urban-farmhouse