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The Little Red (Trim) Schoolhouse

I've been shooting photos of this little building along Highway One for years. It now looks about ready to fold.

Two Young English Artists Leave the City and Explore the World in a Van

Check out this great adventure! With great photos!
                                        -LK
www.makingitupaswegoalong.com
Dear The Shelter Blog :)
We are two artists from the UK who in July last year left the busy London life behind us to live in and to explore Europe and beyond. After graduating from Camberwell College of Arts with degrees in Fine Art in 2013, we moved out of our flat in London and traded the flat keys for a set of van keys, which we converted into our new home.
Our aim is to volunteer with projects around Europe, in order to gain experience in natural building and ecological living. We're trying to discover ways of living that aren't dominated by money and capitalism, where value is put upon gift and exchange to deepen inter-personal connection and equality. We spend 90% of our time doing work-exchange projects, having fabulously rich experiences in different cultures, communities, natural building and self-sufficient living, exchanging our help for food and living space. We create objects from recycled materials and waste plastic from the beach that we sell on a pay-what-you-can-afford basis. Holly is also a qualified Yoga teacher, teaching classes where she can (also pay-what-you-can-afford). We try to live simply, to explore, experience and to gain a greater connection with communities and the natural world.
Using the inspiration and knowledge we've gained from our journeys, we hope to build a hand-built space, using natural and recycled materials, for yoga and creativity, with particular emphasis on providing for those with learning difficulties or disabilities and/or past trauma.
We collate photography and short stories/descriptive writing online on our website: 
Right now we're getting together our documentation of some of the methods of living a more sustainable life adopted by the families/eco-communities we've worked with throughout Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.

We're eager to share our journey, in the hope that it might inspire others to consider alternative ways of living, and to get connected with others interested in doing similar... So we're wondering whether you would consider featuring us on your (very inspiring) Shelter blog?
Best wishes and hope to hear from you :)
Holly & Angus

Twin Victorian Homes in Fort Bragg


I was shooting photos of the old one and Louie said, Hey, the one across the street is identical. Sure enough. Twins. On the ocean side of the highway in Fort Bragg.

Coastal Panorama at Sunset

This morning I'm at Trink's, a fabulous breakfast/lunch/latte/homemade pies/good wi-fi cafe in the town of Gualala. Light blue sunny sky with wisps of high clouds. I sort of have roots on this part of the coast: my dad and his family used to camp at an abandoned lumber mill on the Gualala river in the early 1900s, and go fishing.
Yesterday Louie and I headed north to Queenie's for pumpkin/pecan waffles w/ whipped cream breakfast, then wandered around in Mendocino, then explored Fort Bragg, which hasn't yet succumbed to cloying cuteseyness (as has Mendocino).
I'm heading home now, just picked up a freshly-killed grey fox on the road, going to skin him, along with another fox (brought me by a friend) in my freezer. I end up with a beautiful skin, and a (usually) perfect skull.
I'll put up a few photos from this 3-day trip before heading south…

Doggie Diners

Doggie Diners were hot dog/hamburger stands in San Francisco in the '50s, known for their 7' high revolving fiberglass heads of a perky dachshund. Someone has apparently salvaged and repainted these three.
Melinda Koustousov shot this photo of them, mounted on a flatbed truck in the Mission district last weekend.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doggie_Diner
http://doggiediner.com/

Small Home in San Francisco

I've often found that homes that appear quite simple on the outside are lovely inside. Also that in my experience, men tend to think of how a building looks on the exterior, whereas women tend to judge a home by the interior space and  the life that can be conducted within. That's an observation from decades of observing both men and women and their ideas of what makes for a desirable home.

Driftwood Architecture on Coast Today

In keeping with the Brotherhood of Beach Builders: no nails.

On the Coast Today

Left at 5:30 AM, made about 12 photo stops, got to Gualala at 9 -- 3-1/2 hours travel time, from pitch black to blue-sky/blue ocean morning sun.
Three planets are lined up in pre-dawn skies right now, about 4-6:30 AM in these parts. Power girl Venus, Jupiter, Mars.
After breakfast, Louie and I took a long walk on the Guala beach.









Good Architecture in San Francisco

Shot out by the beach last week.

Skeleton from Walgreen's

I've always wanted one of these. Amazed to see it for $39.95 at Walgreen's. Plastic, with metal pins at shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee, and ankle joints.

A Face in The Republic of Congo


Just caught this in passing last week on local PBS station, KQED, didn't get gist of story, but was struck by the beauty of this face. It was a story on the Congo, and I thought his name was Piomba…