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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.

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


Small home in Berkeley


Music

Hayes Carll - Beaumont
https://youtu.be/r5hAhVadaPA

Hayes Carll KMAG YOYO
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Qy7fPGKCNU

Billie Holiday - PS I Love You
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i4txEtmKSeM

Billie Holiday: But Beautiful
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IeIdvL7Y13I

The Carter Family Vists Jimmie Rodgers in Kerrville, Texas
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNdYoTR_dkE

'Let Me Be Your Sidetrack' JIMMIE RODGERS (1931) Blues Guitar Legend
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fX74k1YYj1w

Clifford Gibson - Society Blues
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI8WVoTz564

Roots of Blues -- The Mississippi Sheiks "Sitting On Top Of The World"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqeW7-tmVU4

Mississippi Sheiks - I am the Devil
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN5m_s4NhnQ

JIMMY ROGERS - BLUE BIRD (FULL ALBUM)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=772FWz6QdZ4

The Jimmy Rogers All Stars - Blues Blues Blues - Non Stop Full Album - With Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger, Taj Mahal, Jimmy Page
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93qEZd4GQvo

Gotta Serve Somebody - Mavis Staples and Bob Dylan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXNVEAxBdAM

The Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir with guest vocalist and lead guitarist Jeff Lang (also with Ross Hannaford on guitar) perform Bob Dylan's Slow Train at the Port Fairy Folk Festival in March 2012
https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PL037EA172C6B05F57&v=cAKCcFFhigc

Gotta Serve Somebody - Melbourne Mass Gospel Choir with Suzannah Espie
https://www.youtube.com/embed/zzIovRHFBI4?list=PL037EA172C6B05F57

A Tribute To Jimmie Rodgers: Merle Haggard - Same Train Different Time (1995 CD Reissue)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZFHN-PjG9A

The Punch Brothers, Marcus Mumford sing "The Auld Triangle"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IfUiuLnFL1A

The Dubliners-"The Auld Triangle"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGTTcf4v0k


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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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Morning #rose


Just brought over by a neighbor.

Satirical Take on Tiny Houses

Dear Tiny House Hunters:
Boy howdy, those tiny houses sure do look cool. I’m with you on this. They’re like dollhouses that you get to live in. Everything is so neat, so compact, so pragmatic. Looking at your existing home or apartment, you start to think, LOOK AT ALL THIS WASTEFULNESS. Do I really need all that floor near my bed? What am I doing with it except walking on it in order to get into bed? Do I really need that much counter space? Yes, I have a bowl of fruit on the counter, but surely that’s an improper and extravagant misapplication of three-dimensional space. What if I could just store my fruit under the sink, or in a secret ceiling cubby hole, or in a quaintly hollow tree stump outside? Are hallways anything but just the middleman of architecture? Do I truly require this much oxygen? My own house suddenly feels bloated, like a gassy belly. It’s cluttered and chaotic and — I mean, is this a house, or is it the airless infinity of outer space? Right? Am I right? You are the tiny house hunters. Er, not that you yourselves are tiny — far from it, as some of you are quite large-sized, like many of us humans! No, no, the tininess is embodied in the houses you seek. These homes are magnificently small. Many are 200, 300 square feet — 400 max. You get a bedroom, a kitchen, a bathroom, maybe a living room or sitting area, but all those rooms are smooshed together, stacked on top of one another, or are merged into mutant aberrations (“WELCOME TO THE KITCHEN WHERE THE SINK IS YOUR SHOWER AND THE OVEN IS YOUR CLOTHES DRYER.”) It’s not an apartment. It’s like a regular house hit with a shrink ray.

Austerity sounds virtuous. And for some people, it is the thing that motivates them, it is a part of who they are. For the rest of us, not so much. Fad diets often ask you to sacrifice things to which you’ve grown accustomed — and often things your body actually needs — under the auspices of getting healthy. I WILL CLEANSE MY BODY WITH JUICE AND SPROUTED GRAIN you think, and then someone walks by you eating a hamburger and some precious thing inside you snaps and next thing you know you’re on the city bus killing and eating people.

Tiny house living will be like this. It’s good for some. Single people in particular — I mean, hey, they do it in New York (usually because they have to, though, not because they want to). But for the rest of us, while we may find some value in paring down and cutting the wheat from the chaff, a tiny house may be a bridge too far. No, we don’t need to live in 3,000 square feet, but we also don’t need to live in an airless, soul-crushing box. Many of us will find joy in having a little leg room when we’re sitting on a toilet, or having a place to put our stuff, or having a table at which we dine instead of standing around holding plates and staring at each other. Many of us like having separate rooms instead of BATHROOM-KITCHENS. It isn’t that romantic having a refrigerator that’s also a toilet, or a bed that’s also a bathtub.

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2016/04/05/an-open-letter-to-tiny-house-hunters/
From Rick Gordon

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.

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!

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

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.