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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.
 http://magicseaweed.com/news/take-a-look-around-the-surf-cabin-that-rubbish-built/8958/
 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