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SMALL HOMES Book is off to Printers

We got the proofs back last week, and I almost cried when I went through it page by page. Sounds dumb, I know, but it was overwhelming to see all the pages, in collated order, full size, 4-color for the first time -- after a couple of years working on it. I'd only seen rather low-quality, reduced size printouts up until now. And you know what, it's ahem, a beautiful book.

People, home builders from all walks of life, a great variety of designs, materials, locales. It may very well be the most useful book we've ever done. Tiny homes are great for some people, but too small for most. Here are 65 or so homes in all, a cornucopia of ideas for people who can't afford high rents and bank mortgages, and want to build or remodel (or contract out) their own homes.

Check out the "sneak previews" on TheShelterBlog:
http://www.theshelterblog.com/?s=sneak+preview

Book due out April, 2017. More details to follow here.

I Really Love the Rain

We've had 1-1/4" already today. We're way beyond the last few years for this date. Everyone is worried that it could be like a few years ago, when we had a lot of rain through December, then practically nil the rest of the rainy season. But it feels like the low pressure systems are moving in regularly, not getting blocked by high pressure. May it continue. The soil in the woods is soaked, the fungi are lovin it.

I always think of this song when it's really raining: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u7YY-jQ0XU//

Another Toots song (look at these guys!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AnGyU6y46VE

Bernie Harberts and His Lost Sea Expedition Series

Bernie Harberts and his mule Polly were featured in the "On the Road" section of our book Tiny Homes.

"I’ve sailed alone around the world, traveled across America by mule (twice), pedaled a ten dollar bike around Tasmania and walked across Newfoundland with a mule. Most recently, I sailed a wood ketch from the Falkland Islands to South Georgia Island, off Antarctica. From there, we sailed 3 weeks across the iceberg laced Southern Ocean to South Africa.…

For the Lost Sea Expedition series, I traveled 14 months across America in a wagon. Just as I did in North Carolina, I explored things that are particular to an area. This time around, it was horse breakers, Lakota elders, sod hut dwellers, ghost towns and a vanished sea that caught my eye. I filmed the whole voyage myself – a first ever for a cross-country wagon voyage.…"
lostseaexpedition.com/