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Back to Book Production

My trip to Scotland was an overwhelmingly wonderful experience. 30 days of people who were friendly, cheerful, and helpful—civilized society!
I shot maybe 1000 photographs, with three different cameras. I posted (mostly photos) on Instagram and this blog almost every day. I could do a book on this trip, but the reality, the priority right now, is to get our new book, Small Homes, finished.
So I will be posting less for a while, and certainly not posting daily.
I had an epiphany, as they say, yesterday: I can reach a lot more people by turning out books than I can by posting things on my blog or via Instagram—at least with my present internet followers (about 500 people a day).
Plus the feedback from our books is phenomenal. Just about daily: people inspired, lives changed, abilities discovered.
I want to get this book finished and then try to get one new book published each year (instead of one book every 2-3 years, as now).
I'm thinking of three possibilities for the book after this one:
Trips I've taken over the past 40 years, with photos and text. Readers can ride shotgun with me.
• My favorite builders: about six or seven of them, describing not only their work, but their personalities. I just love all these guys.
Barns: a scrapbook of my photos over the years and reference to the many (not well-known) books I've accumulated on barns; we have over 3 feet of barn books in our shelves.

So it's back to book making for me. I'm really excited by this new one. I'm gonna get oan wi it.

Check out http://www.theshelterblog.com/ for daily postings on building, homesteading, gardening, carpentry. tiny homes, small homes, and the like.

Stone Cottage Overlooking Sea On Scottish Island

Everything here is perfect. It's one of the buildings where I just say to myself, oh yeah!
The rounded, angled-out corners, the  proportions, the deep wall openings, the red roof.
According to an historical account which I read, some 14 farm families were forced to leave their land by landlords in the mid-1800s, and resettled on a more remote and less fertile part of the island. This is one of the dwellings; in its day, it would have had a thatched roof.
And with this I conclude posts from Scotland. I'm back in the saddle at home and back at work on Small Homes.

$4,000 Bottle of Whisky in Shop Yesterday


Rotunda at National Museum of Scotland


Celts -- Exhibit at National Museum of Scotland

This is a stunning exhibit in Edinburgh.

"Go on a quest through the ages in search of the identity of the Celts, at the latest blockbuster exhibition at the National Museum of Scotland.

The first major exhibition on the subject for over 40 years, Celts is produced in collaboration with the British Museum and features over 350 objects from both museums’ collections, as well as other important pieces from across Europe.

Foremost amongst these is the spectacular Gundestrup Cauldron, a richly-decorated vessel made from silver and found in a peat bog in Denmark. Now reconstructed, its surfaces are alive with wonderful detail, providing us with a glimpse of the gods, rituals and lives of the people who made it. Other objects serve a similar purpose: ranging from reconstructed chariots and carnyx war trumpets to opulent gold torcs and decorative objects. Each piece resonates with a beguiling sense of intrigue, allowing visitors to this well laid-out exhibition to draw their own conclusions about the true nature of the identity of the Celtic people.…  "
http://www.edinburghspotlight.com/2016/03/exhibition-celts-national-museum-of-scotland/

Edinburgh vinyl


Building in Glasgow


Pastry in Edinburgh window


When it rains…


Crazy day in Edinburgh yesterday. Soccer fans throughout city, celebrating, drinking, then whammo, skies opened up and it must have rained 2" in an hour. We huddled under an umbrella and in doorways for half an hour.

Go to the post page…


On the walls of the Lock Lomond Inn. Titled "Susie's Castle"

Mony a mickle maks a muckle



OK, so I am prone to over-enthusiasm, but  I can't travel in this magical country any more without singing its praises.
Grass/sheep/green/water/rain/sun/air/wind/whisky/ocean/trains/ferries/views/masonry/lochs…
And the people. I still can't believe their good-naturedness, helpfulness, humor. I've never experienced such good vibes. Why are they so happy? Everyone, I mean everyone, asks where we've been, where we're going,  how do we like Scotland, do we need help in finding an address? Guys I've met in pubs have turned me on to non-tourist places. Smiles are contagious.

Glasgow/Edinburgh

Glasgow is meaty, hearty, deep, vibrant. It's a kick-ass city.

Edinburgh is more refined, elegant, serene. What a duo of cities! 42 miles apart.

Admittedly these conclusions are from a traveller, just jump-the-gun, off-the-top impressions. But I just love these 2 cities.

Come See Us at the Maker Faire This Weekend (May 21–22)

My son, Evan, will be hosting the Shelter booth at the Maker Faire in San Mateo this weekend selling books at a discounted price. Come on by and check out the booth.

Maker Faire Info: www.makerfaire.com/…