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Montana Mansion!

"Hello, My boyfriend and I stumbled upon your book, Tiny Homes, and were so inspired by all the other tiny home dwellers around the world! We, too, have chosen to build ourselves a tiny home in the hills of Paradise Valley, Montana. We have lived here a whopping 4 weeks so far, battling the wind, snow and bitter cold, with nothing but a potbelly stove to warm us. But spring appears to be on the way! We're crossing our fingers! Anyway, here are a couple of photos for you. We have a lot of work to do still (we haven't even had a break in the weather to paint the exterior!), but we plan on being all buttoned up by mid-summer. I'd love to take and share more photos as we make progress! Our tiny house, 16x14, 224 sq ft with Emigrant Peak reflecting in the window. The view from our front door, Emigrant Peak elev 10,915ft It's nearing dark so the lighting isn't ideal for any interior photos. More to come! :)"

Kate & Sam, Emigrant, Montana...

Edith Refused $1 Million For Her Tiny Home in Seattle.

"In the corner between Northwest 46th Street and 15th Avenue, in Ballard, Seattle, wedged between a Trader Joe's and an LA Fitness, lies a little cottage. Surrounded by towering concrete walls on three sides, the hundred-year-old house belonged to late Edith Macefield, a stubborn old woman, who famously turned down $1 million in 2006 refusing to sell her home to make way for a commercial complex. In doing so, she became something of a folk hero cheered by Ballard residents who were tired of watching the blue-collar neighborhood disappear under condominiums and trendy restaurants. The publicity surrounding her case was so widespread that it forced the developers to build the five-storey building around her 108-year-old farmhouse. In 2009, Macefield’s iconic house became inspiration for the 2009 Pixar movie 'Up'.…"
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Tiny Houses Made Of Bamboo, Hiding Inside Abandoned Hong Kong Factories

"With more than 7 million people living within a little over 400 square miles, Hong Kong doesn’t have much space for new housing. It’s also an incredibly expensive place to live--so much so that the poorest residents often end up renting tiny, rundown “cage homes” that are only big enough for a bed. Architects from AFFECT-T now hope to help with a new set of modular bamboo homes that can be built as a mini-neighborhood inside old factories and other former industrial buildings.…"
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Go-Pro's View of Underwater Crab Pot

My son Evan put a Go Pro camera in a crab pot.

America’s New Generation of Farmers

"All across the country, young people who were not raised in agricultural environments are getting involved in sustainable food production. Aliza Eliazarov, a photographer who has long had an interest in environmental issues, decided to document the various manifestations of this movement in her series, 'Sustain.'…”
From Slate, click here.

Eagle owl in flight high speed camera AMAZING slow motion

I posted this a few years ago and notice the version on my blog got scrambled, so here it is again; full screen recommended:

Hong Kong’s Guerrilla Gardeners

“…'We call him the Mango King because he loves mangoes so much,' Leung says after we dodge an oncoming taxi. The Mango King is one of a growing number of urban farmers in Hong Kong, maximizing the city’s tight spaces to produce his own food. He currently grows sweet potatoes, 45 papaya trees, five mango trees, three banana trees, and two lychee trees on 700 square feet of land.

Hong Kong is one of the world’s most densely populated cities, famous for its skyscraper canyons and gritty, neon-lit streets. But most of its 1,100-square-kilometer territory is actually undeveloped—country parks alone account for more than half of the city’s land area. Instead of fostering a close connection between city-dwellers and nature, though, the opposite has happened: Hong Kong today is a city largely devoid of greenery, despite being surrounded by a spectacular procession of green mountains and craggy shorelines.…"
From Slate, click here.

Tiny houses help address nation's homeless problem

While tiny houses have been attractive for those wanting to downsize or simplify their lives for financial or environmental reasons, there's another population benefiting from the small-dwelling movement: the homeless. There's a growing effort across the nation from advocates and religious groups to build these compact buildings because they are cheaper than a traditional large-scale shelter, help the recipients socially because they are built in communal settings and are environmentally friendly due to their size.

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Still Down & Out...

What a revolt in' development, as Jimmy Durante used to say -- referring to my lamed-out state of health. ) I'm still pretty flat-out wasted and have decided to go home Wednesday rather than head to Kauai as planned. Sigh. One slight consolation is that it's been stormy and chilly here this week, so I wouldn't have been able to surf even if healthy…a couple of observations about Oahu: (1) There are really a lot of natives (non-Europeans) here. Unlike where I live and the natives (Miwok, Pomo, Ohlone) have been completely obliterated…(2) There is really a lot of surf (which I saw when I first got here); it's everywhere -- shore break, point break, cloud break…I'm gonna come back when I'm firing on all cylinders…my friend Tom has been a godsend, letting me stay at his place and recover. Been mostly sleeping for 5 days. OK, enough whining…

Tiny House movement is an Alternative to the McMansion Era

"At the Melleray Farmstead near Bear Creek in rural Chatham County, pine trees surround a field of garden beds, Icelandic sheep, chickens and ducks. On these 32 acres, the Byrne family lives in a 144-square-foot main cabin. They cook using propane in a nearby cabin of equal size. Since their cabins don't have electricity and running water, they use an outhouse..."

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Hobbit Hole in UK

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Down & Out in Paradise

Well, it all caught up with me. 2 totally sleepless nights in one week, too much travel, coffee, beer, and stress and I pretty much collapsed and have been sleeping for 4 days and still feel weak as a kitten. Dumb! Never miss the water til the well runs dry. Never realize how energy stores are depleted until the body shuts everything down.  Slowly recovering at my friend Tom's house here on the North Shore. I hope to be up and out there before long. Below: dollar bills pasted on surfboards at Breakers Restaurant in Haleiwa.