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Living Roof Chicken Coop, Good Crop of Corn

Looks like the corn will just make it knee high by the 4th of July…a really good start for this cool a climate…

Jay's Customized Trailer

Last night I had a great crowd at Builders Booksource in Berkeley for a presentation on Tiny Homes on the Move. Two tiny homes were parked outside: Rick Auerbach's pickup truck road rig, and Jay Marlette's copper-roofed trailer, as shown here:
"Lloyd…As requested, here are some pics of the trailer. I made this trailer after I made the decision to drop my crazy mortgage and devote less time working and more time with my family and to enjoy projects like this one. So far we've taken it to Kanab Utah, Burning Man, Grass Valley, and other little trips. Its a 1976 Scamp and I went with a Vardo theme. The roof is wood, fiberglass, and copper anodized aluminum. The roof was designed to house a solar panel, a canopy and to function as a bike rack for two long cargo bikes. Friends and artists helped a lot with this.

Summer Springs Ranch Cabin, Idaho

This was posted today on our brand new blog. Click here: http://www.theshelterblog.com/

Creek Pool On Hot Day

Hot afternoon yesterday, I hiked along trails, down canyon to this secret (and deep) pool. Water maybe 50-52 degrees. (Sure ain't the tropics.)

Kayaks, Fishing, Clams, Crabs, Winds

Tuesday I drove up to Petaluma to look at a fishing kayak.* The hills have changed from green to dried-out golden, almost white in the bright sun. Lots of growth due to late rains, grasses waving in the afternoon wind…Speaking of which, we've had a week of early morning low tides, but also winds. Took my kayak across a local bay a few days ago, the wind was coming up. I thought about turning back, but it started dying down.
 No luck getting horsenecks, but I got a mess of cockles plus 2 nice rock crabs; good way to spend the morning…steamed cockles last night, but they wouldn't open after 15 minutes steaming, tough little fuckers, and steaming them this long made them tough…gotta figure this out, these aren't the compliant commercial clams you can buy…seaweed was thick on the beach, so loaded my truck up, it's getting rinsed and added to compost pile…just ordered a rod and spinning reel for stripers…my ongoing food-from-sea endeavors sure are fun, plus with the kayak, I'm getting a workout…
I'm sure I've mentioned it before, but check out http://www.monkeyfacenews.com/, Kirk Lombard's writings on fishing the Pacific Coast. Just found this video, go to 3:22 to see him catching a mess of herring to great music and with ayuda from a fellow fisherman…I'm goin' fishin too…
*I'm pretty well settled on a 12' Tarpon 120 by Wilderness Systems. It's another world from my 20-year-old 12' Scrambler by Ocean Kayak (which I'm gonna sell cheap). Having such a great boat will be an incentive to get out there often…also getting a sail (Wind Paddle Scout Sail) -- minimal, will only go downwind…

When you go your way and I go mine

Every so often Dylan just knocks me out. Jeez what a song. If you happen to be, uh, of this era, you know every nuance of this song. The harmonica. Every few years I get out Blonde on Blonde and revel in it. Well, I see you got your brand new leopard-skin pill-box hat…Where did this all come from? It stands up after all this time. A fine way to start this foggysunny morning…
Most Likely You Go Your Way and I'll Go Mine by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark

Solar Powered Tricycle

Solar and foot-powered vehicle. Pedal and stay in shape or use solar energy to power little motor. Expensive, but spiffy design.
More info here.

From David McClellan on Cortez Island, BC via Godfrey Stephens

Driftwood Shack, Seaweed

After about 20 years of running in the hills and on The Mountain, I've gone back to the beach. I can understand dolphins returning to the water from the land…each "workout" now an adventure…I'm shifting most of the building and gardening stuff on this blog over to:
and here I'll do more reporting on what I see out there in the universe…

I'm Doing Slide Show/Book Signing for Tiny Homes On the Move This Thursday (June 19th) in Berkeley

Here is an email this morning from Builders Booksource in Berkeley:

Tiny Homes on the Move, This Thursday! At 5:00 pm we will have a couple of Tiny Homes parked in front of the Store!
   Come check them out, have an early dinner or snack, and be ready for an entertaining evening!
Thursday, June 19th. 7 - 9 pm. Tiny Homes on the Move; Wheels and Water. With Lloyd Kahn. Pics, Presentation, Book Signing!
   There is room for a few more "Tiny Homes," don't be shy, if YOU are interested in showing off, give GEORGE a call: (510.845.6874). See you Thursday!
Builders Booksource,1817 4th St, Berkeley, CA 94710

The Shelter Blog (theshelterblog.com) is Alive!

Rick Gordon has built it and we've been tinkering with it for a few months, and finally it feels ready to go. Whereas my blog is all over the place, The Shelter Blog will focus on homes, building, carpentry, gardening, farming, foraging, fishing, homesteading and the home arts. Check it out here:

Note: it's theshelterblog.com, not shelterblog.com. You need the article the.

I'm really excited by this. It's as important — maybe in the long run more so — than one of our books. We have no competition here, since we have feedback from our 40 years publishing books on the subject of shelter. Plus we can share brand-new incoming photos and stories rather than wait years to get same into a book. It'll be complimentary to our books.

We guarantee at least one new post per day, hope to get multiple posts daily as we get rolling.