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Windy Day Windsurfing

On my way north up the coast from Santa Cruz a few weeks ago, a full house of windsurfers at Waddell Creek. This would look best as a 3-4' mural. One of the many limitations of electronic as compared to the real thing. Sigh. Some day I'll do an exhibit of panoramas, grande size. I have tons…

Amarillo by Emmy Lou Harris

Amarillo by Emmy Lou Harris on Grooveshark

Sweet Little House in Richmond, California

Tiny homes are the rage now. Tons of media on the subject. From which we, of course, benefit with our book Tiny Homes (50,000+ copies sold in last year.)

But you know what? Much more realistic for someone who can't fit into 3-400 sq.ft. of living space, or who doesn't have a piece of land, and who has a full-time job, are the small fixer-uppers in not-so-stylish towns. In the San Francisco Bay Area, for example, forget SF, Berkeley, Alameda, Mill Valley, Sausalito, Palo Alto or even San Mateo, but check out Richmond, Hayward, El Cerrito, San Leandro—towns that are either rundown, but improving, or towns that are not hip and don't have B&Bs listed in Lonely Planet books.

There are 1000s and 1000s of little houses in towns that are not of the hip- or destination-persuasion , with backyards and neighborhoods that may be on an uptick. The crack houses have gone. The meth dealers have moved elsewhere. Home prices are WAY lower than the sought-after areas.

Just sayin…

US Cycling From a Dutch perspective

From Mike W

TreeHugger's Photo Pool

Photo by Tom Raftery
This is one of many great photos on Treehugger's Photo Pool:

If you don't already know about it, TreeHugger is a great website/blog.

Duct Tape Surfing

18 years ago a slight lapse in concentration crushed Pascale's dreams of surfing. With the help of a family friend and a roll of duct tape, she can now call herself a surfer.


-Mike W

David Shipway's Homemade Apple Press

David is a master builder living on an island in British Columbia. His work was featured in Builders of the Pacific Coast, and here is his description of an apple press he just built:

"Lloyd… Right now I'm building another apple press since there's a good crop on more trees around the island this year. The last one I built back in '76, damn near the first machine I ever made, and it made it through all those years and another zillion gallons of juice. This new one is same old three-legger, but slightly larger and with more foodsafe materials, so it should be at least a 50 year workhorse around somebody's homestead:

Today I drilled, rolled and riveted four 304 stainless bands for the barrel hoops, which will have rock maple staves thanks to a woodworker buddy from Ontario.

Tipi Village in Oregon

"Hi Lloyd, love the books and the blog! Do you know about "Tipi Village" near Ashland, Oregon? It's a semi-nomadic collective of tipi-dwelling families and individuals that has been around for almost 6 years. They live simply and lightly on the land, demonstrating that it is possible for modern humanity to return to a more traditional way of life.
   The tipis are made with hand-cranked sewing machines, for members to live in, or to sell to support the village. The "Big Lodge" is a 27 ft community tipi where friends and travelers can visit awhile, learn more about the tipi lifestyle, or perhaps consider if they might want to create their own tipi home and stay.