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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/…

Old Stone Cottage in Scottish Highlands

Stone Home, Colorful Garden in Oban, Scotland

Rock Piles in Scottish Highlands

There were maybe 100 of these, some serving as memorials to people or pets.

How did the hipster burn her mouth?

She drank her coffee before it was cool.
(Sign in Glasgow coffee shop window)

Giant Water Lillies at Edinburgh Botanical Gardens

Victoria Longwood Hybrid -- Maybe 3 feet diameter here.

Master Stone Masons of Edinburgh

Distorted by wide angle lens (was close quarters), but you can see the wonderful design and masonry of this complex. Everywhere in Edinburgh and Glasgow (and the countryside), there is excellent masonry.

O ye'll take the high road, and I'll take the low road…

Yesterday on our way south to Glasgow we (unexpectedly) found ourselves driving along the west side of Loch Lomond and I can understand why it's so well known. A pristine body of water, with trees all around it, some kinda magic going on fer shure. We stopped at a lochside hotel and had one of the best renditions of fish and chips ever plus a bottle of Loch Lomond Silkie Stout. Fortified by the stout, I jumped in the water -- about 8 strokes and out. Cold! maybe 48 degrees F. But I follow an MO of getting immersed in its waters wherever I am to connect with the land. It always works! Then on into Glasgow, following the Garmin GPR to a Travelodge hotel in Glasgow central.

Last night we had a fabulous Italian dinner with Lesley's cousin and husband at Fratelli Sarti on Bath Street, preceded by a couple of shots of Laphroid single malt whisky (Colin and me, that is) at the Butterfly and Pig bar, fine establishment.

I started out with leftside driving pretty shakily, it took several days for my brain to make the switch. And the roundabouts! Jesus, stress-city. Finally, I'm getting into it. Give way to cars on the right. My navigator informs me that leftside driving originated with duels on horseback, where lances were held with the right hand.

I don't know how I missed Scotland over all these years of European exploration (starting with a 3-month Lambretta motorscooter/youth hostel trip in 1957-58). I'm overwhelmed by both the beauty of this land and the good-naturedness of the Scots. I think it's possible that people who live in beautiful surroundings are happy and friendly. Hundreds of encounters, totally good vibes. If people see you looking around in the cities, they ask if they can help. And I'm gonna miss the brogue a wee bit when I get home.

Animal shelter and pen in recreated 1700s township at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, Scotland

Building at Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, Scotland

Stone Cabin on Scottish Isle

Nicely proportioned.

Anonymous stonework on Highway A82, south of Glenco Mountain this morning. It''s solid, no openings.

Deek Spreads Tiny Homes Word in Iceland

From my pal Deek Diedrickson, of Relaxshacks fame:

I brought the remaining copies of your mini book with me to randomly hide in Reykjavik, Iceland, figuring it'd be fun for people to randomly stumble upon them. Three of them are hidden in dry, but semi-visible places around the city- just for fun..... free for the taking by whoever...... 

Vintage steam engine, Highland Folk Museum, Newtonmore, Scotland

Interior of Recreated Barn at Building Museum

This is one of the buildings in a recreated 1700s township at the Highland Folk Museum in Newtonmore, Scotland. It started to rain just as we got there, but then the rain stopped. We spent about 2 hours there; I shot a LOT of photos.

The wattle walls facilitated drying of barley and oats. Opposing barn doors took advantage of cross drafts to winnow (separate chaff from) grain.

Tiny Homes on the Move Featured in The Mother Earth News

There's a 5-page article with 13 photos based on our book in the new (June/July) issue: http://www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/tiny-homes/tiny-home-ideas-for-home-on-wheels-zm0z16jjzqui.aspx