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Lloyd's Blog 2014-11-03 11:30:00
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Michael "Bug" Deakin grew up in British Columbia, one of 10 kids in the family. He built his first house in 1970 out of used materials and these days runs Heritage Salvage, a large yard in Petaluma, Calif., filled with hand-hewed beams, flooring, barn doors, and all kinds of salvaged building materials. I love roaming around his yard. There are treasures …
Lloyd's Blog 2014-10-30 10:30:00
This was in San Francisco, out by the beach. I thought it had integrity.
Lloyd's Blog 2014-10-29 10:30:00
Brown Sugar by Little Richard on GroovesharkNever heard this before. The whoooos are still tremulating here. Not sure of date -- '71?Some years ago, Little Richard was called upon to introduce Paul McCartney at I believe, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. At that point, I don't believe L.R. had been inducted. I was watching it on TV and was surprised …
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-30 21:22:00
I like the proportions here.
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-30 21:18:00
Duncan (just south of Nanaimo) is another pretty good-feeling town. For one thing, the town has commissioned a bunch of authentic First Nations art. This one was carved by Richard Hunt, son of famed carver Henry Hunt.The 3 animals represented here are (from the top): frog, bear, beaver.The art of First Nations tribes is still very much alive in Canada.
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-30 21:04:00
I'm always drawn to abandoned buildings. If the foundation isn't rotten, you're halfway there. If the foundation is rotten (as it looks here), it's a question of whether the framing is sound enough to merit jacking it up and pouring a new foundation.I'm here at the Vancouver airport, with a few hours to kill, thus these posts?
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-30 20:56:00
A few photos yesterday in Ladysmith, a nice little town south of Nanaimo on the east coast of Vancouver Island. Cumberland is another such nearby town. There are houses for sale for under 200K. Old mining towns. Small homes built for workers that have the appeal and aesthetics of simplicity. (The above isn't one of those homes, it just seemed seemed …
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-30 04:46:00
Once it starts, hit the full screen icon (to left of "Vimeo") and crank up the sound.From Godfrey Stephens
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Pacific Coastal Airlines Beechcraft 1900C, for the short hop from Vancouver to Victoria 2 days ago. You have to crouch to get down aisle. Just one other passenger. It was great to see this water wonderland of two cities from the air.
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-26 02:34:00
It's hanging from ceiling, it's maybe 8' long, 6' wingspan. A cartoon in 3D.
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-24 16:36:00
300 people showed up for my slide show/book signing at the Vancouver Public Library Monday night, and they had to turn others away due to fire marshal regulations. It was the biggest and best crowd I've ever had. Lively discussion, total rapport. I signed a ton of books.Vancouver is a 10-star city (along with San Francisco, Hong Kong, and -- Victoria.I …
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-21 18:00:00
It's a glittering Sunday morning in Vancouver. I SO lucked out in the hotel department. The 901 Beach Hotel, I found on internet, sounded good, turned out to be a few hundred yards from the water in this section of Vancouver (West End, Yaletown, Gastown) that is almost an island; 90% of the perimeter of this area water-surrounded. Totally kayakable (and …
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-13 15:48:00
Some random pics from the Faire yesterday. It's an absolutely wonderful event. I'm finding a ton of interesting things here. For anyone interested in building, farming, homesteading, doing stuff for selves, there are countless items, ideas, demonstrations, lots of speakers on a variety of subjects.I had 2-300 people at my Tiny Homes on the Move event yesterday. Biggest crowd I've ever …
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-12 15:09:00
Got into Pittsburgh on the redeye yesterday -- no sleep -- can't ever sleep on planes, even with 3 seats. Picked up rental car, drove out to Seven Springs mountain resort, where I checked into the hotel/ski lodge for The Mother Earth News Faire. On the way to my room I asked the housekeeper about barns in the area. Well, she …
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-12 13:57:00
Pre-blogosphere, these newsletters were my sole form of "instant" communication. They're a lot less frequent these days, but I still send them out -- for one thing, they reach people who don't look at my blog.. Right now there are about 600 people on the mailing list. We also post them on Shelter's website; here's the latest: http://www.shelterpub.com/_gimme/_2014-09-11/gimme_shelter-2014-09-11.html
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-09 17:45:00
Blog Posts I just did 2 posts for our new blog -- they'll be up within a week -- http://www.theshelterblog.com/, as I transition to a different blogging mode. Not as much stuff as this (although I can't resist blabbing now and then). More material on building, the home arts, gardening, farming. Especially building.I feel like I have a lot to communicate …
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-09 10:30:00
I got a robot phone call last night (around dinner time, of course): "Hello, this is not a solicitation, this is about your septic system?"The object was to sell homeowners on additives that will "?improve septic tank digestion of solids."Don't fall for this scam. Below is what we wrote in Septic Systems Owner's Manual (There are 5 complete chapters from the book …
Lloyd's Blog 2014-09-08 20:57:00
By Carla SinclairClick here.