Left: cabin from an old salmon boat hauled into the garden and used as an office to produce this wonderful blog of gardening, wild foods, fried zucchini flowers, strawberry jam, chickens, wild birds, frogs. Sweat equity to make your life richer.
Bill Castle, builder extraordinaire and creator of Pollywog Holler eco-resort, just sent me this photo of a welcome booth at the resort he madeout of an old 12' dia. TV dish antenna. See article on one of Bill's projects, "Build a Home for $10,000 in 10 Days!" by Chris McClellan in The Mother Earth News.
"The Swimming Cities of Serenissima is a fleet of handmade boats and a crew of artists traveling the Adriatic Sea from Slovenia to Venice this May and June, 2009. We made art boats from junk and will be performing the dreamy story of a drifting metropolis during the Venice Biennale, a celebrated contemporary art exhibition.…"
This 1915 wood frame home in Berkeley, California was designed by Henry Gutterson, a prominent Arts and Crafts-era architect. It has paneled redwood walls and a cathedral ceiling with carved crossbeams. It's for sale for 1.6 mil, featured in the San Francisco Chronicle recently. Berkeley and Oakland are full of wonderful old (not all this exquisite and expensive) houses. You only have to drive up and down the streets to see them. Gutterson was one of the turn-of-the century architects (including the wonderful Bernard Maybeck, with whom he worked) who veered away from gaudy Victorian architecture and established the Bay Area Arts and Crafts style.
Don't put it off any longer. Get those chickens now! You'll never go back to store eggs. This little chicken coop has 3 nests and is suitable for 6-8 chickens. It's fully assembled and costs $1295 in the east and $1895 in the west. (You can also build it yrslf.) Made by Horizon Structures in Atglen, PA. They also sell pre-assembled barns, storage sheds and carports. And, if you're starting out with chickens, you can get baby chicks in the mail from Murray McMurray Hatchery in Webster City, Iowa. We've been getting chicks from them for 30 years; they have wonderful birds and are great to deal with. Order their (hard copy) catalog. It's something to pore over. We now have 15 bantam chickens.