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My Exhibit of Driftwood Shacks

I did an exhibit of driftwood shacks on NorCal beaches last month at the Bolinas Museum. 26 photos from years of beachcombing. My friend Hans Frey shot this photo on opening day. I'm going to do a print-on-demand book on the subject as soon as I get the time. I have a lot of "content" that may work in this format. What I need these days is a clone.

Bruno's Hand-hewn Froe Mallet

Bruno Atkey, one of the major builders in Builders of the Pacific Coast, has been splitting cedar shakes for most of his life. He split the shakes for my 6-sided tower roof from driftwood logs (and his girlfriend Mecea drove them down here in a van). He's split cedar shakes, and even siding, in British Columbia for numerous homes over the years.

Godfrey Stephens sent us this photo of Bruno's latest mallet. (I use an old bowling pin.) In the background is one of Godfrey's paintings.

Here's a photo of a froe:

Hummingbird Rescue Operation This Morning

We discovered a hummingbird this morning in the kitchen office, huddled up and catatonic. It probably got in there last night and was unable to get out. I just read that hummingbirds have to consume their body weight in food (nectar and insects) each day and they have to stock up before nightfall to survive until the next day. When facing starvation, they are able to lower their body temperature.
This one was close to expiring and when we picked it up, it didn't move. We started feeding it sugar water and warmed it under a lightbulb. Pretty soon its tiny tongue flicked out and it started swallowing. Its eyes, which had been closed, opened. After maybe 5 minutes, it started moving its wings. Back from the dead. We took it outside and—zoom!—off it went into the highest birch tree—jubilation from the humanoids.
In these photos you can see it with its eye closed, and later, open.


Freezing blackberries on tray prior to freezing in bags (so they will not all stick together, and I can take out varying amounts for smoothies).


French-Canadian Family's Small Home in Quebec

Sophie and Marc's home will be in our next book, Small Homes. Here is a letter from them, with a link to a film of their family and home:

Dear Lloyd,
Marc and I were on tv radio-canada last night.
Our family philosophy, construction and lifestyle close to nature—10 min.
http://ici.radio-canada.ca/tele/remue-menage/2016/segments/reportage/8060/vivre-autrement-nature-simplicite?isAutoPlay=1
Have fun watching
Love to you
the quebec family
Sophie Belisle and Marc Boutin

Maine Builder Specializes in SMALL, not TINY Homes

Jim Bahoosh is a builder in Maine who specializes in small (500-900 sq. ft.) homes. His homes look really nice, and of the right size.

This of course coincides with our next book, now almost completed: Small Homes, which highlights some 70 builders and their small homes (400-1200 sq. ft.). It's due out in February, 2017.

Article on Jim: http://bangordailynews.com/2016/08/01/homestead/small-but-not-tiny-houses-right-size-for-many/

His website: http://www.jimbahooshbuilder.com/houses.shtml

Rock Balancing on NorCal Beach