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1st Day in Edinburgh

I shot about 150 photos in this wonderful city yesterday. This is at the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens, where we spent about 2 hours with our friend/guide Diana Sykes, marveling at the botanical wonders of the natural world, tended by master gardeners with skill and love.

And the people! It's like stepping into an alternate universe. People are so friendly and jolly, helpful and sincere. Good vibes everywhere.

Today we took the train from Glasgow, and are now in the fishing village of Mallaig. I just had the best fish and chips in my life, along with a dark beer from Skye Island. Tomorrow we take the ferry to the small island of Eigg, where we'll spend a week in a small cabin.

I'll try to post more when I can.

Norwegian Surfers Build Beach Shack Out of Marine Litter

Hi Lloyd,
Thought you might like this for the blog.
 http://magicseaweed.com/news/take-a-look-around-the-surf-cabin-that-rubbish-built/8958/
 Rick Coven
American Solar Corporation
Builder Services
Sausalito, CA 94965
Photo: Tim Nunn
Story: Jason Lock
"Inge Wegge and Jørn Ranum built and then spent a winter living in this remote cabin, surfing frigid Norwegian waves at a secluded beach miles away from civilization. Bliss. During that winter they cleared up more than three tonnes of marine litter from that beach and what they couldn't use, they stored away – in case they needed to repurpose it later on down the line. …

(They)… built it out of trash and driftwood they found on the beach and lived in it for a whole winter. That winter they cleared over three tonnes of rubbish. This is a little vignette of their home. It's epic.…"

Art at SF airport, waiting to take off (Virgin Atlantic) for Scotland


Northern California Indian Basket

The Marin Museum of the American Indian (in Novato, Calif.) has an extensive basket collection (not now on display). Here is one of them.

Karuk tribe, Northwest California.
Twined open rim; beargrass
Alder dyed with black fern stems.

Beautiful twinned base shown in lower photo.

Info supplied by Coleen Hicks


Rain, clouds, sun, reflection, dispersion into spectrum of light = #rainbow earlier tonight


Sunset at sink tonight


Rain has stopped. Light beautiful, air sweet, neg. ions, #chi flowing...


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Friday Morning Fish Fry*

*So titled after San Francisco Chronicle columnist Herb Caen's Friday columns, called "Friday Fish Fry;" Herb was master of 3-dot stories...

Water It's raining this morning,
Praise the Universe.
We're up to 28" this year, more or less normal. Our well is working again. We've installed a 5000-gallon storage tank which collects water off neighbors' roof. The California hills are an almost chartreuse green. Creeks are running.

Scotland Ho! We're off
There is a festival of architecture in Scotland now, sponsored by the Fife Contemporary Arts Center. It's called "Shelters," and features an entire room exhibiting our work, with photo and page blowups, and our building books. It's open now at the Kircaldy Galleries (about 12 miles north of Edinburgh), on the east coast of Scotland) and runs through June 5, 2016. I'll be doing a slide show presentation on May 10th, at Kircaldy Galleries, titled "50 Years of Natural Building," chronicling our building books from Shelter in 1973 up to the present.

We're leaving Tuesday via Virgin Atlantic. On Saturday, we're taking a ferry to the tiny island of Eigg.
"Eigg (/ɛɡ/; Scottish Gaelic: Eige, [ˈekʲə] ( listen)) is one of the Small Isles, in the Scottish Inner Hebrides. It lies to the south of the Skye and to the north of the Ardnamurchan peninsula. Eigg is 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) long from north to south, and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) east to west. With an area of 12 square miles (31 km2), it is the second largest of the Small Isles after Rùm. Notably, Eigg generates virtually 100% of its electricity using renewable energy.…" -Wikipedia

Our hosts have arranged for us to spend a week in "Sweeney's Bothy," a tiny home looking down to the sea. Am I excited!











There are about 80 people on the island, there are kayak and mountain bike rentals, sheep, there are a couple of restaurants, the Whale's Head Community Pub, and I am sure, plenty of kindred spirits. Yes!

I'll be Instagraming and blogging, so stay tuned and ride shotgun with us during the month of May.

Social Media I'm doing less blogging and more Instagraming these days. Less writing, more photos. I like the immediacy of Instagram, still learning the techniques (don't like the square format), trying to figure out how to use hash tags and get more followers…Check out our new Tumblr presentation of large beautiful photos: http://shelterpub.tumblr.com and http://shelterpub.tumblr.com/archive, set up by Sean Hellfritsch and now managed by Brittany Cole Bush…Check out The Shelter Blog, http://www.theshelterblog.com/, managed by Evan Kahn, and improving daily, with an ever-increasing flow of original material…we continue working on the digital side of our communications…while producing real life hold-in-yr-hands books…

Small Homes, the book We are 3/4 through with layout…about 154 pages so far and counting…Rick will be doing Photoshop work while I'm gone and then we'll hit it again in June…this is shaping up to be a great book, I kid you not. You can see some sneak previews at: http://www.theshelterblog.com/?s=sneak+preview 

A gude beginning maks a gude ending. (Scottish proverb)

Its raining right now. Just shot this in garden outside the office.


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India’s First Female Surfer Rides Past Social Boundaries

Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "<http://lloydkahn-ongoing.blogspot.com/2015/06/women-skateboarders-in-afghanistan.html>Women Skateboarders in Afghanistan":

"Ishita Malaviya and her boyfriend, Tushar Pathiyan, sold many of their belongings to buy a surfboard together. They had no idea how to surf, but after a lot tossing around in the waves and coming back to shore bruised and beaten, they learned. And Malaviya became India’s first female surfer."

Morning #rose


Just brought over by a neighbor.

Weird small home in Berkeley


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Nice small home in Berkeley


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For da people of Berkeley


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