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Huevos Ranchero's at Queenie's Roadhouse Cafe

Highly recommended breakfast, lunch, in Elk, south of Mendocino on Highway One.  That's Louie and me last week.

In the Tube

Timber Framing in Maine

Jon Kalish sent us a link to an interview he did on timber framing in Maine, whih included this video.

Jon's interview at: http://www.wbur.org/hereandnow/2017/11/23/gardner-waldeier-house-raising 

Lesley's Open Studio

Lesley is having an open studio of her weaving (scarves, shawls, hats), quilts, and hand-spun wool over Thanksgiving weekend across the road from our home at 285 Dogwood Road. Info on all 19 Bolinas artists: www.coastalmarinartists.com. A couple of blocks down the road (165 Alder) is painter Dieter Tremp's studio.

Brielle, one year old. Mini-book of SMALL HOMES. At first she wouldn’t look at, then got fascinated. At Trinks excellent restaurant in Gualala

2-Story Driftwood Shack

On the road again
Heard about a 2-story driftwood shack at Navarro beach, road to beach closed because Navarro River has not broken thru to ocean, making big flooded Estero. Tried to walk thru yesterday afternoon, but water soon up over knees, so had to settle for this long shot. I’m heading south today to another long sandy beach with a bunch of shacks. Glad I got this iPhone 8 plus, way improved camera. BUT am so pissed off I forgot to bring my grown-up camera (Olympus OM-D) with telephoto lens. Damn! Still, you get the idea. Watch for my new book, Driftwood Shacks: Anonymous Architecture Along the California Coast. As a result of this trip, the book has grown by at least a dozen pages. This is the first in a field of small print-on-demand books we're going to try. I have a ton of things that I'd like to make small books out of. Barns, motorcycles, New York City, L.A., Baja California Sur…
Meanwhile, finishing 2nd draft of my book on the '60s, present working title: "Something's Happening…
Haven't got subtitle, maybe "My Life and the '60s"

Driftwood Sculpture

On the Road // On the Beach in Sonoma County

I took off from home about noon yesterday, on my way north on Hwy One to Pt. Arena to hang out with with my pal Louie in Pt. Arena and environs.

I'm in midst of publishing 64-pg. book, “Driftwood Shacks,” and about halfway up the coast, spotted a nicely symmetrical tipi-shaped beach shack from a cliff. Whoa! Totally timely. I climbed down the cliff and discovered a strung-out village of maybe 15 beach shacks over a mile and a half, perfect day after rains, good surf, jogging along beach, gulls, turkey buzzards soaring, beach vibes rich in chi.

I think my book just grew another dozen pages. Will be out before year's end. Digital printing by Ingram’s Lightning Source. Color, 8 by 8”, probably $20. This is a shot of my computer screen this morning.

Ladybug ladybug...

This one in a beach shack yesterday. Model for the Volkswagen bug. Once on a hike in Big Sur, I came across a spot in the redwoods where the ground was red, millions of them.

Ladybug ladybug...

SMALL HOMES Featured in Latest Mother Earth News + 50% Discount on Books For November

The December/January issue of The Mother Earth News has a 5-page article on our book SMALL HOMES.

Note: We are offering a 50% discount on our books SMALL HOMES, TINY HOMES, and SHELTER for the rest of November, with free shipping, Christmas gifts?

Details at: https://www.shelterpub.com/building/

Yogan's Photo of Gaudi's Work

Photo by our friend, French carpenter yogan, of The Church of Colònia Güell, an unfinished work by Antoni Gaudí. It was built as a place of worship for the people in a manufacturing suburb in Santa Coloma de Cervelló, near Barcelona.

See yogan's blog for many more photos of Gaudi's work, as well as of other unique buildings in different parts of the world:


Note: Check out the comments for more on Gaudi

Three Generations at the Skate Park

L-R: Will, Nikko, me, Evan, Maceo. Photo by Aine Kahn