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Two Young English Artists Leave the City and Explore the World in a Van

Check out this great adventure! With great photos!

                                        -LK

www.makingitupaswegoalong.com

Dear The Shelter Blog 🙂
We are two artists from the UK who in July last year left the busy London life behind us to live in and to explore Europe and beyond. After graduating from Camberwell College of Arts with degrees in Fine Art in 2013, we moved out of our flat in London and traded the flat keys for a set of van keys, which we converted into our new home.
Our aim is to volunteer with projects around Europe, in order to gain experience in natural building and ecological living. We’re trying to discover ways of living that aren’t dominated by money and capitalism, where value is put upon gift and exchange to deepen inter-personal connection and equality. We spend 90% of our time doing work-exchange projects, having fabulously rich experiences in different cultures, communities, natural building and self-sufficient living, exchanging our help for food and living space. We create objects from recycled materials and waste plastic from the beach that we sell on a pay-what-you-can-afford basis. Holly is also a qualified Yoga teacher, teaching classes where she can (also pay-what-you-can-afford). We try to live simply, to explore, experience and to gain a greater connection with communities and the natural world.
Using the inspiration and knowledge we’ve gained from our journeys, we hope to build a hand-built space, using natural and recycled materials, for yoga and creativity, with particular emphasis on providing for those with learning difficulties or disabilities and/or past trauma.
We collate photography and short stories/descriptive writing online on our website: 
Right now we’re getting together our documentation of some of the methods of living a more sustainable life adopted by the families/eco-communities we’ve worked with throughout Scandinavia and Eastern Europe.
We’re eager to share our journey, in the hope that it might inspire others to consider alternative ways of living, and to get connected with others interested in doing similar… So we’re wondering whether you would consider featuring us on your (very inspiring) Shelter blog?
Best wishes and hope to hear from you 🙂
Holly & Angus

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Small Homes Book Sneak Preview #2—Homesteading in Montana

Just came in for our new book SMALL HOMES:

Hey Lloyd,

Like many others, your books inspired us to build our own home. Four years ago I left a career as a helicopter pilot in the Army with my wife and two kids and moved to the Mission Valley of Montana (north of Missoula). We bought 40 acres of bare hay fields and built an 800 sq ft. house. It was quite an experience since neither one of us had experience with construction. We broke ground in late September, and six weeks later I remember the first snow of the season blasting me in the face as I dryed in the last wall. We finished it more or less over the winter, then went on to build a barn a few years later…still working on that one!

We grow organic produce and pastured hogs and like to farm as much as possible with our draft horses. I’d like to say 800 sq. ft. is working for us, but after four years, we currently are in the midst of adding on, increasing our square footage to about 1800*. With our remodel, we are trying to replicate the classic American Foursquare style of architecture that is widely seen across the country with a few timber framed details here and there. I think we could have lasted longer with a house sized somewhere in between, but this was initially going to be just a small cottage for family to stay in and down the road we would build another house.  therefore we built it without storage in mind. Well we ran out of money and didn’t see the need to do that, so here we are! Nevertheless, its been a wild ride!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Micah & Katie Helser

Yes, it’ll exceed our size limit of 1200 sq. ft., but it was smaller to start, so it’s going in the book. (We have been known to stretch parameters.)

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Mark & Meg's Half Acre California Coastal Farm

On which they grow 60-70% of all their own food.

I’m going to post sneak previews of our next book, Small Homes, once in a while, as I proceed with layout. There will be 6 pages with photos of Mark and Meg’s home, built out of recycled wood, and garden.

I’m experimenting with Twitter to post references to other websites; it’s quicker than blogging. https://twitter.com/lloydkahn

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More on Tinker's Bubble, Off-Grid community in Somerset, England.

“…The name Tinkers Bubble comes from the spring that flows through the woodland ending in a small waterfall by the road. This is where gypsies brought their horses to water them at the bubble; the gypsy name for a waterfall.

The home pictured is Mary and Joe’s, a roundwood timber frame with lapped exterior walls and thatched roof and repurposed windows.…”

https://naturalhomes.org/tinkersbubble.htm

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UK Community Lives Virtually Fossil-Free Lifestyle

“Published on Apr 5, 2015

This is a second year filmmaking student short made by Harvey Quirke, Sam Mulvey, Lutia Swan-Hutton and Tess O’shea.

A documentary made in Somerset about a group of people who share the passion to live sustainably. Having lived without fossil fuels since 1994, we hear the tales of living in accordance with nature and what had brought them to branch out from the ‘norms’ of society.”

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