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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.

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Full Moon on Ocean Last Night

May the sun

bring you new energy by day.

May the moon

softly restore you by night.

May the rain

wash away your worries.

May the breeze

blow new strength

into your being.


May you walk

gently through the world

and know its beauty

all the days of your life.

                                     Apache Blessing

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New Zealand town with 'too many jobs' offering packages of land and homes for $165k

“The southern New Zealand town of Kaitangata appears the prime example of the pastoral landscapes the island is known for; it’s lush, hilly, green, and peaceful. Only about 800 people live there, and it’s a mere eight minutes from the coastline.

For those who prefer the rural, slow lifestyle and community feel in their living environment, it’s basically perfect.

And here’s the best part: New Zealand desperately wants you to move there. Seriously. The small town is a heavily involved in necessary industries relating to dairy processing and freezing works, which more than fill the area’s economic needs.

In this very unique case, that presents a real problem: there are around 1,000 vacant jobs and too much affordable housing for the residents to fill.…”

By Alyssa Pereira

https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/New-Zealand-town-with-too-many-jobs-is-offering-8337340.php

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Norwegian Surfers Build Beach Shack Out of Marine Litter

Hi Lloyd,

Thought you might like this for the blog.

 https://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.…”

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"The Voyage of the Cormorant" by Christian Beamish

“Christian Beamish built a boat in his garage and set off to find surf along the coast of Baja. He tells of his adventures in Patagonia’s The Voyage of the Cormorant and the reader finds out what happens when vision meets reality.”

“A full moon rose over the arroyos, the desert held a pinkish glow, and stars shone down like a compliment in a million points of light all across the water. I sailed along, swaddled against the cold in a parka and outer shell, drifting in my thoughts deep into the night. Eventually, the wind fell away, and the ocean settled into a broad, glassy sheet. I smelled the clean desert scrub on the suddenly warmer air. The lines and sails and my outer jacket seemed to crackle in the dryness.

I knew that this was all the warning I would get.

Lashing the tiller in place with a bungee, I scrambled forward and dropped the main sail. Not one minute later, I saw and heard the wind line across the water behind, roaring down and tearing at the surface like a swarm of locust: the dreaded Norte. People call it the devil wind because of the fires it breathes to life and, I suppose, for the madness too. It is a terrible, mindless thing.…”

From Stephen Bryne

https://www.patagonia.com/us/product/the-voyage-of-the-cormorant?p=BK225-0-000

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My Photo Exhibit of Driftwood Architecture Opening This Weekend

I’m doing my first ever photo exhibit, opening this Saturday at the Bolinas Museum. It’s part of a 2-month-long exhibit on the subject of makeshift architecture, and features artists Jay Nelson, Whiting Tennis, and Eirik Johnson, along with my photos of driftwood beach shacks along the northern California coast.

Rick Gordon has processed and printed 24 14 by 18″ prints and printed them here on our new Epson Stylus Pro 4900 ink jet printer. They look pretty darn good! The ingenuity of anonymous beachcomber artists.

The opening is this Saturday, April 2nd. At 2PM, I’ll talk a bit about my background and our 46 years of publishing books on building and fitness; at 3PM, there’s a reception.

Bolinas Museum

48 Wharf Road

Bolinas, California  94924

https://www.bolinasmuseum.org

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