Bees in the Garden, Fish in the Sea

About 6 weeks ago, schools of sardines materialized off our coast, the pelicans started dive-bombing, the bigger fish arrived, and fishing has been great ever since. Halibut, sea bass, rock fish — all brought in by local boats. Fisherman Josh says, “The ocean’s healthy.” Believe me, fish eaten the same day as caught are different from anything you find in a market.

And just now, sitting in the morning sunshine in the garden, I noticed honeybees everywhere. Bee colonies got knocked hard by diseases (and crop poisons) in the last 10 years, but are on the rebound, at least around here. Right now they’re brushing golden pollen onto their hind legs, which they’ll take back to the hive. It’s win-win, since they’re pollinating plants while gathering food. (Is this inadvertent? Maybe not. )

Not everything is doom and gloom.

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About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

2 Responses to Bees in the Garden, Fish in the Sea

  1. Hey Lloyd,
    I keep hearing on the radio about Colony Collapse Disorder, and them saying thngs are getting worse and worse…Claims that 70 per cent of the Honey Bees are dead/dying…

    not a bee keeper myself, but I do understand their import.

    just wondering, if it is a concern in your neck of the woods, maybe you could do a post/info on this? … just curious if other readers/you are hearing these concerns.

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