Edinburgh on a rainy day

Another view of the Gallarus Oratory in Ireland (see below).

Yesterday we took a train across Ireland, from Gallway to Dublin. Then caught an early morning flight across the Irish Sea to Edinburgh, and here we are. We lucked out, as pretty much throughout this trip, by finding a nice B&B. It’s an old Victorian building with a big park out in front, and right now I’m looking out the window into a quiet cul-de-sac. We’re going to spend two or three days here and then head south in a rental car.

I haven’t really had time to write about this trip yet. The last two weeks have seemed like half a lifetime of adventure. Coming back to Ireland for the first time in 35 years, I found the country much changed in standard of life, but still the same in spirit and beauty. 35 years ago, in a pub, I saw a twinkling light in an old Irishman’s eyes. I realized that leprechauns are not really flesh and blood humans, but mischievous spirits that reside in many of the Irish.

I’ll try writing about the trip sometime in the next few weeks.

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 Edinburgh on a rainy day

  1. Lloyd, maybe you should adopt this as the "Long Now" of architecture and give Stewart and his gang a run for their money. Guaranteed shelter until the next major asteroid strike!

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