Olive Harvest in Napa Valley/SunRay Kelley in Lake County/Louie’s in Pt. Arena

Nice little building complex on outskirts of Sonoma. I love the brick red trim.Took off Monday morning for a 5 day road trip. First up to my brother’s farm in the Napa Valley to watch the olive harvest, then up towards Clear Lake, and Harbin Hot Springs. From there out to see SunRay Kelley’s “man cave,” a 12-sided cob-walled wooden yurt, then over to hang out with my friend Louie at his place on the river.

I love starting on a trip. It’s always an adventure. Rainy drizzly morning, and on my Sirius satellite blues station, Bobby Blue Bland singing, They Call it Rainy Monday, then Paula Nelson (with Willy Nelson) doing Have You Ever Seen the Rain. Over on the “Outlaw” station, Dale Gilmore: I’m a Ramblin Man…

Heading along the back road to Petaluma, it’s misty and the hills are soft and green. God I love California! Ayreshire cows grazing. One of Clover Milk’s billboards shows a cow lying on her side, relaxing in a meadow, with the words: “Amazing Graze.” I still remember “Tip Clo Through the Two Lips.”

Olive harvest: my brother made a deal with the (large) McEvoy Ranch for his (certified organic) olive crop. The McEvoy crew was there, 44 guys, and I shot photos. It was a bumper olive year; my brother resurrected a pretty neglected bunch of olive trees (over 1000) on a ranch he bought 3 years ago. This year they expect to get 12 tons.

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:

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