Monday Morning Fish Fry

The wind blew like mad last night, felt like gale force. Clouds moved in, we were hoping for rain, but by this morning, the front had skipped to the south. It’s really dry; the weatherman said the other night,  driest January-October since 1865. On the other hand, SF Chronicle outdoors-writer Tom Stienstra said the bears have full coats now, sign of a robust winter. We can only hope. The first rain I’m gonna be out there with face uplifted, feeling the drops, smelling the moistened soil, bring it on!…Last week went up to my brother’s farm in Napa Valley and picked a bucket of olives, they’re now immersed in water with salt and vinegar. No lye. The olives from last year are still in brine, still very good. I like to have them with a glass of red wine before dinner…Got new skateboard, a Tesseract from Loaded Boards, it’s great. Goes maybe 10-15% faster than any other of my boards, and turns maybe 10-15% better, inspiring me to skate more; check it out here — look at the video — hi-speed downhill sliding, on long boards with soft wheels no less!

Photos shot in Napa Valley last week; beautiful old house, elegant, spare…but just a little bit too fixed up, too fussed-over, a trophy house. Some of the billionaires’ wineries on Highway 112 are embarrassing: money, yes; taste, no. Too many vineyards, monocropping requires chemicals.…

I’m trying to find the time to write something about the wrong-headedness of GMOs; Verlyn Klinkenborg has a wonderful writeup on GMOs in his excellent book, “More Scenes From A Rural Life.” 


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:

3 Responses to Monday Morning Fish Fry

  1. "wrong-headedness of GMOs"

    well, that is for sure a "nice polite" way to put it…
    sigh, however, personally, to me
    "wrong-headedness" implies someone who truly does believe what they are doing/accomplishing is for the "greater good", so to speak..

    when one occassionaly reads of these companies, and their vast reach/vast tentacles/vast involvement in govt at the top and critical companies to the economy, personally, it seems to me more a drive for power / control / money .. And, by the way, do you realise at least some of them have dedicated group scouring the net for sites/blogs which mention them by name, mention even GMO, and if it is not all kissy, to "check it out" ?

  2. Went to a beer brewery saw the malts from Germany knew they were GMO free.Saw malt from USA Cargil knew it was GMO.
    When I pointed this out someboby said so what.I said the GMO kills the the insect by exploding their stomach. What do you think it is doing to ours.
    We did not have rampant acid reflux 5 years ago. Now babies are given acid reflux medicines because the the formulas have GMO soy.
    I told the tour that beer was made by the cavemen naturally. EVERBODY cheered.

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