Thursday Morning Fish Fry

I came in to SFO along the coast at 6:30 this morning, listening to Otis and Carla in their King and Queen masterpiece album, incl. “Tramp” … ”you straight from the Georgia woods … ” Across the foggy Golden Gate Bridge into the city, my city. Since Cafe Roma closed, I’ve been going to Blue Bottle coffee on Fillmore, just the absolute best coffee (and pastries) anywhere … The clientele here upscale, a lot of techies, a lot of tall, slim customers, three 15-year old girls in school uniforms (v. short dresses), obviously going to Miss Burke’s or other $20K per year private school, looking smug and prosperous … I’m in the three-dot Herb Caen journalism mode this morning … next week I’m going for a 3-4 day backpack trip on The “Lost Coast,” a Northern California coastal area sans roads … I recently published a small book, Driftwood Shacks , but it was with a digital printing (inkjet) process), and I’m not really happy with the way it looks … so I’m thinking of expanding it from 82 to maybe 128 pages, and printing on a real Heidelberg press in Hong Kong. I’m taking this trip in search of more beach shack photos…

But the BIG NEWS with me in my unplanned, unscripted progress through life is the book I’ve been working on: Homemade/Handmade: The Half-Acre Homestead. (any comments on shortening title?) … I started out looking over 18 years of digital photos around our place here, and got progressively excited … the idea is to show people what we’ve learned in 40+ years of building and gardening and avoiding a mortgage or paying rent … I started putting the photos in folders such as: The Home, The Kitchen, Kitchen Utensils, The Garden, Greenhouses, Solar Electricity, Butterflies, Food, Foraging, Fishing, The Shop, Shop Tools, Maintenance … When I finished and had hundreds of photos I got a jolt of excitement … when I go out and interview and shoot photos of builders, I’m around for a few hours or a few days, but here I’ve been running out in the garden to photograph birds, rainbows, the buildings, the garden for decades … I’ve got some — ahem — beautiful photos. I’m stoked! It’s going to be 8½″ by 8½″, a completely different size and design from our 7 building books … right now I’m wrestling with how to do URLs for the tools and utensils … maybe first the actual manufacturer, then the Amazon link … let people make a choice … what’s really got me excited are some rough pages I’ve mocked up; I’ll post them when I get back home…. Now I’m going swimming in the bay, taking a sauna, getting an Irish Coffee, and then proceeding with my day in the city … you can take the boy out of the city … which happened to me at age 17, but…

8 Responses to Thursday Morning Fish Fry

  1. Pilgrim says:

    I suggest "Handmade: The Half-Acre Homestead. Incidentally, I am a faithful reader. I currently have several of your books and as the budget allows will buy more. My first Lloyd Kahn book was Domebook 2 (47 years ago)which I loaned out and was never returned.

  2. Anonymous says:

    "Homemade Handmade Homestead"
    Will definitely be buying!
    Enjoy the Lost Coast!

  3. leilani says:

    Handmade already implies homemade, no?

    So I vote for keeping it simple, like your place:

    The Handmade Homestead

  4. Anonymous says:

    The Handmade Home

  5. Really looking forward to this book!

    2nd vote for 'The Handmade Homestead'.

    But why do you want to put Amazon links in? Strikes me their ethics (or lack of) and yours are pretty much at opposite ends from each other, no? Or have I missed something?

  6. Anonymous says:

    ….you can't take the city out of the boy 🙂

  7. KAYUMA says:

    Lloyd. It'a YOUR homestead it's it? It is the one you have decades been building. I'd think the title should be more, much more personal. Like "The Evolution of Lloyd Kahn's Homestead" or such.

  8. Anonymous says:

    I'll buy the book whatever the title. Sounds like a good read. Love!

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