9-Year-Old Rock & Roll Drummer from England

I read about her in the children’s section of the New York Times on Sunday. In an article by Jeremy Gordon, her new friend drummer Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer, said: “I watched it in amazement, not only because she was nailing all of the parts, but the way that she would scream when she did her drum rolls … “There’s something about seeing the joy and energy of a kid in love with an instrument. She just seemed like a force of nature.”

Here she is at 7 years old:

Google her here to see more (including her challenging Grohl to a drum battle — and winning:


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81-Year-Old Sailing the High Seas

Here is a 2020 update on Swedish world sailor Sven Yrvind, whose lifetime of solo sailing was documented in Tiny Homes on the Move (pp. 148-151). Here are a few glimpses of what we referred to as “Sven’s Next Boat” on p. 151, and a 15-minute interview.

“At sea, I can find my youth.”

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The Sculptured House

Hi Lloyd,

We like to inform you about a documentary from Sweden that follows the construction of our little natural house. We decided to put it for free on YouTube for everyone to share, in the hope it will inspire people to build their own natural house. Your books have always been a great inspiration and we often leave them lying around when we have guests to see who gets it 🙂 Thank you for sharing your work and vision.

Dennis Rodie & Ayet Alers

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Lights on My Pedal-Assist Bike


Now have lights on my bestie Specialized Turbo Levo, means I can be late coming back home from a ride. Needed new helmet so got one that protects my mouth. Got warm gloves, rear view mirror plus Sean at Mt. Tam Bikes on Mill Valley reprogrammed the middle level of assistance and it now flies.

I end up getting a better workout as opposed to non-assist because I ride twice as long (and far). Am seeing a lot more of the countryside these days.

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Clouded Leopard


Clouded leopard, “the most ancient cat alive today,” as shown on “The Story of Cats — From Asia to Africa.”

Viewable on PBS.org. Unbelievably beautiful and highly skilled cats in Thailand. A wonderful documentary on all breeds of cats, including snow leopards and the biggest of all cats, the Siberian Tiger, which can weigh up to 800-900 pounds.

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Homemade Camper Shell with Copper Roof


Ben Bloom was just getting out of the water when I rode by on my bike yesterday. It’s a homemade camper shell with copper roof, and will go in our forthcoming book on rolling homes.

Note: If you know of any unique trailers — anything that rolls that you can sleep in, cook in, and travel in, contact me at lloyd@shelterpub.com.
We’re especially looking for creative rigs that don’t cost $100K(+).

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Masked Bandidos in the Chicken Yard


Two young raccoons got into the chicken yard by ripping a hole in rusty chicken wire the other night. Luckily I went out to close in the chickens in their (secure) coop before raccoons got to them. I have a lot of respect for these guys, called in Spanish mapaches (pronounced mah-PAH-chays). Like coyotes, they’re survivors. I’ve patched the roof.

When you live on a piece of land like this, multiple critters are constantly seeking food. In our book The Half-Acre Homestead, I list all these would-be intruders, along with various methods and traps for controlling them.

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