Dragonfly at Lake

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Dragonfly. Male golden-winged skimmer. At lake yesterday, no other humans, little pale blue butterflies, one orange/black butterfly I’d never seen before, many dragonflies skimming around, a Steller’s jay flying to a close-by tree branch to inspect me, I swam in the maybe 68-degree water for 20 minutes.

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Shelter and The Whole Earth Catalog in Abandoned Baja Hacienda

Hello there, Mr. Lloyd Kahn,

I hope that you and your loved ones are doing okay during these turbulent times!

I am a big fan of your books and have been poring over them for years for inspiration, joy, hope, and encouragement. I feel the pull to go on and on here and tell you about myself but I don’t want to take up your precious time.…

We fell in love with Baja on our travels as many do, and I know you can relate. We especially loved the oasis town of Mulege. We made good friends while we were there and had to go back. This past January we drove back there in our truck without the travel trailer this time. We rented a house from a friend that was in a hilltop neighborhood (Loma Azul) with the desert for its backyard with hikes through that magic desert to quiet beaches. We put our 10- and 7-year-olds in the local school; (they had been in Spanish immersion in the past but this was a new level). We had planned to be there for three months but sadly as we saw the news begin to break about the coronavirus, we decided to head back home to NC to get a garden started and help our families prepare to get hunkered down, and I am glad we did.

While we were in Mulege on a walk through the desert, we stumbled on an abandoned dwelling with a view of the ocean. It had a few little buildings and some outdoor patio spaces. Such a beautiful and dreamy spot.

Shelter and The Whole Earth Catalog in Abandoned Baja Hacienda

It clearly had been abandoned years ago and was in a state of decomposition. The buildings were filled with stuff! It seems someone had just up and moved away and then a big storm hit. Dishes, clothes, books, on and on!
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Opium Poppy

Opium Poppy

I have just discovered the magnification functions of my iPhone 11 Pro Max. How about this for a flower’s invitation to honeybees? Beauty leads to nectar.

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Sneak Preview of The Half-Acre Homestead (60 Pages)

Here are 60 pages (38% of the total pages) from our latest book:

Book available at: www.shelterpub.com/building/halfacrehomestead


Quotes from Readers

“I just inhaled your book, reading it cover to cover in one sitting. It’s all that I hoped it would be. Now my favorite book of yours.…”
–Kevin Kelly, Senior Maverick, Wired magazine; founder, Cool Tools (kk.org)
“Warning: Reading the book may lead to pulling up stakes and heading into the hills to claim your own half-acre homestead.”
–Patrick Thomas, San Francisco Chronicle
“The King of D.I.Y. Dwellings — Before cabin porn and van life were hashtags on Instagram, before tiny houses were a movement, Mr. Kahn, now 84, was the indefatigable champion of their funky, D.I.Y. antecedents.… His new book, The Half-Acre Homestead … (is) a memoir of sorts of this hard-won idyll, it is also a love letter to Ms. Creed, a skilled artisan and gardener whose glorious handiwork is vividly portrayed.”
–Penelope Green, New York Times
“The book is absolutely WONDERFUL … The language is modest and direct, the inspiration is down to earth and celestial … Gorgeous book, a … magnificent one-of-a-kind gift to us all.”
–Peter Nabokov, professor of American Indian Studies and World Arts and Cultures at UCLA

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Italian Grain Mill Makes Rolled Oats from Whole Oat Groats

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Here is our Marcato Marga Mulino Flaker, a little Italian grinder that we use to make rolled oats from whole oat grains (called groats). For my breakfast, I use these, plus shredded coconut, some chia seeds, cooked about 10 minutes, then add maple syrup, half-and-half, a little hemp oil for flavor. This way you get the whole grain, freshly milled. Oh yeah, I usually add a little ground-up seaweed plus salt. It’s simple and delicious and inexpensive, plus you’re getting freshly milled whole grain (including the germ and bran).

There are 3 rollers on the mill, and they can be adjusted to make flour from any grains, as well as flakes. Cost: about $125.

See The Half-Acre Homestead for details on ordering these mills.

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