located in the west hills, the japanese garden is my favorite public garden in town. besides the gorgeous plantings and tons of moss, i also especially love the pathways.
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this being rainy portland, i also added two rain barrels this year. the barrels i chose are re-purposed red plastic pickeling barrels, and complement my red craftsman house well. attached to my modified downspouts, the barrels fill up after one good downpour, and both watered my two 4’x8′ raised beds and other containers for about a month before needing another rain/refill.
rainbarrels can also be made from repurposed wine barrels, and the barrels can be “daisy-chained” together to store even more water. add a rainchain instead of a downspout and you have an amazing set up, like these neighbors down the street!
there’s a bunch of homesteading books out there, this is one of my favorite ones, aesthetically. the self-sufficient-ish bible contains lots of helpful information and ideas for living simply using charming drawings, diagrams and photos. in this book the green twins cover their own lifestyle including gardening, home improvement, seasonal cooking, preserving, finding wild foods, and other lifestyle ideas you can incorporate into your own life.
brian has been building and living in bike homes for 30+ years. mostly he builds custom bike homes, catering to his customer’s needs. the one above was back at brian’s shop to have a new braking system installed.
water-tight, these homes are ingeniously made from found materials and lots of welded and taped metal pieces. more infomation about brian and his bikes can be found on Bike Portland [thanks m-horton for the link!]