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"Twenty-eight years ago I went to England for a three-month visit and rest. What I found changed my life."So begins this memoir by one of America's best-known landscape architects, Laurie Olin. Raised in a frontier town in Alaska, trained in Seattle and New York, Olin found himself dissatisfied with his job as an urban architect and accepted an invitation to England to take a respite from work. What he found, in abundance, was the serendipity of a human environment built over time to respond to the land's own character and to the people who lived and worked there. For Olin, the English countryside was a palimpsest of the most eloquent and moving sort, yet whose manifestation was of ordinary buildings meant to shelter their inhabitants and further their work.With evocative language and exquisite line drawings, the author takes us back to his introduction to the scenes of English country towns, their ancient universities, meandering waterways, and dramatic cloudscapes racing in from the Atlantic. He limns the geologic histories found within the rock, the near-forgotten histories of place-names, and the recent histories of train lines and auto routes. Comparing the growth of building in the English countryside, Olin draws some sobering conclusions about our modern lifestyle and its increasing separation from the landscape.As much a plea for saving the modern American landscape as it is a passionate exploration of what makes the English landscape so characteristically English, Across the Open Field is "an affectionate ramble through real places of lasting worth."
Whirligigs -- those charming little wind-driven toys -- make excellent introductory woodworking projects because they are easy to do, inexpensive and -- most of all -- great fun! Hobbyists at all levels of ability will love creating the 25 delightful projects described in this book, from the simple Baking a Pie whirligig to the double-armed Woman at the Computer. Other figures include a Man/Woman Fishing, Oil Well Pump, Saluting the Flag, See-Saw, and Bucking Bronco. Easy-to-follow instructions and measured drawings explain everything from selecting and using proper tools and creating the driving mechanism to finishing and displaying the completed project.
As it becomes clear that climate change is not easily within the boundaries of the 1990's, society needs to be prepared and needs to anticipate future changes due to the uncertain changes in climate. So far, extensive research has been carried out on several issues including the coastal defence or shifting ecozones. However, the role spatial design and planning can play in adapting to climate change has not yet been focused on. This book illuminates the way adaptation to climate change is tackled in water management, ecology, coastal defence, the urban environment and energy. The question posed is how each sector can anticipate climate change by creating spatial designs and plans. The main message of this book is that spatial design and planning are a very useful tool in adapting to climate change. It offers an integral view on the issue, it is capable in dealing with uncertainties and it opens the way to creative and anticipative solutions. Dealing with adaptation to climate change requires a shift in mindset; from a technical rational way of thinking towards an integral proactive one. A new era in spatial design and planning looms on the horizon.
The lay-up of adobe bricks is an easy, forgiving way to achieve a solid masonry-wall system. Contrary to stereotypes, adobe is perfectly adaptable for use in cold, wet climates as well as hot and dry ones, and for areas prone to earthquakes. With its efficient use of energy, natural resources for construction, and minimal effort for long-term maintenance, it's clear that the humble adobe brick is an ideal option for constructing eco-friendly structures throughout the world. The book is ideal both for first-time do-it-yourselfers and for experienced adobe builders seeking to improve their craft. Drawing on the experience of more than fifty major adobe projects since 1993,Adobe Homes for all Climatesdescribes Adobe Building Systems' patented reinforcement and scaffolding systems, showing readers how to construct adobe homes more easily and safely, and with superior strength, durability, structural integrity, and aesthetic appeal, as compared to earthen homes of the past. All aspects of adobe construction are covered, including making and laying adobe bricks, installing lintels and arches, conduits and pipes, doors and windows, top plates and bondbeams, ideal wall dimensions, adobe finishes, and other adobe construction components, such as the inexpensive use of scaffolding. These methods will produce a premium product that will meet and often exceed inspection standards. Equipped with this manual, you will be able to obtain a building permit, make adobe bricks swiftly, and confidently lay them up. You will be able to beautifully finish your adobe walls with earth plasters creating stunning colors and outstanding light effects and create a beautiful, energy-efficient home that will last for generations to come.
What should I look for in an animal shelter? What should I look for in a cat or kitten I am adopting? Should I even adopt a cat or kitten? And, when I get it home, what do I do then? In this short guide, the author answers all these questions, and more.
Adorn Yourself.... The beautiful and delicate projects in Adornments are the perfect finishing touches for creating a purely romantic look. Make floral-inspired necklaces, in-full-bloom fascinators, and earrings with wispy feathers and sparkling beads. At parties, galas, special events, or even on your wedding day, the accessories in Adornments are artful creations that are sure to turn heads and inspire romance. Flip through the pages and you'll find... 20 accessory projects, from floral fascinators and hair pieces to necklaces, earrings and belts A techniques section that shows you how to use a millinery iron, cut lace appliques and work with wire and beads to create stunning pieces that would rival the wares of any high-end boutique Materials you'll love to work with: silk, linen and cotton fabrics, antique lace, delicate crystal beads and playful feathers Using simple hand-sewing, jewelry and millinery techniques, these accessories are easy to make and even easier to wear. In fact, you may not be able to take them off!
If you graduated from college but still feel like a student . . . if you wear a business suit to job interviews but pajamas to the grocery store . . . if you have your own apartment but no idea how to cook or clean . . . it's OK. But it doesn't have to be this way.Just because you don't feel like an adult doesn't mean you can't act like one. And it all begins with this funny, wise, and useful book. Based on Kelly Williams Brown's popular blog, ADULTING makes the scary, confusing "real world" approachable, manageable-and even conquerable. This guide will help you to navigate the stormy Sea of Adulthood so that you may find safe harbor in Not Running Out of Toilet Paper Bay, and along the way you will learn:What to check for when renting a new apartment-Not just the nearby bars, but the faucets and stove, among other things.When a busy person can find time to learn more about the world- It involves the intersection of NPR and hair-straightening.How to avoid hooking up with anyone in your office -- Imagine your coworkers having plastic, featureless doll crotches. It helps.The secret to finding a mechanic you love-Or, more realistically, one that will not rob you blind.From breaking up with frenemies to fixing your toilet, this way fun comprehensive handbook is the answer for aspiring grown-ups of all ages.
Irrigation has been used for thousands of years to maximize the performance, efficiency and profitability of crops and it is a science that is constantly evolving. This potential for improved crop yields has never been more important as population levels and demand for food continue to grow. Recognising the need for a coherent and accessible review of international irrigation research, this book examines the factors influencing water productivity in individual crops. It focuses on nine key plantation/industrial crops on which millions of people in the tropics and subtropics depend for their livelihoods (banana, cocoa, coconut, coffee, oil palm, rubber, sisal, sugar cane and tea). Linking crop physiology, agronomy and irrigation practices, this is a valuable resource for planners, irrigation engineers, agronomists and producers concerned with the international need to improve water productivity in agriculture in the face of increased pressure on water resources.
Journey into virtually uncharted territory and discover the wonderful uses of fleece! Allow author Nancy Cornweel to lead you on a sewing expedition. Adventures with Polarfleece covers territories as fabric and garment care, sewing machine and serger basics, pattern choices and simple design changes. Included are 200 photographs and 150 color illustrations to guide you on a tour of quick and easy techniques for seams, ready-to-wear edge finishing and no-hassle zippers. Nancy also shows a safety technique on how to avoid the dreaded "frog mouth" buttonhole! Adventures with Polarfleece also includes a special excursion in ultrasuede - drawcords, patches, button loops, piping and pockets; sculpturing, polar pintucks and embroidery. A collection of fifteen projects are included. This sewing expedition has been photographed every step of the way and is clearly mapped and illustrated. Included are instructions for jackets, pull-overs, a cape, a five-minuet hat, blankets, pillows, exceptional accessories and more! Explore and discover the endless project possibilities for the entire family. Fleece is one of the sewing world's premier fabrics for comfort and warmth. It is easy to sew with beautiful results. Nancy Cornwell will lead you down a path of discovery filled with excitement, intrigue and inspiration. If the urge to explore is part of your nature, Adventures with Polarfleece is sure to generate great excitement. The heart of a fallen-away sewer will soon be recaptured and new sewers will be intrigued and inspired.
How to Grow African Violets discusses the history, origin, proper care and varieties of African Violets, one of the most popular houseplants of the 20th century.
Alfie accidentally locks his mother and baby sister Annie Rose outside and can't reach the latch to let them in. Soon the whole neighborhood is involved in getting the door open.
These days, people crave gardens that fill the soul and comfort the body. Japanese gardening answers those yearnings. This book demonstrates how to: create a feeling of sanctuary; make tranquil spaces; and arrange plants and ornaments.
What are seeds? Where do they come from? What do they need to grow into plants? In this book you will learn All About Seeds by collecting, planting, and cooking them.
Describes how to grow, harvest, store, and use all the members of the onion family. Onions, garlic, shallots, leeks as well as others.
Ann Martin has searched the world over for unique and beautiful paper crafts to feature on her popular website--AllThingsPaper.net. In this book, she gathers completely new projects and shows how each is created, step-by-step.All of the paper products in this book are designed by respected paper craft artists, such as Benjamin John Coleman, Patricia Zapata, and Richela Fabian Morgan, who have been making amazing things with paper for many years. Each of the projects, from simple to more complex, has easy-to-follow instructions and detailed photos enabling you to create your own! These colorful and impressive pieces include art objects to display at home as well as items which have practical uses. All of the pieces make a wonderful keepsake or a gift that expresses the beauty, elegance, and versatility of paper.Projects include:Candle LuminariesCitrus Slice CoastersMysterious Stationery BoxEveryday Tote BagSilver Orb PendantFine Paper Yarn NecklaceWedding Cake CardPerfect Journey Journal
There's never been a better time to grow your own food as we face the converging challenges of the financial crisis, climate change, water shortages, peak oil, and 6.5 billion people worldwide competing for a limited amount of food.Many gardening books are so technical that they are intimidating to the beginning gardener. This book shows how easy gardening can be while providing tips and techniques to ensure success. Whether you live in the country, the city, or the suburbs, you'll learn:How to create lots of rich compost as the basis for vigorous growth Simple techniques to safely deal with pests The most effective techniques for irrigation, including harvesting your rainwater How to store your harvest using canning, freezing, and drying techniques How to build and stock a root cellar How to choose which vegetables to grow based on their nutritional valueThis book is a step-by-step guide to turning your lawn into a great source of personal satisfaction and economic independence. Having an organic produce department in your backyard creates your own "one hundred-foot diet" to reduce your carbon footprint and keep more money in your pocket.Cam Mather has been gardening organically and market gardening for thirty-five years. His entertaining and informative workshops and DVD have inspired thousands of people to get out and get their hands dirty. He publishes books about renewable energy and sustainability from his off-grid solar and wind-powered home office.
Most eco-friendly books start with terror-inducing lists of the carcinogenic chemicals you are liberally slathering all over every single surface in your house, painting most people as as unwitting eco-villains, happily Lysol-ing your way straight to hell.Well, readers can just relax and unpack the (plastic) bags - no guilt trips today!At this point I think we all know that cleaning with bleach is bad and pop cans should go into the recycling - we're beyond that, yes?All You Need is Less is about realistically adopting an eco-friendly lifestyle without either losing your mind from the soul-destroying guilt of using a plastic bag because you forgot your reusable ones in the trunk of your car (again), or becoming a preachy know-it all whom everyone loathes from the tips of her organically-shampooed hair to the toes of her naturally sourced recycled sandals. It's all gotten kind of complicated, hasn't it? These days you're not "green" enough unless you quit your day job and devote your entire life to attaining an entirely carbon neutral lifestyle or throw out all of your possessions and replace them with their new "green" alternatives. This whole eco-friendly thing seems to have devolved into a horrific cycle of guilt, shaming and one-upping, and as a result people are becoming exhausted and getting annoyed and, oh my god, we are living in a world where one of my grocery bags says "This reusable bag makes me better than you." It doesn't have to be this way. It is possible to take easy baby-steps towards a more earth-friendly lifestyle without stress, guilt, or judgy eco-shaming. Top eco blogger Madeleine Somerville is here with really original ideas on how to save money and the planet. Her ideas are even fun! Somerville has emerged as the voice of reason on urban homesteading that is stress-free, sanity-based and above all do-able.From the book:Stop Using Disgusting Dryer SheetsDo y'all know that most dryer sheets coat use animal fats to coat your clothes with that 'fresh' fragrance? Yeah. It's disgusting. Switch to wool dryer balls, they're simple to make (plus a fun craft project for kids) and they work like a hot damn.Use Jars Instead of Travel Mugs1. You can screw on the lid and literally throw a jar full o' coffee into your purse (no more balancing keys, coffee, files etc!) 2. It takes immense resources to manufacture and sell all those plastic/metal travel mugs which are often lost/forgottenYou have old food jars hanging around anyway, why not make use of them? If they break or get lost,at least they were used one more time before reaching their final destination. I always get lots of compliments on my coffee jar.
The Groundbreaking Guide to Health-Conscious Gardening If you are one of the millions of people with allergies or asthma, this totally unique book shows you how to avoid plants that trigger allergies and to create a garden that will actually protect you by trapping pollen and cleaning the air around you. This revolutionary approach combines the best of horticulturist Thomas Ogren's previous books--Allergy-Free Gardening and Safe Sex in the Garden--into a full-color guide, including hundreds of new and updated plant listings and photographs. Ogren's innovative system for combating allergens is based on the crucial matter of plant sex. By replacing troublesome male plants in your yard with pollen-blocking female "pollen screens," allergy sufferers can reduce or eliminate their symptoms. More than 3,000 plant listings are included, accompanied by an easy-to-use allergy ranking scale of 1 to 10. With many new pollen-free plants to choose from, as well as clearly marked "worst offenders" to avoid, this is the ultimate resource for home gardeners and professionals alike who want to build healthy, safe, and beautiful gardens that everyone can enjoy.From the Trade Paperback edition.
With allergy problems reaching epidemic levels, horticulturist Tom Ogren set out to investigate the role that urban landscaping plays in this health crisis. What he discovered was startling: The vastly disproportionate cultivation of all-male plant varieties produces large amounts of intensely irritating airborne pollen. This extensively researched reference helps gardeners and landscapers make landscaping choices that can drastically reduce their exposure to harmful allergens.
Allotment Gardening For Dummies is a lively, hands-on guide to getting the most out of your allotment. Whether you're interested in eating fresh, saving money, getting exercise or enjoying wholesome family fun, this is the guide for you. The step-by-step advice takes you through all the stages in the process, from securing an allotment and preparing your plot, to choosing what to grow and enjoying the benefits of abundant fresh food and a sociable and healthy hobby. With over 50 handy line drawings, plus information on how to grow organic and advice on storing and cooking the food you grow, this guide really does have it all!Allotment Gardening For Dummies includes:Part 1: Getting to Grips with Allotment GardeningChapter 1: What Are Allotments All About?Chapter 2: Getting hold of an AllotmentChapter 3: Getting StartedPart 2: Preparing for Allotment SuccessChapter 4: Deciding What to Grow, WhenChapter 5: Preparing Your PlotChapter 6: Keeping Your Soil HealthyChapter 7: Keeping Your Plants HealthyChapter 8: Growing OrganicPart 3: Growing a Few of Your Favourite VegetablesChapter 9: Going UndergroundChapter 10: The StaplesChapter 11: Growing Leafy GreensChapter 12: Planting Peas, Beans and Other PodsChapter 13: Growing More Exotic VegPart 4: Extending Your Allotment RepetoireChapter 14: Growing Wholesome HerbsChapter 15: Growing Fruitful FruitChapter 16: Nurturing Flowers on an AllotmentPart 5: Getting the Most Out of Your AllotmentChapter 17: Involving Children Around the AllotmentChapter 18: Hobnobbing with Allotment SocietyChapter 19: Growing Giant VegPart 6: The Part of Tens ChapterChapter 20: Ten Common Accidents and How to Prevent ThemChapter 21: Ten Ways to Revive a Flagging Allotment
In Allotted Views by K.D. Grace a nosey gardener is treated to a raunchy ritual through her bedroom window.
In Allotted Views by K.D. Grace a nosey gardener is treated to a raunchy ritual through her bedroom window. Illustrated versions illustrated by John LaChatte.
TFrom the book: he urge to create sacred spaces is so deep in the human psyche that we often create them unconsciously. A gathering of photos on a piano, an arrangement of personal objects on a desk or fireplace mantel, are perhaps outer manifestations of an inner desire to establish hallowed and holy spaces in our environment. Denise Linn, the internationally acclaimed author of Sacred Space, speaks directly to this primal longing for sacred places. In Altars, she demonstrates in photos and text how you can enrich your home or office by creating unique shrines for healing and contemplation. Beautifully illustrated and thoroughly practical, Altars shows how to Create personal altars for devotion, transitions in life, manifestation, and love Choose the optimum place to locate your home altar, according to the points of the compass and the ancient principles of feng shui Select altar objects that are particularly suited to your special needs Purify yourself and your altars with incense, prayers, drumming, and chanting Everyone who yearns to enter into the mysterious and wondrous realms, to infuse ordinary moments with sacred meaning, will find a great abundance of beauty, inspiration, and wisdom in this unique book. Renowned lecturer, author, and visionary Denise Linn has researched spiritual practices from cultures throughout the world for more than twenty-nine years. Calling upon this wealth of knowledge, she originated the unique and groundbreaking feng shui system Interior Alignment . Her synthesis of practical information and spirituality has had a deep impact on thousands of participants worldwide. She is also the author of nine books, including Sacred Legacies, The Secret Language of Signs, Quest, and the international bestseller Sacred Space. Includes appendices which explain the meanings (traditionally) of items frequently used on altars: stones, shells, flowers, herbs and more.
What kind of animals have two more legs than insects, eat their boy friends, make beautiful traps, and have 8 eyes but can't see very well? "Spiders! This book of facts about spiders is too short and interesting to be boring. These are facts you will want to know. You will enjoy yourself as you learn about spiders, which make good pets and which can kill you. Find out how spiders catch insects to eat and how they escape birds and wasps which want to eat them. Many pictures are described.
The heart of every working farm and ranch, the barn is an icon of rural America. This book chronicles - and celebrates - all the main types, and looks at how these treasures of early American architecture developed. It explains how a wealth of immigrant construction methods and range of environments and climates resulted in a fascinating variety of barn styles in the United States, from the earliest rare Dutch examples to simpler English types and others in more surprising shapes (round or even polygonal) crafted by the Shakers in the 1800s. It highlights the most notable, famous and historic barns that the reader can visit, and features highlights the efforts of conservation groups to preserve America's barns and find innovative ways to repurpose these glorious old structures as homes and studios--and as living monuments of rural heritage.
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