"Earthships - independent vessels - to set sail on the seas of Tomorrow." Michael Reynolds, progenitor of the Earthship
The price of homes here in Birdland is quite reasonable. The one above is a prototype for all things earth-homey and now resides in a corner of The Cabin Addition. Several dwellings exist on this moderately developed piece of land. I did a little walk-around to check it out the other night and found a couple I didn't even know existed. All manner of architectural elements and materials have been employed, so it looks rather like a settlement of Earthships. They each come with a lot of land and/or air space. Real estate.
Here's another view of the little stone cottage. Lovely setting amongst the perennial garden. Has a bit of a lean, but it's currently occupied by a very happy, but very protective, mother wren:
The speckle-ware wash basin, my personal favorite. Roomy, with additional egress.
Hobbit house with thatched roof. Frodo needs to do some repairs, but is off on a mission with that damn ring.
Ultra-contemporary lines, with the appropriate eco-green. Good location. It sits in wine country, next to the grape arbor.
A Swiss Family Robinson tree house made from some type of rope. Perhaps in the future these will be made from hemp. It, too, is occupied.
Very Northwoodsy. It sits atop the clothesline. Even comes with its own little birdhouse. It needs a little work, but the price is definitely right:
Utilitarian, at best. A bit of a fixer-upper. In Santa Fe it would be advertised as "charming.
Little White Church in the Wildwood. Unused churches have huge potential. Unused churches: Is that a good thing, or a bad thing? Mmmm. You look, while I think:
The Coffee Can. Reminiscent of abstract expressionist Robert Motherwell's Quonset Hut house/studio he once had on Long Island. Motherwell made quite a splash in the art world. Actress/model Lauren Hutton owns three Quonset Huts, on the mesa west of Taos. You can see them shining in the sun when you take the rim road from Carson into town. This one comes with greenery:
And, here is the Queen of Birdland. She has been steadfastly attending to her children all summer. She did not want to sit still for her picture, but I wanted to honor her deeply nurturing ways.
And, here is my own little nest, currently being feathered, and plans for refurbishment being made.