The Bentley Tesonaso is a unique custom build luxury sportscar based on the chassis of a Bentley S1 from 1955. The bonnet has been stretched with 100 cm (3.3 feet), the drivers compartment has been moved to the backseat to fit a 1400 hp V12 Rolls-Royce engine from a vintage Merlin airplane in the engine compartment. The Bentley Tesonaso will be tailor made in a single production to the wishes of the client.
But now that I have fruit trees to prune and chicks to raise, I’m not looking to this book for information. For building raised beds, I’m using the instructions from The Urban Homestead (Expanded & Revised Edition): Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City (Process Self-reliance Series), which also details composting with worms, reducing your reliance on the energy grid, and using water more intelligently -things The Backyard Homestead doesn’t even mention. Or take pruning. On page 111, “Pruning a Fruit Tree in Four Steps,” Step 2 says “First shorten the branch to about a foot, then undercut the branch slightly before sawing it from above. Finally, saw off the stub, leaving a slight collar to promote good healing.” These are just the kind of clear-as-mud directions that would greatly benefit from an illustration; unfortunately all that is there is a drawing of a man sawing a branch with a long-handled tool of some kind, nothing to show what exactly a collar is or how much of the remaining foot qualifies as the stub or even why he selected that particular branch. So for pruning, I attended a workshop presented by my local nursery, which was far more informative and has the advantage of pertaining entirely to where I live. Regarding chickens: There are some interesting points, like letting a fresh egg age in the fridge a week before hard-boiling so it won’t be difficult to peel or selecting a dual-purpose (egg laying and meat) breed because they are more disease-resistant than specialized breeds, but nothing that will in anyway get you started. For that I’m presently using the book Chick Days: An Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Raising Chickens from Hatching to Laying. For rabbits, you’ll get two pages most of which just informs you that there are different breeds.
The only section of The Backyard Homestead that I was able to test out in my apartment days was the section on herb gardening. I killed all of them, until getting Grow Great Grub: Organic Food from Small Spaces), which revealed why the rosemary survived but did not grow (too small a pot), why the basil died (unrelenting exposure to wind), how all of them could have benefited from mulch, and how to make simple plant foods. It also explained terms I had seen thrown around in several gardening books, like the warning to not let your plants “bolt” (which at the time I could only imagine involved my herbs running away to a more competent home). All those other books have unhelpful charts describing the exact conditions favored by each plant (type of soil, pH, full sun vs partial shade, etc) until you believe each plant should be grown in its own meticulously placed test tube. And I spent years thinking “partial shade” meant some kind of sparse, broken shade, like under a tree. Turns out the “partial” refers to time; 4-6 hours of direct sun per day compared to 8 hours of direct sun per day for “full sun.” And if you’ve always wanted to grow herbs, but wondered what you might do with them beyond cooking, then absolutely get Making It: Radical Home Ec for a Post-Consumer World, a brilliant DIY book on everything from making your own shampoo to beer to how to slaughter a chicken (The Backyard Homestead refers you to other books for any slaughtering instructions).
By all means, get The Backyard Homestead. Pour over it for hours in a coffee shop/bathtub/Cracker Barrel/escape-of-your-choice. Gaze lovingly at the beautiful, orderly homestead layouts at the beginning of the book. But think of it more as a course catalog for college, that thick book (if they still put those out) that lists every class a college offers along with a brief description for each, rather than as the classes themselves. Use it to sketch out which topics you’d like to study, then find other resources (mentors, workshops, YouTube demonstrations, books, meetup groups, feed stores, nurseries, magazines like Urban Farm) and go from there.
The Backyard Homestead
This pie is wonderful with fresh or bottled Key lime juice.
1 (14-oz.) can sweetened condensed milk 3 egg yolks 2 teaspoons Key lime zest* 1/2 cup Key lime juice 1 (9-inch) graham cracker piecrust 1 cup whipping cream 3 tablespoons powdered sugar Garnish: fresh Key lime slices*
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 350°. Whisk together condensed milk and next 3 ingredients until well blended. Pour mixture into piecrust.
Bake at 350° for 15 minutes or until pie is set. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Chill 1 hour before serving.
Beat whipping cream at high speed with an electric mixer 2 to 3 minutes or until soft peaks form, gradually adding powdered sugar. Top pie with whipped cream. Garnish, if desired.
*Regular lime zest and slices may be substituted.
A Slice of Heaven Key Lime Pie
In the mid-1960s, the American ceramicist Paul Soldner had an idea: to renovate a number of old Colorado farm buildings and create an arts retreat in the spectacular village of Snowmass, in a Rocky Mountains valley. Teaming up with local property developers — who were keen to add a cultural offering to an area already popular for skiing — he created Anderson Ranch Arts Center, which opened its doors in 1966.
The aim was to provide a place for arts education without any of the formality or pressures of a degree programme. ‘It’s a centre, not a school’, said Soldner, who died in 2011 at the age of 89. ‘We’re different.’
Accompanied by his peers, including photographer Cherie Hiser, sculptor Peter Voulkos and woodworker Sam Maloof, Soldner taught just a handful of students at first. More than half a century on, that figure has risen to 1,250 a year, with Anderson Ranch now recognised as an arts centre of international significance. In the past few years, Christo, Marina Abramovic and Frank Stella have all visited campus and worked with students; Ai Weiwei is set to arrive later this summer.
We caught up with Anderson Ranch’s executive director, Nancy Wilhelms, to find out more.
If you had to describe Anderson Ranch in one word, what would that be?
Nancy Wilhelms: ‘Community. We have nothing to do with the idea of artists as solitary beings, working away alone. Here we have an open-door policy where people are constantly interacting and sharing ideas, whether over lunch in the communal café, in the dorms, or in the various studios whose doors are always open.’
The ceramics workshop at Anderson Ranch Arts Center
‘One of the joys of this place is when the artists move around campus and engage with the students, in some cases discussing and critiquing their work, in others just having a friendly chat.’
A Guest Faculty Lecture at Anderson Ranch Arts Center
‘Class sizes are kept deliberately small, meaning that each student gets a lot of individual attention. People of all ages and abilities will find their place here. We encourage them to experiment, be bold — and have fun.’
‘For a collection of what once were cattle barns and sheep sheds, Anderson Ranch has really come a long way.’
Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, Colorado
1963 Grand Sport Tribute car. This is an incredible car with incredible performance. Built to track / race / vintage race. There is nothing about this car that’s original, it’s all custom. Built to race and perform to specs and build sheets. 400hp, 5 speed manual, and everything is heavy duty, roll bar, 5pt harness, and convertible top. Custom formed roll bar cover / front valance, rear is widened 8 inches.
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
1963 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport
Elongated cushion cut tanzanite ring with mixed cut diamonds in high polished 18K yellow. There is one bar set, cushion cut tanzanite (4.44ct), eight round brilliant cut diamonds (0.21ctw), and twenty-four tapered baguette cut diamonds (1.34ctw). The diamonds have a color of G-H and a clarity of SI1. The diamonds are all channel set. The overall size of this ring is (Head/ Embellishment) 16.4mm x 12.2mm, (Band Width) Graduated 2.1mm-4.1mm, (Band Thickness) 1.2mm. The total weight of this ring is 6.9g/ 4.4dwt.
Gorgeous Victorian turtle brooch, masterfully handcrafted to realistically depict a turtle, showing every detail of its feet, head and tail. The shiny white blister pearl which is shaped just right to show the curving shell of a turtle, is bezel set in yellow gold. Embellishing this center piece are 16 round faceted electric blue Montana sapphires, each set in its individual cups and secured by tiny eagle claw prongs. The front and back feet are each set with 2 small rose cut diamonds and the raised head of the turtle is set with one Old European cut diamond. A miniature masterpiece of jewelry and truly a unique collectible. Circa 1870-1879
16 sapphires totaling approx 1.6 cts
10 diamonds totaling approx .25 cts
13.5 mm pearl
Here’s a brief description, with a more detailed description below. Metallic Blue w/pearl white coves, black leather interior; 350 Edelbrock, polished aluminum, dual-quad, roller crate motor, 700R4 automatic transmission w/overdrive, power rack & pinion steering, power (front disc, rear drum) brakes; AM/FM/CD stereo w/amplifier & 8 speakers; A/C, cruise control, 2 tops.
This car has won many 1st place awards including several “Best of Show” & two 1st places “Best in Class” at the Forest Grove (Oregon) Concourse d’Elegance. Sale includes restoration pictures & receipts, car cover, original hard top & headlight bezels (all painted car color, but never installed), hardtop hoist/lift, extra serpentine belt, 5/26/2017 appraisal.
Custom-ordered Edelbrock 350 cid, 363hp Chevrolet polished aluminum crate engine, dual-quad carburetors – 500 cfm Thunder AVS (1 electric choke, other manual), roller camshaft & lifters, polished straight-plug heads w/o EGR, polished C-26 Dual Quad intake manifold (uses oil filler boss at front of intake), MSD distributor & coil, serpentine belt pulley system includes polished aluminum: 1-wire alternator (upgraded from 105 amps to 140), water pump, power steering pump, Sanden AC compressor, power steering remote reserve headers – shorty, ram-horn, center dump – ceramic coated electric ‘pull’ fan w/adjustable thermostat.
Independent Front Suspension (Jim Meyer Racing) includes: power rack & pinion steering, power (front) disc brakes, QA1 adjustable coil-over shocks, sway bar, power brake booster, dual master cylinder, Clean, degreased under carriage; frame sandblasted & sealed w/POR-15 (rust preventative coating), remaining undercarriage & wheel wells undercoated – 700R4 automatic (overdrive) transmission, transmission cooler & speedometer cable. Rebuilt (3:73, open) rear-end, rear axles, rear brakes, rear anti sway bar. Fiberglass (mono) rear leaf springs & (Edelbrock IAS) ‘self-adjusting’ rear shocks – paint (metallic blue w/pearl white coves), over gel coated un-hit body w/all original body bonding strips/seams; both front fenders have a steel reinforcement strip on the underside of the stainless trim that runs down the top of each fender (standard in 1958, optional on other years) – carpet – two tone (aka., salt n’ pepper) dark & medium blue, sound deadener & heat insulator – windshield & side glass – all tinted – weather-stripping – fuel tank & sending unit – fuel & brake lines
White stay-fast (aka., Hartzcloth) soft top & (painted ‘body colored‘ blue, never installed) hard top – Alpine AM/FM/CD stereo with Alpine amplifier & 8 (Polk/MOMO) speakers (2 in dash, 2 in kick panels & 2 in each headrest), air conditioning, heater, defroster, cruise control, leather interior (Al Knoch, dash, door panels, seat covers, armrests, grab bar, shifter boot, deck lid hold-down straps), wiring & fuse block, all chrome re-chromed & stainless polished, new side mirrors – includes installing new passenger side mirror & relocating drivers mirror, windshield wiper system (intermittent), BF Goodrich (radial) tires & polished (Billet Specialties, billet aluminum) 5-spoke rims, All gauges restored – ammeter converted to Voltmeter, oil pressure converted from 60psi to 80psi, new quartz clock – Carpeted trunk w/Alpine amplifier & tail-light protector cones (x4).
Many 1st place awards including several “Best of Show” & two 1st place “Best in Class” at Forest Grove Concourse d’Elegance.
This diadem of emeralds and diamonds is a masterpiece of the jewelry of the Restoration. It enriches the collection of jewels of the Crown dispersed in 1887 and since patiently gathered by the department of Objects of art of the Louvre. Offered by Louis XVIII to his niece the Duchess of Angoulême, it is the work of Christophe-Frédéric Bapst and Jacques-Evrard Bapst, jewelers of the Crown until the Second Empire.
A work intended for a princess.
The duchess of Angouleme (1778-1851), daughter of Louis XVI and niece of Louis XVIII received this ornament from her uncle. She already possessed an ornament of emeralds delivered by the jeweler Paul-Nicolas Ménière as early as 1814. This set included a comb, a necklace, bracelets and earrings. The diadem, unlike the ornament, owned by the Duchess of Angoulême, is inscribed on the inventory of the Diamonds of the Crown. He uses four large emeralds bought by Louis XVIII and diamonds from the Crown collections. During the Second Empire, the diadem was worn by the Empress Eugenie, who particularly appreciated emeralds. Then it was sold with the other jewels of the Crown in 1887 before reappearing in a private collection.
40 emeralds and 1031 diamonds In the center of the diadem, between two windings in brilliant, a large emerald is surrounded by 18 brilliants. This emerald of 15.93 carats, almost square and very thin, is accompanied by fourteen other emeralds, two of which are fixed on both sides. The two lateral emeralds make 14.19 c.m. And 14.3 c.m. The jewelers Bapst completed this set with 26 small emeralds for 29 carats. In total the diadem is composed of 40 emeralds and 1031 diamonds. The central emerald is surrounded by 18 brilliants. The other brilliants form scrolls of foliage on which are fixed the kittens supporting the emeralds. The whole on a gallery formed of a rank of brilliants.