Unfortunately, I can't read German, so I know nothing much about this floating home designed by Martin Forster -- other than that it's in Hamburg. If, however, you read German, there's more information here.
While I love my houseboat, I still have a fondness for Airstreams, and, now, Spartan trailers. This cool aluminum 1955 caravan makes my heart race. It was redone with reclaimed rosewood, modern hardware, Ann Sacks metal tiles, and a Miele kitchen, and it's used for actors on movie shoots.
Yowza. Book me a room on the Prince van Orangien, please. Located on Oaxen Island in Stockholm's archipelago, the 1940s boat is moored next to an award-winning restaurant that serves five-course gourmet meals. (Oh, and don't forget to reserve a table for me at Oaxen Krog. It'd be a shame to miss out on that.) Details here.
I'm running out of pics from the article to show you -- but here's my little stateroom/bedroom. Borrowed IKEA striped euro shams from R, stylist's props on the shelf, my own vintage linen bedding, and art from Colette.
What I learned last week: While blind, aged dogs adore walking in the water at the lagoon, and getting attention from kids on field trips, they don't particularly like being away from their homes overnight. Lily's signs of stress included whining and barking when left alone in the car for short periods of time, and even an accident in the hotel room. Sigh. We came home early, and she immediately, happily, fell asleep in her bed.
Since this is our first time away from the boat overnight in two years, I wonder if when we return after a few nights away, Lil and I will feel the motion of the houseboat more. Usually I don't notice it unless it's windy or a boat goes by too quickly.
Print of a watercolor by Vivienne Strauss (actual title: Florence Vanderploeg and Otto take a drive and enjoy the early fall foliage, September of 1938... ). (Lil and I are (gasp) taking a little road trip and staying overnight away from the harbor for the first time since we moved aboard. Shocking, I know.)
A minute ago I heard a red-tailed hawk cry. It sounds just like the hawk in the opening to "Northern Exposure" -- and is preferable to the cry its baby makes when it's hungry and wants its parents to return to the nest with food.