Atchafalaya Houseboat

A lovely book I recently came across:

Atchafalaya Houseboat
My Years in the Louisiana Swamp
by Gwen Roland/Photographs by CC Lockwood

From NPR.org:
In the 1970s, Gwen Carpenter Roland was about to start work on her doctorate when she decided instead to live off the land -- and water -- in the Atchafalaya River Basin Swamp in south-central Louisiana.

With a box of crayons and the book How to Build Your Home in the Woods, Roland and her then-partner, Calvin Voisin, built a houseboat on a barge. They lived there for six years, with no electricity and no running water.

Read more, listen to the interview, see more of CC Lockwood's photographs HERE


Emily said...

Thank you so much for posting this. I've never been much of a blog fan but I enjoy yours and have come to look forward to your updates. This book has a really beautiful wistfulness to it - in all the pictures she has a look that's familiar to me - as if she's already two steps into the future, looking back over her shoulder...

Best wishes from a kindred spirit in Fleetwood, NY

day-lab Blog said...


Thanks so much. I am glad to hear you enjoy the blog..and enjoyed this post. It really was a delightful read..and the photographs just make it all the more delightful. :)