In 2010 a family of four sold their charming little condo in the increasingly fashionable neighborhood of University Heights. With the money they bought a stripped out house in East San Diego previously owned by human smugglers. Their goal was a radical change in lifestyle that would allow DIY Makerism, self reliance, alternative technology, permaculture, and urban homesteading into their lives in ways their HOA would have never allowed. The ideas that lead them to take this plunge came from the steampunk movement as it was during a brief shining period when art and philosophy seemed at least as important as brass, and great essays, speeches, and letters were written. These days they don't worry so much about what people call "steampunk." They call what they're doing the Greyshade Estate.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
A General Update
Well it’s been awhile hasn’t it? We’ve been too busy to post so I thought a general update is the order of the day. We moved in enough furniture to spend Christmas Eve and day on the Estate but not enough to prevent us from doing the things we still need to do to get the house properly livable. It was a good and much needed moral boost for the whole family. I also took time off from work to watch the children during winter break. After Christmas we spent two more nights on the estate. We managed get a lot done during this time. We finished installing the insulation, which was very much needed because by San Diego standards it’s been cold this year! We even had frost. This only happens once every three to five years here so it is noteworthy for future food growing. It’s a reminder that our “year round growing season” is not always so year round. We too have seasons and that must be respected. We have also had a lot of rain for San Diego, which has made or land lush and green. We managed to repaint the kitchen between rainstorms. Pictures to follow.