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, July 20, 2011
Swana lays an egg
Sixteen days after our white leghorn Swana gave off a distinct egg-like smell she laid the first egg of the flock. The small size is typical of a first egg. For the past two weeks her comb and wattles have gotten steadily bigger and she started squatting rather than running whenever we tried to pick her up. Our conclusion is that the egg smell was a hormonal release. This was the consensus on the Backyard Chickens forum also. In other words, she didn't really smell like eggs, she smelled like teen spirit. Sorry, I couldn't resist.