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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Monday, July 4, 2011
Swana smells like eggs
Our son has been having a lot of fun with his video camera. What he lacks in filming skills he makes up for in enthusiasm. This July fourth he noticed something different while playing with our young hens. Our white leghorn, a breed known to be an early layer, smelled distinctly like eggs. I don't know for sure, but since the scent of an animal has a lot to do with what's going on inside their bodies, it make sense to think she's getting ready to lay. Her comb is gotten a lot redder too and this commonly seen as a sign of laying soon. This motivated me to build nesting boxes and new perches inside the coop.