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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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
This is a lesson that a homesteader only needs to learn once. Lock up your chickens at night. We have never seen any evidence of predators in the area. Now we have the evidence. Our Buff Orpington is our only surviving bird. One was partially devoured. Another is missing, we assume carried off. The other three were left where they were killed. Coyotes, like humans, kill for sport. Coyne and Knutzen's book "Making It" has excellent instructions as to what to do with a freshly killed chicken. I highly recommend this book along with "The Urban Homestead." We are taking the boys to City Farmers Nursery directly from school to buy new chicks, but we will have very few eggs this summer. Lesson learned.
Saturday, May 19, 2012
The flaw to this blog is that it is about doing things. Doing is not writing. After doing all day there isn't enough brain in my head to write. So here is a brief catch up before breakfast. The kitchen is functionally complete and in use. I'll finish it and write about it later. I'm behind on spring planting so I'm on to that today. Bye