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Breakfast conversations

Friday, June 23, 2017  Every Friday I have breakfast with a dear friend who also happens to be a world renown animal communicator. She talks to all the animals, translates for their owners and that is her job. She has no website, no facebook, and all her clients are word…
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Baaaaa

Thursday, June 22, 2017  We've had cow neighbors, we've had horse neighbors, and the alpacas are used to that. But we've never ever had sheep neighbors and when the trailer next door opened, out came a bunch of sheep - which set the alpacas into alarm call mode for hours.…
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Summer Solstice!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017  Happy Summer Solstice! There will be plenty of sunshine to go around today after a ferocious storm came through last night. We lost quite a few branches from the big willow in our driveway, the outside cam was toppled and the reiki tent might not have…
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White fur flies

Monday, June 19, 2017  June is not only for alpaca shearing but also for outside dog grooming.  The three guardian dogs are shedding their dense winter undercoats and I'm the one who helps get it all out. Charlotte is almost done, and yesterday I decided to take advantage of the…
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Let’s all calm down

Friday, June 16, 2017  I've been in a bit of a panic mode about how and what to feed our dogs since the devastating loss of our Matilda. I do not know if her food had anything to do with her untimely death but I have to at least consider…
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Working with the harvest

Wednesday, June 14, 2017  We're expecting a perfect 72 degree day today. I'll take it!  Time to start opening the bags of fleece and get them ready for processing. Yarn, roving or maybe felt, it all starts on my skirting table. I'll remove any bits of hay and toss out…
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A day of rest?

Monday, June 12, 2017  So what are you doing today, Yaya? Not much!  LOL  A little bit of rest never hurt anyone and that will be my thought of the day. Skirting fleeeces will start this week, but not today. The preparation to get everything ready for shearing day is…
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We’re done!

Sunday, June 11, 2017  Whew. We finished shearing all 62 alpacas before 2 pm yesterday. As our fabulous team of helpers sat down to relax and enjoy lunch, the shearers drove off to do another farm of 60 more alpacas!  (they did grab some food to go)  All alpacas are…
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Friday June 9

Friday, June 9, 2017  The day before shearing is not a day for relaxing.🙄 But we'll be ready when the shearers arrive tonight. At least this year my leg is healed to a point where I can stand on it - last year for shearing I needed to be in a…
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Busy days

Thursday, June 8, 2017  Fleece shed cleared out √ List of all alpaca names for card tags √  Barn almost cleaned out √  Bags for fleeces √  Sheets for rolling fleeces √ Food planned for helpers and shearers √ Sleeping areangement for shearers on Friday night √  Today I'll rearrange some fencing so none of the…
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Woodland Walkabout

Wednesday, June 7, 2017  For some reason all three of our guardian dogs decided leave the ranch and go on a "Woodland Walkabout" last night. Actually it was early this morning about 1:30 am. The house dogs alerted us to the intruders in the driveway and my flashlight showed Abby and Charlotte! They…
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Sharing the shade

Tuesday, June 5, 2017  It's definitely warming up in Woodland! Today we'll see high temps of over 80°. Alpacas will need to be in the shade for sure this afternoon. Imagine standing out in the sun in your warmest winter coat and you'll understand why. Our 7 yr old grandson…
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Monday June 5

Monday, June 4, 2017  The new kittens Bogart and Brando ventured out of the barn yesterday for the first time. They are so full of kitten antics it is a lovely distraction. How to remember which is which? We have a little chant: "Marlon Brando has white feet". (Bogart is…
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