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June 3, 2017

Saturday, June 3, 2017  To all who have asked, no we are not shearing today. But we have finally been confirmed for 7:00 am next Saturday June 10.  Helpers: Please reconfirm with me via email if you can help us on that date.  I'll have a lot of preparations to…
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RIP Matilda

June 2, 2017 My heart is broken. We lost our sweet Matilda last night. She lost her appetite and started running a fever on Wednesday and I took her right in to the vet. Bloodwork normal, ultrasound showed no obstruction or obvious infection. They sent us home with antibiotics. When…
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June 1, 2017

Thursday, June 1, 2017  Just when I thought things were starting to settle down I found myself on the way to an emergency vet visit with my sweet Matilda. A 105° fever and no appetite is nothing I'll mess around with, so off we went. Her blood work was normal, ultrasound showed…
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Next Open Barn day planned

Wednesday, May 31, 2017  We've planned our next Open Barn Day for June 24. We will celebrate the harvest of our fleeces and have some for sale that day too.  We'll have spinning demonstrations all afternoon and the walking paths will be open for your alpaca viewing pleasure. It will be a…
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Summertime?

Tuesday, May 30, 2017  Our irrigation pumps are working, the screens are up on the house windows, flower baskets are hanging on the porch. It feels like winter finally let go! The alpacas are looking for shade in the barn more often and we're enjoying daylight til after 9 p.m.…
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Holidays on the farm

Monday, May 29, 2017  It looks like we will finally see temps near 70 today!  whooo-hooo! It's pasture clean up day now that the pasture vac (AKA poop sucker) has been repaired.  There are always projects and chores to be done when you live and work on a farm but…
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Keep the fleece

Sunday, May 27, 2017  Usually by the end of May I'm pretty darm frustrated that we don't have a shearing date yet.  But it's been so darn cold this year it's hard to be upset. I was born with an overabundance of mothering hormones and I need everything in my realm…
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Clean out day!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017  It's finally clean out the barn day! I rather like the warm cozy feel in there right now, and so do the animals, but summer is coming and a nice cool floor will be more appreciated. We also need a clean floor for shearing day. The winter…
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May 23, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017  The Pyrenees are shedding their winter coats and white tufts of dog hair are all over the pastures. I do comb and brush all 3 of them as much as I can, but much of it just seems to happen on its own.  The lovely part…
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Rainy day photos

Monday, May 22, 2017  Cloudy skies and occasional rain yesterday made for some interesting photos. The boys especially seem to know when I'm taking pictures and they really do pose for me. The girls seem a bit more camera shy and usually stand in groups.  The studs are all about…
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Saturday, May 20

Saturday, May 20, 2017  Well it's still not warm enough for the baskets of flowers to stay outside overnight, but it looks like we will have a pretty pleasant Saturday. We finally have a plan for getting the winter bedding out of the barn and it looks like that will…
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RIP dear Friday

Friday, May 19, 2017  Well I guess it's time I share a bit of sadness that Ive been keeping to myself. We lost our beloved kitten Friday last week. We found him last Thursday before Open Barn day and I couldn't handle any sympathy hugs which would have had me…
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May 18 and 17°

Thursday, May 18, 2017  It's 17° here this morning! That kind of takes the edge off my urgency with confirming our shearing date. The thought of 60 shivering alpacas just doesn't sit well in my head. It looks like it will be warming up next week and then I'll pick up…
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