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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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Just keep on keepin’ on

Sunday, June 4, 2017  Shearing preparations begin with clearing out every last bag of fiber from our fleece shed. The ones left are from our oldest animals and might best be used for dryer balls, dyeing experiments, garden mulch or bird nest material. If I find any nice bags left, I'll…
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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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