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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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More snow?

Wednesday, May 17, 2017  Oh my goodness.  It's 29° and snowing! Since the alpacas are still wearing their full winter coats this is just a perfect day for them. The four house dogs are snoring at my feet and are quite oblivious to the snow. The outside guardian dogs are…
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Flood warning?

Tuesday, May 16, 2017  The very cold nights we've had lately (22° Sunday morning!) are hard on new gardens and plants but it's actually very good to slow the melting of the mountain snow. I look at the flood warning on the weather app every morning and I can hear…
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Spring Open Barn Day!

Saturday, May 13, 2017  Spring Open Barn day is today! High near 60° today and 0% chance of snow. :) Yesterday I let Romulus into the far back pasture and then let the rest of the boys in one at a time and so far so good.  He seems much…
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