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Babies are here!

Sunday, June 22, 2014    We have babies!!!!  Two at once!  Born about 30 minutes apart, both babies and first time moms are doing great this morning.  I tried to keep them in front of the cam, but healthy active babies don't stay still for long.  The biggest challenge was keeping…
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Summer Solstice!

Saturday, June 21, 2014   Summer Solstice!   Happy Birthday wishes to my dear sister. xo  It's the longest day of the year in daylight hours and a perfect day for a cria to be born. I had my eye on Smiley most of the day yesterday, but she wasn't quite ready…
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Clear skies ahead!

Friday, June 20, 2014  OK girls, we have a string of about 10 days of beautiful 70 degree weather and no freezing nights. Perfect weather for new babies don't you think?  It's just that I'm getting excited to meet the new ones!  I guess I'll just keep skirting the fleeces…
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Getting closer

Thursday, June 19, 2014  It dipped below freezing again overnight but I think we will be on a warming trend now. Once the sun comes out, the alpacas love this cold weather and graze in the farther pastures much longer than they would on a warm day. We are close…
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Snow on June 17!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014  We did have snow yesterday and when I drove home from running an errand the snow plows were out on the road!  I put out extra hay for the pacas and they all did fine even without their fleeces.  It's a very chilly 30 degrees this…
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June 17 update

Tuesday, June 17, 2014  So now Mother Nature is playing some cruel tricks and hinting at snow tonight!   I guess those moms might want to keep those crias inside for another day or two.   We have a school visiting us today, when we planned this we never expected it would…
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King of the Hills

Monday, June 16, 2014   The boys have a clean barn and a brand new dirt hill to climb on.  If you have alpacas you really need a hill for them, it will provide hours of entertainment for you and excellent exercise for them.  The males especially seem to love playing…
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Happy Father’s Day!

Sunday, June 15, 2014   Happy Father's Day! We're giving Ed the day off here and also wishing my daddy in Kentucky the best day ever. Thanks for all you do. ♥ Love you both!  Happy Father's day to all the dads out there who care for, love and teach the…
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Saturday happenings

Saturday, June 14, 2014   The target for today is the boys barn and pasture. We need to get it ready to move the little boys over and rebuild some of the low spots that get icy in the winter.  When we do this I worry about leaving the boys in…
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Patiently waiting

Thursday, June 12, 2014  No babies yet, so I will have time to concentrate on more fleeces today. I'm hearing about other alpaca farms who have been waiting more than 365 days for crias to arrive this spring.  We plan on 345 days, but we know the variations on that…
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Waiting for babies

Wednesday, June 11, 2014  Our 4 year old grandson is spending the day here today, so I'm sort of hoping the 2 crias whose arrival is so close will not choose today.  :) But we'll certainly handle it if today is the day.  The best place to learn about birth…
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Starting on the fleeces

Tuesday, June 10, 2014  Baby watch continues and fleece sorting begins.  I'll probably move a skirting table outside where I can keep an eye on the girls while I work.   We have some really beautiful fleeces this year and I cant wait to open those bags. Yarn? Felting projects? …
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ABBA

Monday, June 9, 2014   Our first crias of the year are so very close!  We have seen ABBA with Miranda! What is ABBA you might ask?  It's short for alien baby butt activity. :) It's when you see a nose poking under the moms skin looking for it's way out! …
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Shearing is done!

Sunday, June 8, 2014   We're done!!  All alpaca are "nekked", fleeces all bagged and I'll start sorting through fleeces next week. Today we rest! :)  Thank you to an excellent shearing crew and fabulous helpers!   No babies arrived during shearing, (whew) but it wont be long now. Photos of the…
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