Blog

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! …
continue reading

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…
continue reading

Sweet boys

Friday, June 6, 2014   I went out yesterday to the boys pasture to get some final pre-shearing photos and I had my telephoto lens on my camera. Well the boys obviously enjoyed my visit because they all came and stood right next to me, and all I could capture were…
continue reading

Feathered friends

Thursday, June 5, 2014   Two more days til shearing!  The 3 x 5 cards are all labeled and alphabetized, fencing is all rearranged, fleece bags are ready, and the rest is more last minute kind of stuff. ( I'm best at the last minute, LOL)  We'll have crias arriving any…
continue reading

A lovely distraction

Wednesday, June 4, 2014   While trying to get things ready for shearing day on Saturday, I have been making frequent trips outside to check on Miranda, and I always have my camera with me, just in case.   Our nesting swallows must have decided I needed a subject to shoot and…
continue reading

Getting close!

Tuesday, June 3, 2014   Miranda, one of our new girls, had me on the edge of my seat yesterday. She is looking really close to delivering her cria. I've been through this hundreds of times before but it always gets my adrenalin going.  I'm as prepared as I can possibly…
continue reading

chillin’

Monday, June 2, 2014  It was a chilly 32 degrees here this morning, and the alpacas look quite invigorated!   My new little tomato plants, not so much. :(   But I can replace the tomatoes easier than the alpacas , so it's all good.   We'll need to close off…
continue reading

Happy June!

Sunday, June 1, 2014  It's June!  Six more days til shearing 2014. So this will be a very busy week getting things ready for the big event. Visitors coming today, including our family so the prep work will wait til tomorrow. :)  The weather ahead looks dry and cooler, good…
continue reading

Pregnant or not?

Saturday, May 31, 2014  This time of year everyone asks me which ones are pregnant. And you might think it's a simple answer, but it's not.  I can tell you what female was bred to which male on exactly what day last year, but over the years I've learned not to…
continue reading

Perfect weather?

Friday, May 30, 2014  Thanks for all the kind words and thoughts sent for Delilah.  She is eating although still staying near her 'towel'. Each day will be a little easier for her. Even though it was in the low 70's yesterday and just about perfect weather wise (for me), I…
continue reading

sad news

Thursday, May 29, 2014  A little bit of sad news today.  About an hour after we got home on Tuesday, Delilah delivered a tiny black cria.  The problem is she was not due until 8/7/14.  No way could one born that early survive. :(  It breaks my heart to have this…
continue reading

We’re baaaaaack!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014   Seriously, I did not fall off the face of the earth. ;)  But the internet was giving me fits.  However, it was the internet in Florida, not Utah. We needed to pay an up close and personal visit to our kids and one very sweet almost 2…
continue reading

Shearing is set!

Friday May 23, 2014  We finally have a firm shearing date!  June 7 is the day, we'll stream the event live on our alpaca cam so you can see how it's all done.  We will have a few raw fleeces for sale, most will be processed into yarn and roving. …
continue reading

Dating age ;)

Thursday May 22, 2014  A question I am often asked is 'at what age are alpacas ready for breeding?'.  As with most things alpaca, it's not a simple answer.  With females, I look at their months of age similar to a human in years. So a 16 month old alpaca…
continue reading