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Sunday, May 31, 2020

First Cria of the Season: Welcome Northern Blessings Royal Moon

May 7th started out as any other day during stay at home; clean pastures and barn, kibble the girls and the juvie boys, fill the hay bin and change waters. This was followed by the humans eating breakfast and planning the day.
ELK Royal Fawns Tandy, our first girl due this season wasn't due for another week or so. She had been very true to 342- 345 days gestation. So at 335 days we were not watching for any imminent labor signs from her. So, I didn't jump to action when Masha texted us in the house stating that she thought Tandy would go into labor on this particular day. 15 minutes later she texted again asking us to bring the Cria kit out. what??? its too soon.... But Masha know her stuff and she knows the animals. Interestingly, we had just gone through the cria kit and had it ready.
Before we could actually get outside another text comes. " She's started!" Oh my gosh, out we go!
Tandy is a very experienced mom and had no difficulty delivering a healthy 15 pound medium brown boy. What a blessing!
Our next girl, Holly Jo is due June 7th. but if she goes as long as she did last year it will be more like June 24th. So the wait and watching begins this week.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Shearing day

All the pretty colors

All the pretty colors

Today we sheared 15 alpacas. Always an adventure! I'll spare you the description of the 7 or 8 full-on frontal spits from Sno (Snodrift) as we took her down for shearing. Once down she was fine, but she is big girl who knows her own mind. By the end of the day we had a very nice array of alpaca colors all ready to be skirted , sorted, and sent off to the mill, the hand spinners, and the co-op. I will also keep some for my own feeble attempts at fleece hand processing. Practice makes perfect, right? we will see.....
If you would like any alpaca fleece for your own experimentation, let me know. I have plenty available right now in almost all alpaca colors. I also have yarn from Skully, my dark rose grey male. I have roving in white and dark silver grey from Buddy and Chili-Pepper. And I have core-spun, also known as rug cording in white, beige, and bay black, from Buddy, Solomon, and Holly-Jo.
Buddy sadly passed away and Solomon went to a new home. But Chili-Pepper and Holly-Jo are active members of our herd.

Monday, August 5, 2019

LIfe On the Farm :)

LOVE our little trio of crias this summer. Its what we wait all year for! We were very blessed with a lovely Bay Black, maybe dark brown little girl out of Majestic Peruvian Jeremiah and Rumm Runners Holly Jo; a rose grey girl out of Snowmass Stylish Enlightening and Majestic's Chili Pepper; and a handsome little boy out of MFI Peruvian Armoire and Majestic Meadows Amazon Queen. Our little black girl is difficult to see in the photo but she most certainly has a presence in everything about her!