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Friday, July 3, 2020

Man Its a Hot One....

Tandy getting a drink

Tandy getting a drink

"Like seven inches from the midday sun" (Carlos Santana, "Smooth")

Northern Michigan is NOT supposed to have day after day of high 80's and 90 degrees with skin slick from humidity. The herd is feeling the heat also. They are expert at squeezing into the areas of shade and moving when it does. Eventually, the smart girls will go in the barn and lay in front of the fans. Even the new crias are not running around as much, which must be very hard for them. :)
It truly is a lazy summer day for them. A day long siesta. We keep the water buckets filled and change the water so that it is nice and cold. Tandy knows just how she likes it, straight from the source. Amazon, one of our experienced moms is slightly overdue, and Chili Pepper is 30 days from her due date. We are watching them carefully, not stressing them anymore than the weather is already doing and praying for healthy babies and moms.
Breeding will just have to wait until cooler weather sets in and everyone is more prepared and comfortable.
Us humans are not that smart.
Dave just got the tractor back so he's mowing. I suggested he wait until the heat of day is done. but he can't stand looking at grass he can certainly see growing. I am watering the garden, and not minding when I get wet. And the kids are doing their chores. We work with hats on and water bottles nearby, but we can rest when needed.
I hope you are all staying cool, drinking enough water and resting when needed.
Happy 4th of July to all!!
Snodrift's baby enjoying the shade

Snodrift's baby enjoying the shade

Monday, June 29, 2020

Cria's, Cria's, Cria's

Snowmass Royal Gold White Chocolate

Snowmass Royal Gold White Chocolate

It looks like twins out in the pasture running around and I am thankful that their moms know who they are because I would not at this point. Two little boys, both white born on June 26th and June 29th. They are only a pound different in weight. Oh so adorable they are! We are blessed.
They join Northern Blessings Royal Moon who was born on May 7th. There is not much better entertainment than watching the cria's running around the pasture playing chase and annoying their moms and siblings.
They all have their own info page on our sight. please check them out.
name TBD

name TBD

Northern Blessings Royal Moon

Northern Blessings Royal Moon

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!