Winter is settling in.....
and now it's time to focus on some of those indoor projects. Sorting, knitting, weaving, putting doors on the boys barn, turning manure piles and planning for next spring....
This past year has been a busy one. I have sorted about a hundred fleeces, we sheared almost 200 alpacas and llamas and Tom is now certified in shearing sheep for those farms we shear for who also have a few sheep as well as alpacas.
We had another beautiful weekend for National Alpaca Farm Days on September. Hundreds of visitors and lots of trips through the obstacles course for our llamas and alpacas. We hope our visitors enjoyed themselves as much as we enjoyed showing off our herd. Our bake sale raised $162 for the Washington County Humane Society and our visitors packed almost 90 boxes for Operation Christmas Child.
Our little patient, Forrest, who had the casts on his legs, went home after Farm Days and is doing very well. His owner says he is always running as fast as he can. He often heard "Run, Forrest, RUN!"
The Hartford Helping Hands 4H club and Girl Scout Troop 4633 from Germantown visited the farm to learn about alpacas and llamas, feed the animals, take the llamas and alpacas through the obstacle course and learn needle and wet felting of alpaca fiber.
Our new puppy, Penny, a border collie is learning her role on the farm. She understands how to gather the animals (alpaca, chickens or ducks) into a group but hasn't quite figured out how to move them to where we like them to go.
The ducks have moved into their new "apartment" in the pole barn for the winter. Now we don't have to shovel them a path when it snows and, hopefully, they will be warmer. The boys (alpacas) are not quite sure what to make of all the chatter but they seem to have gotten used to it
Our Newest Members
Magic Willows is always welcoming new faces. Our newest additions are Millie's 4th baby Zimmy (born here on June 25); Princess Di, her son Sebastian, and Di's mom Annie; Lotus Blossom's boy, Bohdi (born 9/29/14) and Makena's not-so-little girl, Autumn Blast (born 10/3/14). We lost our new bunnies, Phoebe and S'Mores as well as our llama, Grey Ghost (aka Moose)- all crossed over the Rainbow Bridge.
(Photos of Bodhi and Autumn to come)
If you’re counting, that’s 36 alpacas, 40+ chickens, 10 ducks, 1 peacock, 2 angora rabbits, and 1 dog.