Wow. So now we have experienced a month and a week of 2018 and it has sure been a cold one! I don’t know about you, but I’m awfully thankful for alpaca socks to wear for doing chores, around the house, to work and…well…anywhere that you can. The crisp cold mornings are certainly invigorating, but frankly, I’m ready for spring, are you?
This year has been a busy one with guests, show registrations, alpaca sales and farm truck progress. We would first like to thank everyone who has come to visit the farm, followed our facebook page, or ordered products online. Your support keeps the fires lit when the cold weather tries to convince us to stay inside. Our location is on a hill in the country and it really is ten degrees colder out here, it takes some fortitude to come and visit this time of year.
Our little crew has been busy. Lisa has learned how to knit fingerless gloves and mittens. This means that Steph is extra busy spinning yarn to keep up. Check out our inventory to see some of the cool unique creations. We have a lot of fleece to process but we are working, working, working to make room for our 2018 fleece harvest. The date is to be determined, but late April or early May are the dates we have requested.
Despite the deterrent of cold weather we have two young alpacas that need to learn the finer details of halter training. Our little crew has signed up our three youngest alpacas for both the National Alpaca Show and the RailSplitter Alpaca Show. We are crazy excited! The National Alpaca show will be in Peoria, Illinois on March 23-25th along with the National Walking Fleece show. That is only 2 hours from us! The show should be one of the largest alpaca shows of the year and features the best of the best. Wish us luck! Then, one month later, these same alpacas are registered to show in the RailSplitter Alpaca Show in Springfield, Illinois on April 21st and 22nd. This is another dual show with the Illinois Alpaca and Fest. Again, wish us luck and come to the shows to see all the different alpacas and alpaca products.
Farm truck is coming along. The glass has been put in place and little pieces are being sourced and added fairly frequently. New tires are mounted and she is ready for some PAINT! We just have to wait for Mother Nature to cooperate.
And last but not least, we would like to thank our new friends, Cindy and her family, for joining the “alpaca lifestyle” with the purchase of Veva Bell and Elani. Both of these alpacas are National Blue ribbon winners in spin-off/cottage fleece. They should be a great addition to the farm. Plus, Elani (bay black) is carrying what will be the very fist offspring of our snow white male Leo. Wonder what color we will get?
Stay tuned, and see how our year goes!