The Lifeblood

Without you, this farm is just lines on a map. With you, this farm is a beating heart with open arms. Saturday at our spin-in, Cara visited for the first time, and captured some photos of the farm's residents. I've included a couple of my favorites. When I see these pictures, I see the critters I interact with every day, but I see them in a new way. You, by your arts, bring out the richness of the farm.

An Ameraucana Hen

Siblings at the Trough

I've been spring-time busy here at the farm this week. The warm weather brings lots of chores that can only be done when the air temperature is tolerable. I've dealt with a little drainage issue in the north paddock, given the sheep a little green grass time in the far north paddock, cleaned out the chicken coops, and done some preliminary wool sorting. We've entertained several groups for farm tours, and added some new egg customers. There's so much more to be done.

The alpacas will be sheared on April 5, probably around 8 AM by our sheep shearer, Danny. Please come if you'd like, and help out or just observe. Once that fiber is off the animals, the prep work will begin in earnest. We've been offered a washing machine, which will live on the back porch, and will be used to soak and spin out the wool and alpaca fiber before we send it to the mill. The cleaner, the better!

I'm long overdue for both a newsletter and a podcast, but if you're a regular blog reader, you know all there is to know. I do plan to get both a newsletter and a podcast put together soon. The next big event, for me, is the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival (May 1st and 2nd). I have a Really Big Project planned for that. I'll tell you all about it tomorrow.

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  1. This looks so inspiring! Thank you for posting lots of pictures on your blog and can't wait to visit the farm when it's warmer. Unfortunately, I missed the emergency alpaca shearing... but hopefully soon there will be another opportunity. Take care and greetings!

    Great pictures, Cara!

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  2. This looks so inspiring! Thank you for posting lots of pictures on your blog and can't wait to visit the farm when it's warmer. Unfortunately, I missed the emergency alpaca shearing... but hopefully soon there will be another opportunity. Take care and greetings!


    Great pictures, Cara!

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  3. I'm sorry we didn't do shearing here, Ellie - if just to have you photograph it! But with the spring weather, there will be many opportunities for great farm shots. Please come back soon!
    ~Cindy

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