Archive for March, 2016

Of dreaming…and reality

This lady is a dreamer….a sort of hopeless romantic with more ideas and passions than time.  I would knit more, sew more, bake more, paint more…just create more in general if I didn’t have so darn much to do.   You know, those people (like my mom) who bounce through life with 6 hours of sleep?  Ugh, I long for that.  To wake up on my own ready for the day at 6, ready to conquer and complete!  Maybe one day, but for now…the never ending laundry and cooking and cleaning  and homeschooling have me dreaming!  So, one thing at a time…or maybe a few things!

First off, I am so excited to add fibre to our little haven.  I have contacted a farm and am very hopeful to add angora goats and baby doll sheep to our alpaca mix!  Hopefully in the near future but we really are all at the mercy of a breeding regime.  We are also looking into tending to honeybees…it would be great to have our own swarm of pollinators.   Ask me again after my first sting, I may change my mind on that one.  But the thought of bees and honey and our own plants being more prolific as a result of them sounds worth it!

I am an avid reader and so am pouring over books on all subject matters, trying to educate myself and see where to go next!  Speaking of which…anyone who likes to read of others’ farming ventures might enjoy Sylvia’s Farm by Sylvia Jorrin.  I am still looking for the sequel, I enjoyed this one so much!

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This little guy is an angora goat kid (a stock photo).  The first pic is a baby doll sheep (also stock photo).

The next thing on the pressing agenda is the vintage trailer redo.  We are in the midst of a complete redo to a vintage trailer which will allow for a resting place for our little kiddos this summer as well as a field office.  I will have before…well actually during…and after pictures when it is complete which will be soon!  The jury is still out whether we are in fact a little crazy to attempt this, but I am hopeful the end product will be just what I have envisioned (or have seen on Pinterest!!).

And our crazy, busy life? I am not complaining.  We love this family of ours.

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Oh, and one more thing…we do have someone coming home very soon!  And one little girl who is just so excited!

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Spring?!

Time goes by so fast…and sometimes that is a good thing!  It seems to be warming up here, perhaps winter is giving way to spring?!  At least for today it feels like it, and we will just enjoy what we have today.  The snow is sticky, the animals all seem a little happier.  We have added so much to our farm, and have plans for more.  Our alpacas did really well over the winter.  We were careful to monitor them a few times a day in the minus 30 degree weather and they were warm and happy inside the barn.  The ducks were happy to join them…and they are happy to find a puddle today.  They were on top of the woodpile earlier, I just wish I have seen them waddle up and down, I am still puzzled at how they managed!  Even the tractor seems to want to come out of its winter sleep!  We are anxious to get on it and start working around here again.  Today is the first day that we have seen the geese back.  New life came early here this year.  And we are so thankful that the winter gave us some warm days.  We had a little black calf born the beginning of January on one of these warmer days.  We were then surprised to have a little dun calf born a few weeks later…on another one of those days.  Both little guys are doing great.  We always look forward to the  slower days the fall and winter bring us…and now we are all looking forward to the business and warmth the spring and summer offer!

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