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Once upon a time a young triclops awoke. He felt confused and a bit ill. Slowly he looked around. Nothing looked familiar. Where was he? For that matter, who was he? Starting to feel panicked, he sat up quickly. Then he realized he had a piece of paper in his hand. There was writing on it.

Dearest Seymour,

If you are reading this, the spell has worked and our message has found its way to you. We love you and hope that you are safe and well. We hope by this time that your quest is finished and you are on your way back to us.

With Much Love,

Mom and Dad

Seymour felt full of despair. How could he find his way home if he didn’t know where home was? Seymour read the note again and then once more. The words that spoke of love, hope, and family gave him heart. Seymour stood, chose the direction that seemed best to him and began to walk.

Seymour the Wanderer

Seymour the Wanderer

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I forgot my camera on Saturday when we went to shear my mother’s alpacas. Even if I had remembered, I don’t think I would have gotten any photos. The three(my husband, son, and myself) of us were constantly busy for the nearly six hours it took us to get it done. We were super happy to have help from my nephew and his friend at the beginning of the day when we had to herd the alpacas into a confined space.

This was my first time shearing an alpaca. I’d only done two sheep before. It ended up being much different than sheep. I learned first hand that alpacas really don’t like their legs to be touched. I found shearing the necks to be the most difficult part. I’m not sure if the fiber on their necks is of a different texture or what, but it was the most difficult part to shear on every one of the alpacas, whether they were cooperative or not.

The first one we sheared (Casper) was super docile and cooperative. The last one (Sunsational) cried, screamed, spit, and/or struggled the whole time. Next time he will get done first. It was pretty difficult to deal with at the end of a long day. The other four were somewhat between those two in behavior. One struggled so much that his neck did not get finished, he looks a bit like a lion. It was hard work, and there was definitely a learning curve. I felt like I was much faster and just better at it by the end. I saw some photos today of some alpacas that had been professionally sheared, it made me feel better about the job I did. I was worried about how very ugly the hair cuts were that I gave them, the professionally done ones didn’t look too much better though.

The important thing is that the alpacas are all sheared so should be much more comfortable for the summer. I also have six huge bags of fiber to use to create more fun art.

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I’m sure you all recall how much slerks like to be outdoors. I was out taking photos of some of my flowers today. The slerks were having so much fun that I had to get some pictures of them as well.

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The little pink slerk had climbed up in the little apple tree that is growing in a pot. This pot was left here by the former owners of the house. This little tree came up from seed in it the first year we were here. I have just left it there. It has bulbs and irises planted around it.

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They hyacinths are really beautiful this year. This little guy was having a good time checking them out.

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The hellebores are still in bud. They’ve been kind of stuck at this stage. It has gotten cooler the last couple of weeks. This little guy had fun climbing up into the future flowers.

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This slerk loves the daffodils. He was hurrying from plant to plant, checking out the beautiful flowers. The daffodils are getting close to being finished, so it is good to enjoy them while it is possible to do so.

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The heuchera is pushing up some new leaves. Flowers are still quite some time off, but the leaves are always beautiful.

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This purple slerk was playing in a potted fairy garden. The hens and chicks are his favorite.

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The berry part of the snow berries are faded, most have fallen from the bush already. This slerk enjoyed the climb up through the newly emerging leaves.

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My goodness! Trying to get all the slerks together for a group photo is almost as difficult as getting the snottlings to cooperate. They finally gathered together in the muscari for a quick family photo.

I hope you enjoyed the mini garden tour with the slerks. If you love them, you can order one here. You can see more of my work on my facebook page or my web page.

 

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My best friend and I went on a long girls weekend of shenanigans. Elvin came a long with us. Not everything we did was shenanigans though. We stayed with some lovely friends on Thursday night. They had an orange tree out back and told us we were welcome to have some oranges.

So many oranges

So many oranges

Elvin scrambled right up the tree to check them out.

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“The oranges smell so good!” Elvin exclaimed. “I can’t wait to eat them.”

Time for a ride in the fruit picker.

Time for a ride in the fruit picker.

Elvin hopped into the fruit picker so he could get some of the oranges that were up high.

Got one

Got one

“This is the perfect orange. I will have it for breakfast.” he declared.

Yummy!

Yummy!

Elvin took a rest in the bag of oranges after we were done picking them. He was so happy to have so much fresh, yummy, fruit.

If you like Elvin, you can see more of my work on my facebook page or my website.

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House Hobs by their very nature don’t get out very often. However, our family has several birthdays right around the first of September. Since another family function had most of us in the same general area, which almost never happens. We got together to celebrate some birthdays and Henry wanted to come. It was a breezy day at Lake Tahoe the day of the party.

Climbing up to check out the lake

Climbing up to check out the lake

Henry scrambled up a tree so he could get a good view of the lake. It was overcast, so the lake really had a moody look about it.

 

Ready for balloons

Ready for balloons

Henry was anxious to help blow up the balloons. He got every thing he needed together so he was ready to go.

Filling with Helium

Filling with Helium

Henry controlled the flow of Helium as the balloons were filled.

Tying the balloons together

Tying the balloons together

After the balloons where filled with Helium, Henry helped tie them together to make a balloon arch.

Arch being made

Arch being made

My awesome husband posing somewhat unwillingly to display the balloons Henry is helping him tie together. Sadly, it was way to windy to get a clear photo of the balloon arch once it was done.

Snack time

Snack time

After getting the balloon arch put together, it was time for a snack. My grandson(who is mean mugging me in this photo) very nicely shared his sandwich with Henry.

In the next blog post, Henry will take a look at the cold, cold lake and presents will be opened.

 

 

 

 

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Now that Pierre was feeling pretty comfortable with the horses. It was time to move on to riding.

One more bite

One more bite

Pierre fed the horse one more bite of apple.

Testing

Testing

Then he got some help to see if he would be okay with being on the horse’s back. I’m glad that these horses were so patient with Pierre.

Saddle up

Saddle up

Finally it was time to saddle the horses. Pierre was too short to help, so he watched from the fence rail.

First ride

First ride

For his first ride, Pierre rode with Kyle. “Can I ride the other horse too?” asked Pierre politely.

Ride number two

Ride number two

Of course that was fine, so he went for a ride with Heather as well.

 

 

Solo time

Solo time

Pierre was feeling comfortable and confidant after his rides with Kyle and Heather. It was time for him to have a turn on his own.

Tools for grooming

Tools for grooming

After they take people riding, horses need to be brushed and cared for. Pierre sat in the tool bucket while the process was explained to everyone.

Brushing

Brushing

Pierre was happy to help brush the horses. He thought it was a great way to say thank you for the nice ride.

Water trough

Water trough

That last thing was to make sure that the horses had plenty of water after their hard work. Pierre filled up their water trough for them.

Pierre had such a wonderful time on his horseback riding adventure. When he got home he sat on my lap and told me all about it while he showed me the pictures. It was certainly a day that he will never forget.

All photos in this post were taken by my husband Mike or my son Kyle. I really appreciate their help in telling this story. If you are interested in see more of my work, you can do so on the Woodland Whimsy web page or the Woodland Whimsy facebook page.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On Mother’s Day, we traveled over the mountain put up a pen for my mom for her expectant mother goats. Gilbert came along with us. He was not much help with the pen. All he wanted to do was play with the animals. Poor Gilbert. Most of the animals were not all the interested in playing with him.

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Ostrich

Gilbert couldn’t get the ostrich’s attention at all. She was completely uninterested in playing with him.

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Gilbert with a peachick

The peachick (baby peacock) wasn’t too sure about hanging out with Gilbert.

Bob the calf

Bob the calf

Gilbert really liked Bob, but Bob wasn’t really interested in hanging out with him either.

Sweet little kid

Sweet little kid

The kid(baby goat) was happy to cuddle with Gilbert. He was happy to have found a friend. He spent the day trying to get to know so many animals, most of them wouldn’t even let him get close enough to get his picture taken with them. I’m glad he found a friend at last.

 

 

 

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This is the last episode of Sammy’s New Zealand/Australia adventures. His traveling companions had many wonderful adventures in Australia, but Sammy was worn out and seemed to have picked up a bit of a bug. He spent most of the Australia leg of the journey recouping. He couldn’t pass up a trip to the incredible De Bortolli Winery though. Sammy doesn’t drink, but he is very interested in things that grow and how things work.

Over looking the vines

Over looking the vines

Sammy was so happy to be able to see the rows and rows of grapes growing in the fields

Checking out the gardens

Checking out the gardens

He also enjoyed a lovely stroll through the beautiful  gardens.  After his stroll, Sammy was completely worn out. He snuggled down in a pocket and went to sleep while his traveling companions enjoyed tasting and selecting the wines they purchased.

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On the same day that he visited Hobbiton, Sammy also got to stop quickly by Karangahake Gorge at the Crown Battery. This is a gold mining area.

 

Pretty flowers

Pretty flowers

“These flowers are very pretty, but I can’t see anything else.” exclaimed Sammy

Over looking the gorge

Over looking the gorge

“That is better, thank you. Could you help me get a little bit closer though?” Sammy asked

A closer look

A closer look

“That is perfect! I can see everything down there now.” Sammy said happily.

Home for the evening

Home for the evening

After his adventure filled day at Hobbiton and the Karangahake Gorge, Sammy was ready to rest for the evening.

A bed of his own

A bed of his own

Sammy had a regular sized bed all to himself. It was so luxurious. Sammy really needed to get a good night’s sleep. In the morning, he would be walking into Mordor.

I hope you are enjoying Sammy’s New Zealand adventures. All photographs are courtesy of Stacy Sandstedt. If you like Sammy and would like to see more of my work, you can see a lot of it on my facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Woodland-Whimsy/152926771418841

 

 

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This day is the day that Sammy was the most excited about! He was on his way to Hobbiton.

Arriving

Arriving

Here’s Sammy on the fence arriving in Hobbiton. The lichen on this fence is man made. Can you believe it? Sammy was amazed at the quality of the work.

Bag End

Bag End

Sammy was so excited to see Bag End, he could barely stay balanced on the fence for his photo. He couldn’t be happier to get to see the place where Bilbo and Frodo live.

Sam and Rosie's Hobbit Hole

Sam and Rosie’s Hobbit Hole

Sammy was just as excited to be able to see Sam and Rosie’s home. The garden was beautiful, just as one would expect.

Hobbit Hole

Hobbit Hole

Sammy wasn’t sure who this Hobbit Hole belonged to, but it is pretty. It looks like someone was working in the garden and just stepped away for a bit.

Time for a close up

Time for a close up

“Can you please take a close up of me?” asked Sammy.

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View

One last view of Hobbiton from Bag End. Sammy was one happy slerk!

Souvenir

Souvenir

Sammy with the best souvenir ever. This is a leaf that had fallen from the oak tree that grows over Bag End. That tree is artificial as well. The artists made it smaller for the filming of The Hobbit as the tree was much younger then.

Traveling companions and tour guide

Traveling companions and tour guide

Here is a photo of Sammy with the tour guide and his traveling companions Stacy and Robert. Sammy was really thankful to be able to have such a great tour.

There will be more of Sammy’s adventures soon. All photos (except the last one that was taken by an innocent bystander) courtesy of Stacy Sandstedt.

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