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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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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.

Ostrich

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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My mother lives on a farm. There are  some really lovely oak trees there. Sadly, many of them have oak root fungus. This means that occasionally one will fall over or drop big branches. These falls make lovely firewood. The last time we went to cut firewood, Ricky Goblin Baby wanted to go with us. We had a long talk with him about how to be safe on the way out to the farm. He promised that he would be very careful.

Getting ready

Getting ready

Here is a photo of Ricky while he was waiting for equipment to be prepped to begin.

Trying out the chainsaw

Trying out the chainsaw

When this log was cut most of the way through, we gave Ricky a chance to try the chainsaw. He didn’t like it much.  The chainsaw was a bit too loud and bumpy for him to enjoy using it.

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A slerk on the wedge

I know I shouldn’t be surprised, but a slerk showed up while we were working.

Trying out a hatchet

Trying out a hatchet

Ricky liked using the hatchet much better than the chainsaw. I think he’ll be using hand tools when he wants to cut branches in the future.

Ricky on the splitter

Ricky on the splitter

Large logs have to be split into smaller pieces to be used as firewood. This is a photo of Ricky on the splitter before we started the splitter up.

Running the splitter

Running the splitter

We do most of our splitting by hand with a maul, but it sure is nice to be able to use splitter some times. Ricky had a great time running the lever. He is way too short to put the logs up and get them ready.

Close up

Close up

Here is a close up of Ricky while he was working the lever.

We had a fun, if exhausting day. Ricky slept the whole way home in the truck. He was even too tired to help unload and put away the wood.

Ricky is available for sale here https://www.etsy.com/listing/93549009/ricky-goblin-baby-ooak-needle-felted

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