I find myself a little whiny lately due to the fact that I have no alpaca babies to watch in my field, jumping and running like crazy things, but my alpaca friends keep me well supplied - Bless them every one. Above is a photo sent by Amanda with the title, "Happy Easter Bunny." What a cute bunny.
Another very good alpaca pal, Sue Hammer, sent a photo of two of my old girls as big as houses, reclining dispiritedly on the ground, too pregnant and tired to bother getting on their feet to eat. Poor babies!
Don't they look bleak? Hang in there Pinka & Glad, you're almost there!
I do have to confess, though, that Tom and I spend a shocking amount of time childishly repeating to ourselves, "We don't have to shear this spring!" No sore backs and clogged sinuses! No giant, 800 milligram tablets of Motrin! No 80 degree day for sweaty, sticky shearing followed by a freezing 30 degree day with snow and accusing glares from the shivering alpacas.
Good / Bad
So life is mostly good, but not all good. I got another positive comment about the cranky fleece article - this one from a lady living in Germany who said, "Thank you, thank you, thank you!" and some other nice stuff. That's good! If you read this article, one of the things that I complained about was large alpaca farms who tell everyone that they can't be bothered using their own alpaca fleece. This week, one of those very people was quoted in the Wall St. Journal as saying that very thing. BAD - Very BAD! Here's a link to the article.
Wall Street Journal Alpaca Article
Another bad thing? people who have nothing better to do than put dumb comments about Job Hunting in Australia and Viagra and other, worse things on other people's blogs. The reason that I do not allow comments on this blog any longer is to avoid these "link spammers" and other web rats. That's also the reason that my counter total is only 683, it was reset when I updated to the new and "more secure" blogging software. If you have your own blog, be careful of these hacker / criminals! They are Bad! Check your comments and files for break-ins often, BEFORE they junk up all your web hosting space.
While I was doing my Nancy Drew, super-sleuth thing, hunting down the links of these hackers, I was checking many of the statistics for this blog and website to see who is linking to them. I did not find any hacker type links but I did find, inexplicably, a lady in the Netherlands whose knitting blog, Life n' Knitting links to my web site. This is in Dutch but some of it can be translated.
I was all set to like this Dutch person who seems to knit a lot of beautiful things with alpaca, but then I looked more closely at her super, amazingly, astonishingly perfect knitting, so now I hate her! Just kidding but, look at this knit, lace shawl! Yikes! Is she a Borg or what? No human did that knitting!
Also found a link to me from a Saudi Arabian site but, since I cannot read Arabic, I have no idea what it says. I do speak Spanish and I am not totally ignorant so I know that Azucar (sugar), Almohada (pillow), Ojala (I hope/pray that) and Alfombra (carpet) are supposedly Arabic words that made it into Spanish with the Moors. Thanks Moors! because I like my pillow, carpets and sugar PRETTY WELL, especially the sugar. If you DO speak Arabic (and English), I'd love to know what this web site or blog is about. Can you tell me? Be careful though, in case it IS a bad web site owned by hackers.
As I mentioned before, you'll have to e-mail me since there are no comments allowed on this blog. You can find me e-mail address on My Website
Two other good things? finished the set of hand spun alpaca hat & flip top mittens that I will sell at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival (Barn 6, Booth 6). See how willingly my daughter models them?
And, Mr. & Mrs. Mallard have moved into the pond in my backyard for the spring. I love ducks! They are not alpaca related but, if you have a farm, you have to have a pond (fire insurance) and, if you have a pond, why not have ducks? These are the little things that make the farm life so nice.
This coming Sunday is the ABC Show in New Jersey. If you live around there and want to go, get the info. from their website, Alpaca Heritage Events
If you get to the show, say Hi to Ingrid, Yvette and the "other Kate" aka "Kate 2" from me, "Kate 1."
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