Shearing this year was a lot of fun with old and new friends helping out. Many of my best fleeces were purchased on the spot by artisan and commercial buyers. The balance of our fleeces will all be gone this week with the exception of the few I kept for myself.
The 2015 CABA Classic was a fun event this year and we were very fortunate to win a number of top places with our 2014 cria and for the second year in a row the coveted Suri Get-of-Sire Championship, this time with PCAF Accoyo Kaden’s stunning offspring.
We put up a high tunnel greenhouse, planted tomatoes, beans and chard and have been very busy with this year’s harvest. Our Evergreen raspberries have produced more than ever before and we are still picking several pints a day. Our freezer is full and we have sold an impressive amount of Organic eggs, vegetables and fruit.
We were blessed to have a Veterinarian “intern” with us this summer. She is here from Brazil to study at the prestigious Biology and Management of Zoo Animal program offered to a select few at PCC. Dr. Cris loved working with the animals and in the greenhouse. We really enjoyed exchanging information and the time we shared.
John finally finished restoring his 1935 Ford Flathead V-8 Pickup in time for the Fourth of July Parade where it won the trophy in its class and I showed our 1929 MB Gazelle.
The beautiful imported Japanese Shiro Utsuri Koi that were installed in our grow ponds have been harvested and will be at the NW Koi Breeders’ Uwajimaya’s Koi Show this coming weekend. It is so much fun to see how fast they grow!
The cria have all arrived and the youngest is over a month old. They are a healthy, growing group of both Suri and Huacaya and have been so much fun. The fiber on my Huacaya babies is very fine, and the Suri babies are exceptionally lustrous. We have begun halter training most of them and they are a very calm and accepting group thanks to special helper, Fanita D.
A few of our favorite animals left for new homes during the summer. I know they will be well cared for by the people who chose them as additions to their families and breeding programs.
Summer is all but gone with the coming of the Fall Equinox just two days away. I am ready for milder weather and so are the animals. Neither of us like excessive heat but that is what we dealt with the last three months with the hottest summer on record in our area. We irrigated under our Douglas Fir trees non-stop, praying we wouldn’t have to deal the fires that devastated so many in the Northwest. When surrounded by trees and dry stubble from harvested crops, it is a major concern. We send our prayers to those that suffered great losses in the fires of 2015.