Archive for August, 2009

Alpaca baby born in pasture!

Ciena Jaxon gave birth to her second cria on Monday, Aug. 24, in the pasture!  This was a first for us, although it is an ordinary event for alpacas, we’re told.

Terry opened the gates for the female alpacas to go to the pasture, and then for the males to go to their side.  She noticed Ciena lying down in the shade of a tree, and went over to investigate – but Ciena moved away from her.  Terry was able to lift her tail, but saw nothing “suspicious” of delivery, so decided, according to the advice of Dr. Bob Pollard, to “go back to the house and have a cup of tea.”  (she opted for coffee)  Forty-five minutes later she walked back to the pasture, and there was Ciena with her little female cria at side, standing and trying to nurse.  The placenta was nearby on the ground!  What a way to have babies!

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The boys on the other side of the fence, and her older brother are checking her out!

Taking a rest after all the excitement!

Taking a rest after all the excitement!

Mom and baby about two hours after birth.

Mom and baby about two hours after birth.

August 27, 2009 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

Plastering a Straw Bale House!

The plastering crew assembled and soon got to work.  In the second picture, Jared and Shana are plastering what will one day be their bathroom.  The bottom picture is of Michelle congratulating Jared on a job well done!  This indoor plastering was done in late July.  At the time of this post, the entire house, inside and out, has a “scratch coat” of plaster covering the straw bales.  It has been hard work for Jared and Shana, but they, and we, are so pleased with the progress made on the house!

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August 16, 2009 at 7:38 pm Leave a comment

Garden Bounty

Garden work is on-going here – and this is the season that we enjoy the bounty of the garden.

In the first picture, Jared and

Michelle bringing in a harvest from the front garden

Michelle bringing in a harvest from the front garden
Jared and Michelle

Jared and Michelle

Michelle are working in the Spring, setting drip lines.  Now Michelle brings the garden produce to our table!  It is so wonderful to be able to eat fresh from the garden every day!

August 11, 2009 at 2:37 pm Leave a comment