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October/November 2015 Newsletter

October, where did you go and wow....November, you're nearly gone too.  Time surely does fly when you're having fun.  We must be having loads of fun here on the farm.


Our National Alpaca Farm Days Open House was a success with lots of folks visiting our farm and wanting to know all about alpacas, some fiber demonstrations from spinners and even a young gal who has attended several of our open houses freely demonstrated how to use a drop spindle to make yarn.  She bought her drop spindle here at her first visit about 3 years ago and I believe she's 12 years old now.  She was quite the show stopper and we were very thankful for her to visit us.


Following our NAFD, we began breedings for our Fall cria next year.  We successfully bred 9 girls to our herdsires...we are pretty sure most of them are bred, with a couple of the girls still flirting with the boys, we aren't real sure about them.  What we are very sure about is Bucky.  Bucky is 6 months old and he was the "standing STUD MUFFIN" in the girls dry lot.  He practiced a lot.



In the middle of the month, we had our 2nd Saturday Spinning Bee with a great turnout and what a great day to spin in the barn.  We had a couple of newbies...my cousin brought his friend with him and due to their busy seasonal schedules at work, they will not be able to come until Spring...or at least after Christmas.  We will look forward to that.  We also made soap in the barn while we were spinning.  Not bad for not knowing any of these gals before we started our monthly Spinning Bee.  We have made some really great friendships, we hope you'll join us sometime.

 

The middle of October brought us a group of 48 students, 4 chaperones and 1 bus driver from Wisconsin who were headed toward Louisville, KY for the 88th National FFA Convention.  Their FFA advisor had contacted us about a month prior about the visit so we had some time to plan and prepare.  The weather was perfect.  These students were very well behaved and very interested in our farming operation asking very good questions and were always polite.  I had 2 of them who actually shook my hand and thanked me so very much for allowing them to come that afternoon.  Yes, The Farmer took half day off work and helped present.

 

 

Last year, our church came to us asking for a donation for the auction for our parochial education.  We donated A Day At The Farm.  This past weekend, cold as it was...we honored that donation by welcoming the Siefker family to our farm.  It was a special day for them and a day of making family memories.  Grandpa, the Siefkers, 2 daughters and 2 granddaughters.  We were also having our 2nd Saturday Spinning Bee so they got to see how we did that.  We had a buffet table set up in the barn and enjoyed a hot bowl of chili and the fine company.  It was a great day for us all. The only picture we took was of the spinners inside.

 Amongst all of our fun things here in the farm, The Farmer still has time to get kisses from one of his girls.  This is Philomena...aka...Full-of-meanness!  She really is a nice girl but she is his girl, not mine.

 

 

That was a lot of things in a short period of time....told you we'd been busy.  Now, we are preparing for our 6th Christmas in the Big Red Barn Open House, November 28th from 10am-4pm.  Santa and his elves will be at our farm from 1-3 that day.  It will be magical.  This weekend, the barn begins its transformation from normal everyday barn stuff to a winter wonderland.  We really hope you'll join us for the fun.

 

 

Updated January 10, 2017