Thursday, October 30, 2008

It is GREAT to have green grass in October!

I moved the flock out to a portion of our "hayfield." We were able to get one cutting this year. It is such a joy to watch the animals when they move to fresh pasture. The llamas start humming in anticipation as they watch me set up fence. They get the sheep going and that's when the baa's start to get insistent. When I let them in, they all romp in the new grass. We feel fortunate to still have grass for them!

This is a picture of Nessarose, one of our
Argentine Llamas. She and several ewes are running out of the old pasture into the new. For all you fiber fans, Nessa's wool won the first place ribbon at Llama Magic in Lake Elmo last May! She and her half-sister are both bred for spring. So Roundabout Acres will have lambs and
crias next spring!

And finally, this picture is of Nessarose in the background and Karma in the foreground. Rudy, our gelding has his head in the grass in the back. I call these two girls my "fancy-pants" llamas. They do think they are something special.

Stay tuned for more pictures of our sheep, including our Shetland Mules and our Cheviots.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Where to begin?

Where to begin? How to sum up the last two years? So many changes have happened since we moved to this little farm. In May of 2006, we were on our house hunt. We wanted a farm but hadn't been able to find anything with more than a few acres. As we drove up the driveway, the rusty windmill was in our line of sight. I think my husband and I were hooked at that point. While walking the property, we saw a tired, overgrown farm. The well was bad, fields weed-choked, barnyard overgrown, fencing non-existent. The charming, leaning, 100-year old barn had a leaky roof and dry rot. But the house was newer, surrounded by the fields and the wide open sky above. We knew that with hard work we could transform this farm.

We came from a postage stamp sized lot in the city -- on a very busy street, near a noisy intersection, under a flight path for the Twin Cities airport. The City of Richfield wanted our house for a roadway project. They planned to put in a roundabout intersection. We had planned on moving to the country at some point...the City just changed our timetable. So, two years later, we don't miss the City at all! Every day, we truly feel blessed to be here.

I will just start with where we are at today. Details can be filled in over time. Today, we have a new well, the barn roof is patched, we have several acres of pasture fenced and some of the weeds cleared out. And we have a wonderful flock of sheep and llamas!