Iris with Somerset

Iris & Somerset

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Our Son’s Alpaca Births

&:02 he called ” I see a nose & 2 feet.” I called our neighbor and ran out to the field. It took about an hour and there she was, Iris! Our grand daughter named her. meanwhile Lachlan (1 1/2)worried about them needing grain and persisted until his father took him to get grain. he was right Whinnie was hungry after all that work! We are so fortunate to be part of this extended family!

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Sunshine

Sunshine 4 years ago

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Winnie & Sunshine

Winnie the alpaca is swollen with her impending birth. She quietly grazes, looks up now & then and goes back to eating. Life is in her. Sunshine turns 14 soon which is pretty good for a yellow lab. She mostly rests, takes short walks and needs encouragement to finish eating: peanut butter, chicken and hand feeding work. I love her and mourn her loss at times even when she is still with us. The perky excitable Sunshine has left. I want to take her swimming soon. I love her.

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BLTs!

This week we had our first BLT of the year: our slicing vine ripened tomato, our neighbor-farmers bacon, our lettuce, splendid oak farm maple oat bread! WOW. Today I supplied the farm stand with more of these marvelous tomatoes. Well time to get back to work in the hoop house.

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Tomatoes!

I picked 1/2 pint of sun gold cherry tomatoes for the stand today. I think this the earliest ever!! Some lucky customer will snap them up. The big ones are showing signs of ripening too. I love our hoop houses!

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Potato Bugs Cycle

I found 3 adult potato bugs one day and fed them to the trout in the river. A few days later I found some juveniles, put them in a jar and fed them to the fish. Sunday I found some really newly hatched and fed them to the fish! So I am interupting their cycle and creating a feeding cycle. Now to catch one of those fish!

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Independence Day

What a fun/funky parade in Montpelier yesterday. Came home and the stand was sold out! Today is a beautiful 4th and we will get some garden work done. I need to work in the squash beds and David is finishing tilling between potato rows. We visited a friends farm last week and I am envious of their lack of weeds, they are indeed diligent but nether of them works at other than the farm like we do. I must find something to do today other than farm work. I think I will do a watercolor of the way the mountains looked on our way home last night!

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We love our helpers!

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2 hoop houses

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