llama Grove Groove

Valley of the Camelids

A New Beginning

Posted by kari on March 22, 2014
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We brought some chicks home to start the farm afresh. We have 7 right now. Here’s hoping for warm weather to start up again.

Posted by kari on January 18, 2013
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Barn sweet Barn

Not much is moving on the farm. It’s winter, so no surprise. There are plans in the works, though. Chickens and horses should come next year. We’re thinking of rescue horses rather than bred this time around, and maybe fostering instead of owning. There is a lot of uncertainty, but chickens are easy animals, flexible and able to travel or find a new home if the farm moves again soon.

We’ll put in drainage for the livestock field and introduce a barn cat or two in 2013. On the inside, the new cat has caught a mouse. Here’s hoping for many more.

The Rats are cute. They don’t do tricks, but they’re good holding rats.

Farewell, Old Friend

Posted by kari on August 12, 2012
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OrionWith a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Orion. 16 years young, he was the best mouser and most cuddly cat you ever met. Each person who met Orion was treated to a slobbery hello and a warm belly pet. The poor old man dissappeared while we were at the State Fair.

He was there to say goodbye as we got in the car, and he left a mouse in the strawberry bed for us to remember him by. There were wild animals in the vicinty, so he probably became prey to a larger animal.

We’re sorry to see the old man leave. He’s been with us since kittenhood, when we found him at a farm store in Tanque Verde. He was a sweetheart and a hard worker.

Taunting Deer

Posted by kari on July 23, 2012
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Come here !The lack of critters in the barn is boring us all. Orion the cat had taken to walking up to deer. This is odd behavior. The deer are a little scared. Well they should be. He usually gives love pats on the head/leg to anyone who reaches down to sniff/pet him. It’s a trap. The closer he can get, the more cuddly he seems. Don’t reach down. He’ll get you.

The apples and pears are coming in large this year. This is our first year here, so I don’t know if this is a good yield. The branches are weighted, and we’re looking forward to pies, juice and more come autumn.

We continue to mow every week and a half or so, but it’s so wasteful to have so much good sugar-laden grass out there in the field with out a big animal on the field. Oh for the days of horses and cows, llamas and alpacas!

There are plenty of projects left to go. The greenhouse will have to wait for next year, but we got the barn stalls clean and ready to go. There is another stall door to buy and the water troughs we have left are alpaca/llama size, so we’ll have to upgrade eventually or continually water the animals. No, that doesn’t mean we’ll have animals in 2012. But it’s better to be prepared when we are ready to go than to have to put out a whole bunch of expenditures at the same time we bring in a pet.


Posted by kari on June 24, 2012
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Who can say how much time and thought goes into landscaping. I have no idea. We had a landscape architect come to Llama Grove 2.0 and make a plan, but we moved before implementing this fantastic project. Now we are looking at the landscaping of the latest iteration of Llama Grove. It was created about 40 years ago, and has changed with the three known owners over the time since some of the trees were originally planted. So we spend about 2 hours mowing and more time weed eating the fence lines and area behind bricks where trees reside with weeds.

We had water tragedy lately. The basement flooded a couple times with torrential summer rains. Eventually we found that the primary downspout was taken off it’s pipe connection to the ravine when our roof was cleaned. Hooking it up helped the water issue in our basement, much to our relief as that’s where the library and children’s school rooms are.

In other water news, the Prius had water in its gas tank and has been in the shop for 2 weeks as the gas tank, indicator and who knows what else needed replaced. The riding mower and other gas powered things have similar problems, but the truck had more gas added to help that one out. The electric mower mowed as far as it’s cord would allow to keep the landscaping clean and neat, but the pastures are going to seed.

We’ll get the garage cleaned up soon, and be up and running in no time.

On the Move. Farm 3.0

Posted by kari on April 25, 2012
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Barn!Step one:

find a new home for llama grove


You heard me. Well, we needed to re-home the groovy grove, so, step one completed. Completed-ish.

I can’t say that there will be llamas. But there is a barn. See at the right? That’s a barn, yo! Sure, it needs work, but we can probably live in it instead of the house if we ever need to. And who knows, we might need to. The house has issues that we can discuss later.

Step two. Yes, let’s move on to step two:

move in llamas ?? I can’t answer to that at the moment. There might be llamas. Isn’t that a really bad

book? We can promise chickens, and maybe a dog. The little man didn’t do so well with Walter, our neighbor’s dog, but he loves dogs. It took him a while to warm up to horses, so we might get a dog. A ratter for the barn?

But definitely chickens. Orpingtons are a must. They are very protective of their areas, they lay at least one egg a day for more of the year than most chickens, and they are bright and affectionate. At least ours have been. Maybe a luxury bird like a silkie again? tiny little egg layers are cute and this farm is smaller than the last two, so maybe mini-chickens are the answer.

houseThe farm house is more farm house than any Llama Grove farm house before it. It’s quaint and has barn siding inside. It’s awesome and scary. Let the remod begin! We can do this! Make it awesome! Any inspirational music out there? We could use it.

Let’s rething step two. Step two will be a garden this time. Let’s get some box planters and make an area for a green house to help the lack of CSA this year. Don’t worry. If you build it, they will come. The animals, silly.

Farm 2.0

Posted by kari on April 17, 2011
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The farm is starting again. When the last of the animals left Llama Grove we thought it might be a long time chicken tractorbefore animals were brought to the new homestead. But a couple weeks ago, we did just that! Six baby chickens have made their way to the new Llama Grove. To the left is their chicken tractor. It’s pretty big, but we’re able to move it around the property. It also matches the house, with it’s steep angles and high-fronted design.

The kids love the little fluff balls. The chicks started off inhome the mud room. Today there is no wind and a lot of sunlight, so the chickens are outside enjoying the green grass and spiders that run through it. The chicks get a fair bit of handling, so we’re hoping for chickens that come to us and don’t jump when we reach for them. They already jump a lot. We never thought that we’d be trying to clip the wings of pullets before they were fully laying.


Posted by kari on May 16, 2010
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mowMore mowing, more fields. This is a lot of fun, really.


Posted by kari on May 9, 2010
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farmingLlama Grove is moving. Are you a real farmer when you say things like, “Gotta mow the field before that storm gets in.”

Spring Cleaning

Posted by kari on April 19, 2010
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daisysThese are the last daffydils from the flower bed. It’s a little sad to think that we will not get flowers from teh same bulbs next year, but plans for moving llama Grove proceed apace. We may have to rename the farm now that we’re changing to the top of a foothill rather than an enclosed hillside. 🙂

It’s been wonderful planning how we can make this land viable, sustainable, and productive.

Ready to Go!

Posted by kari on April 6, 2010
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closetCome on Spring! Bring that warm weather and beautiful veg. We’re ready for you! The spices are all organized and the last of last years sarkaut and pickling is done! When will the snow end? When will the sun come out? Will we be making our own apple juice or will we have to buy it? We’re ready for you growth. Come get us!

The top shelf of the pantry is kombucha, vanilla, ginger ale and other fermentation jars, the next shelf down is all spices, the next shelf is a combinaiton of baking needs, coffee and emergency cans of stuff we might not have been able to stock up on. the final shelf is flour, cane crystals, etc. Oils on the ground, more spices hanging on the door. We are so ready!

Homestead Here?

Posted by kari on March 28, 2010
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chickensWe’re not sure if this is the permanent homestead. The view is unbeatable, but the slopes don’t accomodate the larger animals without putting the soil in jeapordy. The chickens love the space that used to belong to the female Alpacas! So roomy and full of worms. They also have the entire barn to themselves. We’ll be looking for a new site soon enough, but hope to return to the llama grove as soon as we can. <3

Growing Season Begins

Posted by kari on February 22, 2010
Posted under food, weather

rubarbThe rhubarb and garlic are growing already! We’ve had such warm weather that today I was sweeping wasps nests off the roof and found a wasp. The nights have been very cold, though. there is no cloud cover at night, so we have a real risk of frost taking the buds off the apple trees and killing the garlic and rhubarb.


Posted by kari on February 2, 2010
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chickenThe chickens continue to lay as though it was summer time. They are doing great.

Away From Home

Posted by kari on December 23, 2009
Posted under barn, cow, llama

from the rightWell, everyone is gone now. We will miss everyone who went to live with other farms permanently. The cows were really lovable and the llama was probably the most beautiful llama we’ve ever seen. He quite a personality on top of that. We’d really been looking forward to training him for hikes.

Brody, the horse is staying at Gaston Irish Sporthorses. He will remain there and be trained by the extremely competent trainer until someone comes to take him to another home, or until we build a dry barn. Whichever comes first. He’s such a big love that we know he’ll be in good hands either way.

On the up side, we’re in the middle of winter and getting 6 to 8 eggs a day from the chickens! This is great news. The weather has been rainy, but nice and warm for the time of year. The big question is without llamas and alpacas, what will we do for large-ish scale garden composting?

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