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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.


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!

Llama Love

Posted by kari on November 4, 2009
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mooLeif the llama protects his cows. The horse, though, he could do without.

Fall Explosion

Posted by kari on October 23, 2009
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FallFall seems to have exploded this week. Somehow we weren’t looking and the leaves changed colors this week. Cherry trees, maples, walnuts and apples are all suddenly yellow and red.


Posted by kari on August 20, 2009
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PeachyYesterday was spent canning. There was lots of help and fun in the kitchen.

Lief Doesn’t Like Him

Posted by kari on May 27, 2009
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The llama does not like the new cow. He’s jumped the fence and is hanging out at the back of the property.

Posted by kari on May 24, 2009
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Our cow that will not be named arrived. There is always the trouble of attachment.

Welcome Home Brody

Posted by kari on May 23, 2009
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Posted by kari on May 12, 2009
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Welcome, Leif: Protector of the bovine, bane of the canine, and halter friendly llama. Leif has been here for a couple of weeks and is doing his job really well. He doesn’t go anywhere without his cow, and keeps the neighbors’ dog away. He brought some critters on his back, but a little Ivermectin and we’re hoping the problem will clear up quickly.

Diggin’ Ditches

Posted by kari on April 25, 2009
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Let it rain, we’ll be ready.

Here a chick, there a chick, everywhere

Posted by kari on March 28, 2009
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Chicks are really hard to find this year, and since we aren’t looking for Cornish Crosses, people at the feed store don’t quite know what to make of our requests for a multi-purpose bird. We got a black sex link and three Australorps. These should be big girls that can lay eggs if we chicken out, so to speak. It took 7 visits to feed stores to find chicks this year. If you want a turkey, no problem.

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