llama Grove Groove

Valley of the Camelids

One Hard Weekend

Posted by kari on September 27, 2009
Posted under barn, fence, field

WorkThis was one hard weekend. Ray took every gate off their posts and re-did their fittings to keep the horse from pulling the gates off their hinges. He also had to fix three stall door closures because the horse had been having a good time pulling on them to get at grain.

That and a few minor barn changes got us a far way to ready for winter. It looks like all that’s left is stall bedding material purchases and we’ll be ready for the snow.

In addition to all this work, Ray worked on the horses hooves and pulled out the chainsaw to take care of branches that were overhanging driveways and fences.  There was a fence post shorting out the electric fence, allowing the llama and one of the cows to repeatedly escape that needed fixed as well. The entire outer perimeter was walked just to check for shorts as well.

Flurry of Work Before the Winter

Posted by kari on October 20, 2008
Posted under Uncategorized

Working hard to get everything together before it is cold and wet. Ray put a drainage ditch around the barn. Combined with last year’s new gutters, this should work out well to controll some of the flooding we experience each year. Kari pulled the fencing from inside the barn. We now have a large open space again. The plan is to use that lumber to make some stalls and put everything together to move some goats in. The alpacas and llamas are not surprised by the changes, but are very glad that they have more venues to watch food preperation. The chickens have no idea what’s up. This is not unusual. Read the rest of this entry »

Cold Out This Morning

Posted by kari on October 9, 2008
Posted under Uncategorized

We have to start brining in the llamas to the paddock at night. It’s wet and cold. The Pacific Northwest Winter is just getting started.


A Tree Fell in the Forest

Posted by kari on September 29, 2008
Posted under firewood

Fortunately, our neighbors saw. This was a very large elm tree that split several times near the middle. Fortunately it was just not a little taller, or it would have taken down the fence to the new back pasture. Ursula would have loved that ! Read the rest of this entry »

Putting Food By The Sequel

Posted by kari on September 9, 2008
Posted under food

We did put up as much food as we’ve been able to. Still there are farmer’s markets and harvest boxes to consider, but it’s been a hard year on gardens all around. Broccoli, coloflower, spinach, and other early season, but very important vegis didn’t do well. We will have to work hard to store up tomatoes, simply becuase we use so many each week.


For onions, we use them as quickly as we put them up! As you can see from the pictures, a braid is put up and by the end of the week, we’re down to two onions. So off to the farmer’s market this week for more onions than our little garden can provide. In fact, for onions and tomatoes, we could plant our entire back field, and still not have enough for a year.

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