We started the morning out by hanging the Indian blanket on the top door of the alpaca's Dutch type double door, so it would close off the opening and still allow them to slip through the center slit. We let it gapped open by about three or four inches so they would get used to going between the blankets, but they are more skittish than I originally thought. Vick had to hang one side open and out of the way before they would go through. Funny animals...ferocious around a predator, but afraid of a blanket hanging over an opening...Go figure...... Anyway, after placing the blanket this morning, Vick continued on with releasing all the critters and feeding them as I readied everything and all the tools for starting to work on the gift shop banister railings on the porch and then starting to install board and batons. We finished the whole front side before stopping. I did about all my knees would allow for today, but we weren't too upset, because we were out of nails anyway and had to go to GNH for them and a fifty foot roll of aluminum flashing before we could start either side or the back. When we returned from GNH, we went to Koch's Restaurant in Leeds, for some of their fine German cooking. When we returned home, we figured how much steel roofing we needed and what lengths to order tomorrow. We also need more 2x4's to frame in the gable end and do the fly rafters, so we'll have to order them or get them from GNH or Lowe's, along with spindles for the banisters on the porch. We're really making good headway with the gift shop now and we don't want to stop. The purlin's are already ordered...and Dave, from the saw mill should call any day now, telling us that they are done and ready to be picked up.
Tomorrow is the sheep and wool festival... We'll be going to it sometime before noon and probably won't return until almost dark, so the birds will be in all day. Laura, the girl we got the Guinea Fowl from was supposed to go with us, but we haven't heard anything from her yet. Vicki is going to try calling her right now to find out if she is going or not... Uh-Oh...got her answering machine. Hopefully she will respond and we'll know if she is still planning to go with us or not.
Vick is looking forward to going more than last year, because we now own the alpacas and she is spinning too. It's going to be much more interesting and we will be able to talk with others doing the same things we are. We'll see sheep, goats, alpacas and angora rabbits.
Below are some pictures of today's progress on the banister railings and the board siding on the front.