It has be a lively few days here and we have made monumental strides toward finishing everything up for the summer, leaving only fun projects to complete as time permits. We don’t ever want to be finished...finished, because we would then become lazy, flabby and retired. Those who retire and sit around watching TV and never move don’t live long. We’ve slaved and worked our butts off to get where we are and we want to be able to enjoy the fruits of our labors. Any work from here on out, is an enjoyable labor of love and fun things that will fill our time, until we feel like going away for the day or entertaining friends.
It is now time for me to write or do what I want, while Vick paints, does glass or whatever... and we can have breakfast on the deck watching the alpacas graze right next to us... or spend the morning or evening in the garden. Cleaning the barn and mowing the grass (where the alpacas can’t get to eat), will be a pleasure and something to keep me from being bored now.
We still have the farm store to build, but the drainage issue must be resolved by the excavator first. Then of course there is the little tool shed/welding shop we want to build out back. That will be a building to gather all our tools together in so we can organize them to find them easier. There will be a large metal topped table in the center for welding, building, repairing or working on things. Neither of these has a set deadline or is an immediate requirement; they are simply more of a convenience to us than anything.
Anyway, I expanded the barn area for the alpacas more than twice the original size, encompassing the run in shed as part of the inside barn for the cold months.
They are all mooing and humming in sweet contentment, as they munch on their straw bedding as they cush in luxury now. All that is left is to sink three 6x6 treated poles to support the 16 x 8 foot porch/overhang out in front of the new expansion to provide a cushing area for the alpacas. They really love to cush in the shade, but outside of the building if possible......even at night sometimes. This doesn’t surprise us though, because alpacas are cold climate animals. They don’t like heat and muggy conditions, so we’ll construct the porch roof for them soon...before the summer heat hits us.
This year we will air condition the bunny brothel. We’ve decided it will be more cost effective than running the five 20” fans and the wall fan all summer long. We’ll install plastic on the walls and ceiling to provide an air gap and keep the condensation out. There will be great air exchange if we do not batten the wall boards, but let the outside air flow freely in that airspace. It will be the best thing we can do for the Angora bunnies comfort and still maintain their fiber coats throughout the summer months.
Well folks....that’s about it...with the exception to mention that we are going to Taunton, Massachusetts soon to pick up our ermine colored Walsh Giant baby Angora bunny. See Louise’s farm at http://www.evergreenfarm.biz/
Louise bred a pair hoping to get an ermine color for Vick, which could replace our BG (Bunny Girl), which we lost during the winter. Vick was heartbroken when she checked with Louise about another ermine colored giant, because Louise told her she didn’t have another...keeping the breeding a secret in case there wasn’t an ermine color among the litter. Once the doe gave birth and there was an ermine baby, Louise emailed Vick, breaking the good news with the picture below....
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