St. Andrews School , 63 Federal Rd. Barrington, RI
is holding an Artisan Craft Fair this Saturday, the 8th,
from 9:00 – 3:00.
Over 40 vendors are participating. KAVE ROCK FARM will
be there with alpacas and warm fiber products. Come by to
see us and support local crafters.
We continue to learn and be amazed by the quality of alpaca fiber.
Did you know …..?
*Alpaca fiber is lanolin free
(unlike sheep wool which has lanolin and cause an itchy feeling)
*Alpaca fiber is fire resistant
*Alpaca fiber is breathable and non-allergenic
*Alpaca fiber naturally prevents dust mites
*Alpaca fiber is porous and stays dry
(sheep wool absorbs 25-30% moisture whereas alpaca absorbs 40-45%)
Visit us to see our alpacas or to purchase some quality products at one of our upcoming events or call to make an appointment here at Kave Rock Farm! (401) 465-7589
Our little man, Lee, is TWO years old today. He’s wet with snow as you can see in the picture I took today. It’s not a great photo since the crown of his head is matted down. He certainly is a handsome dude and destined to be our herdsire in another year or so. Lee was the first yearling we purchased after the ‘original five’ and holds a special place in my heart. He’s ever curious, a good buddy to our dog, Mason and always willing to snuggle up nose-to-nose with female visitors. Happy second birthday, Lee!!
The Lean-To is complete and has been ALPACA approved! The ‘girls’ adjusted quickly to their new home. They were very happy to stay warm and dry during the heavy rains last week. So what’s next? The floor needs to be poured in the main barn and the other Lean-To will need to be erected. There are few cosmetic details and some batts for the interior walls. Looking back on some past posts, I wonder how we ever envisioned the progress that’s been made. Stay tuned for more …
It’s A BOY!!! Jett surprised us by coming into the world early this afternoon. My father-in-law happened to be visiting the animals when he noticed the girls huddling together in the back field. It was then that he realized we had a new baby. He contacted us and kept watch to be sure the baby was safe. By the time Dave and I got home, little Jett was walking and nursing comfortably.
I dried him completely and put a blanket on him to keep him warm. He is a gorgeous, deep velvet black color. He weighed in at 13.5 lbs. Bot mom and baby are doing fine.
Welcome to the herd, Baby Jett!!
Construction on the lean-to has begun. The back wall will be completed today. The look is deceiving. You can get a feel of how spacious it is once you step inside. Ideally, I’d like to keep the front area facing the house open, like it is in the photo. I like to be able to see the females while I am inside the house. Once the back wall is complete, it will obstruct my view of the males, however. Stay tuned for more!! AND . . . Eclipse is due in about 5 weeks so you know I’ll be posting pictures of a new cria!
Well, well, well . . . it is beginning to look like a REAL barn!
The roof is up and shingled. There are now boards up on all sides (although the photo shows one side not completed). We had to put up our alpaca weather vane – a gift from son, Ryan, last Christmas.
So what’s the next step? There will be a lean-to which will eventually become home to the girls. We will also need a concrete floor in the main building. I guess some doors will be needed also. So much more to be done . . .
In the meantime, visit us every other weekend at the Easton Farmer’s Market on Depot Street. We will be there tomorrow – August 30th.
The ‘boys’, specifically Franklin and Lee, were wrestling this morning and getting vocal. I grabbed my camera on my way to see what they were doing. The playful banter is never as rough as it used to be prior to Franklin getting fixed. Our elder resident, Rusty, doesn’t like the rough housing and runs and spits when the other two get close to him. I think they do it purposely and then giggle to themselves when Rusty runs away. Silly youth! Franklin is curious about the camera so I got some close-ups of him. Alpacas each have an individual personality.
Since I was out visiting the ‘boys’ with my camera, I just had to get a few shots of our 3 week old, Summer. She isn’t very sure of me yet and keeps her distance (I wish I had a better zoom lens). Her mama, Alaurea , continued to graze and was not phased by my presence. She is our most friendly alpaca and seems to enjoy a neck rub now and then.
Our mini schnauzer, Mason, is accepted by the pack but keeps a safe distance most days. At times he roams the field with a watchful eye and presence of mind to know alpacas could stomp him at any minute. Today he chose to watch from the wall.
I hope you all enjoy my photos!
Raise the roof!!! Yes, the roof is going up. Thank you, Scott … I bet working with Padre was more fun than a trip to Aruba.
After the roof, we begin the lean-to which will house the ‘girls’.
On another note, Mariah and CeCe are honeymooning in Westport with their hubbies, Teddy and Straight Up. We can’t wait until they are back at Kave Rock. Looks like two more cria next July! Yes, it is an 11 1/2 month gestation. Of course we are also looking forward to our next cria due in late October. Mama, Eclipse, is just starting to ‘show’.
Stay tuned for more Barn Raising updates!
It takes a village … in addition to the front and back walls, the steel beam has been welded in place. It was welded by my talented and energetic 84 year young father-in-law, John Medeiros. I was told he climbed the ladder and crossed the staging determined to get the job done. While I regret I have no photos of him actually doing the work, I am glad I wasn’t home to photographic it since I would have had my eyes closed! I have climbed the staging myself several times and although I am not terribly afraid of heights, I am cautious and not comfortable climbing the ladder. Watch our blog for more BARN updates!