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!
We are proud to announce a 15 lb female cria born at 6:45 this morning!
When I checked in at 5:00 AM there was no sign of an impending birth. When Dave got
up around 6:45 he noticed all the alpacas hovering around in a circle. Alaurea had just given birth!
We quickly got the others into the adjoining pen so mom and cria could bond. We got the new baby cleaned
up and watched to assure both were healthy.
This is Alaurea’s 6th cria and she is an awesome mom. In fact, her last girl, CeCe, was born on this day
THREE years ago!
It’s our very FIRST birth here at Kave Rock Farm so we are overjoyed watching each tiny milestone. The wobbly legs
and unsteady gait make us laugh. She has already attempted running only to be stopped by a fence she didn’t notice!
Luckily she bounces back well!
Around 8:00 PM last night, I glanced out the window and saw the alpacas grazing in the back field. Rosie and CeCe looked a little on edge but the alpha female, Alaurea, seemed pretty calm. I saw an alpaca walking along the edge of the woods and it was then I realized that animal was too dark in color to be one of our females. It was, in fact, a deer. CeCe and Rosie approached cautiously and the deer ran in the opposite direction. I’m not sure how the deer got into the enclosure but she probably ambled through the deep woods. She got a little spooked when she tried to run out toward the house and was trapped by fences. Eventually she ran back into the woods. The girls went back to grazing and will most likely welcome new friends again this summer.
Alaurea, our 11 year old alpaca, throws beautiful fawn females. We have two of her daughters and hope to breed them this summer. Her due date is 20+ days away but by looking at her photo you can see she’s got quite a girth. Our youngest female alpaca, Rosie, is 8 months old but she was born at our mentor farm since we were not prepared for a birth here. So, Alaurea’s cria will be the FIRST one born here at Kave Rock! We will keep you posted!
Munroe Feed & Supply (200 Fairview Ave – Rehoboth) will be holding their Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, June 21st from 8-5. Kave Rock Farm will be there (9-1)with some newly sheered alpacas. Stop by and feed the alpacas, see a chainsaw carving demonstration, enjoy a hay ride or have your face painted all while listening to Cat Country (11-1).
It was an exciting week here at Kave Rock Farm. Allie Crowley from ABC Channel 6 called and asked if she could do a piece – YOUR TOWN, YOUR LIFE, here at the farm.
We consulted with our fluffy, 4-legged residents and they were ….well – unimpressed to say the least – SIGH…. Dave and I decided to invite Allie anyway.
Allie was super nice and did the filming and interview by herself. (She also does the editing herself too!)
Our alpaca ‘girls’ were well behaved and friendly. They did everything on cue – eating leaves, drinking from the reservoir, looking cute . . .
Mason, our mini schnauzer, was sure to get in the action also, although we had one frightening moment when Mason spotted a family of geese. Those of you who know us well know that Voo pays Mason in ‘treats’ to rid his yard of geese (who leave droppings EVERYWHERE). As Allie and I pulled up to the water’s edge in the golf cart, Mason flew off the seat and chased the geese into the water. One frightened baby gosling was left behind and Mason pounced! Those of you who know Mason know he never harms the birds. The gosling played ‘dead’ until I retrieved it and placed it on the water’s edge where it joined it’s family. Allie and I breathed a sigh of relief. Luckily that incident was CUT during editing.
Dave and I enjoyed our 3 minutes of fame and got to meet Allie Crowley a beautiful and talented Floridian – but we can’t fault her for not being a New England gal! : )
The exterior beams are set. We’re thankful we had a few extra farm hands available – Thank You – Tommy & Trevor Perry.
We’ve ordered some more boards and siding from the local saw mill so they should be coming in the next few days.
Once the steel beam is in place we can get working on the roof!
In addition to the barn, the back field we seeded is green and the boys now have access to a wooded area.
It seems that they find every briar bush possible and can be seen trailing long vines behind them.
Watch for more updates on our barn building project!