Author: Karen Kelly

Every thing is not coming up roses

While the roses are beautiful this year this is the second year that I’ve had snakes. Yikes! I hate snakes! Have been here for 35 years and last year was the first snake year. The good news is this year the snakes have just been scary 2 gopher, one king and 1 rattler. Last year… Read more »

Mowing a spring pasture

The pasture is tall and it’s time to mow. So I decided to get the lawnmower out and clean it up before I mowed. It’s always nice to have a clean machine. Well you probably already know this. I did but forgot. ArmorAll works great on vinyl to get it nice and shiny clean. Well… Read more »

It’s summer time and the living ain’t easy

So it’s time to get the irritation (opps) irrigation going. I’ve spent the last few days checking and fixing the water to the pastures. I guess I never fully appreciated how much time and effort it took when someone else was doing it. It’s pretty easy to figure you have a problem when you turn… Read more »


Back from the California Classic Alpaca Show in Pleasanton, CA. We had a great show with Summer coming away with the Color Group Award.

Show Time!

I’ve been busy getting my youngsters ready for show. Amelia is my “wild card” the first time on her halter she had a tantrum and THREW herself on the ground. (Got to love those suri”s) She actually doing really well now. She will be joined by Cosette, Hugo and India. Actually, I’m taking 8 to… Read more »

It’s Spring…time to mow.

Last week we got much needed rain probably about 3 inches here at the ranch. The good news is I got 2 pastures fertilized before it rained. Following the rain we have had some great warm weather that has just made the pastures and the weeds pop. So today was reserved for mowing. When I… Read more »

Yahoo!! Shearing is done for 2013

Spring is always a busy time around the ranch. Crias’s being born. Getting ready for shows. Getting the irrigation ready for another year. Fertilizing pastures and OH Yeah, Shearing. A couple of year ago I moved my shearing to mid March with the plan to have everyone but the show string sheared before April first…. Read more »

Dyeing Play Day

Several of us got together to dye a variety of fibers this weekend. The weather was glorious and we had a great day. It was fun to see the results of each person’s color selections. What’s really fun is to read the name of the color and have an idea in your mind what it… Read more »

Did I tell you about Daisy?

Daisy was born, at a friends farm, to a first time mom who rejected her. I don’t mean she just was a little slow in figuring out motherhood. She would NOT let Daisy nurse. The farm tried diligently to bond the mother and daughter. The vet suggested drugging the mom and putting her into the… Read more »

Spring in the middle of winter

We have been having a very mild winter here in Northern California. The end of 2012 brought lots of rain actually some flooding with record setting snow fall (for time of year) like 162% of normal. Then a warm dry beginning of 2013. Mother Nature has a wicked sense of humor, The trees are in… Read more »