Sunday, January 06, 2008

The weather broke finally

Wow! After two weeks of cold wet rain and then freezing temperatures we awoke this morning to a beautiful day outside. When I went to do chores it was already over 50F and most of the day is was up around 70F! It felt like spring.

This was Neil's last day of vacation and with the lousy weather we haven't been able to get most of the projects done that we hoped to during his vacation time. It is kind of hard to put siding on the barns in driving rain and 6 inches of mud. So, today Neil got almost the entire end wall of the alpaca barn finished. He ran out of 2x4s at the end so he couldn't finish the header over the 8 foot door but otherwise it looks great.

It was so nice out that I took the cria coat off of our new baby alpaca for the first time. I then took a bunch of photos of her since I really couldn't do that well with her shut up in the barn with her mom Noodle. Noodle has finally decided to be an attentive mom and is nursing her well and worries when she is out of sight. I think we have decided on a name for her: Gingersnap. Since she was born 3 days after Christmas and had the color of gingerbread it just seemed to fit her. We will most likely call her Ginger around the farm. Here is one of the photos I snapped of Ginger today at 10 days old.

We spent the rest of the day just tidying up outside and enjoying the nice weather. Our neighbor across the street, Danny, came over to talk with Neil about pouring the cement slab for our new garage and he told Neil that he would be able to get it done in the next two weeks or so. It will be so nice for Neil to finally get his garage up so the tools from the house, the shed and the barn can all go to their proper place and Neil can have a place to work without having to clear space in the barn every time we do a project.

The hens only gave 7 eggs today. They must be hiding them somewhere.

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