Alys

 

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Meet Alys. She is the beginning of our very own fiber flock. That’s right, we are adding Angora goats to our heard. Alys is 9 years old, so she is an older girl, but is coming to us bred, so next fall, I will get to try my hand with kid mohair! I’m very excited. She has dropped twins three times out of her six pregnancies, so we have a good chance of getting two new arrivals in spring. Angora bucks come into rut later than some goats because of the heat of their fleece, so it will be a little bit longer before she joins our farm.

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Very friendly, she warmed up quickly when I visited, especially when I shared a fortune cookie. Although, the pumpkin really captured her attention. Her fleece will be coarser because of her age, but it gives me a chance to learn without fear of spoiling a fine fleece, and her color is still very pretty. Angora goats are sheared twice a year, so I don’t have to wait long to try spinning the results.

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This are her kids from this year, I was introduced to them as proof of what she has in her. Aren’t the curly bangs cute? I will also be bringing home Pansy when we pick up Alys, but she was more shy and I didn’t get any pictures. She is 2 years old, and cream colored. She has a few more clips of ultra fine fleece, so I’m looking forward to seeing the results. Hopefully I will be able to win her over quickly.

 

 

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Beginning

2015-07-24 20.55.35-1All great beginnings start in the dark, when the moon greets you to a new day at midnight.”

― Shannon L. Alder

I can’t seem to find the words to start this space. The desire is there, the urge to write, to share my story, as small as it is, burns within me. But I struggled to find the words to start. But surrounded by the sounds of the beach, the quiet of the night, this quote found me, and seemed to finally be a start.