A New House Kitty

Kittens

Polly’s New Kittens are Growing Up

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Itty Incision After Leg Amputated

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On the Road to Recovery

About a year ago, we had a small white cat move into the loft of our stud barn.  Laura’s suspicion that she was carrying kittens was confirmed when we found a litter of three tiny kittens in our hay loft when we were putting up hay last June.  Of course Laura quickly became attached to these little bundles of fur.  As you can see, they quickly realized they had arrived at kitty Shangra La with great food, good shelter and free medical care.   About two months ago, Laura was working in the stud barn when she noticed that Gail, the small black kitten, was limping and would not put any pressure on her right rear leg.  A quick trip to the vet confirmed our worst fears.  Gail had experienced a very severe break in her right rear leg.  The break was so bad that her femur was broken right through the knee socket.  Our vet gave us three options:  euthanasia,  a very risky and costly surgery to try to repair the break or amputation of the leg.  We struggled over our decision overnight and finally decided that amputating her right rear leg would be better than risking the surgery and resultant long recovery.  Of course after we amputated her leg, we knew she would need to become an addition to our collection of cats which are allowed to live in the house. After the surgery,  Gail was in significant pain for the first couple of days.  Even though she was getting synthetic morphine, she was still howling much of the time.  Finally after two days the pain subsided and she was starting to move around the house.        Gail is shown here walking around as if she had all four legs.  We have discovered that a three legged cat can jump as high and run as fast as a cat with four legs!  Gail is a holy terror around the house.  Her small size and handicap have not prevented her from taking charge of all of the other cats in the house–including our 25 lb. Maine Coon cat.  The other four indoor cats give her plenty of space to avoid her growl and fast polydactyl front paws! It never ceases to amaze us how adaptive animals can be.  If only we humans could adapt to our own infirmities  with such ease.

Fred

Shearing Time

With summer heat only a few weeks away we have completed our annual ritual of giving each llama their summer haircuts.  Some of the llamas get show cuts while others are shorn completely.  Most of our breeding females receive a full body shearing to provide them the maximum comfort during the hot anc very humid Indiana summers.

Our pet llamas such as Buster and Lewis also receive full body cuts.

Heat Stress is the largest risk most llamas face during the hot summer months.  Shearing your llamas is absolutely essential to protect them from the often fatal effects of heat stress.  For information on shearing your llamas check in the General Care section (http://www.ywl.com/?cat=13) of our Llama FAQ.

Fred

Another Hughes Net Update

Well our experiences with the Hughes net satellite internet service has not been all wine and roses.  In my past posts I indicated that I was reasonably pleased with Hughes Net.  Unfortunately, I experienced very slow download speeds (slower than dial-up) over a two week period in mid-March.  Calls to technical support did not correct the problem.  Hughes did dispatch a service person to verify the dish alignment and check for cabling problems, but that did not resolve the issue. Fortunately, the problem went away on its own and has not returned for the past two weeks. 

 However, I do notice a consistent pattern of the speed dropping off in the evenings by 50% or more betwee 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm.  I suspect that Hughes Net is overselling their capacity in anticipation of their newest satellite coming online within the next several weeks. 

I’ll continue to post my experiences–good and bad for all of you rural dwellers like me that do not have another high speed internet option.

Fred

Spring Finally Arrives

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Early Crocus Blooms

 

Old man winter has been holding on by his finger tips for the past 3 weeks.  Our daily highs and lows have been bouncing between the mid-20’s and lower 40’s for the past three weeks.  We have also had a deluge of rain.

But he is finally loosing his grip.  The daffodils and crocuses are also popping up throughout the yard.   Finally, this weekend the temperatures moved into the lower 60’s.  This weekend even gave us two days of very welcome sunshine.

Rare Weather

Yesterday was one of those days that cannot be described or even photographed, only remembered. We had a minor ice storm during the day, which is common for us this time of year. The storm was over and sun was shining through oily black March clouds when I stepped outside to feed the llamas. But it was raining. Hard. Big drops making noisy splashes on the frozen ground. You could see the downpour through the sunshine, and the drops were huge! In fact, they were not rain drops at all. The sun was making the ice melt from the trees, and the meltwater and chuncks of ice were falling from the trees. To think that there was that much ice on the trees that it could continue to “rain” with that much intensity was a wonder.

I ventured out through the maple grove near our house and into the clearing by the pond. Just then, the sun shone through the forrest behind the pond at a late afternoon angle. The ice crusting the trees was so illuminated by the sun that I could barely look at it. The depth of the forrest was shown by receding layers of refracting light as though passing through every diamond ever cut and faceted by man. It was breathtaking.

As the sun continue to get lower in the sky, the effect continued to morph, and all afternoon was a wonder with displays of sparkling beauty and ever-present shower of meltwater and ice from the trees. An occasionaly loud crack could be heard when a weary limb of a old pine finally gave in to the weight of the ice, not able to wait until the melting caught up and relieved its heavy load.

The next day, we noticed once again how “the hill” seemed to be singled out for this ice event. North of home, where we work, and south of home, where we went out to dinner, the ice was completely gone and forgotten. On our hill, however, the ground and roads were still strewn with ice chunks and the trees still carried a shimmering rind of ice, even late the next afternoon. Whether this was due to the elevation difference or the depth of the surrounding woodlands, we don’t know. But we do seem to have a micro climate on the hill that occasionally gives us spectacular weather events not shared even by our nearby friends and neighbors.

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Llamacam “One” replacement operational

latest17.jpgWell I finally managed to install the replacement for our original llamacam “one” which failed a couple of weeks back. I had been testing the new camera and software for a few days and expected the installation to be easy. Of course I guessed wrong. I carefully mounted the new camera to the ceiling of barn porch which we call the “beach” because the llamas are always lounging there soaking up the mid-day sunshine. I carefully routed the wires and connected the power. The camera powered up and the network link light lit up as I plugged in the network cable. Success, I thought as I headed into the house expecting to see a sharp image of the “beach”.

I fired up my MacBook, typed the camera IP address into my web browser and hit return. No response! After an hour of trouble shooting I finally discovered a bad network connection on the back of the camera. I did a little cleaning and adjustment of the cable and the camera sprang to life. I was pleased to see the image was much sharper than the original camera.

I hope all of the frequent visitors to llamacam enjoy the new camera. Be sure and let us know what you think.

Fred

A Replacement for Llamacam “One” Coming Soon

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Toshiba NetCam (Llamacam #1)

Well I have finally decided on a replacement for the failed Llamacam “One”.  I have decided to install a Toshiba Netcamera to replace our original Llamacam system.  I am doing preliminary setup and testing of the new camera.  I will probably not be able to install it until next weekend since because of my real job, I don’t have much time in the evenings to work in the barn.

The new camera should provide a sharper image and provide better low light viewing.  I will also be able to point the camera across the network so I will be able to avoid trips to the barn to re-position the camera after the llamas have gotten into a pushing matches over the best cushing spot on the porch!

The Mystery of the Flickering Lights and a Solution

Over the past two weeks we have been trying to determine the cause of an electrical voltage fluctuation in our main barn. When we were working in the barn the lights would flicker–sometimes once every minute or two and other times every 15-20 minutes. We obviously had something causing voltage fluctuations. These voltages fluctuations probably caused the failure of Llamacam One and were causing a number of stability issues for the remaining cameras. I knew the problem was not being caused by REMC because our other barn (which is fed from the same meter) was not experiencing the problem. My biggest concern was a problem with the underground cable connecting our two barns. If this cable failed, locating and fixing the problem would involve a backhoe and the challenging task of avoiding a rat’s nest of stuff buried around our barns (water, electric and telephone lines). Just the thought of digging near all that mess was keeping me awake at night.

On Thursday evening while Laura was working in the main barn all of the power went off. She flipped the light switch on and off few times and miraculously the power came back on, but continued to flicker every few minutes.

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Load Center in Barn

Armed with this latest clue, I went to the barn on Saturday morning hoping to track down the cause of the problem. When I entered the barn and flipped on the main lights but they didn’t come on. I felt a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach as the thought of a total loss of power to the barn was not something I was prepared to deal with in the sub-freezing weather. I checked the automatic waterers and was surprised that none of them were frozen. In fact the water felt warm compared to the frigid air. Hmmm, they still had power. I went back into the barn and started flipping other light switches and behold about half of the lights came on. Whatever the problem was, it was only affecting one leg of the 220V feeding the barn. At this point I should have grabbed my voltmeter and done additional sleuthing to locate where the the circuit was being lost. But I didn’t. I flipped the main breaker on and off and suddenly all of the lights came on. Ah, problem fixed. It must be a bad main breaker. After a trip to Lowes and Menard’s I was armed with the parts to fix the problem.

I turned all of the power off to the barn and proceeded to replace the main breaker. In about an hour I had the new breaker installed. I flipped the switch and success. The power was back on and not flickering. Problem solved–I thought!.

Sunday morning I got up and started the morning coffee. As is my normal habit, I went to my computer to check the barn cameras to make sure all of the llamas were still tucked in bed. The cameras were all dead. I walked to the barn thinking I needed to reset the router. When I walked into the barn I discovered the barn had lost power again. I played all of the same tricks and after several tries of flipping lights and breakers on and off, the power came back on. This was not a good sign. Obviously, the cause of the problem was not the main breaker. Of course, I now own a good spare!

I went back to the house and grabbed my trusty voltmeter with a mission to figure out where the one leg of power was being lost. I opened up the load center that feeds both barns and checked the voltage on each leg of the 100 amp breaker which feeds the main barn. Both legs were hot! There was no doubt the underground cable must be failing. I walked back to the main barn to give Laura the bad news and was surprised to find all of the lights in the main barn on. Hmmm, there was at least a glimmer of hope that the cable had not failed.

The only thing left to check was the 100 amp breaker which feeds the underground cable for the main barn. I shutdown all the power and removed the 100 amp breaker. When I flipped it over to examine the terminals that connect it to the power center I saw the culprit. One set of the terminals were badly corroded and not making good connection to the load center bus. I installed a new100 amp breaker, which by luck I had purchased the day before. I flipped everything back on and walked back to the main barn to see if that had really solved the problem. Everything was working normally. I mumbled something about success very quietly to avoid appearing too optimistic. I plugged in the Uninterruptible Power Supply that I use to power the networking gear and it sat silently. Before, it was constantly chirping a warning tone because it was able to detect the slight variations in voltage that were being caused by the poor connection. This morning during my routine trip to the barn, everything was still normal. Perhaps the mystery of the flickering lights has been solved.

Fred

Another Hughes Net Update

It has been nearly two weeks since our Hughes Net system was installed and I am still pleased with the service.   The speed has been close to the advertised speed and there has been almost no downtime due to weather–eventhough we have had two significant snow falls since it was installed. 

It is really a pleasure to actually be able to download a 30 to 50mB file or a video in only a few minutes.  With our prior ISDN system the downloads of this size would have taken an hour or more so we avoided videos becasue they just weren’t worth the wait. 

If your moving from dial-up to Hughes Net I believe you should be very pleased with the speed–assuming you get a good installer.  If you have recently moved to the country from an urban area where you had cable internet or DSL you will probably not be as pleased with the speed. Your choice may come down to waiting for DSL, Cable or maybe WiMax or going ahead and moving to satellite where you can get speeds 15-20X faster  than dial-up while your waiting for the infrastructure to improve in your area.  I wouldn’t trust the cable and DSL providers on promise dates because most have a long history of being overly optimistic by multiple years!

If my experience with the system changes I’ll be sure to post my negative experiences. But as of today–so far, so good.

Fred

Llamacam “One” Rest in Peace

After being in continuous operation for nearly 10 years, our first llamacam died after a power surge last Sunday.  Llamacam “One” was used to keep track of the llamas on the barn porch. 

I have a soft spot in my heart for Llamacam “One” because I had built it myself from an old computer, a broken camcorder and pieces of string, bubble gum and other odds and ends.  It faithfully served us for 10 years under very extreme conditions.  Llamacam One was the camera which was featured on TechTv, the Discovery Channel, Indianapolis Magazine and our local CBS TV station. 

Hopefully I will figure out a replacement option this weekend.  I’ll will try to get a new camera in operation within the next couple of weeks, because I realize there are hundreds of visitors each day that will miss seeing the antics of the llamas and their keepers as they go about their daily routine!  Of course you can still tune in and see the llamas on the other 4 cameras which are still fully operational.

Llamacam One Rest in Peace.

Fred

Update on our move to Hughes Net Internet

Unfortunately our installation was delayed by bad weather , but we finally got the new Hughes Net System installed last Saturday.  After the installation was completed I had to re-configure our router and the rest of our farm network.  Our farm network is fairly complex because of wireless links between our barns and the house (spaning more than a quarter mile), which are used to feed security camera video to the house and the webcam images to our website.  Those of you that watch the llamacam have probably noticed that the cameras have been up and down a few times over the past week as I’ve been trying to work out a few kinks in the network.  We have also been plagued with a number of hardware failures that have taken the cameras down.  Hopefully, I can get most of these issues resolved this weekend if the weather cooperates.

So far I have been pleased with the speed and stability of the HughesNet Satellite internet.  It has been operational for about six days.  I have only had two brief outages of about 5 minutes each, caused by heavy snow and some ice build up on the dish.  Since we still have our ISDN line, our new router can detect the outage and outomatically switch to the ISDN line if the satellite feed is interupted.

I am getting download speeds of between 1200 and 1500 kbs (kilobits per second) and updload speeds of 500-600 kbs.  These speed are about 10 times faster than our ISDN connection.  It is certainly nice to be able to click on a video on CNN or YouTube and not have to wait 45 minutes for it to download.  In most cases streaming video starts within a few seconds and the download feed stays ahead of the playback.  I’ll keep you posted if my satisfaction changes. 

According to our installers, the key to sucess is the quality of the installation.  Our installers were fantastic and took considerable care in locating the dish and making sure it was securely mounted and properly aimed. 

Fred  😛

Welcome to our new Yellow Wood Llamas Website

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I have been re-doing our website over the past several weeks. It was long overdue for an overhaul. The new site is using the WordPress blog engine as a content management system. This approach will enable us to add new features to the Yellow Wood Llamas website and will enable Laura and I to do a better job of keeping the content fresh. This change is likely to break links to some of the older pages on our old site. If you find something missing that you would like to see added to the new site, please drop me an email Fred. Also, your comments on the new site are also welcomed.

Winter has Returned

Yesterday was a beautiful day with sunny skies and temperatures over 50 degrees.  I spent most of the day working outside and enjoying the wonderful weather.  After dark the winds picked up and we experienced a rapid change in our weather.  When I got up to make our morning coffee the temperature was hovering around 18 degrees F.  By mid-day it had only warmed to the mid-20’s and is now 21F and dropping.  As we were enjoying our warm oatmeal breakfast Laura remarked that “at least it is not snowing”.  That changed a few hours ago and we now have snow falling with over an inch already on the ground.

Fred

Easter Hat and Scarf!

Handmade Scarf and Hat

I finally finished the hat and scarf for mother. They are such pretty Easter colors, I just couldn’t help post a photo with the Easter bunnies.

The lavender yarn is 100% silky llama, and the white is Boa, which adds a lot of luster and character to both pieces. The scarf was woven and hat was made on a rake loom. I just hope my mom likes them!

Llama Plain of Nazca

Llama Plain of Nazca
View from Llamacam South at Yellow Wood West

You gotta wonder if the llamas had any out-of-this-world expectations as they incribed these figures in the snow. Perhaps they have their own intergalactic language and they are sending secret codes to their brothers “upstairs.” How else can you explain the curliques and weaving lines? Too much fermented grain, perhaps?

How Deep is 3 inches?

I noticed the snow cover summary for our area south of Indianapolis listed us as 3 to 6 inches of snow. Never trust a hill-billy weatherman to extrapolate snow fall. (Or spell “extrapolate.”) Tuesday we received almost five inches, followed by several hours of freezing rain, which added about a half inch of ice. Then, after dark, more snow; easily another 5 to 6 inches on top of the ice. Where the wind drifted the snow, we had almost two foot deep snow drifts. I guess our farm must have experienced localized, pond-effect snow. And then of course, the temperature plummeted back to zero, and this morning it is -4.

Our autumn was very cold, and then early winter was so warm I kept anticipating planting my potatoes early this year; like by February! But then the jet stream shifted and we have been flirting with zero degrees and below for almost a month. I think we are actually getting used to it. I must admit, those flannel lined jeans really help. I have closed several of the barn doors on the windward side of the barns, locking in the bored and unhappy llamas. Even when the sun is out and the temperatures reach into the teens, the wind has been a factor. Despite the rumors, I know we have had worse winters. I also know other places like St. Louis have been hit with more snow. But I am tired of this! I guess this must be what they mean by global warming. They are predicting 40 degrees next week, and that will feel like spring, even with the snow cover!

This is the first time in my 27 years at my job in Indy that I have missed two consequetive days of work due to snow. The first day, we were prepared for the weather, and with potential blizzard warnings in the forcast, my husband handled an all-day conference call while I worked on my laptop that I brought home from work. Afterwards, we began trying to dig out. That was when we realized one of our “all” wheel drive vehicles couldn’t handle the snow and ice. We barely got it moved. Our Navigator came through for us, but by the next morning, dressed by 4:30 am and ready to go to work, my trustworthy Jeep got stuck in our drifted driveway! The second day the roads were not plowed either. We gave up trying to get to work, but Fred spent hours using the tractor and front loader to clean our driveway. What a relief to see black top again! He then helped our good neighbors out with their long driveway. By the time all was finished at nightfall, we were quite tired. The next day, the Navigator would not start. Of course, our gator and mule would not start either! I guess the more rolling stock you have, the more problems you have too. At least the roads are clear and the sun is shining. More snow on the way, though!

Rush Order

I had a rush yarn order to finish in time for a birthday gift. With our winter weather finally here, staying inside to work on fiber projects was not so bad. The difficulty was that I often watch TV while I spin, or at least glance at TV while I spin. With an entire weekend of spinning and plying, however, I must have worn out all the satellite channels. When the HGTV programs began to repeat, or at least looked too much alike, I surfed all the other channels in vain. As a science fiction buff, I thought I would find solace in the SciFi channel. However, I was chased away when there was more obnoxious advertising time than movie time. You know desparation has really set in when the best show on was “The History of Tupperware.” I admit it was interesting to learn that Mr. Tupper was an enthusiastic inventor, with many lesser known ideas such as the “Fish Powered Boat.” I thought his “Dripless Ice Cream Cone” had merit, but all in all it seemed a wonder that we ever got our indespensible burping bowls. Mr. Tupper really hit his stride with that one, and continued to develop assorted styles until his patent ran out in the early 1980’s. It just goes to show that persistance pays. That unique product, combined with a powerful sales campaign that gave women a foothold in industry turned out to be a very rich story afterall.

Another not-to-be-missed movie we discovered on TCM was the 1962 original version of the “Manchurian Candidate.” If you have seen the recent Denzel Washington remake, you know the plot. The 1962 version did not have the special effects, but I believe employing dramatic rather than computer generated effects actually makes the original version a more powerful movie than the later remake. It was the first movie to deal with the subject of assasination, especially that of a presential figure. Considering the timing, it is no wonder that Frank Sinatra, who stars in the movie, had the movie shelved for years after the Kennedy assination. What also amazed me was Angela Lansbury, playing the manipulative, power-monger mother of the war hero. Her part was a mature lady of the politically active Washington social class. This is the same actress from the more recent “Murder She Wrote” series, from 1984 to 1996. Her latest movie of that series was made in 2003! She obviously has escaped the ravages of age, as she looks so much now like she did back in 1962, when she was only 37 years old. Grab a copy of this movie if you find yourself snowed in one weekend. But be forewarned: even though you know the plot already, it is best to enjoy each scene of the movie intently and not just sneak a peak occasionally through the spinning spokes of your wheel!

In the News

This is a painful blog to write, as I still find tears forming when I think of Barbaro being finally put to rest yesterday. The courage of this horse is unquestioned, and his loss both to horse racing and most especially to animal and horse lovers everywhere will be felt for years to come. Our animals give their all for their human companions, and I am always in awe when we see such a will to live as demonstrated by Barbaro. As we went through painful ordeals with two of our own pets last year, I often thought of Barbaro and hoped that somehow his strength would magically travel through the ether to help our own loved ones. I know that once Barbaro’s owners and doctors decided it was time to euthanize him, their decision was the right one. His stuggle may be over but perhaps we can all take a little of his courage with us everyday.

Yesterday I also recieved my copy of Llama Life II in the mail. This publication is one that does not just present the glossy, glamorous image of the camelid industry, but brings forth news that is important and sometimes unplesant. The closure of the Catskill Game Farm was covered, including the final auction of exotic livestock. Many people do not realize that animals in such auctions often wind up at rendering plants from which pet food and fertilizer are made. This final end must be horrifying as one can imagine the lack of care offered the animals on the way to their final destination. Equally horrifying is the number of animals purchased for canned hunting. How someone could make a trophy of a nearly tame animal, shot like a fish in a barrel, is entirely beyond me. Kudos to the rescue agencies who tried their best to purchase as many animals as practical to find them proper homes. The writer and her rescue group purchased 39 llamas, many of whom had obviously lacked proper human contact and training during their years at the farm, and were in poor health. The rescuers are endeavoring to find proper homes for these animals to live out their lives with good health and proper care. Adopting these animals, which have no commercial value, is an unselfish way to strike back at the inhumanity our animal industries impose on thier helpless victims.

The final news I read, also in Llama Life, was the obiturary of Iris Christ, who passed away December 8, 2006. She had liquidated her herd of llamas several years ago after a prolonged bout with cancer. For those who never had the opportunity to meet Iris, she was a special and interesting lady. She had a herd of about 350 llamas in Oregon, and was a descendant of the Vanderbilts. Her finances made it possible for her to create a special herd of animals with a farm that was state of the art. Despite her family money, however, she was quite down to earth and was a genuine animal lover. Upon first meeting Iris, you realized she was always concerned about the future homes of her llamas, and selling to strangers was not easy. Despite the high prices she could get for her llamas, she seemed to feel she needed to know you personally, and if you did not pass muster, you would not get to purchase from her. We spent part of three days at her farm in 1995, finally selecting LW Captain Curry, our first herd sire. A Willie K son by a Kissam daughter, he embodied the strength of Iris’s Bolivian program. What has impressed me even more since then is that now, having purchased other animals from farms all over the country, I really appreciate the care with which she raised her animals. Curry has been a gentleman since the day we brought him home. His babies have some of the finest personalities of any of our offspring born here. I have purchased other llamas with equally fine dispositions, and I know part of that is genetics, and part of it is handling and training. I have also purchased animals from farms where I think the first time the youngster was halter broke and handled was when they were being readied for one of the big prestigous sales. Hours of painful grooming, followed by days of shipping and then a rude introduction to their new owner, and new farm, and it is no wonder these llamas have a hard time trusting us. I do believe, however, that every one of Iris’s animals was trained and handled from the time they were born. She also was adamant about removing any llama from the breeding program at any hint of a genetic flaw. Many other profit-driven farms today will not share medical histories, and some will even employ surgical techniques to hide flaws from potential buyers. Iris would never have done that. She had integrity concerning her animals. Our beloved Curry and his many show winning babies are a testament to her. But when I think of Iris herself, I recall the story of how she purchased her first llamas, both youngsters. She then purchased a used school bus and drove the llamas home to Long Island across the entire United States, in the school bus! She sneaked the llamas in the hotel room at night, and did get charged a damage fee at least once! Well, those were the days. We will miss Iris, but the bloodlines she promoted in the industry are still the backbone of many thriving herds today.

2006 in Review

As we’ve said before, “What a Year” 2006 was. Although I hate to complain, as our families traveled that highway and still have our health, 2006 seemed to have more downs than ups for us personally. In October, we lost a good friend of almost 30 years to a tragic motorcycle accident caused by—you guessed it—a drunk driver. Though the loss of human life cannot be compared to the loss of a pet, animal lovers understand the private grief we also felt when we lost our cat Gus, who shared our lives and the building of our farm ever since we moved to our country home over 12 years ago. Before Christmas, we also sadly had to put down Lucy after a long battle with emphysema. Our own son suffered a brain hemmorage last spring, which he seems to have recovered from fully, but which left us all feeling our own mortality as he is only 31 years old. The year itself seemed to be filled with overwork from our “paying” jobs and more than its share of frustration. We were unable to attend many shows due to conflicting schedules, and we missed sharing our llamas with our many friends. I even had to cancel attending the Hoosier Hills Fiber Festival when I became uncharacteristally sick just before that event. The weather in 2006 was strange as well; a long wet and cold spring, followed by a fairly cool summer. Fall came fast with its cold but this winter has been warmer than usual. Through it all we’ve had rain, rain, and more rain…we’ve finally had to build a plywood runway across the mud in the pasture, because the ground is too saturated to take any more water!

On the good side, we made new friends and placed several of our beloved llamas in excellent homes. We enjoy getting updates on our babies, and we are looking forward to having Geisha and Eby back here this spring for a visit when they are bred for their first time. We finally got to have Adonis visit us, and we are looking forward to his crop of babies next fall. Our one cria this year is growing and looking like she might make a splash in the suri show ring this coming year. I also found some time to do some weaving and get some of my fiber processing caught up before the winter weather set in.

We are looking forward to 2007, although I find that the spring shows seem to be closer than I thought…I am not sure we can be ready by March! Hope to see everyone soon!

Star Adonis babies sell high; now at stud at Yellow Wood!


Star Adonis proved what he can produce at the September LFA sale: Star Bombshell (shown in photo at only a few days old!) sold for $7500, and Star Symmetry sold for $12500! Adonis is now here in south central Indiana at Yellow Wood Llamas, and available for outside stud services through next spring. We are breeding select females to him and offering proven females for sale with a breeding to Adonis; what a great way to add his sought-after characteristics to your herd! Adonis has produced a high percentage of suri offspring, and has thrown lots of color including paints and appy’s. Adonis is a large, substantial male with a sweet disposition. We are looking forward to our own first crop of babies from him! Don’t miss out!