A Taste of Life at Windrush Alpacas

October 7, 2012

Cold Weather And Pumpkins Arrive At The Farm

Brrr!  In typical New Mexico style we have been treated to a sudden change in weather.  From days last week with temperatures in the high eighties and early nineties, today we have dropped to a day time high of around 45 F.  Fall has finally arrived on the high plains!

The cold weather gives the alpacas (and their owners) a hearty appetite.  It also makes for frisky alpacas – young Tiki was doing vertical take off displays this evening, Snow and Betty were running full gallop with the occasional kick of their legs in the air.  With the alpacas now having at least a couple of inches of fleece growth the cool temperatures feel good to them.

Our next Open Farm Day is rapidly approaching.  Fall is a great time to stock up on alpaca products and I have been busy creating things for the store.  Some wearable and others just fun.

Fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving all bring to mind pumpkins and even pumpkins can be made from alpaca!  Easy to care for, no mess involved and they will last you for years.  Needle felted alpaca pumpkins are just the thing for your fall decorations.

Needle Felted Alpaca Pumpkins

Hand made and cute as can be these mini needle felted pumpkins could be yours!

Using dyed alpaca roving (roving is fleece that has been processed to align all of the fibers in the same direction) and a needle felting technique.  I have made a selection of pumpkins to be available in the store.  From plain pumpkins to Jack-O-Lanterns, mini pumpkins to larger versions – you can choose the ones that appeal to you the most.


So come on out and join us next Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. pick the pumpkin that appeals to you the most and meet our wonderful alpacas at the same time.


November 27, 2008

Taking It Easy On Thanksgiving Day

Jack Takes It Easy

Jack Takes It Easy



When you run a farm you don’t get many (if any) days off.  There is always something that needs attending whether it be livestock to feed or fields and crops to tend.   The payoff for the lack of days off is the life style that you lead, for farming has a life style and benefits all of it’s own, whether it be seeing a brilliant sunrise in the morning or watching a new life come into the world.  Those benefits are not what you would find in most employee benefit packages, but then again they are benefits that cannot be bought.


For our Thanksgiving Day we will be taking things a little easy.  Of course chores will have to be done, after all, how could one enjoy Thanksgiving dinner with 70 pair of large brown eyes looking at you wondering where their feed is!  I know that the alpacas would not let us get away with forgetting to do chores for a day!


Once chores are done though we will be putting away the bookwork, farm repairs, fleece skirting and other tasks to instead enjoy the day cooking and eating our Thanksgiving meal, visiting with the neighbors and spending time together.  I am sure we will receive our fair share of “kisses” from the alpacas; especially the crias who love to come up and sniff us, checking out our hair and clothing.  The fall crias are at a fun age now where they are really starting to explore and test things.  Yesterday as I was raking up poop piles Nazca (the youngest of the crias) was fascinated with the rake, sniffing it, watching it and then racing away from it when I moved it.  He was having a great game with me and I wasn’t getting too much poop raked up!


The alpacas and llamas will receive their Thanksgiving treat too, some pumpkin to nibble on and maybe even a carrot or two.  Our neighbors and friends have been bringing us their Halloween pumpkins to feed to the alpacas and llamas, and the herd has been enjoying the fall treat.  Our horses however are not so enchanted with a pumpkin feast and so for them carrots alone will have to be enough.


Evening chores will come around just in time to give us some much needed activity after dinner, once the chores are complete we will be able to settle in for the night and perhaps watch a movie or play a board game (Ric is convinced he will be able to beat me at Scrabble).


Throughout out easy day though we will remember that it is a day to give thanks, and that we will do, thanks for each other, thanks for our family, thanks for our friends (both furry and not) and thanks for this wonderful lifestyle that we are so fortunate to enjoy.



November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving and Re-Post “Cold Feet? Warm Socks!”

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Today’s post will be short and sweet as it is Thanksgiving Day and there is a lot to do.  First the alpacas and all of the other animals need to get their Thanksgiving breakfast, which will be the same food as they get every day, but we will wish them a Happy Thanksgiving as we feed them.  We will also give thanks that they are in our lives and that they bring us so much joy.

Following morning chores it will be time to get ourselves ready for our Thanksgiving feast.  Amazingly by the time we have eaten our Thanksgiving meal and cleared up the kitchen it will be time for chores again!  Something to do with shorter days and earlier sunsets I suspect.  We haven’t decided how we will spend Thanksgiving evening yet but I am sure we will come up with something special to do.

On the subject of thanks, a big THANK YOU goes to my dear friend Linda who very kindly informed me yesterday that the text was missing for my post of November 20 -“Cold Feet? Warm Socks!”   I usually check my posts after I have written them to make sure they are displaying properly but with my time being devoted giving extra care to Toby I did not check that post.  So for those who would like to read the text of that post I have reposted it on the blog entry for November 20.  I have checked it and it is displaying correctly as of the time of my writing this post so fingers crossed that the gremlins do not return and remove the text again!

So Happy Thanksgiving to all who read this blog, some of you celebrate this holiday and others are in countries where different holidays are celebrated, but to all of you may you have a wonderful day filled with appreciation for all that you have.


November 19, 2007

This Week Will Be Better!

I am sure we have all had times in our lives when it seems as if nothing goes right and the last couple of weeks have been like that for us.  Vehicles breaking down, cats getting injured, a kamikaze beta fish and our poor little pomeranian dog Toby having a serious reaction to his annual vaccinations – we had enough problems in the last two weeks to see us through the rest of the year!

I remember as a teenager there was a similar period when everything seemed to go wrong.  At that time our family used to read our daily horoscopes in the newspaper and according to the horoscopes my problems had something to do with Saturn aligning with Mars, with the way things are going I bet you that those two planets are aligning again (actually I won’t bet you right now because the way my luck is running I would lose!).

As life’s problems go I realize that ours are really small on the grand scale of things, we have our health, we have a roof over our heads and we have a lovely herd of alpacas to bring a smile to our faces amidst our woes.  I will admit that I am still very worried about our dog Toby, his condition is very serious and while he has made a little progress over the weekend it is very little progress.  Toby is 12 years old and we have had him since he was 9 months old, he is my office buddy curling up behind my chair as I write this blog and usually growling at me if I have the audacity to move before he is ready to do so.  He usually is a lively, happy–go-lucky little dog who spreads joy wherever he goes, so is hard to watch him being so quite and depressed.

So this week will be better, I’ve made my mind up to that and I won’t have it any other way.  My plans to have some time working with the crias went out of the window last week, so they are going to fly back in again this week and cria school will recommence. 

Of course this week also contains one of my favorite holidays – Thanksgiving.  I love the fact that Thanksgiving brings together family and friends without the commercialism that has unfortunately become attached to Christmas.  It is a great time to slow down a little, take a look around and be truly thankful for all that we have.  I really would be quite happy to have Christmas just like Thanksgiving, no material gifts just the gift of spending time with those who mean the most to us both two legged and four legged.

So this week will be better, we will get back into the regular routine of doing chores and working with the alpacas, with a brief interlude for a scrumptious Thanksgiving feast on Thursday.  Naturally we will still have to do chores on Thursday, but what better way to work off Thanksgiving dinner!


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