This past weekend, I was given the opportunity to work at Alpaca Tracks shop above the Brigadoon restaurant in Oxford Mills. www.alpaca-tracks.com
I was honestly flattered to be asked to fill in for Kathy and Corinne as they were busy shearing their 50+ alpacas. Because of the number of animals to be shorn, it takes 2 days, ad a few animals from smaller flocks and a few llamas...you get the picture. It was a delight to be surrounded by such nice fibers and finished items. I now so want my sheep to be shorn!!
Sunday was Mother's Day and because I knew I was to be working, nothing was planned. In fact,I'm quite pleased with not adhering to schedules too rigidly. There is always work to be done: pleasant and not so pleasant. So, plot a few jobs and pending on weather,they get done. Feeding and taking care of the animals takes precedence over all the activities, chores odd jobs that need doing and sometimes it is because of the animals that the list grows.
I am still waiting to hear from the Kemptville Farmer's Market if I will be considered a vendor this year. Less than 2 weeks away from the season launch. I still don't know what day my shearing will be done but I think I will have an open house another day as shearing stresses me out more than the animals...
More big news, I have been on a waiting list for years for the Needler's Retreat.(see www.sheepsahoy.com) Many years ago,I had to give up my spot as 2 of my boys were playing for a city championship football game. I couldn't miss that! And rightly so. They did not win but I accompanied my middle son to the hospital via ambulance for a concussion. So, this year, I have a spot!! Patience requires much practice!