Fiber with Flair!
Fiber with Flair!
Roads and Trials!
This past weekend I was attempting a trip down to Durango, Colorado, a 15 hour drive over 3 mountain passes. We didn’t make it very far. Just south of Denver, as my son and I paused to decide which way we were supposed to turn at Fairfield and Bowles (apparently we were lost again!!) we paused in the intersection. As we were debating about the map a very nice truck pulled up and rolled down his window to tell us our trailer tire was bouncing down the road behind us…. So we checked. Yup, one complete tire plus bearing and break drum were missing! So we pulled over to the grass on the side of the road and hiked back to get our tire.
As you can imagine, at this point many hours of trying to find help on Saturday morning in the south Denver area ensued. IF you are ever in this situation, I suggest you call A Convenient Change L.L.C. at (303)904-3889. Ask for either Kenny! =) They are wonderful, knowledgeable, mobile mechanics in the area from Denver to Colorado Springs.
At this point my trailer will be fixed, thanks to many helpful people for having the knowledge and space to store it for me. We will attempt the run again in October sometime. Hopefully it isn’t too late to get the animals picked up before their home sells!
So you ask, “What is the point of getting all these unwanted camelids in one place?” Well my answer is that the connection between Pachamama’s Way and SageRidge Mill is symbiotic. The camelids in the sanctuary provide beautiful fiber for processing into roving and yarn that is sold by SageRidge. In return SageRidge Mill provides grass and shelter to the camelids. Symbiotic!
The money generated from the sale of sanctuary animal fiber is put back into the animals themselves, in this way they are self-supporting. We also offer these animals for “sale” for a mere donation of $200.00 each. They all need good homes and so many are wonderful animals for 4-H projects or for that handspinner who wants a special fleece to work with each year!
If you are interested in helping to support the camelids of Pachamama’s Way, please go to www.sageridge.net go to the Ranch Shopping link and look at the list of item types we have for sale. These animals are producing roving and yarn, plus dog beds and saddle pads. We also have hats and scarves and some sock styles for sale.
So, this Christmas, make your shopping symbiotic. Get a gift that will keep your loved ones snuggly and warm and also help out an alpaca in need!
Moving..... Moving up... Moving around... Moving o
Pachamama's Way is moving. Moving is a good thing, it means that progress is being made.
I'd like to introduce myself, I am Linda Atkinson with SageRidge Ranch, up in Clearmont Wyoming. We raise alpacas and we have helped on several occasions with rescue situations for both llamas and alpacas.
Raylene and I have been fast friends for many years now and due to jobs and other necessary evils to keep rescue animals in things they need like food and shelter, Raylene has taken a job that requires much traveling. Therefore, the majority of Pachamama's Way's animals have been moved up to SageRidge Ranch in Wyoming!
Everyone has been thrilled with the new additions to our ranch..... We run on 700 acres up here, so we have room for many animals. Winter feeding is our biggest expense..... and that is around the corner!
So, if you'd be interested in helping out the camelids of Pachamama's way, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's talk about what you'd be able to help out with and what kind of an appreciation gift from the camelids of Pachamama's Way you'd like to recieve in return!
Fall Again!Hello All, It's September again. Hard to believe that the summer went so fast. I don't know about where you live but we had a wonderful cool wet summer her in NE Wyoming! We had green grass everywhere and not nearly as many grasshoppers as last year (except for in my flowerbed where they at my chives and other herbs to the GROUND!).
We've had an exciting summer. We had twins born to us, please see our web page called Tia's Story to fully read all about her twins girls, Lia & Mia, who were born in June this summer. It was an amazing experience and we have had great pleasure watching their progress as they grow!
I also finally got my page up about little Theo.... who was so sick and is now successfully moved over with the big boys this summer! He is a miracle walking around every day.
We did not make it to the State fair this year, mainly because we took time for a trip back to Michigan to visit family. It was a wonderful time.
The biggest news is that processing in the mill is picking up. We have been blessed with several new customers who have come out for workshops and instruction in the art of felting and the business of making yarn!
Thank you to:
It has been a pleasure meeting and doing business with you. Your fibers are beautiful!
The end of Summer =(It's here. We have made it past Halloween and into the dreaded days of snow and cold..... Everyone keeps complaining... well everyone except the crew in my barnyard.. they are THRILLED to have all that hay stacked up so nice and neat for them to just sit there and munch on!
I got my hay around the middle of September and even though the grass was green and plentiful, where do you think my entire herd was parked?? YUP... right there at the hay stack!
I took some really cute picture of my group of "piggies" but I am still trying to figure out how to get them to load on this blog site... so maybe I will try again tomorrow??
Needless to say, we have had snow here on and off since the beginning of October, which caused a lot of damage to the trees in town because the leaves were still on. Mother nature has a fine plan for the trees loosing their leaves BEFORE it snows so that branches and entire trees don't fall over from the weight of the snow that the leaves will hold! This year, Father Winter fouled that entire plan I guess..... ha ha... leave it to a man =)
So while I am counting bales of hay to make sure we can get though to the beginning of May and everyone has enough to eat, my crew is actively shaving the bales off on the sides or as far into the fence as they can get to the hay! I wish they could count and I wish they just understood that they are gonna be wanting that hay in February!! Ah.....
I am however, looking forward to riding more. It is always nicer in the winter with the muffled hoof noises on the snow and the calm, chilly days for wandering here and there. Sledding is another favorite pastime here which is entertaining with a group of alpacas standing at either the top of the hill watching you go down or worse.... at the bottom of the hill trying to get out of the way of the sled!!
Hot chocolate (or coffee for mom =) and cookies as it won't be too hot in the house to do baking like it is in the summer! A good book to read in the evenings... and of course, turning the heater up!!
So, I hope you enjoy your winter and probably while you may enjoy these things too.... we will all be looking forward to next summer together!
Linda: So Sorry to hear that you had to put down the new cria, All to often in life doing the right thing is not the easy thing to do.
As your mom would say in time this to will pass, Hope the next born cria is healthy. Your Cuz: Patrick
TearsToday was not a funny day, today was a teary day.
Yesterday we had a beautiful snow white cria born. She was struggling to get up as I pulled into the driveway from my errands in town. She caught my attention right away and at first glance I had a bad feeling about her. She didn't look right. So I put the car in park and walk over..... she is on her back feet and her front knees. Her front legs are bent at a 90 degree angle and I can't get them to stretch out straight!
So, I get in the car and pull up to the house and head in to do a little research.... I read about tendons, my first thought, but that should be able to be splinted. So I decide to get a bottle, because obviously she is going to need a little bit to get her moving and trying to straighten those legs out, and head out to move her and mom to the barn so I can look at the situation better. She loves the bottle!! She was hungry. She has beautiful white curly curly fleece and pink nose and ears and big dark blue eyes....
I get her and mom and sister settled with hay and water and grain. I only get nipped once and spit on once by mom for daring to touch her cria. I head back into the house to call the vet and assess the options. My vet, bless her heart, manages to get to the phone and chat with me, she tells me about splinting and I say no way is that gonna work with this, so even though she has a horrendiously busy day for the next day she says that in the afternoon when she gets done preg testing out past our place, she will swing in. Remember we don't actually live Near Anything... so "swinging in" is actually going out of your way to get here..... Thank you.
So today I fed the cria, and she looked to me when I came out for food. She would chug it and try to get up on those horrible front legs and humm humm to her mom who was humming right back. The whole day I almost feel guilty for helping her because I just know it isn't going to end well.
The vet arrives in the late afternoon, and takes one look, she checked down with the big camelid department at CSU and he said that if you couldn't stretch it a bit at least with some pressure then it was probably a defective knee in some manner and could not be fixed except with costly surgery and then it probably wouldn't take very well.
The choices are simple, put her down or watch her get massive sores on her knees and try to keep up with everyone (which there is NO way she can do this) and be, well useless and behind and struggling and failing her whole short life until some dog or coyote get her this winter.
So we put her down. My sons are upset with me, but it was the right choice. I held her while we did it, she was looking to me for a bottle.... very hard. It is done, mom is still out there protecting her little form for the night, not understanding that I took her cria away from her. My son says he will bury her in the morning, we will see, the ground is so hard I just don't know if we can.
Today was not a funny day, it was a hard one, but they happen I guess and we will continue to move on with time.
Ah yes.... Grasshoppers! Gotta love 'em. They are so disgusting! and everywhere this summer, at least in our area of the country!
County Fairs, State Fairs... it is that time of year again. Normally I really enjoy fair time. The kids and I go out and spend a day or two at the fair visiting my crazy friends whose kids have 30+ projects going on at the same time and they are frazzled and sunburnt and exhausted. This year I have officially joined their ranks of craziness!
hey mom, this is kinda weird you know since we live in the same house and all lol :)
buuuut here i am blogging you, yes its cuz i dont want to go out and do chores ;)
Have a nice day
Ok, I am blogging you. Now I know the best way to get ahold of you lol. Have a really nice day.
Another new learning experience today! Everyone knows about e-bay where you can sell about anything, but today I learned about Etsy where you can sell anything handmade!! How perfect is that for me and my business?!?!
Okay, so I have these felted stoles I have made that I am just enthralled with and can't stop touching and trying them on... they make you feel Beautiful ;-)..... so my friend, Amy, is kind enough to come over and take a few pictures for me... which of course, I can't get to load today.... so I will work on that further tonight for you all......
If you want to see them, they are at www.WyomingAlpacas.etsy.com Go check not only my stoles out, but also the hundreds of cool handmade things from around the world!!
Well, this year has been full of changes, and today is no exception. I am trying to find out how to blog today.... never done it, but my friend tells me that it would be a great addition to my website which hosts my personal business and also my life's passion (besides my children!!).
So today is a new thing called blogging. Supposedly, the stories of crazy things that go on daily on a ranch are funny to people not involved in the incident at the moment... so I will try to add some of those if I can. It is always harder to express craziness in written form, but I will give it my best shot in the near future.
So, right now, I am going to "post" this and then go see if and how it all turns up on my webpage!