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Alpacas at Windy Hill

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Cindy Harris
7660 Bradley Rd.Somis, CA 93066
805-907-5162
cindy@alpacalink.com
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Monday, July 20, 2020

Relaxing by the OB Pasture

Far Out and Neato Torpedo

Far Out and Neato Torpedo

The summer goes on and the fleece keeps a'growin'! I love watching them. They think they are really something. The other day they all got in the sprinklers and gave themselves a bath. LOL

Meet John and Kelly Laurenzi, the newest members of the Windy Hill Alpaca Owners Club. They purchased AWH Who's My Daddy Now? and are planning to raise beautiful suris. They will join us at shows--as soon as we're allowed to go-- and will be learning the ropes so they can have their own ranc read more...
Meet John & Kelly Laurenzi

Meet John & Kelly Laurenzi

Join us for our Fiber Play Day August 15!

Join us for our Fiber Play Day August 15!

Pebbles on the Beach

Pebbles on the Beach

Neon Lights says Hello!

Neon Lights says Hello!


Friday, July 10, 2020

Tumbling Along Like A ...Load of Fiber

The Crew! We love you!

The Crew! We love you!

Let's start out this week by recognizing an amazing crew of volunteers and helpers
here at Windy Hill.
Lindsey, who not only helps on the ranch but had these great shirts made;
Gilberto, our great friend and helper, who brings us avocados and so many smiles;
And MacKenzie who is home, due to Covid, from college
and has become one of our right arms around here.
Thanks, you guys, for making Windy Hill a better place with your laughs, smiles, and good will.
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Sweet pickle relish

Sweet pickle relish

The new show pasture

The new show pasture

The tumbling tumbler

The tumbling tumbler

Indi and her smug smile

Indi and her smug smile


Saturday, July 4, 2020

In A Pickle?

Pickles!  Lots of pickles!

Pickles! Lots of pickles!


My cucumbers are producing like gangbusters! Everyday, it seems, I fill my sink with new ones. I mean, how many cucumbers can a girl eat??

Soooooo…. I’ve started making pickles! What fun it is to see the jars stack up. Dill pickles, sweet pickles. There’s something so satisfying about filling jars with goodies to eat later when the season is long since gone.

Here it is, 4th of July again. I think of pickles and picnics and barbecues. I remember my father and un read more...
Kalino's show fleece

Kalino's show fleece

Archimedes getting a chiropractic adjustment.

Archimedes getting a chiropractic adjustment.

Meadowlark in a pickle!

Meadowlark in a pickle!

Bye Bye Little Suzie!

Bye Bye Little Suzie!


Wednesday, July 1, 2020

The Ranch Is Hopping

Kim & Troy with Amazing Grace

Kim & Troy with Amazing Grace

A lot sure has gone on this week! As you can see, One Enchanted Evening had her baby making Troy and Kim "GranPacas"! Congratulations, you guys! Their first baby is a GIRL by Max and they are euphoric. Such a great outcome! Her name is Amazing Grace.
We had 2 other crias this week as well. Qasani had her Jeremiah cria--and it was the first time in a long time I was immediately excited about a boy! He is a gorgeous champagne color with that glowing, deep luster we all hope for. He wa read more...
Suton and his harem

Suton and his harem

Brown suri yarn

Brown suri yarn

Maui & Blue entertain the girls!

Maui & Blue entertain the girls!

Molly & Zeke in the spotlight

Molly & Zeke in the spotlight


Thursday, June 18, 2020

Crias by Day, Crias by Night

As the sun was sinking slowly in the west, the buttermilk sky was glowing. Little did we know that Kristianna, first time mother and voted least likely to deliver first, was preparing to deliver her cria. We had all gone home for the night, eaten dinner, and settled into evening activities when Tracy decided to take an twilight stroll. She wandered over to watch the expectant moms eating and noticed that one of them was calmly eating out of the feedbag with a cria head and legs dangling out h read more...
Here's Kristianna and AWH Hurry Sundown by Max under the heat lamp for the night.

Here's Kristianna and AWH Hurry Sundown by Max under the heat lamp for the night.

And here is Sundown the next day!  What a face! And look at that fleece!

And here is Sundown the next day! What a face! And look at that fleece!


Tuesday, June 2, 2020

June Gloom is Upon Us-- not the political kind...

Here are some lovely ladies with big bellies taking a nap on the damp ground  where we just ran the sprinklers.

Here are some lovely ladies with big bellies taking a nap on the damp ground where we just ran the sprinklers.

No, June Gloom isn't the melancholia that falls on us when politics and viruses and riots in the streets happen. In Ventura County (and much of LA County as well) June Gloom is cause for CELEBRATION!

Just as summer starts to heat up at the end of May and we start to think we will all die of the heat, 3-4 weeks of overcast mornings and days in the high 70's arrive. June--a blessed state-- one to be savored. The alpacas especially love it.

We did have ONE cria already! We read more...
Here I am giving him a little bottle of colostrum I milked from mom.

Here I am giving him a little bottle of colostrum I milked from mom.

I love this little planter in the yard.

I love this little planter in the yard.

MacKenzie helping build the pig shelter

MacKenzie helping build the pig shelter


Saturday, May 23, 2020

BIG FAT BABY BELLIES!

Chanel

Chanel

BIG FAT BABY BELLIES ARE EVERYWHERE AT WINDY HILL!


This coming Monday, May 25, if our first set of DUE DATES at Windy Hill. Not that any crias will be born that day--our girls have their OWN ideas of when they will give birth. LOL

About a month before the first due date we move the first month's group into the OB Pasture-- the one closest to the barn-- so that we can put them under a visual "microscope". It's the first place anyone looks when they come out in read more...
Evangeline

Evangeline

Indi showing us a big fat baby belly, and Ilsa laughing.

Indi showing us a big fat baby belly, and Ilsa laughing.

Isla

Isla

Here is Indi from the front.

Here is Indi from the front.


Thursday, May 14, 2020

Home AgainHome Again Jiggidy Jog

Here is a particularly beautiful vineyard we passed.

Here is a particularly beautiful vineyard we passed.

What a fun adventure we had! My friend Ellie took the Navigator seat, and off we went.
We left home with 10 alpacas and returned with 4 (none of the same ones we left with). The trip fit neatly into a week. We had 4 alpaca stops, and 2 relative stops. We ate junk food and didn't gain any weight (how did that happen??), and had a jolly time.

The first day we headed for Alpacas of El Dorado to drop off 3 girls for breeding. Laurie Findlay is a great lady and she has a beautif read more...
Dare Me Wingman and Fyre Dancer

Dare Me Wingman and Fyre Dancer

Mount Hood

Mount Hood

Mount St Helens (see how the top isn't pointed anymore since it blew off?)

Mount St Helens (see how the top isn't pointed anymore since it blew off?)


Wednesday, May 6, 2020

On the Road Again!

Back on the Alpaca Trail.

Yes, they cancelled all but the 1st alpaca show this season (which I didn't get to go to), so it's been a spring devoid of hauling a big trailer around the country behind my dually.

But necessities are necessities, and with the first crias due at the end of this month, it was the last available moment to hit the road and take care of all the alpaca errands I would have done if the CABA Classic had been held this coming weekend. We sorely missed read more...

Monday, May 4, 2020

Love is in the Air!

Love is in the air at Windy Hill. Everything is green, the weather is warm (but not too warm), and the almost-2 year old girls cush at the slightest provocation. Walking any alpaca down the center pathway past the adult males is accompanied by wolf whistles and standing up on the fence. Anticipation is high!

But let me pause for a moment and show you that our safety protocol is in order. The twins who come to volunteer frequently had a birthday a couple of weeks ago. Of course, read more...
Romantic Antic

Romantic Antic