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Faith and Fleece Alpacas

to be good shepherds

Don & Tracy Pellegrino
7660 Bradley RdSomis, CA 93066
626-716-0943
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Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few

Zendaya about 9 months old

Zendaya about 9 months old

Nearly every shearing season we feel the harvest is plentiful and there could probably not be such thing as too many laborers. Shearing season, which may be different times of the year depending on location & temperatures, etc., in Southern California we are some of the earliest to shear. Alpaca fleece is extremely warm - I've heard references to it being second in thermal properties to polar bears. I've also heard references that at 60 degrees in full fleece they are uncomfortable. Postponi read more...
about 8 months growth

about 8 months growth

just sheared

just sheared

crimpy, bright & fine fleece

crimpy, bright & fine fleece

blanket across the dining room table lol

blanket across the dining room table lol


Friday, September 7, 2018

Describing your why ?

Yarn by Destiny

Yarn by Destiny

- When you see and touch that luxurious fleece - over and over again
- When you use the word scintillating to describe suri yarn your herd produced
- When you can't stop looking at and feeling your harvest
- When you can't wait to wear some of your alpaca wear
- When you can't wait to share some of your alpaca wear
- When you are utterly impressed by the creative items that can be produced
- When you are ecstatic over a confirmed pregnancy after many attempts
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barn hair don't care

barn hair don't care


Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Benefits of Vitamin F

say hello to my little friend

say hello to my little friend

I just recently read something about vitamin F – It caught my attention so I thought I’d write a quick little blog on the benefits of it. Vitamin F is probably the most awesome supplement out there! Realizing that there may be many people out there who are suffering from various ailments, life stressors, work, illness, finances, fragmented families, those who don’t have children, while others who have extremely challenging children. Benefits of Vitamin F may be very vital to your well being. T read more...
friends you meet long the journey

friends you meet long the journey

friends bring you things you like to help make you happy

friends bring you things you like to help make you happy

friends sharing a pen & pregnancy

friends sharing a pen & pregnancy

close friends

close friends


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

All Things Anatolian

look a heart-shaped mud puddle

look a heart-shaped mud puddle

This is a dog's world. At least ours often seems to be dominated by dogs. Through the years we have suffered the loss of numerous pets and it never is easy, even though we are blessed to be surrounded by others. We have also been fortunate enough to witness the births of various breed types because our daughter actually runs a non-profit dog rescue. We attended dog shows in the past that also exposed us to a large variety of breeds but those were mostly in the non-sporting categories. The type read more...
Good sit

Good sit

Ain't misbehaving

Ain't misbehaving

smiling in the shade on a warm sunny day

smiling in the shade on a warm sunny day

this is my waggy semi-uncurled tail..

this is my waggy semi-uncurled tail..


Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Are We Having Fun Yet?

TOY

TOY

Happy New Year - Its a new dawn, it’s a new day, its a new year for me... and I'm feeling???

A new year can bring one a chance to reflect on events over the past year and while another digit in itself may not be overly significant, I think it is great to reflect and ponder some on past and plan some, always doing our best to look forward to the future.

In reflecting on 2014, I thought of quite a few of those in our alpaca community; There were those we got to know this past read more...
Be a Santa

Be a Santa

create something & add a little bling

create something & add a little bling

Take a selfie

Take a selfie

play in the snow

play in the snow


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

If you can't beat the heat try & get creative at staying cool

Had a feeling it might be a long, hot summer in So Cal. Not only with on-going drought constantly in the news, it is becoming more evident everywhere you turn, no water in creek beds, dry looking brush and new wildfires breaking out. We are rolling into fall and have had temperatures of over 90 degrees for weeks straight – Ok, no humidity for those in other areas, but regardless too warm for too long.

Not 1 but 3, alpaca people lost their first born cria’s (alpaca babies) just last read more...

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Alpaca A.D.D. what a tangled mess I weave...

cat helping with scarf

cat helping with scarf

Warning, you may have Alpaca ADD, a version of Attention Deficit Disorder if you love too many things about alpacas to count, have multiple projects going simultaneously, are equally enthused about each one and would prefer to let other tasks such as eating and sleeping go LOL.

I thought I could write a little bit about creative alpaca uses. Personally, I am not a crafter. My mother on the other-hand, she sewed, knitted, crocheted, took cake-decorating classes, painted ceramics... read more...
finished product after tangle mess

finished product after tangle mess

felted dog & cat toys

felted dog & cat toys

attempt at baby blanket & scarf simutaneously lol

attempt at baby blanket & scarf simutaneously lol

alpaca stuffed dog beds- in process

alpaca stuffed dog beds- in process


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Keep Calm and Start an Alpaca Farm

Here I go again (I am thinking if I re-read blog guidelines, I am at minimum doing a dis-service to alpaca blogging) writing not useful, alpaca information, but here I go, once again giving example of what not to do. Sharing our inept ways, in hopes you will find humor in the day to day, excuse pun, hum drums of our alpaca adventure.

Using the saying "keep calm & start an alpaca farm" to seguay into a funny story. Let's for sake of embarrassment say an undisclosed person in househol read more...

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Dream a Little Drone for Me

Although my pile of paper work and time spent in front of a computer sometimes seems to drone on and on -with some of the drone talk coupled with our capabilities of a science lab on Mars, I got thinking about what it would be like to have a drone or remote control activated devices with cameras. If/when they become affordable for use on a farm. Hence the title, Dream a Little Drone for Me...

A drone/robot type device with camera could zoom in check feed & waterers - see if an alpa read more...

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

What's in a hum ?

Grace & Hope = beautiful, HMM?

Grace & Hope = beautiful, HMM?

If you have ever spent any time near an alpaca and happen to be like myself, one of the first things you may be intrigued by is the sound they make. Not an overly boisterous noise, like a bleeting goat or sheep, more a simple, soul-soothing hum.

There are a few definititions of the word hum ranging from; to emit a continuous low sound - a blend of sounds (like traffic or a swarm of insects) which lends to definition of state of busy activity, as in traffic is just humming along, or t read more...