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Friday, March 27, 2020

What a long, strange trip

Honey Girl Farms yarn

Honey Girl Farms yarn

When last I blogged on March 2, never in my wildest dreams did I think we would be where we are today. Covid-19 has changed how we do everything! Today is the 1st day of basically the total shut down here in CO. I hope you are all safe and healthy and stay that way.
During this uncertain time, I hope your fiber arts will be a source of pleasure and comfort.
Needless to say, classes are postponed til further notice. We will be scheduling again as soon as we get word that it is ok to do so.
Our on-line store will be going live hopefully in a day or so. Please check back to see all the goodies we have for you!

And it is almost cria season! Our first is due around June 6!
Queen Cersei Shawl

Queen Cersei Shawl

Liz and Spit Fire

Liz and Spit Fire


Monday, March 2, 2020

Has it Really Been That Long?

Honey Girl Farms yarn

Honey Girl Farms yarn

Well, it's been a long while since I posted! Don't know where time goes!
In the last almost 2 years, we've just been cruising along. Babies born, alpacas sold.
But there are a couple of constants. Blazing Star Ranch, the store is alive and growing! Come see us for beautiful yarn, classes, spinning wheels, looms and all things fiber!

And BSRA Snowmass Enlightenment's Patron and his offspring are continuing their winning ways.
At almost 8, Patron keeps taking blues and championships in fleece, even a 1st in Get of Sire in Fleece over a very big farm! His offspring are continuing his successes with many blues and 2 Color Champion daughters! Can't wait to see his future babies!
Patron and me

Patron and me

BSRA Bade Runner's Requiem

BSRA Bade Runner's Requiem

Hummingbird Moon roving

Hummingbird Moon roving

apothefaery yarn

apothefaery yarn


Thursday, July 19, 2018

Blazing Star Ranch on TV

We got a chance to take a couple of alpacas, Argos and Cisco, down to a local tv station to talk a little about our alpacas and our store! The boys were ready for their close-up!
https://kdvr.com/2018/07/17/blazing-star-ranch/

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

MOTHER/DAUGHTER SPAT--SPIT, THAT IS

Diamond and Elizabeth

Diamond and Elizabeth

People often ask if alpacas spit. I'll let you be the judge. This is a mother/daughter pair that just had a disagreement. Both are pregnant, which definitely adds to their aggravation with each other. Mom, Diamond is the spitter and daughter, Elizabeth is the recipient of the spit!
Elizabeth

Elizabeth


Monday, April 11, 2016

WHAT A YEAR!

Royal--Judge's Choice!

Royal--Judge's Choice!

Just realized how long it has been since my last blog--time flies! Our 6th year in business was very busy and the best one yet. Our store continued to grow and we added lots of new yarns, roving, and fiber equipment. We had 5 babies in 2014 and they hit the show ring the spring of 2015.
At ABR Fall Fest, we took 5 animals and took Royal took a First, a Color Championship, and a Judge's Choice at halter and a First in Fleece! Emmy Lou took a 2nd and a Reserve Color Championship, Patron took a First at Halter and a First and Color Championship in Fleece. Royal, Emmy Lou, and Tiara took 2nd in Breeder's Best Three, and Charlie took a Blue Ribbon in Fleece.
And since then Patron has taken another Color Championship and Reserve Color Championship at Halter. And they were all bred by me!
And so we begin another summer with 6 more babies coming. I can't wait!

Breeder's Best Three

Breeder's Best Three

Emmy Lou--Reserve Color

Emmy Lou--Reserve Color

Patron--NWSS Color Champion

Patron--NWSS Color Champion


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

1st Baby of the Year

Buttercup's baby

Buttercup's baby

We welcomed Buttercup's little girl on 7/14/14 at 12:08. I don't think I have ever seen a stronger cria! She was on her feet in 5 minutes and never looked back! Way to go, little one! Now--a name!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

I Say Goodbye--You Say Hello

Part of the business of alpacas is selling. It's a bittersweet thing! Just sold 2 of my boys--the first that I've sold that I made the breeding decisions myself. One I even delivered myself. So, off they go. I'm sad, but happy because I know they have gone to a great new home.

Friday, June 6, 2014

Shearing Day 2014

Paul Smith & co shearing

Paul Smith & co shearing

Every year, shearing day rolls around. Our great shearers and their helpers arrive and then the organized chaos begins! We had 2 shearing stations going all the time. Several farms were participants in the shearing and in 2 days almost 200 alpacas and llamas were shorn!

I never get tired of seeing all that wonderful fleece come rolling off the alpacas.

Now, on to skirting the fleece and turning it into soft, luxurious yarn and rovings!
Alpacas pre-shearing

Alpacas pre-shearing

Alpacas post-shearing

Alpacas post-shearing

So much yummy fleece!

So much yummy fleece!


Thursday, October 31, 2013

Life Goes On

Iceman and Loreal

Iceman and Loreal

On September 6, two weeks to the day after we lost our Shawnee and Moonshadow, Loreal showed us that life does indeed go on. After one of the hardest things that can happen in this business, the best thing happened--Loreal had a little boy. A big, feisty boy! His name is Iceman.

Following him on the 17th, Margarita presented us with a beautiful little fawn girl. A no drama birth--the way it should be. She's our last cria for this year.

The circle of life.

Peaches

Peaches


Saturday, August 24, 2013

loss

My Shawnee

My Shawnee

We had been anticipating the birth of Shawnee's cria. Instead, tonight, Aug 23, we lost them both around 11pm. It's almost never a good thing for labor to become obvious at night. Tonight was no exception.

She started showing obvious signs of labor around 8pm. When no progress was made, our vet was called just after 9. She got there about an hour later.

At first, it seemed all was ok. Feet and nose were present, so she pulled them out. But nothing else would come. It was apparent something was wrong. Bottom line, it was a bad dystocia. Baby was positioned really badly, with several parts stuck. Shawnee was not contracting and pushing. After an hour and a half of of heroic work by our vet, the baby was out. She tried for quite a while to revive it--a beautiful light fawn boy (whom I had decided to name Moonshadow due to the great big orange moon outside)--but it was not to be.

Then we realized Shawnee was in great distress. Her gums were white. She was bleeding out somewhere internally and it was happening fast. There was no saving her, so euthanasia was administered.

My beautiful Shawnee and her cria are gone--but somewhere over the rainbow bridge, she's pronking with Moonshadow and being the best mom ever.

We miss you both.
Pretty girl

Pretty girl