Category Archives: Farm Life

Blizzard of 2016

Blizzard of 2016

The recent blizzard caught our chickens off guard. It snowed so much they couldn’t get back to the chicken house. Alex finally had to carry each one back in.

Out in the snow with nowhere to go.
Out in the snow with nowhere to go.

Channing

Welcome, Channing

About 7 a.m. Saturday, August 8, Chablis gave birth to a 17.9 pound baby girl, whom we have named Channing (after actress Stockard Channing), as is our custom of naming the cria after an actor with the same first letter as her mother.

Channing is a very healthy and active cria, who didn’t need any help from us. It is Chablis’ fourth baby, and she has proven to be a reliable and caring mom.

Jonathan and Channing, about 9 hours old.
Jonathan and Channing, about 9 hours old.

On Sunday, Oct. 25, 2015 we started training Channing, our new cria. It was the first time she had been in a halter so she was a bit bewildered.

I'm not sure I like this.
I’m not sure I like this.
I definitelty don't like this.
I definitely don’t like this.

Recent News- Fall 2015

Recent News

On Sunday, Oct. 25 we took Nordic and Kanala, our two newest boys, to the Longacre Farm and Market for the annual Farmers Showdown. It was a beautiful but breezy fall day. The event was well attended and a lot of fun. Besides tractor pulls and wheelbarrow races, two of the Philadelphia Eagles’ cheerleaders attended, along with a mascot.

Nordic impressed the Eagles cheerleaders.
Nordic impressed the Eagles cheerleaders.
Nordic seems unimpressed by the Eagles' mascot. Chester, however, barked ferociously at him.
Nordic seems unimpressed by the Eagles’ mascot. Chester, however, barked ferociously at him.

• Day Two of training Channing took place on Saturday, Oct. 17. Sarah was able to halter her (for just the second time) and lead her out to the obstacle course, where she did all the obstacles (with a little help) except the high jump. We were very proud of Channing and her instructor.

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Channing takes a short respite on the teeter-totter.
Sarah coaxing Channing across the bridge.
Sarah coaxing Channing across the bridge.

2015 Shearing

Shearing Days

Our goat and alpaca shearing went smoothly this year, thanks to the help from our 4-H kids – especially, Ava, Kayla, Jessica Joy and Naomi.

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Nathan placed a sock over Mandy’s mouth so she wouldn’t spit at him.
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The alpaca stash.
Naomi gets a chance to see what it's like to shear a goat.
Naomi gets a chance to see what it’s like to shear a goat.
Kayla, Jessica Joy and Naomi prepare to load the shorn alpaca into bags.
Kayla, Jessica Joy and Naomi prepare to load the shorn alpaca into bags.

2015 Philly Farm and Food Fest

Philly Farm and Food Fest

We would like to thank our four 4-H members—Katy, Ava, Jessica Joy, and Kayla—and their families who came to the Fest to support us. We had a very successful day educating the “city folk” about alpacas and couldn’t have done it without their help.

Jessica Joy tells two visitors about alpacas.
Jessica Joy tells two visitors about alpacas.
Katie demonstrates spinning.
Katy demonstrates spinning.

2015 Philly Farm and Food Fest

Philly Farm and Food Fest

We would like to thank our four 4-H members—Katy, Ava, Jessica Joy, and Kayla—and their families who came to the Fest to support us. We had a very successful day educating the “city folk” about alpacas and couldn’t have done it without their help.

Jessica Joy tells two visitors about alpacas.
Jessica Joy tells two visitors about alpacas.
Katie demonstrates spinning.
Katy demonstrates spinning.

2014 Best Kept Secrets Raffle winner

2014 Lottery Winner

Thanks to everyone who stopped by on the Montgomery County Best Kept Secrets Tour. We are happy to announce that Pat Lederer of Parker Ford was the lucky winner of our $50 raffle. With her prize money she purchased a wonderfully soft alpaca blanket. Congratulations to Pat.

The lucky winner of our $50 raffle.
The lucky winner of our $50 raffle.

2014 Spring Farm News

News from the Farm

* On Saturday, June 21st, Little Lost Creek welcomed a garden tour sponsored by Wentz UCC Church. Over 150 people stopped by to see our gardens and the alpacas, which were a great hit. We had another opportunity to educate more people about these gentle and rewarding animals.

• On Wednesday, May 28th, State Representative Marcy Toepel (147th District) visited our farm to see the animals and help us promote our business. One of our 4-H families came over to demonstrate what alpacas can do on an agility course.

Toepel gets a chance to touch a real alpaca.
Marcy gets a chance to touch a real alpaca.
Marcy poses with a rug she purchased for her office in Harrisburg.
Marcy poses with a rug she purchased for her office in Harrisburg.
Sandy shows Marcy some rovings from our alpacas.
Sandy shows Marcy some rovings from our alpacas.

Brandy

Welcome, Brandy

On Saturday, April 12th, we acquired our latest addition, Brandi, an 18-year old Shetland pony, in exchange for Mikimota and Griffin. We also got a saddle and two pony carts, so we are hoping that soon we will also be able to offer pony rides.

Brandi was a huge success with our 4-H club members who met on Sunday and were joined by a visiting Brownie troop. Brandi and the alpacas are still getting to know each other.

Brandi adoring all the attention.
Brandi adoring all the attention.

2013 Farm Show

News from Little Lost Creek

On Saturday and Sunday Jan. 5-6, 2013, we went to the Pa. Farm Show to help out with the Pa. Alpaca Owners and Breeders Assoc. booth. Sandy demonstrated dry and wet felting and Alex demonstrated inkle loom weaving. It was a great time. Saturday attendance was about 100,000. Incredible but that’s why it is the largest farm show in the country. Needless to say, we enjoyed meeting all kinds of new people.