Friday, September 28, 2012

Life As A Fiber Processor

I've been asked over and over how did your Fiber Journey begin. I thought it was time to start from the beginning so there will be a better understanding on who I am and the type of artist that I've become. So here it goes... In 2005 Our family moved to The beautiful rolling hills of Brooksville. We came from a beautiful riverfront home on The Peace River in Port Charlotte. We loved living in Port Charlotte, but after Hurricane Charley devastated much of the area and us having only two bridges to get to our home. That was a pivital moment for our family, our home was only 9 feet above sea level. We needed to move to higher ground that wouldn't flood. So fast forward, we sold our home and bought a older farm house on 4 acres. We were in Hog Heaven!!!!!!! We had all this land and at that time I was an exotic bird breeder for 14 years and had well over 250 birds. This was the perfect place to raise birds and run a great business.
On a beautiful Fall Sunday Morning, We noticed an article about Alpacas from a local farm. My husband said Hey want to go check it out. I of course was like " Heck yeah "!!!!. What is so funny is while we were living in Port Charlotte we had been getting The Farm and Ranch Guide and Alpaca Magazine from AOBA. We saw a television commercial and always thought that if we purchased land someday that this would bea neat thing to possibly raise. So with that being said, my husband made an appointment and just driving up to the farm. I knew I was smitten with these alpacas. The rest of the family fell in Love with these beautiful big eyed gentle furry critters. Our children were so excited so we came home decided this was the avenue we wanted to take. This was going to take alot of work on all of us. We visited more farms, got ideas and found our first two alpacas that we wanted. We bought our two Boys right on the spot. The journey home, that is when the reality of what we just did set in. " OH MY GOSH, we are now going to be alpaca farmers"!. The next few months were going to be intense, we had to take Woods, I mean thick woods and make a barn, pasture, run-in's and so much more. Plus attend seminars on Alpaca Farming, Finding a vet and Finding a farm that would mentor us. I can tell you that after those month's of hard work, Our family never, I mean never wanted to see another shovel or rake again. All that hardwork was so worth it, because looking back at that now. We did everything right, we wanted everything finished before they arrived. The excitement was building, because it was down to just a few weeks till our boys made the trip to our farm. Enter Cesar and Mastermind

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