December 20th, 2012 - Thursday
strawberry roan appy passed away peacefully overnight last night. Peruvian
Caramelo R80, her official registration name - came to our farm in 2000 with her
striking daughter Peruvian Carmellina. Very soon after she graced us with
another beautiful baby girl, Peruvian Diva. Through the years here, Caramelo had
always been the "Supreme Alpha Female". She was 6 ft. tall and a
wonderful stawberry roan color. As the rest of our herd moved to new homes
through the last year, we promised Caramelo that she would always have a home
here and would finish her days with us.
Yesterday she laid down in the upper paddock and could no longer get up. Lil and I were with her all day giving her water and petting her face. All day she laid in the warm sun, and the last sunset was hers. Peruvian Caramelo was born sometime between 1987 - 1988, and was in the 1990 Peruvian importation, along with The Peruvian Commodore who passed away here in 2006. Rest in peace, Miss Caramelo.
Peruvian Caramelo in quarantine - 1990
Peruvian Caramelo and her
daughter Diva - 2002
December 4th, 2012 - Tuesday
At the end of the day - off of our back porch.
NOVEMBER 2012 - WE HAVE LISTED THE FARM FOR SALE - CLICK HERE FOR PICTURES AND INFORMATION
October 19th, 2012 - Friday
Lil has started pulling the sweet potatoes and what is going on? This is a typical size of what she is finding - SWEET TATERS!!!
October 17th, 2012 - Wednesday
We have had the most perfect Fall weather this year, except for the absence of rain. The days have been stellar - mid 70's, sunshine a nice breeze. LOVE IT!!!
Looking out of our front windows we have seen all kinds of critters the last week or so.
The Red Tail hawks(2) come right to the fence line, just 150 feet from Lil and I as we sit on the front porch - Spectacular!!
The deer are congregating back in our fields. They know when it is time to hide back here from the shotguns.
October 3rd, 2012 - Wednesday
Here we are in October and it is still quite warm although listening to the forecasters they still are talking up cooler weather any day now - Uh Huh!!!!
Both of us have been busy
day by day doing a little painting, doing a little mowing and keeping things
spiffed up around here.
A week or so ago we went on into Athens to a GA FOOTBALL game - Had a ball! It's always exciting seeing a game between the hedges.
This week we got together here with some great friends - Susan & Bill Johns - on Monday it was drinks on the front porch and followed with some
barbeque I had been slow cooking for 4+ hours. Just a wonderful time sitting and enjoying each other's company. A good Southern afternoon!!!!!
September 17th, 2012 - Monday
Summer has just
about slipped by. Tomorrow we are expecting a day of heavy rain and
thunderstorms - we'll see..
Sometimes predictions are just that a prediction. But we are seeing a bit of a cool down now - AND MOSQUITOS _ Oh Brother !!
We can do without that torment. But just in the last few days hundreds of them attacking as soon as you go outside of the house.
A few weeks ago
we were at the Huntsville Llama Show and had a great time seeing all of our old
friends. And Lil got to show a young llama -
Thanks to Dorthe Peloquin. We had a great time there.
Then last week we went up to Atlanta for a few days - just enjoying these days of September.
Saturday this past week we spent the day at an Estate Sale close by here where a beautiful old farm and all of the home and
barn stuff was sold off. Some great bargains there. And it was another great weather day.
Looking forward to Fall this year and what all it may bring.
August 15th, 2012 - Wednesday
Here it is - CLICK ON -->> A pictorial History of KRM's LLAMAS
August 14th, 2012 - Tuesday
Well here we are
easing our way out of Summer. A mere matter of weeks and the Summer of 2012 will
be in the past.
Although most others have had to put up with a Summer of hell - around here this past month or so it has been
downright nice. Plenty of rain, mid 90's and everything green - lawns, pastures, etc..
And the garden
actually rebounded so we got more squash, melons and collards, and a few sorta
small tomatoes -
Didn't see that one coming!!
Very Soon - A new
addition on the website will be a pictorial history of all of the llamas that
ever were part of Kent Rock Meadows -
It has taken awhile to compile all of the pictures, and data, but I put it out there for my own satisfaction and also
hopefully for others to enjoy. I should have it complete in a matter of days..
July 21st, 2012 - Saturday
Wow!! Sure been a
while since I have updated. Well Summer took a heck of a turn a few weeks ago -
107 degrees for almost a week.
And I thought for sure that we had lost the garden but kept watering it twice a day. And we did lose most all of the melons on the
vines and most of the squash plants. But it seems to be bouncing back. I picked a 2nd crop of collards and those plants are re-growing
again. And we are now getting tomatoes and squash once more. So not all is a total loss.
We have had
several calls through this heat asking about shearing methods type of equipment
and such -
KEEP those llamas sheared and keep them cool.
Last week Lil and I spent two days in Savannah and had a refreshing time just walking through the squares, eating too much and just enjoying.
Now we are home and I have finished mowing everything around here again. With the llama herd gone now I have to keep a whole lot mowed.
Our two old girls that are left here have made it through the extreme heat and are well into their "just the two of them" routine.
Graze a bit in the forenoon and then back to the barn for the rest of the day lazing in front of the fans.
I need to put some updated pages on the website so stop back in the next few weeks to see.
June 9th, 2012 - Saturday
This has been a
stellar week - temperatures in the 70's and rain Sunday thru Wednesday. WOW! So
different than the last
few years when we would have been into the mid 90's already. And our garden has taken off with these perfect conditions -
I have been waiting all year for ripe red tomatoes for breakfast and here they are!!
Today we will be heading over to meet Karen so that both Anna and Alex can come and stay for a week. Next week will be
fun around here as Lil has some special things in store for both of them. But we may have to adjust a few things as the
forecast is for thundershowers everyday next week - We'll see.....
May 23rd, 2012 - Wednesday
Two days in a row - 86 degrees and 90+ expected for the week end. Lil is picking broccoli daily, and getting it frozen.
And I just cooked
up a pot of collards for tonight - Yummee!! And hopefully next week the
first tomatoes -
Now that's what I'm waiting for.
In the two barns
the swallows have their first batch leave the nest - It's always amazing to see
how quickly they are born,
grow, and take off flying - All within a few short weeks. And hurriedly they will have another nestful by the time August rolls around
and then the whole group will be off for South America. Barn Swallows are really an amazing bird once you take the time to watch and learn.
May 16th, 2012 - Wednesday
As expected, it
is warming up - and the humidity is quite noticeable. Mid 80's this week, but
thankfully we have had a couple
of days of heavy rain. Now begins the daily care of the veggie garden - I can almost see the weeds growing by the minute. This is quite a different
year with all of the early spring heat - and we are expecting tomatoes by the end of May. Already have harvested a whole lot of broccoli and collard greens.
May 14th, 2012
It feels as if the weather is about to turn warm this week - I mean it has to some time!! So we have just today sheared
our two old gals that remain here on the farm. Peruvian Caramelo is 24 years old now and gets around very good for an old gal.
She is very deaf and we have to go right in front of her to get her attention. But otherwise, still occasionally takes off running to the barn.
And Wyllow- O, our other old girl, has had so many health problems we really don't know why she is still walking - But she is!
So both got their yearly shearing and off they went outside to gobble up all of the tall green grass.
May 10th, 2012 - Thursday
Well, we are back
from the beach. Had been down in Florida for a while enjoying just lazing around
in the sun with a drink.
This week we are taking care of the garden, harvesting some and planting some and weeding a whole lot.
Weather here in Georgia has been exceptional this Spring. After the heat in March things have adjusted and we are enjoying days
in the mid 70's to maybe a high of 82 or so everyday.
Without the big herd I find that I am mowing every part of the farm it seems , at least all of the paddock areas where we used to rotate back and forth.
April 2nd, 2012 - Monday
So many changes around
here this month.
All of our herd has moved on, with the exception of two old girls who will stay, as this is their final stop.
Peruvian Caramelo is 24 years old and Wyllow-O, who struggles around each day with two terribly bad hips.
On Sunday afternoon, April 1st, our llama trailer left through the gate, loaded with the last of the herd -- 6 girls & 1 cria and Star Point Blank, our last suri male.
March 12, 2012
At Kent Rock Meadows, we would like to Thank all of you who have purchased from us in these last two years
as we went through the serious decision to at first downsize and finally this year making the very hard decision to
disperse our entire herd.
Of course we will miss each and every one of our beautiful Peruvians immensely, but we came to the conclusion that
after 18 years of birthing and showing it had gotten to be just so much work. And maybe it was time to just step back
and let some new folks enjoy these beauties.
Again Thank you to all of our customers. We will continue to stay active in the llama community and look forward to
seeing all of our friends at many upcoming events.
March 9, 2012
We are selling our Circuiteer II. It is less than 5 years old and is essentially barely broke in. Brand new you would
spend over 390 dollars incl. shipping. We will sell for $250.00 and will bring to the SSLA Conference . Call or email if interested....
March 3, 2012
Today seems to be the end of a wild two days of tornado scares for us. A lot of wind, a lot of rain and we were much more
fortunate than so many others in the South.
Our new boy, Edison continues to grow and runs like the wind all over the pasture. If you can see yourself with a
Grand Champion Kantu daughter and her son, a very correct and proud young boy check out the new price on sale page.
Feb 28th, 2012
Peruvian Maiden Voyage & her cria, Peruvian Edison - They are for sale - along with the remainder of our herd - 6 females & 1 male.
All of our herd must be sold this year, as we now have the entire farm for sale.
Feb 22nd, 2012 - Wednesday
New pictures of our 3 day old cria.
Feb 21th, 2012 - Tuesday
A busy day
around here yesterday. On my early morning walk to the girl's barn I saw what I
was looking for.
It was barely light outside but in the pasture I could see Peruvian Maiden Voyage standing over her new cria.
He must have been born just at first light. How exciting - A new Peruvian male out of Peruvian Expedition.
And the last cria born here at Kent Rock Meadows. This new boy is the end of all breeding/birthing here at our farm.
In the next few days we will be updating with newer pics of both he and his Mom...
Both he and his Mom - Peruvian Maiden Voyage are for sale. Check out our updated sale page and then call us.
Feb 18th, 2012 - Saturday
there was a forecast for a lot of rain today - Woke up to clear skies and now a
whole lot of sunshine.
I guess the rain is heading toward for tonight - We'll wait and see.
Guess what - Spring is here!
Feb 9th, 2012
It has been a very nice week so far - in the lo to mid 60's all week and I have been getting a lot of repair work done to
the two barns. Normal stuff after another year.
With our herd dispersal we have had some of our llamas move on to new homes however some of the best are still here.
Still Available - 1 Suri male & 7 Females - all show winners
ALSO, we are selling our FeatherLite trailer ..
Jan 28, 2012
A beautiful sunny day here. And with the end of January we now see the forsythia and the daffodils blossoming.
And the camelias in town have been in full bloom all January. Very spectacular.
Our dispersal sale continues, and a couple of the girls have been spoken for. Still, some beautiful suris and non-suris looking for a new home and someone who will love them & show them.
Jan 21, 2012 - Saturday
We were under a tornado watch all day and after it was all done just under 2 inches of rain - puddles all over the fields.
complete dispersal sale continues - visit the GROUP PAGE for good combo values.
We are selling all remaining llamas, so call us.
Jan 18, 2012 - Wednesday
Mariposa's baby is growing fast - here she is at the beginning of this week. In her bright yellow coat..
Check out the legs - perfect!! & conformation the same - perfect!!!!
Peruvian Butterfly - named after her mom - "MARIPOSA"
Jan 15, 2012 - Sunday
In the last two years we have cut way back in our herd size and we no longer are breeding or traveling to shows.
Since we are spending less & less time farming and more time away at the beach we have made the decision to close out
everything here at our ranch.
Therefore, a final sale closing out starts today. Please take a look at our Sale Page, including the Group Sale Page.
We have listed all of our remaining llamas for sale.
Jan 11, 2012 - Wednesday
The rain has ended for awhile and by noon time Mariposa and her baby girl went charging out of the barn door and some pasture time.
I have been taking care of a few fence repairs while Lil has been painting the front fence line with every one of these great springtime in the winter days.
A New direction moving forward here at the farm, and I will be putting a big update in the "KRM NEWS" by week end. Check back in ...........
Pictures of new girl below:
Jan 02, 20112 - Monday HAPPY NEW YEAR 2012 TO ALL!!!!!!
A new year - it's hard to imagine that 2011 is history. It seemed like it was a fleeting moment.
But, here we
go again!!! This morning I walked down front to check on everything and
while cleaning the barn
let Mariposa and her new little girl out into the center aisle.
Then later I
put both of them out into the corral I built for them - baby still had her cria
coat on as the wind was howling.
In fact the wind has been blowing wild all night.
What a change
we went through yesterday - started out with a forecast of 70 degrees - NOT!!
It stayed cloudy and never really got above 60 degrees, just before the wind picked up and the temperatures started dropping.
Have to get
the last of the water lines wrapped before day's end since we are supposed to be
down around 18 degrees tomorrow night.
And we'll have to bank up the hay inside of the barn since all of the females will probably be in there as the temps dip.
12/30/2011 - Friday
Here we at the end of a
new year, and every day holds a new and wonderful surprise. This morning, I
walked down to the barn to clean and feed all and
while I was inside cleaning I noticed that the females had not come up to the door as they usually do- bumping and shoving to get inside & get fed.
Better take a look out front and see where they are. There they all were grouped around something, and guess what - Mariposa P5 was standing there
with her new cria right there by her side. Looked like it had been born no more than 1/2 to 1 hour ago. And already it was pushing it's legs
underneath and trying to stand.
I scooped it up and all
the females followed me into the barn where Lil and I fixed Mariposa's
stall with fresh hay water, and checked the baby out - dried her off
and already she was looking to nurse. A strong healthy full Peruvian female. Yes, it is a beautiful day.
Here are three quick pictures in her new stall - no more than 1 1/2 hours old.
MOM is Mariposa P5 one of the imports directly from Peru.
We were fortunate to bring her to our farm
early this Spring.
on grain and great Bermuda grass
AND developing this beautiful baby girl whose father
is Peruvian Expedition, a son of Peruvian Maximo .
12/16/2011 - Saturday
Another beautiful day in a
long string of them. Yesterday we went on into Augusta to do some
Christmas shopping and can you believe it -
It was in the mid 70's all day. I'm sure it will change sooner or later but we are enjoying the temperate days -
And the llamas are luvin
it just as much.. ..
The weather is great & there is a lot of green grass since I opened up the field down behind the cottage. They run like a bunch of little youngsters
when that gate gets opened in the morning.
AT this time of year we think of all of our friends and family and hope you all are enjoying these days as much as Lil and I are.
12/05/2011 - Monday
We are into December and so fast it will suddenly be Christmas time. What a great time to look towards enjoying friends and family .
We haven't experienced any
"real" December weather as yet, in fact today is in the high 50's and
off and on sun.
Tonight and tomorrow rain, and we look forward to it because we so drastically need rain to fill our lakes back up.
Heard from our friends out
West and they are all expecting VERY COLD WEATHER this week - I can hardly
believe it - zero and below??
Take care of those new babies and give them all fresh hay for bedding.
We have let all of the
females into a pasture that they have never been into before. This field has
always been for all of our males, but since now we
only have the one male, Star Point Blank, we felt it was time that he shared part of his tall grass. So the girls are enjoying a big field of grass so
long it touches their bellies. But not for long - they'll soon have it all chomped down, and then it will be strictly hay for the remainder of the winter.