The best laid plans


After an unseasonably warm early fall, we woke up on Saturday morning to 4 inches of snow and white out conditions. Beautiful…the only problem? Saturday was the Cliff House Ranch open house.

The store, set up in our tack room.

Then the power went out. Dad, the eternal optimist of the family, prepared to light the gas stove by hand, and managed to keep the rest of us happy and moving. That is, until he casually reminded us that no power means limited water, as the well pump is electric. No showers was just…too much.

The handspinning demonstration table, with samples of all the alpacas' fiber and samples of each stage in the process.

Luckily, the power came back on an hour later. And despite the atrocious weather, over 70 of our friends and family came to support us and celebrate our dream come true, some driving over two hours to get to us.

The corkboard of adorable alpaca moments, many of which have appeared here on the blog already.

Thank you all for coming, and I firmly believe that all of my online friends were with us in spirit. Your support is invaluable. Thank you.

Keep an eye out for our online store! I’m trying to get it launched this month, preferably this week, but I HAVE to fill that order I messed up. I think I might almost have enough black spun, and the beads are strung, but I have another few evenings of work on that, at least.

About cliffhousealpacas

Once upon a time, my dad drove by some funny looking animals standing on little dirt hills in a field. Thus, the dream of an alpaca ranch was born. Now, we are embarking on a grand adventure of raising alpacas and becoming fiber artists.
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3 Responses to The best laid plans

  1. Patty says:

    OMG, I’m just now reading this post; so great! Somehow I must have missed it before… AND we missed that beautiful collage of the alpacas because that light went out in the shop (still didn’t stop us from shopping though; Haha!) That was such a great day!!

  2. Rawww. They are cute. Actually, we figured out how to get the lights back on. You know how bathrooms have those little emergency breakers in the outlets? There was one of those on an outlet behind the table. Weird.

  3. Pingback: Our holiday trunk show | Cliff House Alpacas

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