I can't believe we are now into our 4th winter on the farm. I like to think we've mastered the routine.......keeping the fire going, the snow drifts at bay and the water thawed! When I look back at the past 3 years, I marvel at how far we've come and what we have accomplished from the aquisition of the alpacas to the house renovations, to buying feed in bulk!. When I allow myself the opportunity, I can be 'smuggly proud'. I know those who are in close contact with us are constantly shaking their heads with disbelief as Aldo and I continue to evolve, not ever allowing monotony to take hold, as we move to the next level of our goals.
Over the past 6 months we have separated our business partnership and since that time, have made huge leaps into the future. We were one of 5 host farms for the Dufferin County Farm Tour this fall, which brought approx. 500 people onto the farm on Oct 1. Overwhelming for the first few minutes and then just a fun day after that, with weaving, spinning, knitting, rug making, and skirting demos. Thank you to all who took part, it was a huge success because of you! I have recently partnered with a custom knitter, so I can now focus on my personal goals to learn to weave as well as master the sock machine without added pressure of production. We have also now taken the huge plunge to open a permanent retail location on the farm, which will support a variety of local artists. The new building has arrived and we plan on opening the doors to the public in February.
Our family continues to be very supportive and although no longer living with us, our relationship with the kids is closer that it ever was. We get together frequently, usually because they've run out of food or feel the need to enjoy the freedom of the wide open space away from 'city rules'.
So again I apologize that there will be no Christmas card from us in the mail this year, but I do hope you will continue to remember us throughout the year and please stop by if you get a chance, (but please call ahead to be sure we are home). Visitors to the farm mean we can take a much needed break from what we're doing.
All the best for a healthy, happy and successful 2012.