Betsy and Chris came by the farm for the first time today, after signing up as 2011 shareholders earlier this year. Betsy is skilled at locker hooking, and knows her way around a ball of roving - she's definitely one of us. The two of them got the full immersion tour: holding chickens...
Playing fetch with the polar bear... This was Vanni's first time to really get the game of fetch--at least the bringing-back part.
Ruthie didn't like being left out, and lured Vanni away from his human playmate. She knows how to get him worked up into a silly, slappy, jowly tussle.
The alpacas weren't feeling up to cuddling much, but they did consent to hanging out in the background of this pastoral portrait.
Finally, we introduced them to the community - the joint was jumping in the LRB on this Third Saturday. Seems like such a long time ago we got to play together. Nearly a dozen of us got to spin some yarn or knit on lovely projects, and catch up on each other's lives.
Our pal Gail was a bit under the weather, so we didn't get to start our greenhouse project after all today. But it gives us something to look forward to, going into the holiday week.
I'm so thankful for all of the friends of the farm, local and far off, new and old. You give this farm its life and vitality, and put the commune in community!