Starlight's Farm and Heritage
Our property was part of a 700 acre dairy farm that has been in John's family for six generations. John is writing a book about his family's land and recently learned that our property has been in the hands of only two families*, and in his family for over 150 years. To protect this land from development, we have placed our 65 acres in a Conservation Restriction, ensuring that meadow and woodland creatures will always have a place to call home. (*Two European families...)
Coming up the driveway you might see rabbits scurrying back to their hedgerow, indigo buntings, bluebirds, coopers hawk, and at noon listen and look for the resident broad hawk. If a large black bird soars overhead, look at the head. If it is white, you have seen an eagle; if the head appears bald, red or black and it has an enormous wingspan then you have discovered a recent arrival to the Valley, the turkey vulture. A special treat is seeing the Great Blue Heron flying over from the nearby reservoir.
While walking our trails, we invite you to look for signs of deer, bear, fox and bobcat. Don't worry; you won't see the animals themselves and the woods are very safe.
The reservoir across the road often hosts otters, beavers, Merganser and other ducks, kingfishers and often a lone Great Blue Heron. If you see what you first think is an egret, it is more likely a young Blue Heron; they are white until they reach adulthood.
At night listen for the owls or packs of coyote that roam the ridges of the hills. Also listen for the deep bass sound of our emus. They sound like an African drum, but we assure you, it is incredibly peaceful.
This is a working llama and hay farm. We are often asked, “Why llamas?” and can only say that we just love their demeanor, that they are easy keepers, they are quiet and make us happy. They are fun to take for walks, and while we shear them, we are saving their wool to make something special from one in particular.
Depending upon the time of the year, you may witness -or help!- bring in the hay, shear a llama, or weed the garden.
Photos: Top: Pedro with Lucy and Daisy.
Middle: Peacocks (Bob and Alex) and peahen Dot.
Bottom: Gracie the emu. Note, she is leaning forward, otherwise she would be MUCH taller.