Shocking! That was the first word that sprung to mind when I discovered the truth about the nun with the llama!
I had been interested in perhaps purchasing a little fiber from the gentle ladies of the convent, thinking that they, of all people, would not lie about the quality of the fiber, and that it would help with their good works, whatever those might be. So, I did a little Google searching for the nun, or the monk, and their llamas. I found an article in an Iowa online paper, so I read that, and then I did a little more searching and....***GASP***!!!
It's not a real abbey or monastery!! AND, the guy who runs it, is a felon!! Can you believe it!!
It's all right here! http://www.holyrosaryabbey.org/
Now, here is the website of the abbey/monastery: http://www.monasticfleece.com/
Soooo, it's true that they do raise llamas, and we did see them at the show, and they may well have very nice fiber. It also appears, however, that the gentleman (if I dare call him that) running the operation is a rather shady character, who not only has a history of run-ins with the law, but who is now operating an almost cult-like organization that apparently preys on older, single women, encouraging them to join his "flock." He is not recognized by the Catholic Church, and in fact the church has put out warnings about him! And to think I was sitting not 10 feet from this man! Good heavens! You can learn more by doing a Google search on Holy Rosary Abbey in Galesburg, Illinois.
Well, lest you be concerned that all has been chaos since I discovered this alarming news, I can assure you it is not, and things carry on around the farm. For example, take a look at this picture: one of these eggs is not like the others....
Those of you with chicken experience may notice that today, we had our first "hiccup" egg. This is a name given to very tiny eggs laid by otherwise normal sized egg laying chickens. Here's a picture of our hiccup egg with a regular sized egg and a regular bantam egg.
There is no special explanation for hiccup eggs - they just happen from time to time!
I cracked it open and, as usual for hiccup eggs, it didn't have a full, proper yolk, although it had a bit of yolk material. I thought about people who "read" tea leaves left behind in mugs, and wondered if there are people who "read" yolks?!
The rest of the eggs today were all normal, of course. We don't expect hiccup eggs often! Kelly made some lovely crepes for dessert tonight with the normal sized eggs. Thank you Chef!