Normal service will be resumed at some point but in the mean time please forgive my lack of regularity. I think a lot of people realise by now that our house is up for sale and we are making difficult decisions about where we are going and what we are doing - all made even more difficult by Sam and his future.
We have also had to make a difficult decision regarding our land - and a decision we never thought we would be making - but life has very funny turns within it. It should be a time of great excitement and plan making but sadly it is rather too difficult for that! No doubt we will get through somehow and the right thing will happen but right now we feel rather like we are herding cats as one bit comes together another bit of the jigsaw flies off over the hedge (rather a lot of mixed metaphors in there!). I have to say we are also pretty heartbroken at - possibly - leaving all the good friends we have made here not to say panicy about being homeless - with 3 chickens, 34 alpacas, 1 dog and two cats - not to mention 20 sheep!
It only remains to be said that we are pretty clueless about where we will end up now! So - updates will follow at some point!
The alpacas are surviving all this trauma - in fact, despite me constantly telling them, they are completely oblivious. All are doing well. Lina's baby has put on no weight whatsoever in the last two weeks but is lively and totally refuses the bottle. Trouble, the Bert and Samson baby, is putting on weight steadily despite having very little of her bottle now.
Sam continues to do his 'sort of' job' over at Stalbridge Weston - he loves it but I am not sure there is enough work there for anything anymore permanent. He also makes frequent forays to Milborne Port which he now feels is one of the best places on this earth! When we went over to pick him up the other day I made the acquaintance of a lovely young man who must be one of the leading authorities on cars - he was even able to tell me which car I had now - something I was unsure of - it is an escort and a very nice one with one drawback. It has heat shield things under it and I have a tendency to bend them which makes them clatter if I don't change gear at precisely the right moment. Carl says I am a fool to take it down the track in the field.
Ashton Lane came to visit at one point and as rain was threatening we set up a cosy cafe in the field (and yes those are the fleeces waiting to be sorted for the GWR show!).
And finally - Greeves - doing well but refusing to look at the camera!