Thank you, Jenny - I shall go in search for some of the horse product tomorrow! The flies are still quite amazing here - despite the rain which is going from mild to moderate with alarming frequency. I had problems once before with Barnaby Rudge getting fly bitten eyes but this year it has been worse for poor Storm and now for Lady Tulisa. I had to resort to some orbenin in the eye for Storm as they were so raw on the eyelids and that did clear it up a bit. Lady Tulisa's are not as bad but where she is still tiny and thin she does not move around as much. I am now supplementing Tulisa with a bottle and, oddly, Lina seems to like this as she lies down next to me while I feed the baby! If you knew Lina you would know this is really quite remarkable. She is still dreadful with Carl and almost as bad with Sam!
We have had a busy weekend as I have been looking after the Shepherd's house and animals while he had an emergency trip to Cumbria (where the weather was better than it is here - in fact he hit a thunderstorm on the way back through Bristol earlier today).
But now for my real mystery - - - Prue! Prue is supposedly pregnant. She has spat off and she still does spit off. She is VERY happy. She has a largish tummy BUT she is now 381 days - so she can't be pregnant, particularly s there is no real udder. I tried putting her in with Dude and she spat and kicked - normally she drops like a stone. I tried her with Harry in case she preferred them black - she virtually jumped out of the pen! Yet she just can't really be pregnant - she is a very little alpaca normally - here she is now.
Sam held on too her last night whilst I poked around at her tummy and I am sure something pushed back! Normally I wouldn't need someone to hold Prue whilst I fiddled around with her as she is very amenable. But it must be all my imagination - but then again I was creeping around on my hands and knees yesterday, as you do, and (skip following picture if you are of a sensitive disposition) I am sure she is softening up at the back end - see the inner pink bit showing which it didn't a day or so ago.
So here are a couple of cria pictures to end - first up is Trevor! Somehow, Trevor always seems to require an exclamation mark!
A better penning solution! - After a long "family illness" and a subsequent reduction of our herd, I am back to report a more recent enhancement to Easter-Wood. One of the problems we ...
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