Today started mega badly. I got in the car and it had died in the night - it would not start. I went into panic mode as I knew I would have to drive Carl's truck and, I know this sounds wimpy, I have never driven it on the road before - it is just too big and 'manly' for me. I girded my loins and did a bit of reversing in the drive to check I knew where reverse was, gripped the wheel and kangarooed down the drive praying I would not meet anything on our wiggly narrow roads. I crept along at 20mph and even hit 30mph going through Woolland - but I almost reached my nemesis going up the cut. I was half way up round the bend when careering towards me was The Gamekeeper followed by a small van and a transit - three vehicles at once is almost unheard of. Automatic driving took over and I pulled up the bank ( I think I even lifted my hand from the wheel to wave in a sort of action man grip type of way with a rictus grin on my face), everyone passed, I came off the bank and drove off finally making it to the field gate - and never have I been so pleased to pull into the field! Once I was there I decided to stay there until Carl came to rescue me but, having no food, I then had to walk to Okeford which is a VERY long way. I then had to walk back which is uphill a lot of the time. Luckily, The Builder passed me as I was on the long stretch back up the hill and he gave me a lift.
Teddy, one of the sheep, had by then got her head stuck through the stock fencing (due to her horns she can get through but then not back again) and, as I could not find the bolt cutters, I had to spend ages sawing away with a hand saw blade I found in the barn.
I expected Carl to appear at 6pm with my car all charged up and raring to go but he didn't as I forgot I had the car keys with me. Finally, Sam appeared with Carl and I have a car diagnosis, "Damp!" How can that be?! I have been damp for weeks but I still go! It had better start in the morning or there will be serious ramifications!
On the alpaca front, Dilly did a poo today - which I retrieved. He must have done them before (after the mega long one) but this is the first I have seen and it is mighty odd. I have never known a 3 and a bit weeks old cria pooing like this. I cut it in half as the outside looks like a chocolate eclair - in fact the inside does as well. It appears to have a membrane round a hard chocolate bean - quite a big one considering the size of Dilly. I have a photo for your delectation as I wonder if anyone else has a cria who poos like this - should I be worried?
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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