I hope I am not repeating myself but I will go back to where I think I got up to. We took the knitting to the SWAG show and had a very slow start - not that we were expecting to sell anything - we just went to catch up with friends. By lunchtime we had sold nothing but had met some new friends and had a lovely chat with Mr and Mrs Apple Vale (good tips on how to dye alpaca - thank you!). Then we had a most amazing rush and succeeded in making a small profit by the end of the day - I even had to unpack again once we had packed up. We then went to another Christmas Fayre last weekend and did very well so I am recharged on the knitting front. I am now onto an experimental piece which Sam and Carl think is hysterical. Sam actually laughed so much he had to take a photo of it and send it to his friends. He seems to be under the impression I am knitting knickers for plus size ladies which is wrong on so many levels (it will be a lovely lace shawl). It is very complicated so I have to intersperse with a black scarf or I go slightly crazy.
The sheep have had a slight problem with what I call New Forest Eye but which I believe is really called Contagious something or other. Their eyes gradually go cloudy and it can lead to blindness so they have to have eye drops. If you catch them quick enough it clears miraculously quickly - catching them to treat them without a pen up in third field is more complicated. What I have to do is call them to the bucket and grab a leg before they know what is happening and then lie on them while I get the ointment out of my pocket and in their eyes. Rolling only works with the tamer ones. The Ram has now gone down to The Lord of the Manor and Womble (as in ringing mistake - not as in the litter collectors) went back in to check all were done. I think Womble might actually be active still and he is sadly turning a little bit naughty. When I was lying on Reddybrek this afternoon he got a little jealous and was lining up, head down, to have a go at me. Luckily, Stumpy got in the way and I made it back over the electric fence - Womble has horns!
|Stumpy the hero|
|Womble the black one|
Apart from one, the alpacas are doing well. Zara's little one - Tyke is very keen on my new feed bucket.
Better stop now this blog has gone on far too long!