This afternoon we did Bert which I was worried about as she is the one with the leg problem. Apart from the fact that she spat and shrieked all the way through it was fine but she looks pretty ropey! We only used the ropes on one leg at the back - not the bad leg and we didn't use the bag on her neck. I held her head and we just did the best we could - avoiding too much movement and being very careful at the back.
I wore my Horner Shearing vest which I have had for a while, I think someone gave it to me, and both Carl and Sam think I look ridiculous. Apparently only thin people or muscley people should wear them but it was cool and stretchy. I must find a full legth mirror from the shed and see if I really look as bad as they say!
I wrote the above yesterday but was so tired I had to go to bed before I finished!
I didn't take much in the way of photos as I was running round in ever decreasing circles with my broom and toe nail clippers but managed a couple of shots when Sam and Kristy took over - Sam is getting to be quite a good little shearer and Kristy is very good at getting the leg ropes on and clearing - she nearly tried shearing one but we didn't quite get round to it. She can do sheep so will probably be good. Carl is disappointed with his new Horner Zopper clippers and reverted to the Lister ones. The Horner ones gave up, rattled and stopped and they had only done about 30 alpacas since he got them ready for this years shearing. I must get in touch with Horner as that can't be right.
|Bianca, Sam's alpaca|
|Trouble, dirty already, with dear little Rascal scratching|
|Ropey, but gorgeous, old Bert|