Tuesday, 29 September 2015


Today I arrived back from the field to find Carl in bed - ill with a cold and I have to admit he does look very sorry for himself.  He is going to have to recover soon as we have a lot to do still!  The next lot of lambs are ready to go and will, hopefully, go on Saturday which will be a busy day as we have visitors in the afternoon - strictly speaking it is the alpacas who have the visitors!  Sadly, my house is in a right state as kitchen work continues - slowly.  I am in two minds whether to apologise for the mess or just to ignore it and let our visitors assume we always live amongst concrete rubble with the kitchen contents strewn around the lounge and dust everywhere.  (Come to think of it they might read the blog anyway!).

Last weekend was a foot weekend with three visits on Sunday and some shawls delivered.  It is always nice to see other peoples' alpacas.

I am tying to get on top of a bumper apple crop and do have some help from the alpacas.  They all have different ways of eating the apples.  String puts a whole apple in her mouth, sits down and sort of squashes and sucks it until it is gone.
Slink nibbles bits off delicately
Flem's cria looks insulted that I have thrown apples in the paddock
Saul goes for the little bits and always looks a bit guilty
Cassie races down with her cria close beside there and screeches her way around trying to eat as much as she can before Bianca ambles down and spits at anyone eating.
Lina's cria is still tiny and now getting bald bits so the vet is coming when he gets back from being away.  He is very lively looking (the cria - not the vet!) but does not join in when the others charge around and his fleece is very open.  If he was a lamb I would have said a trace element deficiency -  but vet will take a look and maybe blood test.
And - my sweet peas are bursting forth ready to over winter
This weeks drama so far has been Mother's chimney fire which luckily was quickly contained by the fire brigade.
Thursday is going to be a difficult day as I  have a funeral to go to - a lovely man who died too soon.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

A coat rack has been removed!!

Bit slow on the blogging still but it is because a lot is happening but not much very blog worthy!

Rather wet and cold here recently although today is lovely.    Everyone is doing well - even Lina's baby seems to be growing a little better.  Young Saul has discovered apples but is a bit slow and usually ends with someone stealing his apple which leads to a bit of a sulk and a run back to Mum for a drink on his part!
And these two lads always seem to always do synchronised pooing!

We went to market again last Saturday with moe lambs and never have I seen so many sheep and lambs in one place.  It was the busiest market yet with the auctioneers having to hastily erect extra pens.  Good job we know what we are doing now as it all gets a bit frantic.  I can't say I enjoy taking them but it is better than with the old ewes.  There are still 4 older girls who should be going but I have decided they are going to stay and then go next year if they have problems - with the exception of number 12 who is just too sweet, and Stumpy who is just too 'human'.

Sunday I had a nice surprise visit from our old landlords who we rented from a few years ago - really lovely couple and they are moving into the village which is really nice.  Carl wasn't here as he seems to have moved in with the Tractor boys.  An engine swap is just too tempting for Carl so he is very happy up to his ears in oil and spanners!  Work on the house almost started but ended with Carl removing two sets of curtains and taking down a coat rack before he disappeared.

Sunday, 13 September 2015

A busy weekend

It keeps promising a drop of rain here but doesn't really amount to anything.  We altered what we planned to do expecting downpours but the most that arrived was a few droplets.  It is cooler though and I quite like that - makes the cria pretty lively (mind you in the blog photos all cria seem to be either asleep or about to go to sleep!) and we are avoiding fly strike in the sheep - so far!  Friday it was a trip out to do a few alpaca toenails and meet a relatively new cria then Lambivac for our cria Saturday morning followed by someone else's Lambivac at lunchtime.  Yesterday afternoon Carl fancied a rest and I planned to join him but Sam turned up and offered to check all the alpaca boys feet - an offer I was not going to turn down as there are a couple who are not that keen on foot trimming and an extra strong body is very much appreciated.  All alpacas now totally up todate - in fact, slightly ahead of schedule for once!  Today was another trip out for another alpaca visit followed by an alpaca and sheep visit.  After a quick bag of chips (the diet is going very well but this was a little treat) Carl went off to look at a sickly vehicle.  He has just rushed back to get another set of feeler gauges with larger writing on them due to his aged eyesight!  And I am about to go and organise the sheep race as we need to sort sheep again next week - they are very good now and line up ready for the weigher and race with the exception of two naughty Romneys who have red spots on them so they had better be good this time!!

Saturday, 5 September 2015

Knitting falling behind schedule!

The blog writing has been a bit erratic I know but I seem to spend all evening knitting.  I have written a knitting schedule and cannot keep up with it.  The current hat has gone wrong so I am having a bit of a break for a night and blog writing instead!  The previous hat trial design needs tweaking but the addition of flowers really lifts them - I am struggling, though, with attaching the flowers without them flopping so may have to seek advise from the village on that one!

On the alpaca front all is well and the babies are growing up - except Lina's.  He is still very tiny and refuses to take a bottle to top him up although I am persevering.  He is very lively and not ill looking but, from past experience, I know he really could do with a top up.

We have spent most of the day getting the ewes ready for the ram.  They have all had their heptavac, feet checked, faecal samples done.  We are experimenting with one lot of ewes lambing early - not sure how that will go but Leaf, the ram, is already eagerly anticipating his reintroduction to his harem!

It has turned a bit colder and this evening we cleaned out the chimney in readiness for a fire - maybe not tonight but probably tomorrow.  The girls who are empty are keeping warm with a girlie night in!
And finally a few evening cria and Mum shots