Saturday 21 February 2015

Blue sky!

Photos didn't happen - it rained!  But just to show there is occasional sun here are some alpaca bottoms with BLUE sky!!
Spring is on the way - despite a flurry of snow this afternoon!

Wednesday 18 February 2015

In the wars

Nearly lost a finger today and it was my own fault.  I was taking some hay to the sheep and as I hoisted the bale over the fence I was mobbed by sheep and the bale fell back on the other side of the fence - several sheep then tried getting their heads through the stock fencing and one with horns managed .  I stupidly put my finger through the fencing to try to hook her horn back out just as Best Scottie backed off and got ready for a big head butt on the sheep's side.  It was only a glancing blow but pushed her head back on my finger and trapped it against the fencing.  I saw Scottie lining up for another charge and just wiggled my finger free before she impacted - breaking off the stuck sheep's horn - could have been my finger I fear.  Here is naughty Best Scottie charging down for a quick cuddle!

I almost suffered further injury the night before as I wasn't feeling well so went up to bed and woke to find Little Wee, the cat, in the process of eating me - or at least attempting to!  Carl ignored me for most of the evening although he did pop up when I yelled to him that the cat was eating me - he seemed more concerned that the cat was in the bedroom than that I was suffering!  He did appear at 10pm and asked me if I wanted a biscuit which seemed a bit strange - a cup of tea and a paracetamol yes, but a biscuit at 10pm?!

Now the camera is fixed so I am trying for nice alpaca photos to blog tomorrow

Tuesday 10 February 2015

A group of naughty alpacas!

The home alpacas and I have fallen out a bit - they have been very naughty!  Again!  Gardening is not going well this year and the vegetable plot looks dreadful - the alpacas have been 'helping' me clear and it was beginning to come on a bit - a little bit of sensible grass mowing . .
Clearing round the edges of the polytunnel . .
Then it all started to go wrong - eating the strawberries - again - rolling in the strawberries, rampaging!!!
I am not amused!!

Thursday 5 February 2015

A little nippy here

I am so cold, I can't feel my fingers!  Still no camera which is the reason for a lack of blogging but I decided it has been so long I had better just use phone pictures for now - apologies for the lack of quality!  We went out for a curry last night at Henstridge which was really very good - lots of alpaca talk and hearing about a series of unfortunate events made for a very good evening!

I have been knitting but have had to take a break until the fire is lit.  It always seems a waste during the day as I am in and out checking animals but knitting with cold hands is difficult!  Another pair of fingerless gloves are now finished and I am really pleased with the new yarn.  It is a mix of Greeves, white cria and  a black from Slash (renamed by his soon to be new owners) and is vey soft.
The Flower Lady has also been busy and has knitted a real triumph - matching set in white alpaca which is gorgeous!

Sheep are now getting close to lambing - 4th March for the first few and then a little gap before everyone else.  This weekend will be busy getting ready for that - and we have a birthday to go to.

Alpacas are all well.  No one is due until the end of July so it is a quiet time with them.  Nothing much happening except we are starting to think about Ellingham Show with the first obstacle being finding a judge!  I am now going to go up the hill and, no doubt, break water in the troughs again.  I have a great house breaking tool which I found and it does the job very well!  I shall also attempt animal photos on the phone.